The Bluff by Willa Nash is now live!
As Calamity’s newest resident, Everly Christian thought life in small-town Montana would be dull and tame–and she needs a little mundane after the last few chaotic years. But one night, boredom drives her to the local bar, where she finds herself sitting beside a handsome and mysterious artist. The man is anything but dull and tame, especially in the bedroom, and when she steps out of his shower and overhears his conversation, life gets interesting again. Reese Huxley needs a wife. And why shouldn’t Everly be the bride? She’s got her reasons for agreeing to the hasty nuptials–reasons she’s keeping to herself. As long as she can stop herself from falling in love with her husband, she’ll make it out of this sham marriage in one piece. But Everly has a weakness for wayward men, and the more Hux pushes her away, the more she realizes this bluff is anything but a lie.
NICUnurse’s Review of The Bluff by Willa Nash
The Bluff is the second book in this author’s Calamity, Montana series. It’s no secret that Willa Nash is Devney Perry’s pen name. It’s also no secret that I’m a huge fan of her writing. I loved The Bribe, and I couldn’t wait for this book to release because I simply love all of Devney Perry’s books. She burst onto the romance scene with a vengeance with her Jamison Valley series, and I’ve been in the process of devouring her entire backlist and new releases since I stumbled upon her book, The Birthday List, in September of 2018. Needless to say, I think I’m classified as a huge fan by this point. And for good reason. Simply put, the woman has a fantastic talent for storytelling.
NICUnurse’s Rating: The Bluff can be read as a standalone title, but there’s a huge, emotionally-charged scene in book one, The Bribe, that is totally worth reading to put the backstory and character relationships into a better perspective before you jump into this book. However, there is enough backstory given in such a way in The Bluff that it’s not an information dump, and it is not necessary to read book one to get full enjoyment within the pages of book two. With that said… I love a good series because
I’m a characters girl. If I don’t like or can’t relate to at least one of the main characters in a book, the story is lost to me. I was already intrigued by Hux and Everly from The Bribe. And their story was worth the wait. It’s simply, heartbreakingly beautiful. Hux is mysterious, grumpy, and brooding. Everly is outgoing, vivacious, and a people pleaser. When they join forces in a fake marriage designed to help him get custody of his teenage daughter, their journey becomes so much more than either one of them bargains for.
If I had to break The Bluff down into just one theme, I’d say it’s a book about trust. About learning to trust yourself, then learning to trust another person. Trust is always about taking a chance. But are you really living if you don’t take that leap? Hux and Everly’s story is the emotional rollercoaster of two people learning to trust despite their fierce desires to trust no one (Hux) or no one besides a BFF (Everly) ever again. It’s a heartbreaking look at how a life lived without unconditional love from the people who are supposed to love you the most shapes your future and future relationships. It’s also a book about healing. That’s it’s possible to heal and trust another. That it changes you fundamentally when you allow healing to take place. And that healing can turn past heartbreaks into something peaceful and beautiful.
I give The Bluff by Willa Nash 5 out of 5 propellers!
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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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