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From the beginning, the chemistry between Leo and Cy is combustible. Her snarky attitude and his alpha maleness...makes for fantastic read. I love how their love evolved through out the harrying experience of gun fire and separation. Yes their previous love problems impacted the beginning of their relationship but made the love they found with each other so much more.
I can't wait to read about Sutton and Em. Hopefully we will see their happily ever after soon. I'm thinking they aren't going to top Leo and Cy!
Thanks Jay for such fantastic read!
To say I fell hard for this gang of rustic, alpha heroes would be an understatement. They're what kept me glued to the pages, pushing through. I wanted to know everything about them and then some. Hell, if I had my way I would've written out Leo, Emrys, and Brynn and claimed ALL of them for myself. Not because I didn't like the girls, because I did. Its just these "cowboys" had me wanting to be the filling in the middle of their cookie.
Bwahahahaha! Sorry, I know that is so wrong, but I couldn't help myself. So I guess that would be a #sorrynotsorry.
Cyrus, Sutton, and Lane are NOT your typically defined “western ranch owners.” And Retreat doesn't fall into any one defined genre. My blog partner, Rachel, wrote it best when she described Cy and Leo's journey as "part western, part romance, and part suspense." I'll go further and state that this is most definitely not your typical Crownover book. In fact, I would venture to say this is quite unique to anything I have read from her. I’d strongly suggest setting aside any preconceived notions you may have regarding this author and go in with no expectations. If you do, I think you’ll find she pleasantly surprises you with a balanced mix of love, witty banter, low angst, twists, and adventure.
Overall, this was an enjoyable start to Ms. Crownover's, Indie published, Getaway Series. And if books were rated solely on the likability, tangibility, and chemistry of all the characters Retreat would get five stars hands down. However, since I look at the book as a whole, I have to mention where things went wrong for me and why I only rated four stars. My struggle in the beginning, the editing issues, the repetitiveness at times, and the couple of inconsistencies I saw held back that last star. Even with that, though, I would recommend this to readers.
Leo needs a recharge. Struggling to find her confidence again after a bad relationship, her best friend, Emerys, drags her to a ranch in Wyoming in order to spend a week roughing it. But a week in the wilderness takes a turn no one expected and neither women will leave the wilderness unchanged.
Cyrus Warner runs the business end of his family's ranch. He is gruff and avoids the guests as much as possible. He hadn't intended to act as a guide on this trip, but a last minute change of plans has him saddling up with the group of 8 city slickers, including a fiery woman he can't help but think about.
Narrated entirely by Leo, this is her journey into the wilderness and back to reality. I loved watching as she learned to trust herself again, and started to let other people inside her walls. She has a few issues that cause her to keep people at arms length, and I couldn't help but sympathize with her feelings.
Cyrus is almost a cowboy, growly and alpha at his core. He doesn't dress like the typical cowboy and has always chaffed at the thought, but his love of the ranch, the land, the horses, and his family drives his decisions.
Part western, part romance, part suspense, Retreat has me editing my 2016 favorites list at the very last minute. It is all consuming and entirely entertaining. After I finished the first few chapters, I didn't want to put this down and had to see it through.
There was just way too much of the "heroine's" inner monologue. Therefore, this story was mostly a narrative... as if I was being read a story until I fell asleep. Narratives don't invite the reader into the story.
There is a lot of repetition with Leo's inner musings about Chris and her whining about the brothers not being real cowboys was just annoying. I didn't feel the attraction or connection between Leo & Cy. In fact, I did NOT like Leo at all.
UPDATE: So, I did actually finish this book. It did get slightly better, but Leo's annoying and constant inner monologue remained. In the end, I'd give this book 1.5 stars.