Friday, March 30, 2018

Never Retreat ~ Bonnie's McCune's Latest Novel



Never Retreat - Bonnie McCune

Bonnie McCune

Bonnie McCune has been writing since age ten, when she submitted a poem about rain rushing down the gutter to the Saturday Evening Post (it was immediately rejected). This interest facilitated her career in nonprofits doing public and community relations and marketing. She’s worked for libraries, directed a small arts organization, and managed Denver's beautification program.

Simultaneously, she’s been a freelance writer with publications in local, regional, and specialty publications for news and features. Her civic involvement includes grass-roots organizations, political campaigns, writers' and arts' groups, and children's literacy. For years, she entered recipe contests and was a finalist once to the Pillsbury Bake Off. A special love is live theater. Had she been nine inches taller and thirty pounds lighter, she might have been an actress.


Her true passion is fiction, and her pieces have won several awards. Never Retreat is her third novel and her fifth book of fiction. For reasons unknown (an unacknowledged optimism?), she believes one person can make a difference in this world. 

Visit her at www.BonnieMcCune.com, Bonnie@BonnieMcCune.com, twitter.com/bonniemccune, facebook.com/authorBonnieMcCune, www.linkedin.com/in/BonnieMcCune.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
38606982A feisty single mom clashes with an ex-military, macho corporate star at a business retreat in the wild Colorado mountains, where only one can win a huge prize. But when a massive flood imperils their love and survival, they learn the meaning of true partnership.

Years ago, Ramona (‘Raye”) Soto faced harsh reality when a roving con man knocked her up. Now at thirty-something she’s concentrating on her career in 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 for 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 Raye and Des 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 difference to rescue their colleagues—and their future as a couple.

MY REVIEW:  Raye and Des are partners at a mountain retreat where rumors are flying about layoffs and program cuts. In the team building exercises their company has but together, the best and the worst comes out in the twenty-five members of the group. A large cash award goes to the winner. In the final event, the clearing a trail for easy access, nature delivers a challenge no one expected.
This is a face paced novel with multifaceted aspects. The role of women in the work force, the view of others who are of a different ethnicity, the bullies, the whiners, and the woman who uses physical features – all of them striving to win the prize. A romance develops between the main characters and they each have to decide if their personal obligations to family can survive a new relationship.
Ms. McCune captured the beautiful mountain scenery with her poetic words and dealt with some very real situations. My only complaint about the book is that I couldn’t read fast enough when the team found themselves in danger. 


4 comments:

Bonnie McCune said...

Spot on, Victoria! I don't think romances occur in some fantasy, so I show characters reacting to real issues. Thanks so much for reviewing and posting.

Victoria Pitts-Caine said...

You're welcome! I enjoyed the book and happy to do the blog and review for you.

Esther Gross said...

I completely concur with this review! I, too, liked the multiple themes, the page-turning action, and the tussle between the protagonists. Their life experiences fleshed them out as complex characters, colored their interactions, and created a satisfying read. No fantasy here--just real life for lovers.

Carolina said...

McCune’s Never Retreat is a breath of fresh air in this world of steamy romance without a true relationship. It is fun to learn about the characters as they learn about each other. A must read for anyone who is looking for plot and character development.