The Great Escape

The Great Escape

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by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Perennial New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips now provides her fans with The Great Escape from ordinary women’s romantic fiction.

One of today’s most beloved writers, the incomparable Phillips follows up her utterly beguiling hit, Call Me Irresistible (“Phillips at her very best. Romantic, funny,

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Perennial New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips now provides her fans with The Great Escape from ordinary women’s romantic fiction.

One of today’s most beloved writers, the incomparable Phillips follows up her utterly beguiling hit, Call Me Irresistible (“Phillips at her very best. Romantic, funny, sexy, and poignant” —Kristin Hannah) with a sequel that’s equally impossible to resist. Returning in The Great Escape are some of Phillips’s most adored characters, including headstrong, impetuous ex-president’s daughter, Lucy Jorik, who’s just abandoned her fiancé, Ted “Mr. Irresistible” Beaudine, at the altar. Now she’s looking for adventure—and perhaps a little romance—embarking on a wild and hilariously unpredictable road trip that begins on the back of a rather menacing-looking stranger’s motorcycle. The winner of more Favorite Book of the Year Awards than any other romance author, including Nora Roberts, Susan Elizabeth Phillips offers her fans an Escape to remember, and they’ll certainly want to come back for more!

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Publishers Weekly
Phillips (Call Me Irresistible) reintroduces Lucy Jorikin in this delightful, if initially somewhat slow, romance. As a former U.S. president's adopted daughter, Lucy feels the pressure to be perfect. But when Lucy runs out on the perfect man, Ted Beaudine, on the day of her wedding, she shows that she wants something else. Throwing caution to the wind, she accepts a ride on the back of a motorcycle from a menacing-looking stranger nicknamed "Panda." Lucy isn't quite ready to face her family, and the rest of the world, again, and her growing attraction to the grizzled biker just makes it easier to keep her real life on hold. After a secret about Panda comes out, however, Lucy realizes that escaping her too-perfect life will be harder than it seemed. Readers may be impatient during the beginning and unconvinced by aspects of the ending, but with two such hot leads, a few flaws can easily be overlooked. (July)
"With her latest flawlessly written romance, Phillips delivers the kind of complex, realistically complicated characters and richly emotional love story her fans have come to expect. Fueled with incendiary sexual chemistry, and deliciously witty, The Great Escape is another jewel from one of the genre’s most incandescent stars."
Chicago Tribune
Phillips’ signature mix of complicated characters, sexual chemistry and emotionally compelling writing is irresistible.
Booklist (starred review)
“With her latest flawlessly written romance, Phillips delivers the kind of complex, realistically complicated characters and richly emotional love story her fans have come to expect. Fueled with incendiary sexual chemistry, and deliciously witty, The Great Escape is another jewel from one of the genre’s most incandescent stars.”
Jayne Ann Krentz
“No one tops Susan Elizabeth Phillips”
“...intelligent, funny and hot enough to make you sigh.”
Library Journal
In last year's Call Me Irresistible (a New York Times best seller, of course), Lucy Jorik—dutiful daughter of the former President of the United States—left picture-perfect Ted Beaudine at the altar. Here Lucy is looking for adventure—by climbing on when a bad-boy stranger offers her a ride on his motorcycle. With a one-day laydown on July 10, a 250,000-copy first printing, and an eight-city author tour; essential where romances are read.

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The Great Escape: A Novel 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
mimisthoughts More than 1 year ago
I am not a book critic...I am an avid book reader, and since I was 16 years old, Susan Elizabeth Phillips has been one of my favorite authors. I'm one of the few who places her release date on my calendar and run to Barnes and Nobles to purchase her hardcover because I don't care how much her books cost; I just want a great read. I say this to establish my loyalty to her, and explain to anyone reading this post, that I say this out of genuine affection and nostalgia of her other books. I am truly disappointed with this book. It took me a week before I garnered the courage to read it in the first place-- I did not like "Call Me Irresistible." My expectations were already low from Meg and Ted's story; so for me to be disappointed is really telling. I waited twelve years for Lucy to grow up and fall in love, and two years for this book, and it did NOT allow me to fall in love with adult Lucy or Panda (I didn't even have a crush...however his role was better than Ted's). I needed something more from Lucy...I kept waiting for her to open up to Panda and deal with her insecurities. Maybe that's why the love scenes weren't passionate at all because Lucy and Panda did not have an emotional connection like many of her other characters in other books. I'm used to crying at some point during Phillips's novels...I'll never forget Patches peeling off his face paint in "Honey Moon" and laying his soul bare. Or Kevin Tucker running with Molly and jumping into the lake. Nor will I ever get the memory of Dean building a relationship with Jack Patriot at his summer house. Those are only a few memories running through my mind right now from SEP's novels. All of these moments are what make Phillips' books so special and memorable. And I guess that's why I'm so disappointed. "The Great Escape" did not have any moments like those to get me to feel. Will I stop reading SEP? Probably not, but I'm hoping enough of us fans will help her find her passion for writing again...I feel that it's waning. And that breaks my heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not read SEP's other books, so that probably puts me at a disadvantage in terms of character development, but while the sex scenes are fun and a bit steamy and the setting rather unique, I was constantly frustrated by the clueless, stupid behavior of Lucy. We are to believe a world-weary, politically savvy, 31 year old former social worker (to troubled teens), powerful lobbyist (for children's issues)and, daughter of a former president, decides to throw off her responsiblities much the way a really dumb 18 year old might: dressing up like a tramp in ridiculous "goth" gear, hanging out in bars (and is shocked when her provocative behavior causes real danger), breaking into her one-night stand's house and refusing to leave (it's "her house" because he "doesn't deserve it"), using a dumb alter-ego name ("Viper" does bad things, not Lucy) and then blaming her targeted one night stand for HIS behavior. She deliberately seduced him and he took her up on the offer, yet somehow he's to blame for taking advantage of her and not being totally honest with his identity?? This from the woman who keeps saying all she wanted was "tawdry" "bad girl" sex with a stranger? It's his fault he's too much of a stranger? Whaaa? I wanted to shake her petulant teeth out most of the time. While I realize this is supposed to be just a fun, light, beach read--I at least want some unity and logic to my froth. By the end, we're bogged down with PTSD, strange family connections, over-the-top reality show stars, troubled teens...and WHY is Panda's nickname NEVER explained?! Nothing about that character fit that name and we're left totally in the dark. Annoying.
PJZC More than 1 year ago
I have loved just about all of SEP's books, but this was just a disaster. The 2 main characters are utterly boring and the whole gothic disguise is annoying. I could not have cared less about either Lucy or "Panda" - what a ridiculous name! I basically forced myself to finish the book. I hope SEP starts to write the hilarious, lovable romances that she is known for like Heaven, Texas and the entire football series. How about a hockey series?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love SEPs books, but I had a tough time reading this book. It seemed disjointed. She had elements of her usual formula but i did not laugh or cry like I normally do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to preface this by saying I've read and loved all of Susan Elizabeth Phillips' books leading up to this. I've loved some more than others, and there are a few that I wouldn't consider "keepers", but I've never been tempted to toss any of them aside unfinished, and I've never thought even my least favorites were bad writing. Until now. Until The Great Escape. The characters are never fully explored or defined, there's no real character arc for either Lucy or Panda. The hero's nickname, as a matter of fact, defines the whole problem with the story. It comes from nowhere, from nothing, means nothing to us, the audience, and its origins are never explained. It's not sexy, not particularly male, offers no clues to who the hero is, and doesn't even have anything to do with his equally weak name, which is Patrick Shade. Patrick is fine, but Shade conjures up slightly negative connotations, as in "shady". There are too many subplots going on, and they ultimately steal all the thunder from the main story. The main characters are "off-screen" for a good deal of the story, and spend much of that small amount of time apart. Everything feels contrived and fake and like the author was just getting words on a page in order to satisfy her deadline. Lucy's "Goth" disguise, their fakey-fake let's just have sex for sex's sake sex. The stupid candy scene, which seems to be included just to appease the explosion in erotica due to the 50 Shades phenomenon. I couldn't connect to anyone in this book. I'm not interested in lesbian couples, and I resent the political overtones of that storyline. The other subplot was unnecessarily so racially aware and politically correct. It was like getting mini liberal propaganda lectures mixed in with pages and pages of filler description and very little actual character growth or plot. I could get past the Molly rape scene in This Heart of Mine, but I can't get back the lackluster, mediocre, my-heart's-not-in-it, preachy tone of this book.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Overall this one was a disappointment, especially since we waited so long for it to come out. It seemed to go on much too long, and Lucy acted far less mature as an adult in this book than she did as a teenager in First Lady! I thought her "great idea" for getting Patrick (I just can't call him Panda. I would have really liked to have known where the heck he got that nickname, but it was never shared) back in the end was just horrible. I can't believe he wasn't more ticked off by it--sure, they should end up together, but not like that. She behaved like a petulant child. The secondary storylines took up far too much time, yet for all that weren't really sufficiently developed--Bree's story especially was just far too rushed in the end. I usually love SEP's books, but felt that this one really missed the mark. I soooooo miss Anna Fields. No one can narrate SEP books like she did--and it's entirely possible that if I'd read it myself or if there had been a better narrator (the voices on this one were horrible, especially Lucy's and Matt's) I'd have given this one another half star. I probably would not have upped the rating a full star, though--too many other issues with the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'll start of by saying i am a long time fan of SEP...but this is not her best work. I like her typical plot devices but she uses them all here. There is usually one good subplot but i felt like two was just overkill. I liked Bree as well as crazed fitnrss guru but they were both introduced too late and i felt like their storylines were competing with each other. I wish she had chosen one to develop more fully and left the other go. Then...PTSD and secret family connections. SEP needed to focus on one issue for her hero too. I guess i feel like SEP had too many good ideas s just couldn't let them go. All in all I enjoyed Lucy a lot...but there was just too much going on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A struggle to get thru.
SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Another great book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips! Lucy Jorik has done the unthinkable! The adopted daughter of the POTUS has jilted Mr. Perfect, literally at the altar, and made a run for it. She finds herself on the back of a motorcycle driven by a man named Panda who she remembers seeing at the rehearsal dinner. Panda is lean, mean, sexy and crude but he is all she has at the moment and she bribes him into taking her along on his travels. Lucy is looking to find the girl she once was- a young girl with gumption- not the cashmere twinset pale version of herself that she has become. The Lucy we met from “The First Lady” was a real firecracker who didn’t take any guff from anyone and has somehow turned into a pleaser with no backbone. With Panda she starts to find a little bit of that old spunky Lucy. After a short time together, sparks fly and they end up in bed together. Then he dumps her and sends her back to her family. Panda is a man in a difficult position. He is attracted to Lucy but he has to keep his distance and get her to back to her family for her own protection. After Lucy figures out the truth about him, she sets out to find him again and ends up squatting in his Michigan lakeside home. When he returns, things become pretty interesting. Lucy has adopted a new personality and starts to make friends with the locals including Toby, her pre-teen neighbor and his guardian, Bree. Although the book is primarily about Panda and Lucy, there are many other interesting characters in the book, Mike, the flashy real estate salesman with hidden depths, Temple, a mostly crazy fitness guru who has let herself go to pudgy, and assorted other folks who add color to the story. There is an interesting backstory about the history of some of the island residents and it relates to Panda as well. Lucy and Panda are so good together even when they are fighting and insulting each other. Lucy needs to get her mojo back and Panda needs to settle some old issues that are keeping him from engaging in having a happy life and they need each other to do it. When I read the last page, it felt like everything had just turned out so right both for this couple and for Meg and Ted, who make a brief appearance. Loved, loved, loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Phillips fan, but these last couple of books have just not been very good. I never felt the connection between these characters. It was hard to figure out what they even saw in each other. They seemed like two very different people. I kept trying to get over the hero's crazy name, Panda, but just couldn't do it. It just seemed ridiculous to me. I wondered if she name him that as some kind of joke. Strange. I'm very sad to give this a bad review. I hope Ms. Phillips returns to her previous writing style in her next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of SEP's books and some of them numerous times...this is definitely one of my favorites and ranks up with This Heart of Mine and It Had to Be You as one of the better ones. Definitely better than What I did For Love or Match Me If You Can, even Natural Born Charmer. This and Call Me Irresistable are definitely two that I will reread again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Touches on a lot of current issues.
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ssmommie75TB More than 1 year ago
The was the first book I've read by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and now I'm wondering why? Her writing is really well done. Lucy actually did a courageous act by not marrying the man everyone thought was perfect, by realizing he wasn't her perfect man.  Enter Panda, the bad boy on a motorcycle to her rescue. I also enjoyed the friendships that Lucy found in the journey of finding herself again. I highly recom- mend this book. 
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I love all of Susan Elizabeth Phillips books. I like the way she had written the conversations with Meg. And Lucy's outfits made me LOL. And of course there is sexy Panda. Enjoy the secondary characters also.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read, characters are very lovable, but real. You'll enjoy this one if you like other Susan Elizabeth Phillips books.
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It didn't have the same feel to it. It was hard to be emotionally invested in the characters
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
Running out on her perfect fiancée is the last thing Lucy Jorik ever thought she would do. To make matters worse, she climbs on the back of a motorcycle with a not so perfect stranger. Panda is a secretive man who likes his life the way it is and doesn’t need anyone disturbing it. He does everything he can to keep Lucy from getting too close. When she ends up at his beach house uninvited, sparks start to fly. All Lucy is looking for is a place to rejuvenate and reassess what she wants out of life. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself incredibly attracted to a man that is the opposite of what she thought she wanted. As they struggle to maintain their distance, they find that what they truly want is each other. As this was my first experience reading a book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I was unsure of what to expect. After reading the first few chapters, I found it an easy and enjoyable read. The characters were fun, the storyline was interesting, and it managed to keep me reading without a lot of drama or suspense. In addition to the main characters and plot, it also had a side story that was very heart warming. I did have a few moments in the book where I thought that I might be missing part of a back story, but overall it worked well as a stand-alone read. This book was good for a lazy afternoon or anytime you just want to escape into a book. Rating: 4 Heat Rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilP Review Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More