Review | Escape by Jay Crownover


About ESCAPE

Everything inside of him is screaming that he needs to run, he needs to go, he needs to escape.

Lane Warner is used to being overshadowed and overlooked.

After all, he’s the youngest brother and the most laid back one in the family. He’s the one known for going with the flow and not making waves, even when things seem to be at their worst.

Very few things in life have had the ability to rile Lane up and get under his skin. At the top of that list is his childhood friend Brynn Fox…no…Brynn Warner. The fact that they share a last name was the one thing that has the power to light him up and spin him out of control like no other. There was no calm, cool and collected when it comes to all the reasons why Brynn had to become part of his family.

It’s slowly killing him to keep wanting what he can’t have, so Lane sees only one way to stop himself from doing something they’ll both regret…he has to leave.
Everything inside of her is calling out to find him, to follow, to bring him home.

Brynn Warner is used to being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

After all, she’s the daughter of an unrepentant gold-digger who never once blinked at being the cause of her daughter’s pain and suffering.

Very few things in her life have ever brought happiness and a sense of security. At the very top of that list is Lane Warner. She has unwaveringly loved the youngest Warner since the first minute she laid eyes on him. He was everything Brynn ever wanted and everything she knew she could never have.

Sometimes the right choice is the one that hurts the most and Brynn’s had to make a few that felt like they might be the end of her.


When Lane takes off, one thing is clear, the only choice Brynn has is to go after him.

She’s going to bring her wayward cowboy home….whatever it takes.

Escape is a standalone novel, the third book in the Getaway series, which features the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women who dare to love them. These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.

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Review

I’m going to start this review off by saying don’t do what I need and jump into this series without reading the first one. Escape was the first book that I’ve read in The Getaway series, even though it can be read as a standalone, I couldn’t quite connect with the story as much as I wanted to.  With that being said, I’m going to give this one a re-read after I get through the first two books in this series. And I’ll have to update my review because I know my thoughts will change.

Jay isn’t a new to me author, I fell in love with her work on the Marked Men series. And I’m not sure why, but I jumped off the bandwagon for a while.

Anyways back to the review, right from the very beginning, you can pick up on the solemn tone between Brynn and Lane. And it’s absolutely heartbreaking. I didn’t even fully know what was going on between these two but my heart was just breaking for them. It’s so very clear that there’s just so much history between Brynn and Lane. With so much time between them and tiptoeing around each other instead of sorting their stuff out, it’s a recipe for a painful yet healing journey.

It’s evident that these two absolutely love each other, it’s just so deep between them, how can there be anyone else for them? And I must say, things that happen during the teenage years shouldn’t have such a deep effect on someone especially when it comes to love. As a teenager, you’re still figuring things out and you make dumb decisions. Those two weren’t ready for certain things at that age, so Brynn’s denial of Lane was understanding, yet he should have seen past that and moved on. Now that they’re older, it’s great to see them come together to work it all out.

One thing that threw for a loop was the additional story within their story. I found that it took away from Brynn and Lane, which ended up bringing more characters into the center of things. But I definitely got how Jay wanted to bring in new characters, where it seems like it’ll be potential for more books with these new additions.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I love that despite the time and hurt, they were able to work their issues out. Honesty will do a lot of things for you!

**ARC received for an honest review**

Excerpt

Before she could finish the sentence and before she could drop the single word that would change the life of the blond cowboy who worked on the ranch next door irrevocably the dark-haired man pushed off the back wall, straightened and left the room. It was like every bit of confidence, and wishful thinking had vanished with him. It was almost as if he took every ounce of love and hope with him when he left. All that remained was a shaking woman, a desperate man on his knees, and a gathering of friends and family who didn’t know if they should look away or rush to prevent the inevitable train wreck that was taking place right before their eyes.

“I’ll go after him.” The deep rumble of Cyrus Warner’s voice finally broke through the stranglehold on everyone cause by the lack of an answer from Brynn. The thud of boots on hardwood sounded in time to rushing heartbeats as the oldest Warner brother went after the youngest. It was his job to protect, and that’s what he was going to do.

Lane Warner had been present for every proposal that took place on this ranch, and it seemed his reaction to every one of them was getting worse.

When Lane was eighteen, he tried to be Brynn Fox’s hero. He was the first cowboy who got on his knee and asked the beautiful girl to marry him even though they hadn’t so much as shared a single kiss. They were best friends, close in a way his brothers and several of their classmates would never understand. Brynn needed someone safe, a protector and a confidant. Lane needed someone who saw him. Someone who thought of him as more than the youngest Warner. Someone who knew he was as far as could be from the easy-going jokester that he presented to the world. They were honest with one another; they were each other’s truth. Brynn owed him too much to let him sacrifice his entire life and his youth for her, so that first proposal had ended much the way this one was going to.

The trembling hand that covered Brynn’s mouth dropped, and her spine stiffened. The tears that were threatening escaped the lush cage of her lashes and started to fall freely. She took a step back, and a collective exhale seemed to be breathed out by the rest of the people in the room. Her answer didn’t just change Jack’s life forever; it changed everyone who had watched Brynn and Lane torture each other with unrequited and unspoken love for years.

“Jack, you’re great, really. I… I had no idea you were so serious about us… about me. I… well… I’m not ready for something as big as marriage. I’m so sorry. I wish I could give you the answer you want to hear.” It was evident in her voice that there was a part of her that honestly wanted to be able to tell him yes. If anyone asked about her relationship she told them that Jack was easy. Jack was kind. Jack was a fresh start. What she never could say out loud was, Jack didn’t own the other half of her heart. Lane Warner did, and he had since she was twelve years old.


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Meet the Author

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

 

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