Escape To You by Jennifer Ryan
A Montana man always protects the woman he loves
He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the pair away to his isolated home.
No longer a prisoner, and protected at Hope Ranch, Ashley recovers and learns the tall, tempting federal agent may have a dark past, but it hasn’t destroyed his sense of honor.
As they shed past roles and find common ground, Ashley and Trigger can’t help but fall slowly, carefully, in love. But danger still lurks outside the boundaries of Hope Ranch, for until her crazed captor is brought to justice, and Trigger’s undercover past is laid to rest, none of them will ever be truly safe…
Escape To You is an intense, riveting, beautiful love story that was easy to get lost in.
I adore the strong characters Jennifer Ryan creates, the stories are always filled with heart, heat, and danger, and Escape To You lived up to all my expectations on each of those points with added originality when it came to the plot and the setup.
Beck “Trigger” Cooke is a hero easy to fall for. With his tough and rough exterior, he tries to keep people at arm's length, yet I took a notice on him in the previous books by the author where he was a secondary character. Inside of that fierce looking man is a kind, tender hearted, good guy, with a solid character. He seems to come alive upon meeting Ashley and Adam, his bond with them is instant and true.
Ashley Swan has been in hell for the past year, facing unimaginable abuse and torment. (This story has brutal abuse and violence against a woman, and a child, that might be a trigger to some.) Her amazing survival instinct carries her forward in life, her guts and perseverance, her good heart and kindness, her determination and courage are remarkable.
I love how the story was built, from the viciously tense beginning to the building of the relationship, the romance, the suspense, the overall story, had a seamless flow and held my interest until the wee hours of the morning. The conflicts in the story come from the outside threats and pressure, the love that awakens between Ashley and Beck - while instant - felt real and credible to me. The bond they both have with Adam was the most adorable thing to witness, Adam's trust in them heartwarming and sweet.
From heart-stopping danger and fear to ardent love and tenderness this story has an excellent balance of joy and gloom when two broken down souls, find a connection and home within each other, yet has to fight for the peaceful and love filled future, put their lives on the line to make it happen. With the fairytale type of ending, that had me sighing and swooning, the story was an intriguing and alluring tale that I truly enjoyed!
~ Four Spoons with teaspoon on the side
“What’s wrong?” Trigger asked.
The softness in his voice made Ashley look up at him. Way up. The man was so tall.
She found her voice under the wave of fear gripping her. “I know you don’t mean to, but you’re scaring me.”
“Look at me, Ashley.”
She sucked in a breath, found a shred of bravery from the tatters of her will, and raised her gaze to meet his.
“I will never hurt you.”
She fell into the depths of gray and flecks of blue in his eyes and drowned in the sincerity and promise she found there. Deep down, she believed him. Part of her needed to believe him, because she needed something real to hold on to before she sank any deeper into despair and the paranoia that everyone wanted to hurt her.
She nodded. “If he finds me, he’ll kill me.”
“He’ll have to get past me first.”
Jennifer Ryan is the New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted, McBride, and Montana Men series. She writes suspenseful contemporary romances with outrageous plot twists, deeply emotional love stories, high stakes and higher drama. Her stories are filled with love, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.
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