REVIEW: Crimson River by Devney Perry


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Lyla Eden has spent the last few years watching her siblings fall in love. Meanwhile, she’s married to her job. It’s on her hundredth consecutive workday that her sister stages an intervention, kicking Lyla out of her own coffee shop. With nothing else to do, Lyla sets out on her favorite hiking trail.

It’s there that she spots a man washing blood from his hands in a stream. One moment she’s staring at the jagged scar on his face. The next, his hand is around her throat. But by some miracle, he lets her go.

Shaken to her core, Lyla reports the incident to the local police. Two days later, Vance Sutter arrives in town, armed with endless questions and a tarnished badge.

Vance may be ruggedly handsome but he’s as mysterious as the man he’s hunting. And he’ll be gone from Quincy in a blink. Yet Lyla’s crush is impossible to stop.

No matter how hard Vance tries to ignore it, there’s no denying the chemistry between them. And avoiding Lyla is not an option. After years of chasing dead ends, she’s his only lead to closing the case that haunts his career. So together, they’ll retrace her steps.

To find the scarred man she met beside a crimson river.

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Devney Perry’s Crimson River is the fifth novel in the family saga romance series, The Edens. A breathtakingly intense and deeply emotional romance, I was on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Perry’s masterful storytelling shines through in this captivating tale of secrets and intrigue and steamy romance. I was completely enthralled by the richly developed characters and the gripping mystery unfolding against the backdrop of a small Montana town.

Lyla Eden, the owner of the local Quincy coffee shop, is a hardworking, down-to-earth and driven woman focused on her business. Vance Sutter, an Idaho police officer, is on the hunt for a murderer, and the trail leads him to Quincy and Lyla. He’s spent the last four years hunting this fugitive, and he’s not looking for anything other than this man. Lyla is the last person to have encountered him, and Vance ends up in Quincy to continue the hunt. Perry expertly weaves together their stories, unraveling their secrets and exposing their vulnerabilities in a way that kept me utterly engrossed in the story. The chemistry between Lyla and Vance is electrifying, and their emotional journey was portrayed with depth and authenticity, evoking a range of emotions from heartache to hope.

Perry’s evocative prose effortlessly transported me to the small town of Quincy, and she skillfully balanced the romance and mystery plot arcs, creating a perfect blend of passion and suspense. I was hanging on every word as the twists and turns of the plot unfolded, and their “for now” relationship slowly morphs into forever. Perry’s impeccable storytelling, complex characters, the steamy romance and an expertly crafted plot made this a completely unputdownable read. I am counting the days until the next book in this series! Five smooches from me for Crimson River by Devney Perry!

~Danielle Palumbo



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