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With every publishing of her books, I wonder...how does she do it? Devney Perry’s capacity to write stories that both grab your attention and pull at your heart is next-level. Fallen Jester, her newest offering to the Tin Gypsy series, is no different. With the tease of this book in her last book, Noble Prince, I had been anxiously awaiting Leo’s story, the unreformed playboy of the Tin Gypsy crew. What happens when the frequent flier Betsy customer, man-ho of a character is felled by a one-night stand surprise baby story? A book best described by the nickname moniker of its heroine, Firecracker. Fallen Jester is everything you expect of Devney Perry’s stories and more.
What are all the reasons to read Fallen Jester?
- The story is edge of your seat. I recently read another romance in the same vein as Fallen Jester and that author along with Devney Perry illustrate a capacity to grab your reader’s attention by prolonging the ultimate climax of the storyline until later in the book. Now, some might say that it causes the story to “drag.” Instead, it keeps the reader suspended because you know the twist is coming but Perry in Fallen Jester makes you wait for it. Holding my breath as I turned the page, I knew that this MC romantic suspense would not disappoint in revealing more of Perry’s story that she began in the first book of this series, Gypsy King. If you think this makes for a story that is drawn out, you’d be wrong. Instead, it makes you anticipatory for the next book in the series because Perry is a genius at crafting the chronology of her stories to pique your interest and hold it there. Fallen Jester is more of this story, leaving us with a HUGE revelation at its end.
- For me, Leo is, in my opinion, seemingly one of the least heroic characters of this series. Perry plays with his characterization in this book in a way that is surprising at first. I think it is also wise and stays true to his overall character. I went into Fallen Jester thinking he would be a certain way, but it surprises you when he doesn’t. I loved it because, like her character Cassandra’s responses to Leo in Fallen Jester – you don’t expect it. It keeps you, as the reader, on your toes. Instead, be prepared to not like Leo through much of the first half of the story. Allow yourself to feel that because it will pay dividends as the story progresses.
- Cass/Cassie/Cassandra/Buttercup is clearly smarter than Leo in many ways. It would be easy to say she is only smarter than Leo in the world of academia, but this reduces her. Instead, in many ways, Cass is smarter about life and relationships too. I love how she challenges Leo to be better; how she sees beyond his basic representation. This is also key later in the story as his journey progresses, and he needs the hope he sees in Cass to become a better version of himself. Also, through her characterization, Perry plays with the notion of dreams. We find out quickly that Cass is a planner (she has a vision board, for example), but through her story, Perry shows us how one’s dreams can change and be better than the ones we wanted for ourselves previously. That, sometimes, we can’t fully understand our dreams for the future without living a bit more life.
- Finally, as she does so well in all of her books, Devney Perry’s epilogue and bonus epilogue for Fallen Jester are gorgeously developed. You can’t help but sigh at the end of her books because she leaves you with beautiful scenes of happily-ever-afters.
Fallen Jester is exactly what you hope from Devney Perry. Even more, it holds messages about dreaming new dreams, living in the present, and having big hopes for the future.
In love and romance,