One decision will haunt Blackstone soldier Keith for a lifetime…
Keith left behind the feisty love of his life, Lexi Klein, ten years ago when he chose to become a soldier and leave for Iraq, but after a tragedy struck Lexi’s family and Keith couldn’t come home, she felt abandoned. When Keith finally managed to make it back to Boston, Lexi had completely withdrawn from everyone, including him. She decides to end their relationship and move on.
Lexi has always owned Keith’s heart. He just didn’t know how much…
Keith returns to Boston years later for a wedding and finds out Lexi is dating the leader of the infamous Almas Perdidas Gang. Lexi is in over her head, and Keith will stop at nothing to keep her safe. Having never recovered from her broken heart, Lexi wants no part of his grand savior routine. She made her choice, and she has her own reasons to stick to her guns about it.
Keith fights to regain Lexi’s trust, but old wounds are slow to heal…
After Lexi is beaten for not following gang rules, Keith decides to take her on a trip to convince her once and for all to let him back in. But Lexi is holding on to one last secret, and it will change everything. Happiness comes at a price, and once the front Lexi put up comes crashing down, that price will be paid in blood.
Keith must make a decision. Does his loyalty lie with the military? Or with the woman he loves? Or has too much time and history been lost for them to make one…final…
3.5 Star Review by Ashley
HOLY INTENSITY! Keith's character and all his mysteriousness piqued my interest when I met him in Honor (which isn't necessary to read before this one but it wouldn't hurt). I had no idea what he was hiding, I figured it might've had something to do with a woman but I didn't expect all the dark and twisted that I found in Escape.
I was swept up in a world of good versus evil. Nothing is quite what it seems and where you can't always tell the good guys from the bad. But the one thing that was never in question was how much Keith longed for Lexi. The one he let slip away. Revisiting their past was as sweet as it was painful. I liked the glimpses of a softer side to them both. Where they hadn't been hardened by time and life and circumstance. But time and life had changed them and not necessarily for the better. Keith was hard. Lexi was lost. Call it fate or destiny but when Keith and Lexi wind up in each other's orbit again. There was no denying the longing and love that was still there, as much as they both tried to push it aside.
While there was a slight lull in the story a few times, my heart was racing through the final third of this book. There was danger and fear and a touch of hope through it all that kept me reading furiously to find out just what would happen. No spoilers here but I will say that my heart was in my throat! On a lighter note, there were glimpses of the rest of the Blackstone crew sprinkled throughout the pages of Escape. J.L. Drake has created something truly unique with this series and I am wholeheartedly looking forward to the next installment.
About the Author
Bestselling author J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children.
When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing.
An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue.
She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.