Title: The Bribe
Series: Calamity, Montana (Book 1)
Author: Willa Nash
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Devney Perry LLC
Release Date: October 15, 2020
5 BRIBE ME CROWNS
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The narrators really brought this suspense, small town romance to life, and I fell in love with not just the couple but the whole town of Calamity.
Duke is the sheriff of this new fictional town, the every man who people adore, and I don’t blame them. He is absolutely charming, and his protective nature of not just the heroine but also the people of town makes him the quintessential small town hero. But don’t be fooled, Duke had some heat behind the charm and manners. I loved both sides of him.
Lucy is a woman on the run, and I did enjoy how she protected others before herself. It was also refreshing to have a heroine who stood strong in her convictions, who recognized her passion and fought for it. I really enjoyed her as a character overall.
The suspense of the story is what really made this a must read for me. I live for suspense romance, and, honestly, I didn’t see the twist coming. When that part of the audio began, I audibly gasped and was talking to the audiobook trying to figure it all out. That is the sign of a great audiobook. My complete love this book was solidified with the epilogue, and I’m excited for the next standalone in this world.
Willa Nash created a wonderful town full of interesting characters, and a romance that is not only steamy but heartfelt. It is a must read for suspense or small town romance lovers. You won’t be disappointed.
From USA Today Bestselling Author Devney Perry writing as Willa Nash comes a small town Montana romance.
Duke Evans didn’t expect to find a beautiful woman in a staring contest with a bison on his favorite hiking trail. He also didn’t expect to see her again after rescuing her from the surly beast. As the sheriff in Calamity, Montana, he’s had his fair share of surprises but none as pleasant as pulling over a shiny black car and finding his mysterious hiking companion behind the wheel.
Only she lied to Duke. She gave him a name as fake as her hair color. According to her driver’s license, her real name is Lucy Ross, the famous country music singer whose sudden disappearance has been a hot topic on the radio over the past two weeks.
He’s not sure why Lucy lied about her identity or why she’s in Calamity. And she’s not talking. Instead, she offers him a bribe to keep her secret.
Duke doesn’t want her money. He wants to know why this beautiful woman is on the run. And as long as the star shines on his badge, he’s going to find out.
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Duke Evans was as addictive as hot stage lights and a silky, Southern twang.
He’d almost kissed me. And I’d almost let him. I’d find a way to get over this bribe issue if it meant indulging my crush on the local sheriff. Sure, things would get awkward when I brought him a wad of cash. After all, maybe the reason he’d almost kissed me was for the money.
The woman who hadn’t been kissed in a long, long time didn’t care.
“What’s your plan for the rest of the day?” Duke asked as he drove toward the farmhouse. He rolled down the windows and the breeze tousled the long strands of hair that had escaped his hat.
“Not much. I’ve been on a baking spree.”
“What’d you make?” he asked, his voice low and smooth.
Duke drove with one hand on the wheel while his other arm was propped on the console between us. I hadn’t really noticed a man’s driving posture before, but as with everything Duke, the should-have-been-mundane details jumped out at me like fireworks. His entire demeanor shouted confidence. He was so relaxed in his skin and sexy as hell. The man was driving and I was practically drooling.
He glanced over and raised an eyebrow. Right. He’d asked me a question.
I faced forward and unscrambled my brain. “Cookies. Cinnamon rolls. Banana muffins.”
“You’ve been busy.”
“There’s not much else for me to do. Going from a hare’s speed to turtle pace has been an adjustment. At this point, I’m searching for things to do. Hence the running this morning.”
“My mom’s a teacher. She always says it takes her a couple of weeks every summer to slow down and transition from kid wrangler to domestic goddess.” He reached into the cupholder and plucked out a packet of gum.
“Sure.” I unfolded the wrapper and popped the sweet mint stick into my mouth as he did the same, then I opened my mouth to say something and . . .whoa.
We were rolling through a different neighborhood than the one I’d walked through, but instead of staring at the homes and getting my bearings, my attention was locked on the bob of Duke’s Adam’s apple and the flex of his strong, square jaw.
I bet he had a talented tongue. My experience with men was relatively limited—fame was a jealous lover and wanted nothing more than your undivided attention—but if a man could chew gum like that, I bet his tongue knew its way around a woman’s lips.
And other places.
About Willa Nash:
Willa Nash is USA Today Bestselling Author Devney Perry’s alter ego, writing contemporary romance stories for Kindle Unlimited. Lover of Swedish Fish, hater of laundry, she lives in Washington State with her husband and two sons. She was born and raised in Montana and has a passion for writing books in the state she calls home.
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