Oct 15

The Bribe by Willa Nash Review


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Duke Evans didn’t expect to interrupt a beautiful woman in a staring contest with a bison on his favorite hiking trail. He also didn’t expect to see her again after rescuing her from the surly beast. As the sheriff in Calamity, Montana, he’s had his fair share of surprises but none as pleasant as pulling over a shiny black car and finding his mysterious hiking companion behind the wheel.

Only, she lied to Duke. She gave him a name as fake as her hair color. According to her driver’s license, her real name is Lucy Ross, the famous country music singer whose sudden disappearance has been a hot topic in the media over the past two weeks.

He’s not sure why Lucy lied about her identity or why she’s in Calamity. And she’s not talking. Instead, she offers him a bribe to keep her secret.

But Duke doesn’t want her money. He wants to know why this woman is on the run. And as long as the star shines on his badge, he’s going to find out.

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Willa Nash may be the alter ego of USA Today Bestseller, Devney Perry, but her writing style is the wonderfully familiar blend of emotion, heat and suspense that I’ve come to adore about her storytelling. From the small town backdrop and the endearingly down-to-earth characters, her books are as much a love letter to Montana as they are a love story, and through her words and descriptions, I’ve fallen hard for this state, one I’ve never set foot in.

The Bribe kicks off the brand-new Calamity, Montana series, and it features a country superstar desperate to escape everything about her life and a smalltown sheriff deeply rooted in his. While not exactly cute, Duke and Lucy’s first meeting was definitely memorable, but it was their second meeting that really got things going. Lucy is in Calamity, hiding out and laying low, and Duke wants to know why. Not sure if she can trust this man, a virtual stranger, with the truth, she makes a proposition, but Duke sets some terms of his own.

Duke and Lucy’s chemistry explodes off the page, and they’re like magnets—constantly drawn to each other. Devastatingly handsome Duke is what I like to call a compassionate alpha – he has that commanding presence, that in-charge vibe, but he’s not quite so in your face about it. Like Lucy, I lapped it up like a cool drink after a long hike through Yellowstone. Lucy may be a world-famous country megastar with a team of people to support her brand and scores of adoring fans, but she’s lost and alone, mentally and emotionally exhausted from by it all. Calamity offers her a much needed respite from the spotlight, and for the first time in a long time, she finds safety and comfort in the town—and in Duke.

As a huge fan of Devney Perry’s, I had high expectations for her Willa Nash debut. I was not disappointed, though, to be honest, I didn’t expect to be. Perry as Willa Nash penned a moving, consuming, heart-flutteringly sexy love story in The Bribe that was low on the angst but high on emotion and substance. Duke and Lucy’s romance was a thoroughly addictive pleasure to read that I devoured it in a single sitting, and I’m on the edge of my seat, eager to head back to Calamity. Five smooches from me for The Bribe by Willa Nash!

~Danielle Palumbo




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