Overall Grade: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
It wasn’t a hardship reading Devney Perry aka Willa Nash’s The Brazen. Not. In. The. Least. Why? Well, for one, she is a go-to author for me for small-town romance. If she writes a book, I’m devouring it in a single sitting, and The Brazen is no exception. Secondly, this newest book in her Calamity Montana series is my favoritest of favorite tropes: enemies-to-lovers.
We’ve met her heroine in the earlier books of this series, The Bribe and The Bluff: Kerrigan Hale. This character is everything you LOVE in a woman: independent, tenacious, industrious, and creative. She takes life and makes it her b*tch. In The Brazen, she encounters Pierce, the grandson of her mentor, Gabriel. A tragedy has befallen his family, and he’s in Calamity to call on the loan his grandfather offered Kerrigan for her enterprise. From the first moment these two meet, it is an explosion of hate and attraction. For the first third of the book, maybe even the half, these two can’t help wanting to be around each other while also wanting to strangle the other. And that is manna to this romance reader’s soul. I could eat of that over and over again. Why? Because the deeper the initial hate, the greater the fall into love and lust. This is the entire case with The Brazen. Kerrigan and Pierce are fated, and their journey is fraught with lots of obstacles: past secrets, future landmines, and Kerrigan’s unsupportive family. However, what makes The Brazen an absolute must-read is the evolving romance between these two. If you’ve read enemies-to-lovers, then you know the hero falls HARD. With that in mind, you will want to read this story.
I inhaled this book. It’s a quick read because Willa Nash aka Devney’s style is fluid and accessible. The story breezes over the page, and Kerrigan and Pierce’s love story pulls you through their book. Interestingly enough, the characters of the first two books of the series only have brief cameos; however, we meet the Hale family in full force. Maybe…there might be stories in Kerrigan’s siblings’ futures. Who knows? If you’re hoping for more of Lucy and Everly, there isn’t much. Instead, you’re treated to the next couple in the Calamity Montana series, Nellie and Cal. If you think Kerrigan and Pierce are fireworks, I think Devney is saving the best for the last.
The Brazen is a stunning story about letting go of the past through embracing the vessel of love. It’s a tale that is exciting, emotional, and engaging, and it will tug at your heart while titillating your soul. It’s another piece of evidence for why Devney Perry/Willa Nash is an instant one-click for my Kindle.
In love and romance,