Never Retreat Kindle Edition
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Julia tries to steer her good friend Raye toward Des, the newly arrived director of security. During the retreat, Raye and Des, who don’t see eye to eye on many things—each hampered by their own anxieties and insecurities and each fiercely competitive with their eyes on the $50,000 prize—are paired as squad mates assigned to clean up a rugged mountain trail some distance from the retreat’s lodge. They head out with the rest of the “Chosen Twenty-Five” participants, every squad seeking its assigned section of trail to tend. Instead, they find themselves battling a thunderous deluge of rain that quickly becomes a raging flood, endangering all in its path. Using everything that life has ever tossed at the two of them, Raye and Des must quickly pool all their strength, wits and meager resources to help save themselves and those now cut off from safety by the devastating torrent.
Does love conquer all or does nature crush it all? Hop on this wild ride to find out.
Raye is a Latino woman and single mom who’s worked hard to gain a toehold on the corporate ladder. She’s proud, strong, and determined not to let a man take away her hard-won independence. She is instantly put off by Des, the company’s new head of security, characterizing him as macho and self-absorbed. However, there’s a lot more to Des than a muscular body and handsome face, as she’s finally forced to admit.
Des has a history of shallow romantic entanglements that have left him wanting more. He believes he’s finally found a woman who is his equal, and he’s not about to give up on Raye, even though they can’t get along for more than a few minutes at a time.
When the two find themselves pitted against each other during a company retreat for a $50,000 prize, both are torn between their growing attraction to each other and the reality of what the money might mean: college tuition for Raye’s son and an experimental medical procedure for Des’ sister. As the old song goes, “something’s gotta give.”
Much of this story is set in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, which allows McCune to display her genuine love and appreciation of the natural world on every page. I also liked the fact that she compressed the time frame into a few days, lending more tension and realism to the story, particularly when a sudden mountain rain storm becomes a fight for survival.
I thoroughly enjoyed the mountain setting, the engaging story, and the two main characters, both of whom were flawed, yet highly likable individuals.
‘Never Retreat’ takes us into the corporate world in which a select twenty five key workers are sent on a mountain retreat for team-building/survival skills. Jobs and promotions are at stake, as well as a substantial cash prize. No one needs this prize more than Raye and Des for important family reasons. These two – at loggerheads from the outset - find themselves thrown together as partners, and even with their rocky start, the chemistry between them is powerful. Their hunger for success drives them on and forces them to put aside their reservations of each other and work together.
As well as the two main characters, Raye’s good friend Julia is also one of the chosen twenty five and the friendship between these two women is delightful. Strong, endearing characters are an essential part of my enjoyment of any novel and these three are engaging and interesting, keeping me turning the pages to find out what happens to them.
Apart from the range of different relationships (including mother and son, and brother and sister), the story also delves into the sensitive but very real issue of workplace discrimination, leaving the reader with plenty to think about. Raye and Julia refuse to be victims and maintain their dignity in the face of unfair treatment by others, which makes them all the more likeable.
Bonnie McCune knows how to weave a realistic and compelling story together to draw the reader into her fictional world, and I recommend her latest offering for an engrossing, cozy read.
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Raye & Des are different in so many ways: culture, personalities, and approach to life & work.Read more