Forsaken Trail by Devney Perry is now live!
Release Date: December 29th, 2020
Aria Saint-James has planned the perfect getaway: sweatpants, takeout and two weeks alone with her sister and nephew. Nowhere on that list is wearing a low-cut dress and uncomfortable heels to attend a wedding where she knows neither the bride nor the groom. Toss in her nemesis, Brody Carmichael, and her road trip to Arizona is officially a bust.
But at least there is champagne.
She blames the bubbly for falling into bed with Brody that night. Enemy or no, the billionaire is irresistible in a tux. But after their one-night tryst, Aria has no choice but to cut her vacation short, returning home to escape his devilish smile, vowing never to see Brody again.
Except Aria gets a surprise a few weeks later—she’s pregnant. When he learns that she’s carrying his child, Brody offers Aria the chance of a lifetime. The catch? She has to live under his roof until the baby is born.
Either they’ll kill each other in nine months. Or discover love buried beneath their hate.
4.5 ‘The exception to his rules’ Stars!
ARC provided via Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.
Devney Perry’s Runaway series is almost finished, now with her second last installment called Forsaken Trail. Let me tell you, I have thoroughly enjoyed the previous books so I am not surprised that I also loved this one. I love how Devney writes, the worlds she creates and the amazing characters she gives us. And I love me a good surprise pregnancy romance! The tension between Aria and Brody was so palpable in Quarter Miles that it got me devouring their hate-to-love story in just a matter of hours.
So, Forsaken Trail is the fourth installment in Devney’s Runaway series and it focuses on the love story between Aria Saint-James, another one of the runaway kids who shared a junkyard as a home and now a flower expert, and Brody Carmichael, her sister’s suited boss and Aria’s nemesis. Aria has planned a getaway to Arizona to spend time with her family. What she does not expect is to find Brody there and she definitely wasn’t expecting to be his date at a wedding. That turns into an unforgettable night and an unexpected pregnancy. How will Aria and Brody become parents together if they hate each other? Or is it really hate?
One night of pretending.
Then we’d go back to what we were good at.
I love a book that gives me everything that I enjoy in romance and that has me completely immersed for just a few hours. Devney’s novels do that for me: they are not extremely long, they have a wonderful list of characters and the couples share a whole lot of tension and emotions. That’s why I love her Runaway series so much and it has become one of my favorites written by her. I love this group of people who did not have it easy but have fought to have a good life. I love them getting their dreams come true and their much deserved happy endings.
“Think of me as the safety net.”
“I’ve never had a safety net.”
“You do now.”
Aria and Clara did not have an easy upbringing but their lives are so different now. They deserve all those good things happening. But let’s focus on Aria for now since Clara is getting her own story in early 2021. Aria and Brody were such a gripping couple and they stole my heart as soon as I read their first interaction. Their back and forth was so entertaining and it was so clear their chemistry was so much more than anybody expected. They burned the pages and when feelings got in the mix it got even better. I love couples falling in love while they are also becoming parents. So freaking sweet!
They were my life. Both of them.
Aria was my heart.
Therefore, I am rating Forsaken Trail with 4.5 STARS because, as the other installments, it was the perfect addition to the series and with a romance troupe I reaaaaaaally love. Reading Aria and Brody’s journey was extremely sweet and their connection was impossible to miss. So. Much. Tension! I cannot wait to read Clara and Karson’s story next, even though it will be the last in the Runaway series. If you love Devney’s books, be sure not to miss this hate-to-love / surprise pregnancy romance!
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The whirl of tires and the hum of an engine filled the air before she could answer. A shiny black Jaguar came down the driveway and my heart dropped.
No. That son of a bitch Brody Carmichael was going to ruin my vacation.
“He’s supposed to be gone.” If he dared encroach on my time with Clara, I’d sneak poison ivy into his bed.
“It’s not his fault.” Clara sighed, quick to defend her boss.
“Did his private plane not have enough spiced cashews for his liking? Surely he can afford jet fuel.”
The second-best part of this week, besides Clara and Gus, was Brody’s scheduled absence. Clara knew there was no love lost between me and her boss, so she’d suggested travel dates that coincided with his vacation.
Yet here he was, parking a car that likely cost more than all of my worldly possessions combined.
Brody parked behind the Cadillac and stepped out of his car, sliding the sunglasses off his face. He wore a navy suit tailored to perfection around his broad shoulders and long legs. In the years I’d known him, I’d never seen him in anything but a suit. Did he not own jeans?
“Brody!” August raced over, holding up a hand for a high five. “Aunt Aria is here. We’re gonna open my presents.”
“I see that.” Brody’s lips turned up in a smile. Barely.
If the man ever learned how to deliver one properly, actually show some teeth, he’d be devastating. Especially with the dark, trimmed beard he’d grown a few years ago. It gave him a sexy edge. Or it would have, if his perpetually sour mood wasn’t such a major turnoff.
He definitely, definitely didn’t turn me on. Oh no.
Broderick Carmichael was enemy number one.
Devney is a USA Today bestselling author. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her husband and two sons.
Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she’s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop.
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