May 05

Stone Princess by Devney Perry Review



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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.

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Gypsy King and Riven Knight, the first two books in the Tin Gypsy series, were exceptional, and I’ve been waiting with bated breath for Stone Princess since Devney Perry laid the breadcrumbs for this story in Riven Knight. This is the story of Presley Marks, the little but fierce office manager of the Clifton Forge garage, and Shaw Vallance, Hollywood A-List actor.

Heartbreak and humiliation trail Presley from Riven Knight deep into Stone Princess. She may put on a brave face, she can claim to be a stone cold woman with ice in her veins, but she’s flesh and blood and feelings like the rest of them. Presley is just more adept at concealing them than most. Shaw Vallance, weary of his fame and the Hollywood game, craves real and genuine—authentic. In Montana shooting a movie, he meets the only woman who doesn’t fall at his feet or for his charm, good looks and million-dollar smile. She is less than impressed by him, or at least it that’s how it seems. After all she’s been through, Presley is also looking for something different—a real, honest man with a steady job, a kind smile and humble roots. With his flashy good looks, his million Instagram followers and the legions of adoring women, Shaw is not at all what Presley has in mind. Too bad the chemistry between them rivals the pyrotechnics in Shaw’s action movies.

Perry penned a heart-tugging, heart-racing tale in Stone Princess, and I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. Angsty emotion, steamy romance and an air of suspense collide in a story that was enthralling, addictive and unputdownable. Five smooches from me for Stone Princess by Devney Perry!

~Danielle Palumbo




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