Title: Escaping Me
Author: Elizabeth Lee
Series: Escaping Me #1
Genre: New Adult
Publisher: Self Published
Release date: 30th July 2013
All she wanted to do was forget. Forget the memory of walking in on her boyfriend in the middle of, well, another girl. Forget how she had her entire life planned out. And, forget about being perfect all the time. Unfortunately, she was Whitney Vandaveer and despite the fact that she moved to the middle of nowhere – she couldn’t.
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.
As I’m on a bit of a run with New Adult novels at the moment I purchased a few cheap ebooks from Amazon and this was one of them.
Protagonist Whitney Vandaveer comes from a wealthy family and her dad expects her to be perfect and do everything right in her life. When she finds her long time boyfriend in bed with another girl though she knows something needs to change which is how she ends up in a small town staying with her mum and sister who she hasn’t seen in a long time. They live a very different and more relaxed lifestyle and Whitney really feels out of place to begin with. But, she’s read for the summer but she isn’t ready for Cole Pritchett.
Cole was an interesting character who I liked for the most part. He’s the black sheep of the family and is trying to sort his life out and get himself together without getting into trouble. He clearly wants to make something of his life and works hard to do better which is something I admired. He had the typical smouldering bad boy thing about him so it was easy to see the attraction between him and Whitney.
The first half of the book was pretty good and it held my interest. I enjoyed watching Whitney and Cole get to know one another and they had great chemistry too. Whitney begins to learn who she really is and what her life could be like without her controlling father and Cole learns that not everyone thinks he’s bad and a waste of space.
After about half way though things went downhill and fast. There was far too much insta-love going on and Whitney and Cole had barely known each other for five minutes and there wasn’t much chance to get to know each other properly because they spent a lot of time doing other things. A story that could have been believable and real turned into something quite immature and annoying, which was a shame.
Escaping Me is an easy read but there was too much about it that annoyed me unfortunately.
Title: Escaping Me