Review Tour and Giveaway: ESCAPE: Jay Crownover

by - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Jay Crownover

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Release Date January 30, 2018

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. 

Lane Warner and Brynn Fox have been through so much together. They were best friends, first loves, family, and roommates, and all along they carried a torch for each other but were afraid to take a chance again. But when Lane stands to lose Brynn to another man, instead of fighting for her, he takes off.

Lane was always just needing to have his own identity separate from his brothers and to be seen. He was usually the funny and easy going brother, but just hid his pain and insecurities. He was always Brynn's friend and protector, and they knew each other better than anyone else. But when she rebuffed his attempt to ultimately protect her, it hurt him so bad that he closed off his heart and it all became awkward and difficult. So for years even though they lived together on the ranch, their communication was a big issue and neither was willing to take a chance on pushing too hard and risk losing the other out of their life for good. And their lives are still so closely tied with the ranch and family.

But Brynn is strong, determined, loving, and knows what she wants. And this time she is not going to let it slip away. Her past was traumatic and hard, but the Warner Ranch and Lane have been her home for a long time. And she is ready to take a stand and bring her cowboy home where he belongs.

We have known all about the back story of Lane and Brynn since the first book, Retreat, and have watched them struggle for those are not spoilers. But it is hard to talk about this book without posting any so it will have to be vague.

I thought I knew how this book was going to go, but I was totally wrong. I expected it to be angsty and a long and drawn out process of Lane and Brynn finally figuring out their lives. And yes, it is their time to do that. But the story line also went off in a completely different direction than I was expecting. It still has the feel of the other books with adventure, suspense, danger, and tough subjects. It introduces some new characters that I got really attached to. It brings back in some of the side characters we know like Ten, Webb, Wyatt, as well as his family Cy and Leo, and Sutton and Emrys. There is even an awesome cameo and some familiar names and locations dropped.

This is a story about first love and forever love, acceptance, family, and finding a true home. It is told in dual points of view and kept me interested throughout. I adore Lane and Brynn individually and together. They are so well matched, have such history, love hard, and have hot chemistry. But they, like the other Warners, are also so loving and generous. They are not selfish people. They have a lot of love to give and have big hearts. Even though this ends the three Warner brothers stories, I am excited about the possibility of spin-offs from the other characters. I have enjoyed this series and the Wyoming ranch and the more romantic suspense feel to the stories. I am not quite ready to let them all go yet.

I was gifted a copy.
Lane Warner is used to being the overlooked brother, the one who tries to keep the mood light, but he can’t stay at the ranch anymore and watch everything he wants and can’t have. Running to Sutton wasn’t really his plan, but California seems like as good a place as any to figure out what Lane will do next.

Brynn Warner (formerly Fox) found a home at Warner Ranch, but an unconventional one. Marrying into the Warner family might have solved some of her problems, but put her heart in a difficult place. When Lane left, she was torn between what she wanted and what she thought was best, once again, but it’s time to bring Lane home and she’ll do whatever she has to in order to get him there.

The history between these two had been explained in brief, but seeing the drama behind Brynn’s past choices made those hints more real, more raw. Lane and Brynn have a bit of a star crossed lovers element to their story, but once they work through the pain they have each been holding on to, things between them smooth out quickly. I loved that the plot drama wasn’t just focused on issues between them, but focused on issues that caused them to band together.

This story took a turn that was unexpected and gritty and I loved watching the story unfold as the Warner family rallied around each other. I was not really expecting the direction of Lane and Brynn’s journey home, but loved watching as they gave support to a young boy who had no one to lean on.

There are great suspense bits as Land and Brynn attempt to sort through Bauer’s story and work to get him to safety. Bauer pulled at my heartstrings and I ached for the boy who was searching for home.

Jay does a fantastic job of dropping Easter eggs throughout her books and Escape does a phenomenal job with a Marked Men cameo and multiple references to the Point. I have gone back and forth as to whether I love the ending or not, but it certainly has me hoping she can find room in her writing schedule for Webb and Ten to get their story, because that was some ending! (Yes, Lane and Brynn have a complete story in Escape, but there is a lot of teasing for Webb and Ten!)

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
For the first time in days, it felt like my world was set back to rights.
Everything was crooked and off center the minute Lane walked out of the house in Wyoming and disappeared. I couldn’t think straight. Every step I took was wobbly and unsteady. From the moment I opened my eyes, to the second I fell into a fitful sleep at night, it was like I saw things through a grainy black and white filter. There was no color in any of my days when Lane was gone. There was no joy or light. There was only a massive void where I knew I should be able to feel my heart hurting and my soul suffering, the way they always did when it came to the youngest Warner, but when he left there was nothing.
I thought I knew what it felt like to have everything inside of me freeze and shatter. When word came that Lane had been shot while trying to protect his niece from a madman hell-bent on destroying everything that was important to Sutton, I was sure I would never be able to breathe or feel again. That icy pain, that frigid fear had nothing on the numbness that followed when Lane walked out the door seconds after Jack dropped to his knee. At that moment, I knew I was supposed to focus on the man asking me to share his life with him, the one who wanted me for me, and not because he was driven by some chivalrous need to save me from my messed up family and tumultuous home life.
But I hadn’t been focused on Jack. All I could see was the resignation and regret flashing through Lane’s pale blue eyes. We were both reliving the moment another man had asked me to marry him. Only that time, Lane hadn’t been able to escape the outcome. He’d been reminded of it for years, every waking moment when I’d technically held the title of his stepmom. I was something neither one of us could get away from no matter how hard we tried. It was amazing how much one little yes could change everything.
Now that he was standing in front of me, looking much thinner and more haggard than he had even when he came home from the hospital, I finally felt like I could inhale again. Everything that was fuzzy and blurred around the edges pulled back into sharp focus. I could look at the sky behind his tousled head and see that it was the same stormy blue as his eyes. I could also focus on the lines of tension and stress radiating out of the corners of those eyes and the bruised, dark hollows underneath them. Without him, nothing felt like it mattered. There was no home. There was no peace of mind. There was no safety and security.
When he was close, the littlest things felt hugely important and essential. The twitch of his lips into a wry grin spread warmth that chased away the emptiness for the first time in what felt like forever. The heat radiating off of his long, lean body made my heart kick back to life. When his arms wrapped around me for a seriously overdue hug, I finally felt alive. Finally felt something other than the echoing loneliness and hollowness that consumed me the minute he turned his back on me. Even with Daye trapped between us, I still felt a tingle at every single spot where his body touched mine.
“It’s so good to see you.” I meant it with every fiber of my being. Looking at him, even as worn and as drawn as he appeared, settled something deep inside of me.

Every once in a while, you need to get away from it all.
I was a woman on the edge, shaken and shattered after a breakup that felt like it tore my entire world apart. 

My best friend, sick of watching me drown in misery and melancholy, harassed me until I agreed to go with her on a week-long wilderness retreat.
She promised days spent bonding and getting in touch with our inner bad-asses. 

It was supposed to be all about the two of us roughing it and making do with the bare minimum. She assured me we were going to be pushed to our limits in ways that were unimaginable. Neither one of us could have ever guessed just how right she was.

Nowhere in the glossy brochure did it say anything about the fact I was going to have to battle the insufferable but deliciously rugged and sexy trail guide instead of the elements. The brochure also forgot to mention the part that warned when you left civilization behind, there was no place to pack your inhibitions and fears.

I was told that I would be facing a week where the only thing I should expect was the unexpected. However, no one mentioned that I was going to have to fight for my life…and my heart as soon as I ventured into the unknown. 

I was a pro at hiding from my feelings but when it came time to face a real threat, one that could change everything, I learned I was more of a no surrender, no retreat kind of girl. 

Retreat is a standalone novel, the first in the Getaway series which centers on the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women that dare to love them. 
These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.

SHELTER (Getaway #2)
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His life is chaos and confusion. It’s a storm of uncertainty and raging emotion. 

Sutton Warner is a mess. Everything in his life feels like it’s unraveling. 

He’s let a lot of people down lately, including his daughter. Sutton always promised his little girl he would never disappoint her and that he would always be there when she needed him. Until he wasn’t. 

The truth is, he’s used to disappointing the women in his life. First was his mother who couldn’t find a reason to stick around when he was growing up. Then there’s his ex. The woman who takes unbridled delight in making his life incredibly complicated.

Luckily, his daughter is still young enough to believe her old man is some kind of hero. But, he knows the day is coming when she realizes the truth, that he’s just a man with some serious flaws and a list of ever-growing weaknesses. 

Finally, there’s the woman he’s desperately trying to forget with every shot tossed back and each pill popped.

He more than disappointed Emrys…he almost got her killed.

Her love is steady and sure. It’s a shelter shaped by conviction and silent assurance.

Emrys Santos is lost. Everything in her life feels pointless and futile.

She’s been busy running away from her feelings and all the people who love her the most—including her best friend, the one person who knows exactly what she’s been through. They promised to always stick together and to lean on one another. It was a promise Em had to break so she could lick her wounds and figure out her next move. For once, there is no easy way out of the tangled web of emotions she’s caught up in, and right now, she recognizes that all roads lead back to Wyoming…and back to Sutton.

The man she nearly got killed.

Shelter is a standalone novel, the second 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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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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