Retreat by Jay Crownover

Title: Retreat (Getaway, #1)

Author: Jay Crownover

Publication Date: December 28, 2016



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.

Natalie’s 4 Star Review

I’m not surprised at all that I really liked this book. I am a big fan of Jay Crownover and even with all of the hype that this book is “different than her usual style”, to me it still felt like a Jay book. Granted I haven’t read all of her books but, aside from the obvious difference in geographical location and lack of tattoos, the romance still felt real, the sex was still very sexy and the plot was still well written, character driven and packed with lots of action, adventure and heart.

Trying to get away after from the pain and hurt after a bad breakup, city girl Leo and her best friend, Emrys leave the bustle of San Francisco for a wilderness excursion in the mountains of Wyoming. Leo is hoping to find herself again, to trust her judgment and feel like her old self. With her very first step onto the ranch however, Leo finds herself face to face with Cyrus Warner.

Cy, the owner and oldest Warner brother isn’t quite what she was expecting. Between his not very cowboy-like appearance and his prickly personality, Leo is a bit put off. That doesn’t mean however that he isn’t still very attractive, because he is and Leo cant help but find herself drawn to him.

Just like Leo, Cy isn’t looking for anyone. After a failed past relationship he doesn’t believe he will ever find love again but the city girl with the big mouth has definitley caught his attention. On their trek through the wilderness with her best friend and several other vacationers the relationship between Cy and Leo grows from clashing personalities to an intense chemistry that you can feel. Along the way the trip takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. Fears are faced head on and the connection between Leo and Cy only grows deeper. 

Like I said, I really liked this book. I liked Leo very much and really liked how she grew throughout the story. Watching her ‘find herself’ felt good. I loved her strength and the fact that she was able to overcome her fears with support of Cy, but mostly on her own. I also loved the secondary plot that the author began with Leo’s best friend Emrys and Cy’s brother Sutton. I am very much looking forward to the next in the series to see how their story plays out. 

“You pissed me off and turned me on the second you opened your mouth. I knew in that second, that for whatever reason, you were here for me.”


About the Author

Jay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.
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