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Memphis Ward arrives in Quincy, Montana, on the fifth worst day of her life. She needs a shower. She needs a snack. She needs some sanity. Because moving across the country with her newborn baby is by far the craziest thing she’s ever done.
But maybe it takes a little crazy to build a good life. If putting the past behind her requires a thousand miles and a new town, she’ll do it if it means a better future for her son. Even if it requires setting aside the glamour of her former life. Even if it requires working as a housekeeper at The Eloise Inn and living in an apartment above a garage.
It’s there, on the fifth worst day of her life, that she meets the handsomest man she’s ever laid eyes on. Knox Eden is a beautiful, sinful dream, a chef and her temporary landlord. With his sharp, stubbled jaw and tattooed arms, he’s raw and rugged and everything she’s never had—and never will. Because after the first worst day of her life, Memphis learned a good life requires giving up on her dreams too. And a man like Knox Eden will only ever be a dream.
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Devney Perry’s storytelling captured my attention the first time I read her work with its mesmerizing blend of emotion, heat and suspense. From the small town backdrops and endearingly down-to-earth characters, her books are as much a love letter to Montana as they are love stories, and through her words and descriptions, I’ve fallen hard for this state that I’ve never been to.
Juniper Hill is the second book in The Edens series. Set in quaint Quincy, Montana, and the series is based on the Eden family, Quincy town royalty. Memphis Ward, a single-mom and former NYC socialite, is leaving the Big Apple behind to start over from scratch in Quincy. Used to a life of luxury, Memphis accepts a job as a housekeeper at The Eloise, the Eden’s hotel in Quincy. Her new boss, Eloise Eden, arranged for Memphis and her newborn son, Drake, to rent her brother, Knox’s, loft. Knox Eden is the chef at the restaurant in The Eloise, and he’s non-too-pleased to have a new tenant.
Tall, tatted and broody, Knox was a sexy, swoony alpha with a sweet side – he has that in-charge vibe, but once you get past his moody exterior, he’s thoughtful and generous. Knox returned to Quincy five years earlier after his relationship crumbled under the weight of a heartbreaking betrayal. Memphis has a heart-wrenching past as well, but I really loved how she just kept going when she could’ve given up. She’s come a long, long way from the spoiled, stuck-up hotel heiress she once was. A woman who had a housekeeper and a chef at her disposal has now become one and is dating the other. She works hard for an honest day’s pay, her sole motivation to give her son better than the cold, lonely childhood she had. Their chemistry explodes off the page, but it was the way they both filled the holes in the other’s heart that made them such a special couple.
With an engrossing suspenseful edge, Knox and Memphis’s love story was low on angst, but high on emotion and substance. A thoroughly addictive pleasure to read, I devoured Juniper Hill in a single sitting, and I’m on the edge of my seat, eager to head back to Quincy. Five smooches from me for Juniper Hill by Devney Perry!
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