Thank you to Devney Perry and her team for the advance review copy of Stone Princess, the third standalone novel in the Tin Gypsy series.
I was over the moon to receive this story In my inbox. I had been anticipating this instalment since the beginning. Presley in her role as a side character has been someone I wanted to hear from directly for a long time. The other part of that book I was very excited about was the Hollywood actor moves to a small-town plotline. The most famous example of this would be something like Alessandra Torre’s Hollywood Dirt, which I did enjoy. But I was so excited to see Devney, as one of my most loved authors take on this trope.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis below…
“Presley Marks has just become a cliché: the jilted bride. Wearing a white dress, standing in front of her friends and family, she announces that her fiancé—according to his text—has forgotten about the wedding.
Humiliated and angry, she hides from the world in the mundane routine of her life. Working at the Clifton Forge Garage isn’t glamorous, but it’s safe from the spotlight.
At least it was, until Shaw Valance comes to town.
The notorious Hollywood actor is starring in a movie based on the town’s infamous murder. When he’s not on set, Shaw hovers at the garage, watching as they build his custom motorcycle and irritating her with his handsome smile. He was supposed to leave once filming wrapped and go back to his fancy life, not buy the house next door.
But Shaw might regret that purchase once Presley’s ex-fiancé returns, bringing with him a war between old rivals that could burn both their houses down.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Presley Marks and Shaw Valence are the main characters of Stone Princess. Pres has been in the world since the beginning as the receptionist at the Tin Gypsy’s garage. Allowing her this voice has cleared up her backstory and just how close she is to the Slater family. The title Stone Princess refers to her cold demeanour but in actuality being in her head allowed for the reader to see just how multi-dimensional she is. Shaw is so multi-dimensional as well and I found his back story fascinating. His transition from police officer to movie star and all of his reasons behind his choices are super interesting.
- Setting: Clifton Forge the small Montana town the book is set in, is a classic Devney Perry setting. I say this every review of Devney’s books but her small towns take on a personification almost as they become key characters in the story. The smallness of the town allows for the gossip and hearsay that fed the perceptions Shaw had before arriving there and it even inspired how the film was to be written, filmed, and produced.
- Romance: Presley and Shaw are opposites attract incarnate. It was so rewarding to watch them relinquish to love. They have both had tough marred histories and they both have the issue of putting people they love and care about an arms-length away. They challenged each other on this and bring out the best in each other.
If I haven’t convinced you yet check out this excerpt…
My realtor would have earned a higher commission if she had mentioned that the woman who lived next door was Presley Marks. “Isn’t this a surprise?”
“Is it?” Presley asked, frowning as I descended my steps and crossed the lawn, meeting her in her driveway. She raised a dark blond eyebrow. “Because it sort of feels like stalking.”
I chuckled. “I swear I had no idea you lived next door.”
But what a bonus. I wouldn’t have to make excuses to stop by the garage to see her. She could tear that insurance waiver to shreds. Presley had to know I didn’t give a damn about that bike they were building for me.
“You bought this house?”
“Yeah.” I reached for the grocery bags she had in her hands. “Here, let me help.”
She twisted away. “I’ve got them.”
“Come on.” I stepped forward and she took a step back. Wait, did she really think I was stalking her? “I’m just trying to help. I mean, I’ll probably start writing down your daily schedule so I can make sure our paths cross at least once a day. But that’s normal, right? For stalkers?”
“Are you being funny?”
My smile flattened. “I guess not.”
Stone Princess receives five out of five stars.
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