5 Star Review: Retreat by Jay Crownover

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Retreat

The Getaway Series – Book 1

By Jay Crownover

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Synopsis

Every once in a while, you need to get away from it all.

I was a woman on the edge, shaken and shattered after a breakup that felt like it tore my entire world apart.
My best friend, sick of watching me drown in misery and melancholy, harassed me until I agreed to go with her on a week-long wilderness retreat.

She promised days spent bonding and getting in touch with our inner bad-asses. It was supposed to be all about the two of us roughing it and making do with the bare minimum. She assured me we were going to be pushed to our limits in ways that were unimaginable. Neither one of us could have ever guessed just how right she was.

Nowhere in the glossy brochure did it say anything about the fact I was going to have to battle the insufferable but deliciously rugged and sexy trail guide instead of the elements. The brochure also forgot to mention the part that warned when you left civilization behind, there was no place to pack your inhibitions and fears.

I was told that I would be facing a week where the only thing I should expect was the unexpected. However, no one mentioned that I was going to have to fight for my life…and my heart as soon as I ventured into the unknown.

I was a pro at hiding from my feelings but when it came time to face a real threat, one that could change everything, I learned I was more of a no surrender, no retreat kind of girl.

Retreat is a standalone novel, the first in the Getaway series which centers on the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women that dare to love them.
These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.

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5Star

Michel’s Review

Wow!  Jay Crownover stepped out of her element and delivered a fantastic romantic suspense layered with emotional passages.  This book was not only a romantic suspense, it was also a journey for a woman who is questioning everything about herself.  She’s angry, hurt, guarded, and fearful.  She has emotionally boxed herself into her little self absorbed world and sealed the lid.  She’s lost herself.

Leo’s best friend convinced her to come to Wyoming for a wilderness retreat.  One week spent on the trails, living off the land, and becoming one with nature.  This is not Leo’s idea of a good time but she’s willing to suck it up because she has been a miserable selfish friend and it’s time to turn that around.

Leo thought she knew what she was getting into.  In her mind she pictured the typical cowboys guiding their group and bonding around the campfire at the end of the day.  She envisioned easy riding trails and scenic views.  Her expectations were way off base.  The trail guides are not the typical cowboys.  The Warner Brothers are in a class by themselves.  One is grumpy and looks more like a model biker, one is friendly but reserved, and the other is sullen and quiet.  They are there to do their jobs and make sure their clients have the best experience communing with nature.

The entire trip starts off balance.  One of the brothers has to stay behind because of a family emergency. The grumpy brother, Cy Warner has to take over the expedition until his brother can rejoin them later in the week.  The trail group is not the greatest group of people to be spending a week with on the trails.  An entitled dysfunctional family from New York City that includes two smart mouthed teenagers, two city women that aren’t used to nature,  two oddball men who are completely stand offish to the entire group, and two guides that are pushing their limits.  It ends up that was the easy part of the trip.  What happens while they are on the trail is something no one could of foreseen, not even their experienced guides.  The peaceful retreat has turned into a dangerous endeavor forcing them to fight for survival.

Through all of this Leo finally faces herself, she conquers her fears, and gains new strengths she never knew she had.  She also finds what she thought was love was only an illusion.  Cy Warner has taught her to reach for more and give more of herself.

This book literally blew me away.  It was unlike anything Jay Crownover has written.  I was on the edge of my seat when the danger kicked up full throttle.  What made it even more intense was the reality of the situation.  This situation is something that could happen anywhere.  Jay’s vivid descriptions made the story come alive.

Leo was not my favorite character in the beginning.  As the book began to progress and Leo’s layers started peeling away, I began to see a completely different individual. I enjoyed witnessing her growth as an individual.  Her prickly personality masked the vulnerable woman hiding behind her fears.

The chemistry between Cy and Leo was sizzling.  Their verbal sparring and heated moments added the fire in this book.  There was the right amount of romance mixed within the events evolving throughout the story.

I am looking forward to reading more books in the Getaway series.  There are two Warner brothers screaming for their own stories.  They both deserve it after what happened in Retreat.

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Jay Crownover - headshotAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men, The Point, and the Saints of Denver series. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

 

 

 

 

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