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Never Retreat by Bonnie McCune
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it was amazing

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Reading Bonnie McCune’s entertaining and thoughtful novel Never Retreat reminded me a bit of the old paradox.
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.
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March 15, 2018 – Shelved

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