The Bluff is the second book in the Calamity, Montana series by Willa Nash, aka Devney Perry. While the first book in the series told the story of Lucy, a famous country singer, and Duke, the town Sheriff, the second book is all about Lucy’s best friend Everly and a brooding, handsome artist named Reese “Hux” Huxley.
Everly Christian came to Calamity, Montana to be with her best friend Lucy after a scary situation with a stalker forces her to leave her home and seek anonymity elsewhere. She assumed Calamity would be dull and plain, and a welcome change from the busy lifestyle she left behind. Unfortunately, she inadvertently leads the stalker right to Lucy. Thankfully they were saved by Duke and that horrible day at the farmhouse is behind them now. Since then, Everly hasn’t really felt much joy or purpose in her life. Her rigid, accountant parents have no interest in her life, and only want to make sure her taxes are completed. She doesn’t really want to sing anymore, and realizes that maybe she wasn’t ever meant to be a singer. Everly spends her days people watching and takes the occasional trip to the bar when boredom overtakes her. Its there that Everly crosses paths with Hux, a handsome, brooding artist with a successful painting studio and shop in Calamity. Everly and Hux share a night together with no strings attached, and she soon finds herself drawn to him, despite his scowling, brash demeanor.
Reese “Hux” Huxley has one purpose for his future – to get some time with his sixteen year old daughter, Savannah, after missing out on so much of her life. Unfortunately, Savannah’s mother April is hell-bent on making Hux’s life miserable and keeping their daughter away from him at all costs. The stress of the situation has him on edge, but lately he has been letting off steam with a beautiful woman who agreed to purely physical agreement. Hux can’t stop thinking about his time spent with Everly. When his lawyer suggests that he really needs a wife if he hopes to gain any custody with his teenage daughter, Hux thinks it’s a joke. However, Everly overhears and decides its a perfect way for her to help Hux and Savannah, as well as give her some sort of purpose. A win-win, in her book. It takes some convincing, but soon Hux agrees to the fake marriage. How bad can it be? The physical attraction between them is sizzling. Can they get along enough to fool everyone in Calamity, or are they really just fooling themselves?
Whew! This story is hot, hot, hot and I am here. for. it. You know I love a fake marriage trope (especially when the man is mysterious and broody), and Willa Nash has a way to make the relationship between her characters burn up the pages. I read this in one sitting and could not put it down. I love the small town setting, the backstory, and the steamy attraction between Hux and Everly. Don’t get me started on the sweet father-daughter relationship developing between Hux and Savannah. I hope you love this story as much as I did. I can’t wait for the next book, The Brazen, which is Kerrigan’s story. Bring it on, Willa!
Thank you to Valentine PR for providing me with an early review copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
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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