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Escape to You

(Montana Heat #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,255 ratings  ·  143 reviews
A Montana man always protects the woman he loves

He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the
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Published August 29th 2017 by Avon
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Lover of Romance
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Escape To You is the first  book in the newest series by Jennifer Ryan. This is a story that is heartfelt and thrilling and has the same unique voice as her other previous books. In Escape To You, our heroine, who was a famous actress, has been held prisoner for a whole year, being beated and battered both physically and emotionally. The man who holds her is mentally unstable. He has a crazy fixation on her, and on a young boy of four years
4 Pleased & Re-Readable Stars

Prominent Hollywood starlet Ashley Swan has been missing for a year, the media assume she has escaped to have a break from her life, those closest to her are not so sure but their concerns fall on deaf ears. In the last year Ashley has endured having her love acting used against her, as well as being mentally and physically tortured and caged. Knowing she will die, and welcoming this reality, when an unexpected opportunity rises for her to escape, she jumps at it, fl
Jan 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Worst ever book I've read. If it wasn't for the read harder challenge, I'd have dropped it. ...more
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked it, the hero and heroine had developed an awesome relationship!! I just wanted to see more interaction between the child and the heroine after everything got settled. And also the heroine became such a badass!! 👐👐
SB*needs low angst books*
Actress Ashley Swan trusted the wrong person and it cost her a painful year. When he slips up she escapes and takes the young child she has seen with her. Unfortunately, the cold and her weak body can't quite make it. The young boy with her finds the house that she saw and he comes to the attention of the owner who happens to be DEA Agent Beck "Trigger" Cooke. Beck follows the boy named Adam to the woman fallen in the snow and takes the both to his home to care for them. Recognizing Ashley, Beck ...more
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
The blurb + cover made me get this book. Was it a good investment? Not really as I know for sure that I will not be rereading it.
Ashley Swan, the heroine was kept as a prisoner by someone she thought a friend for a whole year. Besides keeping her against her will, the psycho beat her up + starved her.
When she finally got the chance to escape, she grabbed it without any hesitation + took along with her a four year old boy, the son to the psycho's housekeeper/lover.
Okay enough with the introduc
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

I will admit that I love everything Jennifer Ryan writes. She's one of those authors that I find to be so exciting to read. Each book gets better and better.

She's now started a new series that I'm loving. It started with the novella, Protected by Love. It's about Beck's brother Caden. The stories overlap a little but unless you read Protected by Love you wouldn't know that.

I would make sure to read the novella fir
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)

Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan is a suspenseful story of kidnapping, torture, and salvation. Ashley was a famous actress who disappeared from the public (and private) eye with seemingly no trace! One evening, almost a year after her abduction, Ashley manages to escape and brings along a child who was held captive as well. Lost in the Montana wildness, she stumbles upon Beck Cooke's home. He takes her and the child in and promises to protect and help them. Ashley has been tortured and is ba
Elizabeth Neal
Beck, aka Trigger, an undercover DEA agent on personal leave, though his injuries have pretty much healed, is still living with the guilt from two months ago during a drug bust when an innocent woman died, and last month being within an inch of hitting his brother, Caden's girlfriend, Mia, see book one, Protected by Love, while saving her from a madman bent on revenge. And yet, the gossip, oh, sorry, celebrity news show, excepts him to care that Ashley, some hoity-toity spoiled actress, disappea ...more
Trish R.
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it

OK, I decided to buy the next book in this series after reading the novella that gave you a sneak-peek at the new Montana Heat series, because I really wanted to read Beck and Ashley’s story. And it was really quite good. It did kind of go on and on to add more pages to the book, which I hate, but it was exciting and dangerous for both Beck and Ashley. He was trying to stay away from Guzman and she had escaped from being kidnapped and tortured by that sick and twisted Brice. Wow, the author real
Big Joe  Rossi
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This is my first reading of a book by author Jennifer Ryan and it won't be my last. This was a near perfect, start to finish, thriller, suspense, romance.

Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is home on his secluded ranch in Montana when he discovers the shock of his life and he thought he'd seen everything. As the storm storm started he discovered a little boy on his property trying to help him he is led to a woman near naked in an evening gown and one heel out cold on the cold tundra. Whe
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: con-rom
Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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Wow! Escape to You was an intense, heartrending story of two people who had been through horrific situations finally falling in love and healing each other. This gem of a romance ranks right up there as some of the best work Jennifer Ryan has done to date.

‘He planned to do everything in his power to show her that love didn’t always hurt. That kindness didn’t have to come with strings attached.’

For years I’ve loved the characters
Lyndi W.
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Honestly, though I have enjoyed all of the stories I've read, I don't think I can handle anymore Jennifer Ryan right now. All her stories are sappy and this one even had a "and the whole family lived happily ever after with lives full of love and only good things" paragraph at the end. It's not a sugary sweet romance, but there's a level of corniness or sappiness in here that, after 5 books, gets a bit cloying.

Again, plot was great, characters were good, but there's zero mystery and I thought th
As much as I love this author's books for the way she brings out the deep emotional connection between the MCs and also for the suspense in her books, I find myself highly disturbed by her graphic detailing of the torture and violence her protagonists go through especially the heroines and also her tendency to stretch the bad stuff for so many pages. Like there was no need for the detailed description of the killing of one prison inmate by another in the shower as it was a foregone conclusion ev ...more
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This read held up to the expectations of my strong, sexy, determined men of Jennifer Ryan's series. I loved meeting Trigger in a previous read. I was very much hoping that he found love and a way out of the life that he was in, by choice and circumstances. Reading the pre-quel to this series, I was very hopeful that Trigger (Beck) would be getting his story and it would be well worth the wait.

This on had everything that I have come to associate with one of Jennifer's hot sexy alpha males. There
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not sure how to classify Jennifer Ryan's books.  I read most of her Montana Men series.  And now she's started this spin-off, Montana Heat.  Delving into the law enforcement side, out in the country of Montana, her books are one third suspense, one third action, and one third HOT romance.  To say that this first full novel in the new series is intense is an understatement.  This book is GOOD!

Beck/Trigger doesn't know who he is right now.  Just having come out of being undercover for the DEA
 Reading In Pajamas
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Review: MONTANA HEAT: ESCAPE TO YOU: A Montana Heat Novel by Jennifer Ryan
Publication Date: August 29, 2017
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna
Rated: 4 Stars

This exciting story kept my attention from page one. Ashley was in an impossible situation that would normally make her one dimensional, but the author managed to make me like her and root for her. Beck (Trigger) was the perfect man for a desperate woman. Hot, sexy, strong and troubled himsel
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Plot: 4/5
Characterisation: 4/5
Prose: 3.5/5
How much I enjoyed it: 4/5
Nelle Nazario
Dark and twisty along with sweet and romantic and very suspenseful!!! This had everything I could want!!! Super strong, kickass heroine! SO freaking much to admire in her!! I'm now dying for the next one!! ...more blog~
Loved this! Review coming.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wicked
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Betrayed by a man she thought was a friend, Ashley Snow has been held as a prisoner for a year. Was it kidnapping if she willingly went with him? Was it her fault that she didn't see the signs of that he was just a little left of normal? After being beaten, starved and mentally abused for the past year, she knows that her will to live is fading. The last time she tried to run, her beating was so severe she was afraid she
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading the preview for this novel in the back of PROTECTED BY LOVE, I knew we would be getting an intense story. Beck is at his ranch in Montana recovering both mentally and physically from an undercover assignment that his left him weary and the target of a drug kingpin out for revenge. A snow storm is moving in and when he goes out to tend his horses he discovers someone has been in his barn. Imagine his surprise when he finds a young boy who leads him to a woman. He is shocked when he ...more
Rachael Orman
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

So this book if really one of those books that teeters between four and five for me. While I really loved the story and plot line and the face that these two very broken and struggling individuals find strength and comfort in each other, I also had a few issues. The relationship borders on insta love and, well, I always have a hard time with that in any story. They could've shared most of what they did without it tu
Christi Snow
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review:
I read book #2 in this series for review, but hadn't read this first book. There was enough of Ashley and Beck's story told in that book that I knew I had to read this book immediately. OMG, it was so good. It did not disappoint at all.

Ashley is the strongest heroine I think I've ever read in a book. When the book begins, she's in captivity and on the verge of giving up everything after a year of torture. Instead, she escapes with a four year old also living in her nightmare in the mi
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A GREAT BOOK. This book has it all. A villain you love to hate, a hero and heroine and a great plot. You admire the strength, courage and cunning that the good guys show. You will cheer them on and boo the bad guys. I enjoyed reading this book and I think you will too.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unfortunately, I was not really a fan of this book. The after effects of trauma on Ashely are a bit too unrealistic for me especially since there are scenes of her going to a psychiatrist and talk about treatment for Ashely. Now, you may read that and say "But she went to a psychiatrist!"

What I mean that the effects of trauma are unrealistic is that Ashely doesn't really seem to have residual emotional and mental issues. At least, not any that would have a longer term affect than a week. For the
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan was a wonderful novel that kept me captivated. I liked the development of the characters and how the story unfolded. Just when I would think I had figured out what would happen next, things changed and I was once again on the edge of my seat as the story changed directions. By the end of the story all the pieces had come together leaving a feeling of satisfaction. This book was a combination of drama, mystery and romance all in one. I enjoyed this book and had a ha ...more
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Escape to you was an addictive page turner that kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning, and I have to say it was well worth the loss of Zzzz's! The story line gripped me from the first page, it was dark, full of unexpected twists and turns, and highly engaging !! I have read books by this author in the past and I have to say not only did she take me by surprise with this one, but she also left me pretty anxious to read the next installment in the series!! Highly recommend this one, i ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok

I don’t know why I disliked this book so much. We were told exactly how things were and exactly how we should feel about it. There was no finesse, the sentence structure and plot feeling cluttered and clunky.
Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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"He discovered her during a Montana blizzard, freezing cold, impossibly vulnerable, a little boy by her side. Undercover DEA Agent Beck “Trigger” Cooke is astonished to recognize Ashley Swan—award-winning actress, famous beauty—and missing for over a year. To keep her and the child hidden from a sadistic madman, he secrets the pair away to his isolated home.

No longer a prisoner, and protected at Hope Ranch, Ashley recovers and learns the tall, tempting federal agent may ha
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Jennifer Ryan, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Hunted and McBrides Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. Wh

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