The thing about romance readers is that we are voracious. We find a good book, and we finish it in a day, then buy all the books written by that author and read them in a week. The problem inherent is that when you go through novels this quickly, you can find yourself in the same sort of pickle as one of our new Romantic Reads posters:
You'll be in need a good book. And when given recommendations, you'll sadly realize that you've read them all! But no matter, there's always more to be read than has been read, if you do a little digging. And if that doesn't work, you can always try the new releases.
Which brings me to my might-be-favorite book of 2012, Susan Elizabeth Phillips' The Great Escape. When last seen, Lucy Jorik was fleeing her wedding to Ted Beaudine in nothing but a blue choir robe. As we know from Call Me Irresistible, Ted found love with Meg Koranda, a woman who was able to not only handle Ted's perfection but dig beneath the polish to the real man below. But what of poor, confused Lucy?
The Great Escape begins moments before Lucy bolts. Her mind tells her to go through with her wedding but her legs start moving in the opposite direction, and before she knows it she's strapped to the back of a motorcycle, arms wrapped around a biker. The rider - Panda - is everything Ted is not. Unkempt. Crude. Manly in a chews-with-his-mouth-open kind of way. But he takes her where she wants to go, and doesn't put up much of a fight when Lucy decides to keep running all the way to Panda's vacation.
So the question is why? Why ditch your perfect life in a maelstrom of panic? Why put your well-being in the hands of a man who may or may not have done time, and who looks like jail is in his future as well? Lucy's reasons and Panda's identify unfold in a beautiful, emotional answer that provides everything you could possibly want in an SEP novel. You'll laugh and cry and cheer and clap when old favorite characters - Nealy and Mat and Meg - appear.
For more recommendations and favorite reads, head on over to Romantic Reads. And please help our poor poster find a book she hasn't read before!
Do you ever feel like you've all the books already?
Melanie Murray is a writer and editor, and the moderator of Romantic Reads, BN.com's all-romance, all-the-time community forum. You can follow her on Twitter at @Melanie_Murray and get all the latest Barnes & Noble book news from @BNBuzz.
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