Forsaken Trail by Devney Perry


Release Date: December 29, 2020

SYNOPSIS: 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.

REVIEW: Well, I absolutely loved Aria and Brody. After getting a hint of their dislike for one another in Quarter Miles, I knew Devney Perry was going to give us a great enemies-to-lovers romance! We get this impression that Brody has grown up with everything, while Aria grew up with nothing. Yet Brody was also lacking something that’s so important during childhood. I think that’s what really made this story special to me. Aria and Brody come from such different places, but had fundamental needs not met during their childhood. They both endured trauma on very different levels and that impacted who they were as adults and how they handled the situations that were thrown at them. I think this is why Brody and Clara become such close friends, even when Aria doesn’t get it. He has more in common with them than Aria understands. The way Aria holds herself while playing Brody’s fake date in the beginning, had me falling in love her strength and snark. That scene was so damn satisfying. As the reader, I knew this was the first turning point, that moment where the two enemies realize there is more to the other person than what they thought. To me, that’s the best part of an enemies-to-lovers romance–that moment where the reader knows the characters are figuring out that maybe they don’t actually hate each other as much as they think. That just maybe, they don’t actually know the other person as well as they thought. When the story got messy, you still know that the characters were coming from a good place. Simply put, I just adored them and the journey they went on!

I’ve been curious about Clara and Aria’s story ever since we got introduced to them in this series. I needed to know what happened to them and how that brought them to the junkyard. Finally, I got some answers in this book, and it just adds more to the depth of all of these characters. I just love them so much. There is something about the way they grew up, what they’ve overcome, and how they’ve flourished despite all of the things they had to deal with. The fact that these experiences are still impacting them makes it that much more realistic. The way the negative things impact them, but they still carry on with life and carve out a world to fulfill their own needs. I feel like I have so much to say about this book, because of the overall series theme. All these women that grew up in a junkyard together finding their HEA?! How amazing is that. Every book is touching and has so much depth. I wildly rooting for these characters to overcome the obstacles and find the happiness that they deserve, yet did not get during childhood. They are survivors at their core, and I think that has made me so invested in each and everyone of these characters. I cannot cannot wait for Dotted Lines, when we finally meet Karson, the only guy that was in their group. The Cadillac will finally be back where it’s supposed to be, and I have a feeling that it’s going to be a real emotional ride for Clara.

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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. Devney loves hearing from readers! 

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