Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Retreat by Jay Crownover - Review

Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date:  27 December, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  The Getaway series, book 1
Genre:  Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Age Recommendation: 18 and up
Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:

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.

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.

My Review:
 *** This is one of my 'Fast and Furious, Just Finished Reading' reviews that I put up on Goodreads right when I...well, finish the book I am reading.  I usually don't put them here because they are my thoughts gone rogue but I want to get this book out there to more people because I totally think it's worth the read even if as you will see below it leaves me in a bit of a strange place with my feelings, haha. *** 

I'm in a strange place with this one, it's not a bad place, just a strange one. It's a limbo between love and meh. It's a cross between a book hangover and a book funk. It's an 'OMG get this book in your hands now' and a 'add this to your TBR pile'.

There is truly SO much to love.
I love that it is a departure from what we've come to know as a 'Jay Crownover' book. 
I love that she took the chance to write a story that called to her, that she gave us a gift that might be outside of our 'Crownover comfort zone' but is exactly the story she needed to tell. 
I love the concept.
I love the characters.
I love the steamy moments. 
I love the friendship.

I'm not keen on the insta-love, although by the end I loved the love so it no longer mattered, but that only came in at the last 10% of the book. 
I wasn't keen on the pure insanity of the plot at times or the seemingly random addition of a family. I mean it's okay that they were there, but the story would have gone on just as easily without them. 

I love the number of characters we're introduced to, but not keen on the fact that I don't think all the characters I've fallen in love with will get their own books...unless I am a very lucky girl! 

I loved the strength of the characters, even when they are breaking. 
I love their growth and their courage. 

I wasn't keen that certain people didn't get their comeuppance in a more 'learn from this moment' kind of way, but I'm a bit vindictive like that, haha. 

I loved the vividness of the scenery Jay paints. I want to go out on my own, much less angsty and dangerous, wilderness retreat and I want to live on a ranch in the middle of Wyoming and force my husband to wear a black Stetson now, seriously the black Stetson is a MUST.  If this had come out before Christmas he would have gotten one for his Christmas present, luckily his birthday is not too far away. ;-)

 Most importantly, I definitely want more!

Retreat is a departure from what you expect from Jay Crownover but it's a breath of fresh air when you need it most.  I was tying to come up with a good comparison of if you like this author then you will like this book and honestly I can't really pin point down one author.  Jay has really taken hold and given us something new here, it's a contemporary romance, with a thriller/suspense twist, verging one the edge of dark.  I think the only person I can safely say if you than you...is Kristen Ashley, but that comes down to the 'world' building and the angsty-ness of the Hero, other than that Jay has really forged her own path here and she's barreling down it, luckily for us!  Contemporary Romance fans get your hands on this one and definitely let me know what you think when you are done.  I need to talk about this and get my feelings straight, haha.


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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