Thank you to Devney Perry and her team for the review copy of Wild Highway, the second standalone book in Devney’s newest series Runaway.
Deveny takes us back to her signature state of Montana, for the second chance romance story of Gemma Lane and Easton Greer.
Check out the Goodreads synopsis below…
“From USA Today Bestselling Author Devney Perry comes a small town, second chance romance.
Gemma Lane built an empire. Not a small feat, considering her home as a teenager was a makeshift tent in a California junkyard. She’s dedicated her life to turning pennies into millions. She has power, fortune and prestige.
And she’s leaving it all behind.
Gemma is headed across the country in her best friend’s Cadillac when a detour in Montana reunites her with old acquaintances and a man who hasn’t changed. Easton Greer challenges her every word and tests her every limit because he doesn’t believe she’s really abandoned her riches. She ignores his snide remarks and muttered censure—until the day she’s ready to return to the wild highway, and Easton taunts her to stay.
She’ll prove to him she’s not just running back to her wealthy life, that she’s more than her money. She’ll unlock her guarded heart and hope that this time around, he’ll treasure the key.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Gemma and Easton are the main characters of this novel. Gemma is stuck in her current life and is ready to make a change of it. She sets off for Montana to make things right with a friend but is instead presented head-on with the fact that she was unhappy with her life. Over the course of the story, she comes to terms with how to be more open with people, she works through trauma from her childhood in order to fight for a life full of happiness and love. Easton’s storyline very much has him fight for what he wants in life too, he wants to run his family’s farm/resort/ranch business and be respected for the decisions he makes pertaining to it. He comes across as a bit of a grump, in the beginning, all it took was getting to know him a bit better to see through the tough exterior.
- Setting: Small town Montana is the picturesque setting for this story. The Greer’s own and operate a ranch/resort/farm that serves as the main location of the story. From cleaning the stables to horseback rides, to a beautiful little cabin the settings are very classic small-town romantic.
- Pacing: The story was paced very well. Each character’s development never felt rushed. It took some time for the characters to be open with each other after trauma and abandonment, which is quite natural for life so no surprises there.
- Romance: Gemma and Easton were electric, from the minute Gemma rolled up back into town the two of them struggled to not think of the other. It drove them each insane honestly. This is the best kind of second chance romance, as two people were unable to make it work in the past for legitimate reasons. It is as if they were not meant to be together in their late teens/early twenties, instead meant for who they were post-thirty.
If I haven’t convinced you yet check out an excerpt…
“I opened the door, a smile still on my face, and collided, headfirst, with a wall of muscle.
“Oh, sorry.” I looked up and my heart stopped.
The smell of leather and aftershave filled my nose. I looked up to see a pair of dark brown eyes hooded by long, onyx lashes. I took in the straight nose, the sharp jaw and strong chin. My gaze dropped to the full lips I’d tasted once, on a night eleven years ago.
I’d never seen a face as symmetrical and so beautifully masculine as Easton Greer’s.
Even when he scowled, like he was now, it was a wonder.
He’d gotten even more handsome. How was that possible? He’d transformed from a young man to just a man, man. Rugged and rough and sexy.
“Gemma.” My name came out as a growl in his deep voice and I tore my gaze away from his mouth, taking a step back.
“Hi,” I breathed, the air heavy and thick.
He took a step away, then another, his glare unwavering.
Easton cast his scowl over his shoulder and spotted the Cadillac. “That yours?”
“You’re staying here.” Not a question. An accusation. If he had it his way, I’d be uninvited.
I lifted my chin. “Yes, I came to see Katherine.”
His jaw ticked. “I thought we’d gotten rid of you years ago.”
Ouch. I guess he was still pissed about that whole sex in his room and waking up to find me gone.
But, good or bad, he hadn’t forgotten me.”
Wild Highway receives five out of five stars.
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