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This is a face paced novel with multifaceted aspects. The role of women in the work force, the view of others who are of a different ethnicity, the bullies, the whiners, and the woman who uses physical features – all of them striving to win the prize. A romance develops between the main characters and they each have to decide if their personal obligations to family can survive a new relationship.
Ms. McCune captured the beautiful mountain scenery with her poetic words and dealt with some very real situations. My only complaint about the book is that I couldn’t read fast enough when the team found themselves in danger.
‘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.
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.
Raye & Des are different in so many ways: culture, personalities, and approach to life & work. They are pitted against each other and their co-workers in a bid to win a large bonus. The bonus would mean a lot to both of them because of complex family situations. During the retreat where the competition for the bonus is to take place, they find they are also taking on Mother Nature and she is determined to come out on top!
Watching Des & Raye figure out each step along the way makes for a fascinating journey full of adventure and attraction. A great read!
*I read an early version of this story and this is an unbiased review