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“I never realized my heart was looking for shelter. A place that would harbor it safe and sound for all those complicated emotions. “

We do love our cowboys and we sure are devouring the Getaway Series by Jay Crownover, starting with Retreat and now Shelter. Each book has been a hit, providing emotion, passion and suspense.

Retreat was Cyrus, the eldest Warner brother, and Leora’s love story, and in that we briefly met Emrys and middle brother, single Dad, Sutton, and itching to learn more about this complicated man, yet never considering how painfully his and Emrys’ story would play out. Their story was quite morose and very raw. A story of survival with the desire for love at it’s core, and it was one that constantly reached out and touched our hearts.

Sutton Warner is a troubled man plagued by demons from his past and present. Sutton struggles to find his place in the Warner Ranch Tourism business, wrestles with bad choices, and strives to be the best Dad he can be for his dear little six year old daughter, Daye. Sutton is desperate to shake the guilt that constantly weighs him down, sadly finding solace in the bottom of a Whiskey bottle. Sutton did indeed cut a sad and lonely figure.

‘He might not be able to see all the things that made him a good man without him having to try, but I did. I could see them as clear as day. I could see how much he loved his family and his daughter, even when he faltered.’

Sutton feels guilty about a lot of things, and top of that list is his misplaced belief that he failed Leora’s best friend Emrys during a shocking situation that would ruin them, distance them yet in the same breath bond them together. Blaming himself for what unfolded on that fateful day.

“These scars are nothing compared to yours.”

Emrys Santos is a woman of substance, if only she, herself could see how beautiful she is inside and out. If she could shake the misconception that she’s just a pretty face. Emrys is certainly beautiful, but she’s also compassionate, strong, independent and fighting her own demons, wanting to confront Sutton Warner about what they experienced on that devastating day on the mountain.

‘I didn’t feel like I needed to be perfectly put together when I was with him. I could just be me. A little lost. A lot confused and someone who was still suffering.’

The intensity of feelings between Sutton and Emrys was palpable as they faced their demons head on, let down their guards and opened their hearts. Their story was sad and tragic with a feeling of unease throughout, yet the chemistry between them positively ignited!

“I ran from you because you told me to go, and it was easier to leave than it was to fight to stay.”

The cherry on the cake was the cute, bubbly little old soul, six year old Daye. What a sweetheart. This little girl carried so much on her tiny shoulders. The interactions between Sutton and Daye was quite simply wondrous, yet it was the relationship between Daye and Ems that really took our breath away. This aspect was beautiful and showed so much growth in Ems and her feelings.

‘He’d given me what he could, and that was still more than the men who had come before him.’

Jay Crownover has so far delivered two very different stories about two very different men, providing surprises along the way, and the perfect balance of romance, suspense, heartache and passion. This author really reaches into the heart of the reader and spares it no expense. In Shelter she has perfectly set up Lane’s book, the third in the series, making us desperate to get our hands on it! What a fabulous series this is! We’re getting those old school KA ‘feels’, told in this authors unique style and WE’RE LOVING IT!



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.

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