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 badasses. 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.
An intense story line with fabulous characters. Cy stole my heart with the heartache he experienced in life and his gruffness was touching. An alpha any woman can love. Must read!
Jay Crownover’s BEST series yet!
It’s not a secret how much I love all things Jay Crownover—she just knows the way to my heart a little too much. She nails every single one of my bad boy fantasies—ones who are big, troubled and broody with a soft heart and a broken, yet beautiful soul. And it never mattered where the story took me—may it be the city, the wrong side of the tracks, and now, the country. Hell, she could set it in the wilderness or the middle of nowhere for all I care and I’m pretty sure I’d still dig it. I just love this author's grit, rawness and honesty, and the unbridled passion she never fails to inject into her books. Every work of hers is just a unique, moving and blissful journey and experience in and of itself. And Cy and Leo’s tale is no different at all. RETREAT is actually the perfect start to set such a brilliantly thrilling and unexpected tone in a new series—one where the born and raised city girl clashes with pure country (not quite) cowboy.
Cyrus Warner is blunt as hell and grumpy as f**k. This not-so-cowboy gave off such a mysterious vibe in the beginning since he really kept to himself and didn’t talk much, but there was no mistaking how much of an alpha he was. All throughout the book, you’ll just witness the transformation in him—how much love and passion he has burrowed beneath all those scowls and intense looks. I obsessed over everything about him—his gruffness, his intuitiveness, his primal instinct to protect, his utter love and loyalty to his family, his pure sexiness, his filthy mouth, and most of all, his precious heart. Seriously, with the way this story went, Cy’s protective streak is enough to bring you to your knees and melt you into a heap of swoony feels. Just be ready to surrender your heart to this man—cowboy or not.
There are a lot of reasons why Cy nicknamed Leora Connor Sunshine the moment they first interacted. But my favorite reason of all might be the one where he saw her as this bright beacon of hope and strength, despite everything she’s been through and was still coming to terms with when she turned up at the ranch with her best friend. Leo is one of the bravest, toughest women I’ve read in all of Jay Crownover’s books. She was gravely deceived by her ex-boyfriend, resulting to her building up walls that were so unbreakable, nobody could try and penetrate them. Her trust and confidence was infinitely crushed to bits and pieces; she became so thirsty for love and approval. But despite everything warring within her, Leo still used that time in the ranch to try and embrace her fears and move forward, no matter how hard it was. And the moment she decided to let Cy and the other Warners in, I just loved her even more.
Reading RETREAT and basking in all its goodness certainly made me want to get lost in the countryside and hunt down these sexy cowboys. It absolutely made my heart race and my blood pump hard for so many reasons. Cy and Leo together all throughout was just off the charts, blazing hot. But the twists and turns—holy hell—they were unlike anything I’ve read from this author before. The storyline completely blindsided me and left me in utter awe of how remarkable and heart-stopping it was all laid out for the reader. And with the way this ended, you’d die to have Emrys and Sutton’s book in your hands stat. Truly, the Getaway Series just might be my new Crownover favorite! And this one? It’s by far the BEST. JAY CROWNOVER BOOK. EVER!
This was not the usual by Jay, but it was just as great of a read. As always her writing knows no bounds, great characters, great storyline and I can’t wait to read the other Warner brothers love stories. Great job Jay!!!!