Princess Emma Reviews: Retreat by Jay Crownover

Retreat (The Getaway Series Book 1) by Jay Crownover
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5 Stars

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.

Series: Getaway #1
Also by this author: Built (Saints of Denver, #1)

5 Crowns

Book 1 in The Getaway series, each book will be a standalone featuring the lives and loves of the Warner brothers. It is completely unrelated to any other series written by this author.

Leo is coming off the back of a really bad relationship. It has left her questioning everyone and everything in her life, but mostly it has left her questioning herself. Fed up of the pity party she is throwing, her best friend Emrys persuades her to go on a wilderness retreat, to get back to nature and to find herself away from the stresses of her life in San Francisco. So when they arrive in the mountains of Wyoming she expects to be greeted by some hot Cowboys; instead she is greeted by the Warner brothers, her hosts for the weeks.

So Cowboys, eh not quite. The Stetsons and chaps are definitely missing, but hot… hell yes. It’s just a shame that their customer care leaves a lot to be desired. Lane the youngest is the friendliest, but Sutton struggles to raise a smile and Cyrus the eldest, well he is just plain rude. If Leo didn’t think this week could get any tougher, having to deal with Cyrus may just finish her off.

So I am purposely stopping right there in my story overview. The synopsis Jay Crownover gives, although lengthy, doesn’t give too much away and man she is spot on in her decision to do that. I went in pretty much blind with this book, but clicked it because of my love for this author. I thought it would be a great romantic story between a city girl and a cowboy, and yes for all intents and purpose it is that. Retreat however is not your run of the mill cookie cutter romance, this book is sooooo good and so much freaking more. It throws a story at you totally out of leftfield. I so didn’t see it coming, and quite frankly I didn’t expect this book to be as bloody brilliant as it was.

So whilst I would usually talk about characters and my thoughts on them, I won’t for this book. I seriously don’t want to give you any spoilers whatsoever. What I will say is that each Warner brother has an interesting backstory and if each brothers story is as good as Cyrus’, then we the reader are in for a hell of a bumpy ride. Told from Leo’s POV, you might question whether this gives you everything you need from the book. Let me assure you it does. Jay has a quality in her writing that ensures that we get the full story without being overloaded with words, inner thoughts and story fillers. I actually think a dual POV would have been too much in the pace of the storyline. As she herself says, it is Leo’s journey into the Warner world. Again she is bang on the money in her thought process on this.

I am a huge Jay Crownover fan, and have been with her since Rule (still one of my top 10 reads EVER) I have loved the Marked Men series, am loving the Saints of Denver, whilst found the  Welcome to the Point series so so. This book, indeed this series is a complete departure from anything she has ever wrote before and I congratulate her on going off her usual path. By doing so she has created a book that is as totally unexpected as it is amazing. So if you aren’t sure, if the cowboy thing maybe isn’t your bag, all I can do is implore you to give it a chance; I can promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

A MUST READ start to a series that is nothing you would expect from this author. I now look forward to Sutton’s story; I have a feeling it will be just as epic as Retreat.

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