Author: Devney Perry
Series: Runaway, #4
Published by Devney Perry LLC on December 29, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: arc, ebook
Aria Saint-James has planned the perfect getaway: sweatpants, takeout and two weeks alone with her sister and nephew. Nowhere on that list is wearing a low-cut dress and uncomfortable heels to attend a wedding where she knows neither the bride nor the groom. Toss in her nemesis, Brody Carmichael, and her road trip to Arizona is officially a bust.
But at least there is champagne.
She blames the bubbly for falling into bed with Brody that night. Enemy or no, the billionaire is irresistible in a tux. But after their one-night tryst, Aria has no choice but to cut her vacation short, returning home to escape his devilish smile, vowing never to see Brody again.
Except Aria gets a surprise a few weeks later—she’s pregnant. When he learns that she’s carrying his child, Brody offers Aria the chance of a lifetime. The catch? She has to live under his roof until the baby is born.
Either they’ll kill each other in nine months. Or discover love buried beneath their hate.
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I had a blast with the previous books in the Runaway series and have been looking forward to reading Forsaken Trail. Perry did not disappoint. She delivered a well-written enemies-to-lovers tale, which left me smiling from ear to ear at its conclusion.
In Forsaken Trail, the road trip with a certain Cadillac continues and job of taking it to its next destination belongs to Aria. The reader met Aria in the previous installment when she received the car which she will take to Arizona to hand over to her twin sister, Clara, who will be next in line to deliver it to its rightful owner. However, making this visit meant that Aria would have to deal with Broderick Carmichael, her sister’s boss. She detested his cavalier attitude towards money and disliked him from the first time she met him.
Brody and Clara are very close, and she was his only friend. He had plans to attend his brother’s wedding, and Clara would have been his date to this awkward event. However, when Clara fell ill, Aria stepped in as his back-up date. The moments spent together at the wedding led to some interesting revelations. They would learn first impressions are not necessarily accurate. The chemistry between them burned so bright they ended up giving into their attraction, which led to a one-night stand. They returned to their normal after that sizzling night of passion. Several weeks later Aria discovers she’s pregnant, a discovery which would change her life forever.
I had a wonderful time getting to know the characters. I admired Aria’s determined and resilient spirit. She had a tough childhood, however she rose above it to become a confident, intelligent, stubborn and sassy individual. Brody’s upbringing was the completed opposite of Aria. However, despite living a life of privilege, he had his share of emotional scars. He didn’t have suitable role models for love or relationships.
Even though they were from different worlds, they worked well together. They had their share of both good and bad moments as they attempted to maneuver the complexities of the situation they found themselves in. Aria is one who desires control of her life and hates it when Brody does things, even if it’s coming from a good place, without consulting her.
The dual POVs helped the reader to gain a better understanding of the characters’ thoughts and feelings and the reason for their actions. Aria’s need for control and Brody’s desire to show his affection through extravagance led to several angsty moments between them, but eventually they found a balance. They had their share of passionate and tender moments which warmed my heart and led to a wonderful ending.
Forsaken Trail was an excellent addition to the Runaway series, and it left me looking forward to the next book. Fans of the author and the series will enjoy this latest installment.
Aria gave me a small smile, but as we took another step, it changed. Twisted. The fire in her gaze sparked even brighter. The mischievous woman whose words cut like a Samurai sword was ready for the show.
Her hand let go of my arm to slide down the sleeve of my tux jacket. Aria laced her fingers with mine as her other hand snaked up my chest. She inched so close that her scent, floral and sweet, filled my nose.
That intoxicating smell scrambled my brain and I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the curls in her shiny hair. I wanted to twist them around my fingers, then take the strands in my fist and—
What. The. Fuck.
This was Aria. A woman who openly admitted she hated me the way I hated her. An enemy. My assistant’s sister.
There’d be no fisting of her hair. No licking of her lips. No nibbling of her ears.
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