Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“I’d remember how he taught me about love. That real love existed without judgment. Without conditions. Without perfection. A love that would last my lifetime.”
In Devney Perry’s recent books, the heroes she’s crafted have been men of honor. She is quite skilled at crafting any type of hero, and if you’ve read her books, you know that they run the gamut of tortured and broken to stalwart and honorable. Yet, in these recent stories, these heroes feel integral. It feels necessary that her heroes are the type of men we need right now especially faced with the men we find on the world stage. Maybe I’m reading into it, as I usually do, but for this reader, there is hope and peace that comes from Perry’s careful characterizations. In her latest book, Noble Prince, Luke Rosen is everything you love in a hero who believes in justice against tyranny. Before this book released into my hands, I had been waiting for him, as we met him in Stone Princess as Presley’s dating partner and then the wielder of justice in the face of the tragedy of that story. We knew that he was responsible for whisking her sister, Scarlett, away, and Perry offered up a promise that Noble Prince would reveal their romance. What this book does is make us believe in “good” men again. I know it’s fictional, and these aren’t real people, but Perry crafts Luke Rosen in such a way that you can’t NOT hope for these men who struggle with the choice to do what’s right by the law or what’s right by the people. Every moment of this book left me rapt and wanting more until the end where Perry’s epilogue is the first in a while that left me not quite satiated. Instead, she has left me wanting Leo’s story, which we’ll find in Fallen Jester, and I can’t wait.
Now, I’ve spent so much of this review thus far discussing Luke Rosen, but really, the true star is Scarlett. In her characterization, Perry shows us the devastation of abuse. This story is really about how, when given a safe place, a place where love resides, then trauma can be healed. Perry writes this beautifully constructed story of forced proximity that shows how love is meant to empower us. This is Scarlett’s journey. Every step feels profound and important. Scarlett and Luke together are everything you love about Devney Perry romances. They are fated, they are soulful, and their evolution makes you swoon. I know my favorite part of this story is their trek on the river and the way in which it brings them closer, helping them realize a possible future together. These two simply complete each other.
Noble Prince is also more of what you love about Devney Perry’s Tin Gypsy series. If you think the drama of Clifton Forge is over, it isn’t. In the background of Scarlett and Luke’s fall into love, the action of the Tin Gypsies and Warriors is played out to the point that it leaves you in suspense. And it isn’t over. If you think there is resolution, Perry is squeezing out the tension to the bottom of the tube which just makes you want more of this series.
I cannot say it enough: I adore Devney Perry’s storytelling. In her evocation of the Wyoming/Montana life, you receive another level of character in her stories. The people of Clifton Forge (or Jamison Valley or Lark Cove) feel real. They seem like us, real people set in exaggerated situations, and I know that’s why Perry’s stories are beloved. We see ourselves in a character such as Scarlett whose past is rife with trauma, yet she finds love as a healing salve that empowers her towards change. This feels like an important message right now, the idea that love can heal and transcend. And if you love stories with that undercurrent flowing through it, then you WANT Noble Prince.
In love and romance,