Retreat - Jay Crownover


By Jay Crownover

  • Release Date: 2016-12-28
  • Genre: Contemporary
5 Score: 5 (From 55 Ratings)


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 week-long 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 standalone novel, the first in the Getaway series which centers on the hardheaded and brokenhearted Warner brothers and the women that dare to love them.

These boys are very good at putting the wild in wilderness.


  • Mea

    By Tanvir101
    Jay Crownover is an author whose books I click to buy without even reading the blurb! So wonderful thank you!!
  • Best book I've read this year

    By mak115
    I live all of Jay's books. All of them but hands down this is the best book she's written so far. Every single thing that Leo went through I felt deep in my heart. The writing in this book is phenomenal. I'm so looking forward to the next one in this series. Buy this ebook you will not be sorry. Wow!!!
  • Not quite a cowboy but that's ok.

    By Your TX mom
    No matter the location of the story, Jay, you've done it again. I was all in after the first chapter. I needed to see where the story was going and oh what a great ride it is. Looking forward to the next book in series. Don't want to say who's story it will be and give away any of the plot.
  • Great Story!

    By Nanigrl
    What a wonderful story Jay! Unexpected plot line with interesting characters. I'm glad you didn't drag Leo's self deprecation throughout the book. Cannot wait for Sutton's and Emrys's story with hopes for a HEA since they both need it desperately.
  • action packed, insta-romance

    By Boundless Book Reviews
    Retreat, is an action packed, insta-romance.  Leo, is a bit jaded. Doesn’t want anyone close to her. After, finding out a previous relationship was a lie. Her friend Em decided, it was time to take a vacation. In the rugged mountains of Wyoming. Whats supposed to be a simple vacation, quickly turns into way more than simple.  Leo meets Cy, the not so cowboy, cowboy. He comes off as grumpy but really he does have a heart. They have the insta attraction towards each other, that leads to a lot of steaminess in the sheets.  “All I could do was face my fear. This entire trip had been me, being forced to do just that” I’ve never read any of Jay’s books. I really didn’t know what to expect. I’ am aware that it’s not her normal type of story. But it did work. There was action, romance, character growth. It was all there. But the only thing was, I didn’t connect with the characters. I didn’t feel exactly what they were feeling. It was highly enjoyable though, glad I got a chance to read it.  Overall, I give Retreat Four Boundless Stars.
  • Really good!

    By NerdyBookwormgirl
    Loved it! But hurry up with Emrys and Sutton's story please!
  • A different kind...

    By Hardcore Book Lover
    This is definitely different than the books I normally read, as well as different than the type of books this author writes. It took me a bit to get into it but I gave it the chance because I loved all Jay's other books! I ended up liking this story and am waiting for the next one to see how the story continues!!
  • Jay Crownover's best book yet!

    By LouLaRue
    I went into this book a little leery, not quite sure this book was going to be very good even though I love all of Jay's other books this seemed maybe a little to out of her wheelhouse to be able to be pulled off but I was so wrong. I was completely blown away by this story. It was by far her best work and my favorite book to date! You felt every part of this story and I didn't want it to end. The only thing I wish was different about it was having dual POV's. I would've loved to know what Cy was thinking but the writing was so phenomenal that it was ok without it but I feel it would've made it better if we had his feelings to it too. I can't wait for the next book! If the rest are like this, this is definitely a series I don't ever want to end! This story has everything you could ever want in a book. Jay had you feeling like you were right there with them every step of the way. The light moments to the suspenseful heart stopping moments you felt like you were right there in the backcountry experiencing all the life changing moments with them. I can't recommend this book enough!
  • What a fantastic storyteller!

    By Highwater1994
    Let me start by saying that this woman is a great storyteller! Jay Crownover is absolutely one of my favorite authors. After reading her newest book "Retreat," I'm even more of a fan. This story is a different flavor than her other works but is no less satisfying. Retreat grabbed me from the start and didn't let go! She sets the groundwork for her characters right away; you know who you're dealing with and you know it's not going to be easy. One of the things I loved was that the story didn't go exactly how I thought it would. Thank you for creating mystery! Watching her leading lady, Leo, heal and develop into the person she wants to be is powerful. Watching Cy, her leading man, take a chance on love and be the hero I wanted him to be was so satisfying. If this notquiteacowboy isn't a hero, then I don't know who is! I, quite simply, loved this book! I was lucky enough to win an ARC copy and I'm so happy I could leave a truthfully great review. I'm never disappointed when I read Jay's books. I'm always ready to jump to the next one...only this time I have to wait for the next one to be written. I'm SO looking forward to the next one!
  • Great Story

    By netflixers
    I loved this book, it is not Jay's typical genre but it is still a typical Jay book with great deep characters you get to know and love quickly plenty of steam and heart and a wonderful plot. If for some reason a not quite cowboy romance turns you off, don't let it. You will be missing something special.