A feisty single mom clashes with an ex-military, sexist, corporate star at a business retreat in the Colorado mountains…
Years ago, Ramona (“Raye”) Soto faced harsh reality when a roving conman knocked her up. Now, at thirty-something, she’s concentrating on her career with a major telecommunications firm and funding college for her teenaged son. Enter Desmond Emmett—a fast talker and smooth operator. New to the office, the ex-serviceman possesses every negative quality in a guy Raye should avoid.
Thrown together at a corporate retreat in the wilderness, the reluctant duo struggles to complete management’s extreme mental and physical tests for a huge reward. But only one can win the prize, and Des needs the money to underwrite medical treatments for his adored younger sister.
See-sawing between attraction and antagonism, the mismatched couple faces their biggest challenge: learning the meaning of true partnership. When a massive flash flood sweeps down the rocky canyon and threatens their love and survival, they must put aside their differences to rescue their colleagues—and their future as a couple.
“Never Retreat leads the reader into the wilderness of the heart as well as the Colorado Rockies where love surfaces between a man and woman destined for each other. Bonnie McCune dishes up a hard look at corporate America, the sometime struggle of Latino women, the meaning of family, and the ravages of nature in a breathtaking page-turner that will leave you exhausted but wanting more!” —Corinne Joy Brown, award-winning author of Hidden Star
“I cheered for these likable, relatable characters, dealing with realistic problems with a focus on friends, family, and fighting for what they believe in. Never Retreat is a real treat!” —Cindi Myers, author of The View from Here
“Never Retreat has an intriguing premise (a corporate retreat gone sideways), engaging characters (an alpha hero and a spunky heroine), and a wilderness rescue in the Rockies. A great vacation read for sure!” —Meg Benjamin, author of the Brewing Love Trilogy
“Never Retreat is a compelling story about a hard-working single mom who faces adversity head-on, learns from her mistakes, and perseveres. When a natural disaster thrusts her and her colleagues into a life or death struggle for survival, she realizes she must reassess her priorities for a chance at true love.” —Kim McMahill, author of Marked in Mexico
“A corporate retreat should be the last place where a single mother and an up-and-coming aggressive business manager would make a romantic connection, but Never Retreatdemonstrates that high-stakes prizes and bonuses can attract disparate personalities from anywhere; especially when the big prize which only one can win results in a dangerous scenario where both might lose…lose…Under less skilled hands the action might have wandered too far off-track, but McCune provides just the right blend of comic relief, interpersonal encounters, and outside environment changes to make her story a powerful blend of elements that moves readers along in logical and surprising progressions of plot. The elements of humor are a delightful surprise to what otherwise might be a serious story of love and growth…a conjoined, powerful story of changed managerial approaches to boardroom and bedroom alike. The real impact of the retreat, its underlying purposes, and the additional challenges introduced by Mother Nature wind up a powerful story fueled by two characters whose emotionally and professionally charged interactions will keep readers involved and guessing to the end.” —Diane Donovan, Senior Editor, Midwest Book Review
“At a corporate retreat in Colorado, two co-workers compete for a cash prize, but they secretly hope to win each other’s hearts in this novel…More sweet than steamy, McCune’s (Falling Like a Rock, 2014, etc.) love story unfolds at a realistically cautious pace while offering intriguing lead characters…the novel is a swift and satisfying read. The fresh air helps turn this office romance into a truly romantic adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews