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.
4TLOR Review ~ by Lou
A brilliant surprise release from Jay Crownover! I always love it when one of your favorite authors release surprise books, where you have no expectations or preconceived ideas of what the book will be about or what it will contain. I didn’t even read the blurb, I just went straight in… And I was not disappointed!
At the very start there is a warning that we may not like the heroine and to stick with her – well I absolutely loved her right from the get go!! I couldn’t find fault with her at all.. Leo was sassy, a bit standoffish, but has had a pretty rubbish past with her ex, so has a number of trust issues and is lacking self-confidence, covering this up and protecting herself with her sharp words.
This is partly the reason why Leo’s best friend in the world, Emrys has convinced her to go on this adventure trip on a ranch in the mountains of Wyoming! The ranch is run by 3 hot brooding cowboy brothers! And in this book we really get to know Cy Warner.
What can I say about Cy – he’s big, brooding, sexy, mysterious, guarded and rather serious on the surface. But underneath all of that there is a lot more to him which we do learn and see more of the real him when he is with Leo.
Told in a single PoV from Leo’s perspective we really get to see her thoughts and delve deeper into her mind and everything that goes on in this story – I do like the way it has been written. Her and Cy’s relationship as it progresses throughout the book is brilliant – it was hot and steamy at times, but also very sweet and tender as well.
Because while Cy might not be what I imagined a cowboy to be, he sure as hell was what I’d always imagined a hero should be.
This book is filled to the brim with action, adventure, self discovery, camaraderie and experiences of a lifetime!! I did find there was a little lull for myself personally in the first third of the book, but it soon picked up again and by the end I was totally engrossed. I really look forward to the rest of this new series and seeing what Jay has in store for us from Sutton, Lane and of course Emrys!
**** 4 cowboy stars! ****
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