I am delighted to be today’s stop on the book tour for; Escape; The O’Briens by Jude McLean. I can’t wait to share my review of this charming book. Firstly, a quick thank you to Kelly at Love Books Tours and Jude for my complimentary copy.

Escape, The O’Brians

Escape to breathtaking Ireland in a story of passion, mystery, and suspense.

She dreams of breaking free.

Desperate to start over, Darcie Hartwell is drawn to Ireland, unwittingly compelled by the mystical power of fate and the ghost of an ancestor. She’s not looking for adventure, love, or friendship. She only yearns for a peaceful life, free from the memories that plague her nightmares.

He dreams of her.

Connor O’Brian is a hard-working Irishman who wants nothing to do with women or romance—burnt once, twice shy. Except for the one he sees in his dreams. For years, he has dreamt of only her. Nameless, voiceless, he doesn’t know if she’s real. But he knows that if he ever finds her, he will stop at nothing to keep her.

But fate has its own plans.

Falling into the waiting arms of the handsome Irishman was never Darcie’s intention, but in that one moment, everything changed. Now, Darcie must decide if she is willing to confront the past that haunts her and face who she is to fight for the love she never knew awaited her.


I was instantly drawn to this book the moment I laid eyes on it, the book sounded right up my street and the cover is so gorgeous. I love romantic suspense and I have a serious weakness for a twinkly-eyed Irishman (be still my beating heart) so this felt like a win, win. Unfortunately, It didn’t hit all the buttons for me, I felt as though something was lacking like there was something missing, as this is a mystery suspense element in it there are lots of plot twists and roadblocks in the way and yet in parts, if felt quite sluggish and yet I enjoyed it. I loved the relationship between Connor and Darcey and the setting is my every dream come to, but I can’t say I loved it.

Contradictory or what?

Will I read more from the series?

A definite yes, because despite the parts I thought lagged behind a little the majority of the book kept me engaged, I loved Connor (as I said earlier I do love a beautiful Irishman) and I really enjoyed the sweet and saucy romance between the couple, they work really well together but I have a feeling there is going to be more to their story as this is a series and I would love to see how they are getting on.

The relationship between Connor and darcy is intense, it’s sweet, sexy and full of emotion and plenty of angst, they both have real issues to deal with, and I really liked how they instantly clicked no matter what is happening in their private life the sizzle of chemistry and sexual tension crackles between them.

Despite my personal reservation regarding the pacing in parts which made certain aspects of the story seem to drag along, my overriding feeling of this book is blissful enjoyment, with mystery and sizzling romance this is perfect for those lazy afternoons……plus I now have an overwhelming yearning to visit Ireland!!

Author Bio

I was a wife and writer at home when the Coronavirus hit. My husband was suddenly working from home, and I couldn’t get a minute’s peace while I wrote. I was going crazy and contemplated homicide. So I took a job as a contact tracer. The work took me away from Darcie and Connor, but at least it kept me out of prison. The job led me to write Have You Got A Kitchen Table? The Musings and Melancholy of a COVID-19 Contact Tracer. If you need a laugh pick up the audiobook!

Darcie’s story, Escape, was always playing on a constant loop in my head. Every day all day. I could hear her fear and Connor’s worry. And my personal favorite is Nan’s sarcasm. I can’t wait to finish her book, United. But Sondra, a loveable firecracker, and Simon, a lady killer who loves to not be in love, have impatiently waited their turn. Break Free is coming soon!

I am of Irish descent and hold a deep-rooted affinity to Ireland. So it was only natural that it be the setting of my first trilogy. Ireland has tattooed itself on my soul. It’s my second home. I can’t be there as much as I would like. This way, I can be there as often as I wish and bring my readers along for the ride.

I write the stories that come to me as best I can so others hear the characters, feel their emotions, and see their lives the way I do. In short, I let it rip and love every moment of it! I hope you do too.

Website: https://www.judemclean.com/

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