The guy in black has joined me on the couch and is almost touching me, he’s sitting so close. The tangle of tattoos on his arms distracts me for a moment before I get my first good look at his face.
I draw in a sharp breath—I can’t help it. I’m staring at the most beautiful man I have ever seen. He has longish brown hair liberally sprinkled with natural gold highlights, and it’s all in a pleasing, tousled mess. I wonder what it would feel like to run my fingers through that hair, to mess it up even further. It looks soft. He has strikingly dark brown eyes framed with the thickest eyelashes I’ve ever seen on a guy. His eyes seem to flash with some kind of dark amusement, and my heart beats faster. A muscle pulses in his jaw when he swallows—God, I love a guy with a strong jawline—and I want to place my lips there, right at that pulse, and kiss him.
“You okay, Zoe?” he asks, and there’s that amusement in his eyes again.
“How’d you know my name?” I ask, and I’m pleased that my voice is steady. There’s no sense in letting him know just how much I like what I see—though I’m afraid he somehow knows exactly what I’ve been thinking. Something in the way he’s looking at me makes me blush. And I never blush.
“I make it a point to find out information that might be of interest to me.”
His voice is low and raspy and touches something deep within my core, but I force out a laugh.
“Does that kind of line usually work for you?”
He shrugs, grinning. “To be honest, yeah. It does.”
My laugh is sincere this time. “Well, at least you are honest.”
He leans back into the couch, stretching his arm across the back of the cushion so that it just grazes my shoulder. I shiver a little and hope he doesn’t notice. A quick glance around tells me we shouldn’t be interrupted. Hunter appears to have moved off while I was distracted by the sex god—I’m pretty sure I can make out his voice across the room, urging someone else to come down and feel the carpet. Ellie has dozed off. I’m not surprised—that’s her usual reaction to pot and one of the reasons I don’t often join in when she partakes. I don’t come to parties to sleep.
I smile at the sex god. Flirting with hot guys, on the other hand, is one of the best reasons to come to a party.
“I’m at a bit of a disadvantage here.” I inch my knee closer to his.
“You know my name, and I don’t know yours.”
He holds my gaze for a minute, and my heart thumps. “Maybe I’d rather be a man of mystery.”
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“He told me once that I was his escape, and I agreed. In a world that was cold and dark and scary, Taylor was my safe place. When I felt trapped… trapped in my guilt and my fear, he was my escape, my way out.”
Jet Taylor: Real name Jeremy but goes by “Jet” by others and “Taylor” by Zoe. Estimated 25 years old. Longish brown hair with gold highlights, striking dark brown eyes, and tattooed. Works at a garage. Best friends with Fred who has a crush on Ellie.
Zoe Janes: Twenty-one years old. Naturally blonde but dyed red. Clear blue eyes. Has a nose stud. Goes to a community college. Best friends with Ellie.
“Escape in You” was a decent read. Both characters damaged individuals who come from broken households and/or tragic circumstances. Each has their own set of demons and insecurities that basically have them battling themselves throughout the course of the story.
I felt a large ploy for Zoe and Taylor’s plights. Both of their situations are rather unfortunate and heartbreaking. In some ways, I guess, you can look at them as just being dealt with a bad set of cards and just trying making everything work around it.
When they meet at a party, there’s an instant spark and attraction between them. They feel as though they can let go and escape in each other. But, of course, as problems arise from the home front it threatens to tear things apart.
My thoughts: During the course of this read, I felt that the chemistry of Zoe and Taylor was both cute and destructive. They had a great camaraderie BUT... there were particular times when Zoe frustrated me with her reckless behavior and ways of how she handled things. She was a walking disaster to me and always tried to numb herself in alcohol. Sure, Taylor had this own faults but as time wore on and he began to develop a trust in Zoe, he began to look to her as a pillar of support and controlled his dangerous behavior (well, most of the time anyway).
It was at the climax of the story though that I was glad that both characters had a wakeup call. They needed to understand that the situations that they’ve had to deal with were never their fault and that it’s okay to be selfish for once. They’ve always had to sacrifice a lot and I was glad that by that time they were able to let go and be happy for once in their lives.
SO, my verdict: Very nice for my first Rachel Schurig read! It was one of the more different books I’ve come across where I at times didn’t know what I felt but was satisfied in the end. I do have to say that I was rather only disappointed that the characters had grown a love relationship so fast. Yeah, they had their unique "bond" but they fell in love rather too fast for my taste.
Over all though, good job Rachel! :)
-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8
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