Monday, January 2, 2017

Review: Retreat by Jay Crownover

Retreat by Jay Crownover
(Getaway #1)
December 28, 2016
364 pages
Genre: Cowboy Romance 18+
Contains: strong language, explicit sex

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.

I loved Retreat! I'm used to Jay Crownover tackling tattooed bad boys, and despite having no tattoos personally, I love her inktastic reads. Now, even as a big city girl, I can also wholeheartedly say I love her cowboys.

I totally fell in love with Cy and Leo. There was the perfect balance of push and pull, intensity and vulnerability, sexiness and tenderness, chemistry and uncertainty. I loved how their histories were revealed. There was a beauty to their honesty which only made me pull for them harder. And the way they grew as individuals from the incredible impact they had on each other was genuine and insightful and beautiful. It also didn't hurt that they were so hot they could have set the forest on fire. I just really loved them.

In addition to this incredible romance is a whole lotta trouble. The members of this wilderness retreat were not the only ones in the forest. Bad things went down. But I loved the intensity. I loved not knowing what the end results would be. And that ending went even further than I thought it would. Wow.

And I'm so glad this will be a series. I'm so excited about the next book, even though my heart already hurts for the next couple. Plus, there were some other great side characters in here that I hope we'll see again. Loved this cast of characters. I'm ready for my wilderness retreat.

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