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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“Maybe it was time to switch directions. To forge a beaten path. And find out if there was a rainbow waiting at the end of my forsaken trail.”
“She walked into your life and you struggled to remember what it had been like before you’d seen that first smile.”
Another fabulous addition to the Runaway Series by author Devney Perry.
Forsaken Trail follows the story of Aria and Brody. For Aria, it’s been far too long since she’s seen her twin sister Clara. She wants nothing more than to enjoy her time off with her sister and soak up time with her nephew. What she didn’t plan on was her nemesis, Brody being home. Before she knows it, she’s been talked into attending a wedding with Brody. Maybe it’s the champagne talking, but Aria is starting to see another side to her enemy. One thing leads to another and these two enemies spend an unforgettable night together. Who knew that one night had the power to turn their worlds upside down???
Forsaken Trail was everything I had hoped it would be and more. With each book in this series, I fall deeper and deeper in love with the characters, and Aria and Brody’s is just the latest to steal my heart. From the moment I met Brody and Aria, I just knew their story was going to knock me on my feet. The tension between them was delicious and led to some amazing banter. Honestly, their banter was the best foreplay ever! I couldn’t wait for them to put their differences aside and give in to what they both wanted.
The road to happily ever after was quite a bumpy one for Aria and Brody. You see, Aria’s past has made her fiercely independent, leaving her only to rely on herself. Her walls are sky-high, but if anyone is up to the task of breaking down those walls, it’s Brody. And Brody, he wasn’t what I expected at all. Sure he was rich, and privileged and never had to worry about anything, but there was so much more to him than meets the eye. When he lets you in, he goes all in. He cares hard and deeply for those who matter in his life. For Brody, Aria was a breath of fresh air who constantly gave him a run for his money. Together, this unlikely pair kept me glued to the pages and anxious to see how they would deal with the obstacles life threw at them.
Forsaken Trail is a fabulous read from beginning to end. The characters will capture your heart and completely suck you into their story. Aria and Brody’s story had the perfect mix of drama, angst, and romance and I just loved every second of it! Up next, is Clara’s story and I don’t know about you guys, but I can not wait to see what road her story will take us on…
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
The whirl of tires and the hum of an engine filled the air before she could answer. A shiny black Jaguar came down the driveway and my heart dropped.
No. That son of a bitch Brody Carmichael was going to ruin my vacation.
“He’s supposed to be gone.” If he dared encroach on my time with Clara, I’d sneak poison ivy into his bed.
“It’s not his fault.” Clara sighed, quick to defend her boss.
“Did his private plane not have enough spiced cashews for his liking? Surely he can afford jet fuel.”
The second-best part of this week, besides Clara and Gus, was Brody’s scheduled absence. Clara knew there was no love lost between me and her boss, so she’d suggested travel dates that coincided with his vacation.
Yet here he was, parking a car that likely cost more than all of my worldly possessions combined.
Brody parked behind the Cadillac and stepped out of his car, sliding the sunglasses off his face. He wore a navy suit tailored to perfection around his broad shoulders and long legs. In the years I’d known him, I’d never seen him in anything but a suit. Did he not own jeans?
“Brody!” August raced over, holding up a hand for a high five. “Aunt Aria is here. We’re gonna open my presents.”
“I see that.” Brody’s lips turned up in a smile. Barely.
If the man ever learned how to deliver one properly, actually show some teeth, he’d be devastating. Especially with the dark, trimmed beard he’d grown a few years ago. It gave him a sexy edge. Or it would have, if his perpetually sour mood wasn’t such a major turnoff.
He definitely, definitely didn’t turn me on. Oh no.
Broderick Carmichael was enemy number one.
Devney is a USA Today bestselling author who lives in Washington with her husband and two sons. Born and raised in Montana, she loves writing books set in her treasured home state. 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 family. Writing one book, let alone many, was not something she ever expected to do. But now that she’s discovered her true passion for writing romance, she has no plans to ever stop.
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