Retreat (Getaway #1) by Jay Crownover
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.
This was completely different from anything that I’ve read by Jay Crownover. There are no tattoo artists or rock stars to be found. What there are, in abundance, are hot cowboy ranchers who are all about family and the wide-open skies of Wyoming.
Cyrus, Sutton and Lane are brothers and the owners of the ranch that Leo and Emrys visit for some much needed relaxation and a week of trail riding. I liked how Jay set up the backstory for the brothers and how each have a distinct personality while still obviously being part of a close-knit family. Cy was a strong leader and I liked that he didn’t fit the typical mold of a cowboy or a rancher.
There is some wonderful tension built into the story around trouble the group finds on the trail and I liked how it wasn’t overblow with Leo and Emrys suddenly having skills that would not make sense when they go up against the bad guys. The skills that Cy and his brothers have made sense and were what you’d expect from someone who lived in the back country. There isn’t any mystery that you need to figure out, but the way the conflict in the story played out was realistic and made sense.
The only issue I had with the book was with Leo. I didn’t really like her for most of the book. She seemed incredibly set in her ways and just going through the motions of her life. She’s so set against exploring anything she and Cy could have that she just ended up annoying me most of the time. Once she quit running, I found that I liked her much more but it was well towards the end before that happened. Cy also seemed a little fatalistic in the way he just accepted that their relationship would end when the vacation did. I wanted both of them to fight harder for something they both obviously wanted.
When Cy and Leo finally decide to take a chance on each other is when their story really pulled me in. I can’t wait to get to Sutton’s story because there has got to be some good drama between him and the mother of his daughter that was just hinted at in Retreat.