Series: Jamison Valley #5
on January 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Her past. His secrets. They have more in common than she knows.
Maisy is happily content with the life she’s built for herself and her young son in small-town Prescott, Montana. Her child is thriving, her business is growing, and her family is as close as they’ve ever been. But when a handsome stranger walks into the lobby of her motel, her simple life is swept up in a wave of affection for his gentle heart. None of those feelings can be trusted, though. She made that mistake before with another man. The man she murdered.
Hunter was a different man when he first saw Maisy Holt from afar. He took one look at her and ran in the opposite direction. But years later, he’s back in Montana and unable to keep his distance. He shouldn’t have tried to find her but he never was good at rejecting temptation. The promise of the good she could bring into his life is too hard to resist. Maybe if he can disguise the lies and hide the deceit, he can keep her from learning the truth. Because his only chance at a future with her is by burying his past.
THE BITTERROOT INN
First things first – THE BITTERROOT INN has one of the most beautiful covers I have seen this year. It is simple and captivates you without needing a naked chest to capture your attention. I LOVE when authors manage that feat, it’s not easy to do but those who take a chance and give you something special stand out in the vast amount of romance book covers.
I love small-town romances, they are among my favorite tropes (is small-town romance a trope?). There is something endearing and cozy that charms me every single time. I love how everyone is in each other’s business, that when push comes to shove every member in the community helps one of their own if they are in need.
In Prescott, Montana it’s no different. We meet Maisy there, single mom and fairly new owner of the town’s motel, The Bitterroot Inn. She is as happy as she can be, considering she killed the father of her child and has to live with the repercussion. Her motel is her saving grace, when she is sad or upset the work there provides enough distraction and clears her thoughts.
Enter Hunter Faraday, a gorgeous young man she knows nothing about but is fascinated with. And the attraction goes both ways…but Hunter isn’t very forthcoming with information about his life before he came to Montana and if there is something Maisy can’t handle it’s secrets.
Maisy is a refreshingly candid young woman who had her share of tragedy. The only good thing that came out of the relationship with her ex is her son who she adores. It is also her biggest worry, is she a good mom? Can she let a stranger, somebody who behaves a little like her dead ex but is yet so different in their lives? I loved how much thought Maisy gave this, her child was always her first consideration but she’s human and her solitary life makes her long for a man she can share her huge capacity to love and her worries and thoughts. Maisy is a beautiful heroine who thinks first and acts when she has all the facts. She’s levelheaded, friendly, somebody you want to be friends with. What I absolutely admired about her was the time she gave herself to deal with Hunter’s secrets. Forgiveness came on her terms.
Hunter is unforgettable. He has been in love with Maisy from afar since he saw her in the maternity ward, about to give birth to her son. Three and a half years later he’s done staying away.
Whatever you do, shit-for-brains, do not ask for a room. You have a plan, remember?
“I was wondering if you have a vacancy?”
He wants her, in his life, in his bed, to keep her safe and make her smile everyday. First he needs to tell her his secrets though, if only he could find a perfect time. I loved how upfront Hunter was about his feelings for Maisy. He adored her and the way he was with her son?
His dirty-talking skills were totally unexpected. Holy shit, the guy had a mouth on him. He was perfect, kind, funny, and oh so sexy. He had the patience of a saint and, gah, his remorse was so palpable and beautiful.
“How do we move past it all?”
“One day at a time,” he whispered. “And when you’re ready to start again, I’ll be right here.”
When his secrets come to light it’s because of his inaction. I thought a man especially with his alpha tendencies wouldn’t wait for his woman to be ready to hear them. This is my little niggle, right there. He knew that the way they would unfold would hurt her more than if he had told her himself. This and his pet name for her. “Blondie” was a little unoriginal but it didn’t bother me too much.
This story is a bit like candy, you unwrap it and then slowly, slowly you get to the bottom of it. It takes a while, granted, but at some point everything becomes clear. I had most of it figured out early on but I still enjoyed to see how it panned out. I adored Maisy’s motley crew and safety network of friends and relatives. They are people you want in your life. The epilogue was phenomenal and really makes me want to read the other books in this series.
The Bitterroot Inn is my first book by Devney Perry and she couldn’t leave a better impression. Her writing style is captivating, I saw the town, the lake, the landscape before my eyes exactly how she described it. If you can’t tell, I’m in love with this story and now I’m salivating to read her other books in this series.
“I came here thinking I was looking out for you, when really, I was looking for you.”