Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Shelter by Jay Crownover - Release Day Review and Excerpt!


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with the second standalone title in her Getaway series, SHELTER. Check out the excerpt below and pick up your copy today!

And that’s not all! RETREAT, the first standalone title in the Getaway series, is on sale! You can grab your copy for just $.99 for a limited time only.


Author: Jay Crownover
Publication Date:  26 December 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Series:  Getaway Series, Book 2
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 18 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars

~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~

Book Description:

His life is chaos and confusion. It’s a storm of uncertainty and raging emotion.

Sutton Warner is a mess. Everything in his life feels like it’s unraveling.

He’s let a lot of people down lately, including his daughter. Sutton always promised his little girl he would never disappoint her and that he would always be there when she needed him. Until he wasn’t.

The truth is, he’s used to disappointing the women in his life. First was his mother who couldn’t find a reason to stick around when he was growing up. Then there’s his ex. The woman who takes unbridled delight in making his life incredibly complicated. Luckily, his daughter is still young enough to believe her old man is some kind of hero. But, he knows the day is coming when she realizes the truth, that he’s just a man with some serious flaws and a list of ever-growing weaknesses.

Finally, there’s the woman he’s desperately trying to forget with every shot tossed back and each pill popped.

He more than disappointed Emrys…he almost got her killed.

Her love is steady and sure. It’s a shelter shaped by conviction and silent assurance.

Emrys Santos is lost. Everything in her life feels pointless and futile.

She’s been busy running away from her feelings and all the people who love her the most—including her best friend, the one person who knows exactly what she’s been through. They promised to always stick together and to lean on one another. It was a promise Em had to break so she could lick her wounds and figure out her next move. For once, there is no easy way out of the tangled web of emotions she’s caught up in, and right now, she recognizes that all roads lead back to Wyoming…and back to Sutton.

The man she nearly got killed.

Shelter is a standalone novel, the second book in the Getaway series, which features the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women who dare to love them. These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.



My Review:

The second book in Jay Crownovers GetAway series is a great addition to this series.  I have to say that while I throughout enjoyed the first book, Retreat, it wasn't one of my favorite Jay Crownover books and I worried that I would never fall head over heels for this series like I have for others of hers but Shelter proved my worry to be unfounded.  I am totally head over heels now, maybe even have done a few back flips in the process of getting there.

Sutton Warner's life is out of control and he has no chance of staying a step or even a mile ahead of the downward spiral he is in.  After almost dying in the back country of Wyoming and failing to protect the best friend, a woman he could have fallen for, of his brother's girlfriend Sutton is on the run from his emotions and failures, both actual and perceived.  He knows, HE KNOWS, that he is letting down his family, especially his little girl but he just can't let the physical and emotional pain remain and the only way he's found to dull it is through alcohol.  He's spending his days in a drunken haze and his nights passed out.  The one thing the alcohol isn't taking away is his thoughts of her.  His thoughts of the girl that he couldn't help out there in the wilds, the girl he couldn't save, the girl he sent away.

Emrys (Em), changed on the outside and inside forever by that terrible idea of hers to getaway, leaves Wyoming and somehow even in that short time, her heart behind and runs when Sutton pushes her away.  Em is a fixer, she makes everything better for the people around her while forgetting herself but she knows that Sutton, in those days after those terrifying hours in the mountains of Wyoming, neither can nor wants to be fixed and her feelings for him are too real for her to stay anyway.  She runs and works on heeling herself but in all that time away she knows she can't leave Sutton unfixed, she knows that she could be the one to mend his broken heart and body if he would let her.  What she doesn't realize is how bad his state has become since she ran.

I adored Em in this book, I was worried because she felt a bit whiney to me in Retreat and I didn't think I would like her, but Em is such a strong heroine.  You don't realize how strong she is until really meeting her in Shelter.  She is a character where the saying 'more than meets the eye' truly applies.  I honestly want to be her.  Em is very much her own person, even when she puts so much of herself aside to help others, she always stay true to herself.   The way she handles everyone she comes in contact with, I don't know how she isn't a caregiver in some way, (nurse, psychologist, social worker...) with everyone she interacts with she gives them her whole self and that is exactly what Sutton and his baby girl need after years of feeling left behind or forgotten about.

Sutton is just a great guy, even when he is troubled and when it seems like he is failing everyone around him.  His heart is always on the line for the people he loves.  He could be four sheets to the wind and still feel the pain of hurting those around him, the fear of their disappointment, the want to prove himself even when he is hurt so deeply inside that he fears he will never be able to dig himself out or be the man he wants to be or the one they expect him to be.  His little girl, he knows he's hurting her, he knows he's failing her, but he doesn't know how to stop hurting himself long enough to see the road ahead.  Once a little light comes back into his life he is that amazing father, brother, and more that we expect.  He is a man who has middle child syndrome and has felt all his life that he never had a place to really fit in so it is so wonderful to see that when he rights his world with the help of some amazing people he comes into his own and finds his path.  It takes him a long time to get there and a whole heck of a lot of physical and emotional pain but it is truly beautiful when they all get their HEA.

I loved the whole book, especially the little twist that I hadn't seen coming until a good 3/4ths into the book.   Once hints started to get laid out it was a little easy to see what was going on but for the majority of the book I had no idea and I loved the bit of suspense that it added to this emotional story.

I am so ready for Lane and Brynn's story as well.  There has been so much build up for the two of them and even though I know they will have an HEA because that's what Jay gives us, I am worried about the struggle that will occur to get them there.  It is going to be a pretty powerful story with a lot of mountains to climb but I know like Sutton and like Cy Jay Crownover will get us there.  It might not be pretty but it will be well worth the 'ride' and I can't wait to take it.  

This is a wonderful story about love, redemption,  and character growth and development. If you love Kristen Ashley books, like her Colorado Mountain series, you will love the Getaway series.  I know that thais is slated as a Standalone and I think that it is feasible because Jay does a wonderful job in going back in time and telling us the story of how Sutton and Em met but I really feel like to get the most out of their story and history you should start at the beginning and although this is a bit of future telling I think it will be even more important when it comes to Lane and Brynn's story, Escape.  But don't let that stop you.  If you haven't read book 1 don't be afraid to dive right in with book two, just be ready to head right out when you are done to grab up a copy of Retreat, haha



I’d been fooled once by the promise of quiet nights and serene days in the sunshine. I believed the brochure when it said I could leave my worries at home and escape to a simpler, quieter kind of life. I let myself be lured in by the picturesque landscape and stunning mountains. I foolishly fell prey to the temptation of leaving my current set of troubles behind in San Francisco while I hid away in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming. I now knew firsthand the glossy brochure that brought me to Wyoming the first time was nothing more than a bunch of pretty, packaged lies. I knew the bar brawl erupting in front of me was hardly the worst thing that could happen here. In fact, the level of bloodshed and violence was child’s play compared to what I’d witnessed the last time I’d stepped foot in this small, quaint town. Well, I hadn’t really been in Sheridan last time I was here. I’d spent most of my time in the backwoods that surrounded the Warner brothers’ ranch, which was still a good forty-five minutes outside of this tiny town. The ranch was where I was currently trying to get to so I could see my best friend. When I left Wyoming, I told myself I would never come back. Ever. I told myself there was nothing here for me but bad memories and heartache. I was a pro at lying to myself, at telling myself exactly what I needed to hear to justify my actions. I could convince myself of anything, like it was okay that my last boyfriend stole my grandmother’s silver when I kicked him out because he needed it more than I did. I had no problem believing that pulling Leo out of the city was the only way to heal her broken heart even though she didn’t want to go. It was easier to distract her than it was to watch her wallow. I persuaded myself into believing what I needed to heal was space and solitude. I held onto that until time passed and I was still a mess. I was sick of my own company and of hiding from everything I was feeling. I was the one who always went out of my way to fix everyone else around me, it wasn’t exactly a shock to learn I didn’t have the skills to repair myself. I spent my days helping others focus on their goals, on doing better and achieving more, so I didn’t have to think about the lack of any ambition of my own. I turned thirty at the end of the year and I was still trying to figure out what and who I wanted to be when I grew up. I’d been aimless for a long time; the only direction in my life come from the fact I knew all the way down to my bones that I had to go back to Wyoming and face off with Sutton Warner.    

And don’t miss the first standalone novel in the Getaway series, RETREAT, on sale for just $.99! 

Grab your copy today!

 ✦ RETREAT on Amazon

 RETREAT on Other Retailers


And preorder you copy of the third standalone novel in the Getaway series, ESCAPE, releasing January 30, 2018! 

✦ ESCAPE on Amazon 

✦ ESCAPE on Other Retailers 

✦ Goodreads


(Signed copy of RETREAT for 1 winner)



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, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway 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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