Exposing a prominent criminal family with an investigative news report didn’t exactly work out the way Sabrina had hoped. Instead of basking in the glory of her article’s success, she’s on the run from a powerful man who wants her dead. To stay safe, she’s forced to trade one bad situation for another. Stuck in the Montana wilderness, she’s secluded from anything resembling civilization or the modern-day world. The only good thing about her situation is the gorgeous mountain man assigned to protect her. Too bad he isn’t the slightest bit interested in a city girl like her.
Beau likes his life quiet and simple. Give him a peaceful day hiking in the woods with his dog, and he’s a happy man. He has no use for large crowds, noisy cities or dramatic women. So when a hotshot reporter rolls into town, dragging her big-time problems with her, he should have run for the hills. Instead, he volunteered to keep her safe. Bringing her into his world won’t be easy, but if he can convince her that Montana isn’t as terrifying as she believes, they might just be the perfect match.
Devney Perry is quickly becoming one of my one-click authors. I love her small-town romances in the Jamison Valley series, her strong but vulnerable heroines, and the distinct heroes she writes. The Outpost, book 4 in the JV series, surprised me with its sweetness and that Perry could give readers a memorable romance without the angst that was found in the rest of the series.
What I loved:
I loved the setting. I knew after reading The Lucky Heart that I was ready to move to the fictional town of Prescott, Montana. Perry wrote it so realistically that I wanted to box up my house and family and head west. When Sabrina finds herself in trouble, Beau whisks her away to a secluded outpost used by firefighters and search & rescue. 3 hours from Prescott, the outpost is in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. I could smell the clean air and see the majesty of the mountains and found myself longing to escape to this place Perry had described. Not only do Beau and Sabrina fall in love here, but Sabrina does some soul-searching, the beauty of her surroundings helping lead her towards the next stage of her life. More importantly, this isolated spot in the mountains of Montana becomes the main source of conflict for Beau and Sabrina as these two opposites struggle to figure out how they can avoid heartbreak.
There’s not a lot of angst between Sabrina and Beau as they fall in love. While there’s a bit of misunderstanding towards the end, for the most part watching them fall in love is like watching a gently flowing stream. There’s an immediate attraction, but more importantly they develop a friendship that’s based on respect and the fact that they really like each other. Beau is a dream. Seriously, the man doesn’t have a single flaw. He’s a quiet alpha who will do anything for anyone (which may actually be a flaw because he’s always running off to help someone). He’s strong, loving, a good listener, and he’s compassionate. Sabrina is running from trouble and is harboring some serious self-hatred after choosing to do whatever she had to to get her story. She’s also at a crossroads. I loved that we see this strong, successful woman who, even at 34, realizes that it’s okay to change the path she’s been on.
What I missed:
With Sabrina isolated in the mountains for 6 months, she doesn’t see anyone except for Beau. This is great for romance, but I missed everyone left in Prescott. There are brief appearances of characters from the earlier books in the JV series, but that cozy, small-town feel is missing.
4 Stars for The Outpost. Heat level: 3
I received a copy of this book from InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
The Outpost was published in November 2017 by the author.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.