I’m super excited to offer you my review of Shelter by Jay Crownover. It’s a great book that I’m sure you’re going to love. I’m usually attracted by rock stars, bikers and all kind of bad boys, and when Jay said she was going to write about a cowboy and thought to myself, “this will be interesting.” Enough is to say that now I have a passion for cowboys 🙂 Scroll to the very end and learn why.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jay Crownover returns with the second standalone title in her Getaway series, SHELTER. Check out the excerpt below and pick up your copy today!
And that’s not all! RETREAT, the first standalone title in the Getaway series, is on sale! You can grab your copy for just $.99 for a limited time only.
His life is chaos and confusion. It’s a storm of uncertainty and raging emotion.
Sutton Warner is a mess. Everything in his life feels like it’s unraveling.
He’s let a lot of people down lately, including his daughter. Sutton always promised his little girl he would never disappoint her and that he would always be there when she needed him. Until he wasn’t.
The truth is, he’s used to disappointing the women in his life. First was his mother who couldn’t find a reason to stick around when he was growing up. Then there’s his ex. The woman who takes unbridled delight in making his life incredibly complicated. Luckily, his daughter is still young enough to believe her old man is some kind of hero. But, he knows the day is coming when she realizes the truth, that he’s just a man with some serious flaws and a list of ever-growing weaknesses.
Finally, there’s the woman he’s desperately trying to forget with every shot tossed back and each pill popped.
He more than disappointed Emrys…he almost got her killed.
Her love is steady and sure. It’s a shelter shaped by conviction and silent assurance.
Emrys Santos is lost. Everything in her life feels pointless and futile.
She’s been busy running away from her feelings and all the people who love her the most—including her best friend, the one person who knows exactly what she’s been through. They promised to always stick together and to lean on one another. It was a promise Em had to break so she could lick her wounds and figure out her next move. For once, there is no easy way out of the tangled web of emotions she’s caught up in, and right now, she recognizes that all roads lead back to Wyoming…and back to Sutton.
The man she nearly got killed.
Shelter is a standalone novel, the second book in the Getaway series, which features 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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I’d been fooled once by the promise of quiet nights and serene days in the sunshine. I believed the brochure when it said I could leave my worries at home and escape to a simpler, quieter kind of life. I let myself be lured in by the picturesque landscape and stunning mountains. I foolishly fell prey to the temptation of leaving my current set of troubles behind in San Francisco while I hid away in the middle-of-nowhere Wyoming.
I now knew firsthand the glossy brochure that brought me to Wyoming the first time was nothing more than a bunch of pretty, packaged lies. I knew the bar brawl erupting in front of me was hardly the worst thing that could happen here. In fact, the level of bloodshed and violence was child’s play compared to what I’d witnessed the last time I’d stepped foot in this small, quaint town. Well, I hadn’t really been in Sheridan last time I was here. I’d spent most of my time in the backwoods that surrounded the Warner brothers’ ranch, which was still a good forty-five minutes outside of this tiny town. The ranch was where I was currently trying to get to so I could see my best friend.
When I left Wyoming, I told myself I would never come back.
I told myself there was nothing here for me but bad memories and heartache. I was a pro at lying to myself, at telling myself exactly what I needed to hear to justify my actions. I could convince myself of anything, like it was okay that my last boyfriend stole my grandmother’s silver when I kicked him out because he needed it more than I did. I had no problem believing that pulling Leo out of the city was the only way to heal her broken heart even though she didn’t want to go. It was easier to distract her than it was to watch her wallow. I persuaded myself into believing what I needed to heal was space and solitude. I held onto that until time passed and I was still a mess. I was sick of my own company and of hiding from everything I was feeling. I was the one who always went out of my way to fix everyone else around me, it wasn’t exactly a shock to learn I didn’t have the skills to repair myself. I spent my days helping others focus on their goals, on doing better and achieving more, so I didn’t have to think about the lack of any ambition of my own. I turned thirty at the end of the year and I was still trying to figure out what and who I wanted to be when I grew up. I’d been aimless for a long time; the only direction in my life come from the fact I knew all the way down to my bones that I had to go back to Wyoming and face off with Sutton Warner.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York
Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.
Shelter is the second book of the Getaway Series, regardless if it is a continuation of the first book, Retreat, you don’t need to read the first book to enjoy the second (although I highly recommend it because it is amazing. You can read my review here).
The Getaway series starts when a couple of friends decided to go in a retreat that end us having them falling in love with a couple of cowboys while they face a terrible situation. Said situation almost gets Emrys killed and it’s Sutton the one to saves her, although if you ask him he doesn’t feel like he did good by her.
I’d had fantasies about what kissing a real cowboy would be like, ones spurred on and exaggerated by my reading of a hefty amount of romance novels. Sutton lived up to every expectation I had, and then some. If kissing a cowboy meant I would forget my own name and lose track of where I was, then I never wanted to kiss anyone who wasn’t a cowboy again.
Sutton Warner is a great character that’s going through a lot of negative feelings. He doesn’t feel like he deserves the second chance he’s gotten in life. He doesn’t feel he deserves the woman that is clearly in love with him. He even neglects the her child for a previous marriage because of all this even if he loves her more than anything else. There’s moments that you really feel everything he’s going through and you understand where he’s coming from. He’s an ass to everyone around him because of how hard he’s beating himself up, but it takes a great woman to get him out of this sad depression, and get him right where we need him to be.
“A pretty face can hide a lot of ugly things.” The words came out more wistful than I meant for them to.
Leo bumped my shoulder with hers. “And sometimes a pretty face doesn’t even come close to the real beauty that is inside someone.”
Emrys Santos is a total hero. Not only did she survived Retreat, got healed and recovered from that awful experience, but she even comes and “saves” Sutton. She’s a woman to be admired, and I definitely would like to be as brave as she is. She’s beautiful, she’s strong, she’s driven and she gets things done. That includes getting Sutton exactly where she wants him and giving us a story that is intense in the best possible way.
I wanted him inside of me. I wanted him to fill up all the places that had been left cold and dark when he told me to leave. I wanted to know what it felt like to get close to this man who was so skilled at keeping everyone at arm’s length.
There’s so many great moments to this story. So much to read and enjoy. Their chemistry is fantastic, from the beginning of the book is obvious they’re going to be together. But it’s so very interesting to see how Emrys “overpowers” Sutton’s reluctance into giving themselves a chance and get things moving forward.
I was going to let Emrys say what she had to say and hope she would still let me touch her and hold her when she realized just how weak I was. I was going to let myself fall a little bit in love with the brunette beauty, knowing she was going and I was staying. I was going to be a man who was sturdy enough to take that kind of heartbreak and not fall apart.
This is a book filled of growth for both characters. Having Shelter in both P.O.V.’s gives you a lot of insight into them (since Retreat is solely from the heroine’s P.O.V.). We get a little more of the rest of the Warner Brothers (be still my heart), and I wish we got a little bit more of Leo (from the first book). Although I’m sure than in the next book, Escape, we’re going to get the best story of all and get an insight into my personal favorite cowboy, Lane.
I like all your pieces, Sutton. I keep finding new ones to add to the collection. You keep dropping them and I keep picking them up. Once I have them all, I’m going to give them back to you and you can handle putting them all together in whichever way you want them to go. They don’t have to fit the way they did before. You can use them to shape yourself into someone else.
I can’t recommend this book enough! It’s a great series filled with strong characters, both male and female. Jay Crownover never disappoints me, and I’m sure that she’ll become one of your favorite authors if it isn’t one yet. TOTALLY AWESOME READ!
You always seem to be giving me something I didn’t know I was missing. Perspective, patience, forgiveness.