The Outpost (Jamison Valley #4) by Devney Perry
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Standalone/Series: Standalone (part of a series)
Published on: November 7, 2017
POV: Dual First Point of View
Rating: 4 STARS
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Devney Perry’s writing gets only better and better. The Outpost is the fourth book in the Jamison Valley series written beautifully by Devney Perry. I cannot believe this is the author’s debut series; her writing is fantastic and the characters are very well-developed. I have read every single book in the series (The Coppersmith Farmhouse, The Clover Chapel, and The Lucky Heart) and cannot wait for the next one. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone but I suggest that you read them in order. Trust me; you don’t want to miss a single story in this awesome series.
Sabrina MacKenzie is a talented journalist who exposed a prominent criminal family with her investigative news report. She had never thought that her choice would then lead her to live in hiding for months from the man that wanted her dead. She is now forced to live in a very different world than the one she is used to–living off-grid– with a handsome stranger that seems to want nothing but keeping her safe.
Beau Holt is a handsome, simple, country-man that has lived his whole life in the small town, Prescott, Montana. He enjoys his simple life–living close to his whole family and friends and having the job of his dreams–and never thinks of something more for himself until Sabrina comes to his life. She is everything he wants in a woman. The woman of his dreams.
The attraction between them is inevitable but they both know there is no future for them. Besides the thing going on in her life relating to her case, they come from different worlds. She is a city girl who loves her career and the advantages of living in the big city like Seattle, whereas he is a simple man who loves hiking and being close to nature.
I loved the slow-burn romance between the two main characters. Their different backgrounds and lifestyles made their first interactions were hilarious and entertaining. I was immediately pulled into their story from the very first page and couldn’t put it down. Their hesitation yet inevitable attraction to each other pulled all the emotions within me. I could relate to them both and understood the reasons behind their decisions. I was glad that it took time for their relationship to grow since it made me connect with them both individually and as a couple even more.
No man would ever hold me this well. I was made to be wrapped in these arms. A woman could tell a lot by the way a man holds her. She could tell if he has the strength to endure the rougher moments. If he had a mighty yet kind heart. If he could make her feel safe and cherished. Beau’s embrace said all that and more.
The writing is flawless. The details and the story building were incredible. I love seeing the details in writing without it being too wordy and Devney Perry delivered it. It flowed smoothly and flawlessly emphasized all the important things needed to be exposed. It made me get to know each of the main characters on a deeper level–their struggles, secrets, and reasons behind their actions–which made my connection with them going stronger as the story evolved.
The characters development was awesome. It was fascinating to see a city girl gradually fell in love with country living. Her journey and change of heart were addicting to watch; it felt real and believable. I was glad that the author took time to have her explore her new world until she gets used to it. I was feeling like I was with her on her journey and could feel her struggles.
Moreover, I loved that the supporting characters were given the time to shine. Their characters were well-maintained which had me easily connect with them again. They added great banter and humor that I very much enjoyed and sometimes had me laugh until my belly hurt. I loved that besides the romance between the main characters, the story focused on the importance of friends and families, which one of the things I love in small-town stories.
The suspense was not deeply emphasized despite it being front and center at the beginning but the way the story developed made the whole thing make sense. The ending was great even though I would have liked to see more when they reunited. It didn’t move me as I hoped. Moreover, the suspense, which ended too soon as it started, overpowered the emotional part of their reunion which was a little bit underwhelming, unfortunately.
However, The Outpost is still, overall, a fantastic story that I highly recommend to fans of slow-burned, small-town romance with a little suspense. If you are new to Devney Perry’s writing, I hope you give this book and the others in the Jamison Valley series a try. Trust me; you would be blown away by how a great storyteller Devney Perry is.
I didn’t need or want a man to fight my battles for me, even if they were against the demons in my mind. I wanted a man who would hold my hand, squeezing it every now and again so I knew I wasn’t alone as I waged my own war. I wanted a man who would push me to keep battling because he knew I’d eventually win.
Thank you to the publisher for giving me this review copy for my unbiased review.