He always knew he would never be more than nothing. No job, no money, no future. Cole Pritchett had accepted the fact that he would always be the screw up and he was okay with it. Until he met her.
Here's the thing they quickly found out – sometimes we all need a little help escaping who we think we are.
Elizabeth Lee knows that the way to my heart is a good country boy. And she seriously writes the best country boys. It’s quite possible that Cole is my favorite so far. He’s all kinds of rough around the edges, but he’s good and strong and just…country. This book makes me nostalgic for the life I had and what my life would have been if I hadn’t moved out of the backwoods. There’s something about beer and bonfires, local dives, barns and lumber that is so – home – to me. And seriously, Elizabeth Lee seems to just get that – she captures the Midwest so well it makes me ecstatic.
Our heroine, Whitney, was just a constant surprise. Considering she’s coming from a pampered life in the city, I figured she’d be quiet and a little passive. I didn’t expect her to be making all the first moves and to actually be the one who was more explosive than Cole. She’s the kind of girl I wish I could be, because even though she seems proper and composed, she has this whole badass side of her and she goes after what she wants even when it scares her a little.
But back to Cole…anybody watch Hart of Dixie? Because Cole is totally Wade. He seems like one of those perpetual bachelor types who always sells himself short and settles for less than he deserves. His ex-girlfriend is trashy and left Cole for his brother, and really that's his experience with relationships. He's exactly the kind of guy that girls love to think they'll be the one to smooth their rough edges and prove they're worth something. Because if you're that person for him, good lord is it amazing.
Of course, the setting so alive in this book, it's wonderful. It's very clear these characters are influenced by their surroundings. Whitney definitely has some country in her that she didn't know about, because living with her mom and sister definitely brings it screaming out of her. In my experience, when you grow up in a place like this, you either leave or you stay. Which is fine, until you start forming friendships and relationships, then you're either leaving someone behind or letting someone go. This was one of the major issues that Cole and Whitney faced and I think Elizabeth Lee handled it so well. I find myself attached to books that handle storylines where two people are pulled in opposite directions and how they handle that because that's a bit of a thing that has changed my life in the past.
I love Elizabeth Lee's books, mostly because they remind me of my favorite country songs, but also because they're great stories and filled with characters I can really connect with. Escaping Me is definitely winning because Cole is in it. I love this one, you guys. I mean, Whitney's totally perfect for him, but I can be Whitney for a while, right? Anyways, if you're looking for good New Adult books, I recommend checking out this or Give Me Something or Shattered. I've loved them all and I can't wait to see what's next from Elizabeth Lee.