Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Devney Perry has this innate ability as a writer to capture the lives of people who have endured pain and trauma by controlling the variables of their lives. In many of her books, the key variable of control is relationships with others. Whether it’s through hermiting themselves away or erecting tall emotional walls, it’s these moments in her stories that offer the tension that we all love to hate. She crafts characters that feel real: they look like us (somewhat), they act like us, they feel like us. Therefore, we find bits of ourselves reflected back at us, and it acts as a mirror of the human condition. Perry’s newest story, Runaway Road, is no different. In the midst of the simple quiet of Brooks Cohen and Londyn McCormack’s story is a truth that we all need to love and be loved in order to live an abundant life. This truth is found in so many of Devney Perry’s stories, and it’s the reason that so many of us love her writing.
Runaway Road tells the story of Brooks Cohen and Londyn McCormack. Londyn has left her former life: a husband, a life abundant with riches, and her best friend. Why? Her husband is cheating on her, her abundant life is only abundant in its wealth, and she needs to move on, even if leaving her friend is difficult. When life gets difficult, Londyn has learned to keep moving in order to keep herself afloat. As she leaves her old life behind, she finds herself stranded in Summers, West Virginia, a small town filled with downhome, kind people. It is there, while she awaits her car repairs, that Londyn meets the local mechanic, Brooks Cohen. At first meeting, Londyn and Brooks are drawn to each other.
Brooks Cohen is a single dad who has decided to live life free from relationships. The one relationship in his past gave him his son, but also an ex-wife who made his life difficult. With the challenges of being a single dad and owning a business, he hasn’t felt like anything is missing, until Londyn. As their story progresses, and they fall deeply for each other, the tension of this story centers around Londyn’s need to leave Summers and continue her roadtrip to California. Will Londyn leave Brooks behind, or will she finally find the place with him where she can live her best life?
Two words about this story: Brooks Cohen. Seriously, Brooks Cohen. As the hero of this story, he is the perfect combination of alpha-male and empath. From one moment to the next, Brooks takes charge while connecting emotionally with Londyn at a level that she can handle. Londyn’s emotional walls are high based on her past. As the story progresses, it’s Brooks’s kindness and empathic nature that begin to break those walls down.
Londyn is Perry’s prototypical heroine: she’s internally strong, beautiful, and closed off. This is grounded in her past, a troubled one. With a heroine like Londyn, the story must show her unraveling; Brooks taking the time to peel back her layers is the gold of this story. As Londyn falls deeper for Brooks, as the reader, you need her to stay in Summers with him. We can see that he completes her in ways that her ex-husband could never. Summers offers her the perfect life, but, to build that tension, Perry keeps us anticipatory to the very end of the story. Together, Brooks and Londyn are like many of Perry’s story couples: pure romance gold.
There is a certain simplicity to Perry’s storytelling. I love how she develops stories that keep me reading to the final page. There is a quiet within her words that capture your heart and give you the feeling that you’re wrapped in a comfortable blanket. I look forward to reading her books because I trust she will develop beautiful stories about the foibles of human nature. There will always be a struggle, and the hero and heroine will have to work for their happy ending. But, in the end, all is always right in Devney Perry Land. Runaway Road is no different. It’s a little bit roadtrip and small town romance. I gorged on every part of this book and came out satiated on the love story of Brooks and Londyn. Perry has once again written a powerful romance of finding love after difficulties for her readers.
In love and romance,