Retreat : The Getaway Series

  • by Jay Crownover
  • Narrated by Natasha Soudek
  • Series: The Getaway Series
  • 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 weeklong wilderness retreat.
She promised days spent bonding and getting in touch with our inner badasses. 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 stand-alone novel, the first in the Getaway series, which centers on 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.


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Another hit series for Jay!

Jay Crownover makes a departure from her tatooed bad (good) boys and enters the world of ranchers/ cowboys. I was so looking forward to this book and I was not disappointed at all! I would given the story 10 stars if I could. I can't wait for the next book! I would have given 5 stars for Overall but the narration...

The only negative comment I have is with the narrator (as others have written). However, I'm not sure if it's the narrator or the director/ editor/ producer (who is responsible for the speed of narration?). When I started the book I wasn't sure how I was going to continue but then I changed the listening speed to from 1x to 1.25x on my device. I found the problem! This is the perfect speed. I had no trouble listening after that. In fact I couldn't stop!

Worth a credit? YES! But change the speed on your device.
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- Valerie J


Jay Crownover surpassed all my expectations with this riveting story that took me on an unstoppable journey of eager anticipation as flirty angsty banter leads to a toe-curling romance. But, before I could be lulled into a euphoric romance high, midway Ms Crownover expertly spins the story to include chilling suspense where nail-biting drama, danger and intrigue are cleverly weaved around an alpha hero and a feisty heroine who weren't expecting (and weren't ready) to fall hard.. and to fall deep during a time of turmoil and terror.

It was meant to be an easygoing retreat for Leora (aka Leo) and her bff Emry who'd talked Leo into it to try to cheer her up after being royally played by her ex who was shockingly married.. and married to her boss of all things.. but nothing could've prepared them for what was to come. It was meant to be an adventure holiday to taste Wyoming's Wild West where they would be part of a team who would casually trek the wilderness trails on horseback and camp out in two-man tents.. but nowhere in the brochure did it say you'll be riding for your lives, dodging bullets and praying for a miracle. It was meant to be a salve to Leo's injured heart, a girl's week away to chill out from their demanding jobs and a chance to push themselves out of their comfort zones. But never was it supposed to be a gruelling life-changing journey of epic highs and heart-shattering lows, of humor and heartache and of heated pleasure and gut-wrenching pain that would leave emotional and visual scars of what transpired one fateful week in Wyoming.

The Ranch was owned and run by the three Warner brothers.. all strong handsome rugged alpha types.. and Leo was instantly drawn to Cyrus (aka Cy) the oldest of the brothers whose deep voice did something to her libido. He was a strong sexy cowboy in biker boots.. but things didn't start off well when Leo made a remark that rubbed Cy the wrong way. From then on they butt heads with moody glances, fiery banter and gruff words.. but underneath the snipes there's heat and banked desire which sizzles in the air and slowly they start to get to know each other. And the sexual tension between them finally ignites in the shower scene.. then it's game on with a mutual agreement of passion and no promises. However, it was a very different tension that soon gripped the party when an unexpected threat leads to a shocking discovery.. and from then on it was a gruelling fight for survival.

Told entirely from Leo's POV this fast paced story started off well with a grumpy walls-up dark hero battling his desires for a red headed feisty City girl.. but it morphed into a gripping and tense journey into the unknown as nail-biting drama led to bloodshed, tears, fears and shattered souls. There was character development and self-discovery as Leo was well and truly forced out of her comfort zone, had starling revelations about herself and not only found a life she loved but the love of her life too. There were good sizzling sex scenes and heartbreaking emotional drama which made this an addictive rollercoaster ride I had to be forcefully pulled away from and I can't wait for the next instalment into the lives and loves of these loving Warner brothers. In the beginning I wasn't too sure about Natasha Soudek's narration which was too slow for me but, once I sped her up a bit (x 1.5), I was good to go and ended up really enjoying it.

Worth a credit? Yes definitely it delivered way way more than I expected.. multi-layered characters who had been damaged by love before but, despite the odds.. and during a time of deadly drama, they found their strengths, mended their hearts.. and thankfully took a chance on love one more time.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios