The Bribe by Willa Nash is now live!
THE BRIBE by Willa Nash
Release Date: October 15th, 2020
Calamity Montana Series
Duke Evans didn’t expect to interrupt a beautiful woman in a staring contest with a bison on his favorite hiking trail. He also didn’t expect to see her again after rescuing her from the surly beast. As the sheriff in Calamity, Montana, he’s had his fair share of surprises but none as pleasant as pulling over a shiny black car and finding his mysterious hiking companion behind the wheel.
Only, she lied to Duke. She gave him a name as fake as her hair color. According to her driver’s license, her real name is Lucy Ross, the famous country music singer whose sudden disappearance has been a hot topic in the media over the past two weeks.
He’s not sure why Lucy lied about her identity or why she’s in Calamity. And she’s not talking. Instead, she offers him a bribe to keep her secret.
But Duke doesn’t want her money. He wants to know why this woman is on the run. And as long as the star shines on his badge, he’s going to find out.
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4 ‘Cheesy gestures’ Stars!
ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.
As I expected, Devney Perry’s debut in Kindle Unlimited as Willa Nash was an amazing read and a wonderful start to her new series. Now, after reading quite a lot of her books, I have to say I always know where to go if I want an addicting, sweet and sexy small-town romance. Willa Nash’s first novel is no exception, it was the start of my love for Calamity and its residents. Get ready to fall in love with Duke, Lucy and the rest of the amazing crew in this charming community.
As I said, The Bribe is Willa Nash’s debut novel and it’s the first in a new series called Calamity Montana. In this first installment we get the love story between Duke Evans (Calamity’s handsome and intriguing sheriff) and Lucy Ross (a famous country singer using a fake name to stay hidden in Duke’s small town). Lucy is tired of her life, she has gone through a lot in the past years and she needs a place to restart her journey. She also has a lot of secrets. Enter Duke. He discovers Lucy’s fake identity from the very first moment and he is not happy about Calamity having a star singer hidden. But sparks fly between these two and it’s impossible to not act on it.
Lucy Ross—Jade Morgan—was a mystery I was going to solve.
I have to say, The Bribe is one of the sexiest books I’ve read by this author (Devney/Willa). The chemistry between Duke and Lucy is very palpable from the first time they lay eyes on each other and I loved their back and forth (shown from the very first chapter). They share a beautiful connection and it’s so strong that they both realize pretty soon they haven’t felt this for anyone else and probably never will. I loved them both as individuals and as a couple. Duke is so protective, so sexy and just an all over amazing hero. Lucy is sweet and strong and I loved how she enjoys her new heaven with her Sheriff.
“In public, you’re Jade. But behind closed doors, you’re—”
“Lucy?” she breathed.
I shook my head. “Mine.”
But not everything is hearts and flowers for these two. Both of them have situations in their lives that do not help their want to be with each other. There is drama, some suspense and the major fact that Lucy is not being herself completely and using a fake name. Calamity and Duke are a breath of fresh air for her and she falls head over heels in love with her new life with Duke. Things are definitely not the easiest but, in the end, everything happens for a reason and their happy ending is so worthy to read and very much deserved.
The shelter I’d craved for years was right here in his arms.
Therefore, I am rating The Bribe with 4 STARS because, to me, it was the perfect start to a new series from Willa Nash. I already love Duke and Lucy and the new characters introduced from Calamity. I literally cannot wait to read the second book in the series (I am dying for it after reading the blurb at the end of this book!!). If you enjoy small-town romances and Devney Perry’s writing, you should 100% check out this new book/series using her alter ego, Willa Nash. I am sure we will get amazing stories from her too and I am ready for all of them!
Duke Evans was as addictive as hot stage lights and a silky, Southern twang.
He’d almost kissed me. And I’d almost let him. I’d find a way to get over this bribe issue if it meant indulging my crush on the local sheriff. Sure, things would get awkward when I brought him a wad of cash. After all, maybe the reason he’d almost kissed me was for the money.
The woman who hadn’t been kissed in a long, long time didn’t care.
“What’s your plan for the rest of the day?” Duke asked as he drove toward the farmhouse. He rolled down the windows and the breeze tousled the long strands of hair that had escaped his hat.
“Not much. I’ve been on a baking spree.”
“What’d you make?” he asked, his voice low and smooth.
Duke drove with one hand on the wheel while his other arm was propped on the console between us. I hadn’t really noticed a man’s driving posture before, but as with everything Duke, the should-have-been-mundane details jumped out at me like fireworks. His entire demeanor shouted confidence. He was so relaxed in his skin and sexy as hell. The man was driving and I was practically drooling.
He glanced over and raised an eyebrow. Right. He’d asked me a question.
I faced forward and unscrambled my brain. “Cookies. Cinnamon rolls. Banana muffins.”
“You’ve been busy.”
“There’s not much else for me to do. Going from a hare’s speed to turtle pace has been an adjustment. At this point, I’m searching for things to do. Hence the running this morning.”
“My mom’s a teacher. She always says it takes her a couple of weeks every summer to slow down and transition from kid wrangler to domestic goddess.” He reached into the cupholder and plucked out a packet of gum. “Want one?”
“Sure.” I unfolded the wrapper and popped the sweet mint stick into my mouth as he did the same, then I opened my mouth to say something and . . . whoa.
We were rolling through a different neighborhood than the one I’d walked through, but instead of staring at the homes and getting my bearings, my attention was locked on the bob of Duke’s Adam’s apple and the flex of his strong, square jaw.
I bet he had a talented tongue. My experience with men was relatively limited—fame was a jealous lover and wanted nothing more than your undivided attention—but if a man could chew gum like that, I bet his tongue knew its way around a woman’s lips.
And other places.
Willa Nash is USA Today Bestselling Author Devney Perry’s alter ego, writing contemporary romance stories for Kindle Unlimited.
Lover of Swedish Fish, hater of laundry, she lives in Washington State with her husband and two sons. She was born and raised in Montana and has a passion for writing books in the state she calls home.
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