Presley Marks has just become a cliché: the jilted bride. Wearing a white dress, standing in front of her friends and family, she announces that her fiancé—according to his text—has forgotten about the wedding.
Humiliated and angry, she hides from the world in the mundane routine of her life. Working at the Clifton Forge Garage isn’t glamorous, but it’s safe from the spotlight.
At least it was, until Shaw Valance comes to town.
The notorious Hollywood actor is starring in a movie based on the town’s infamous murder. When he’s not on set, Shaw hovers at the garage, watching as they build his custom motorcycle and irritating her with his handsome smile. He was supposed to leave once filming wrapped and go back to his fancy life, not buy the house next door.
But Shaw might regret that purchase once Presley’s ex-fiancé returns, bringing with him a war between old rivals that could burn both their houses down.
“She was a little thing, probably just over one hundred pounds, but damn, she was a force.”
What a great addition to the Tin Gypsy Series!! Stone Princess follows the story of Shaw and Presley. Now, if you’ve been following this series like I have, then you’ve been dying to get your hands on Presley’s story like I have been. And let me tell you, Presley’s story does not disappoint.
When we first dive into Stone Princess, we see that Presley’s world has been turned upside down. On the day of her wedding, Presley’s fiance leaves her at the alter, totally heartbroken. Humiliated by the rumors of her small town, Presley takes every chance to hide from the world. Her job is anything but glamorous, but it’s hers. All is going to plan, until Shaw Valance blows into town. Shaw is a famous Hollywood actor who is staring in a film based on Clifton Forge’s most infamous murder. Presley immediately decides she doesn’t like him and isn’t about to let his smile and smooth talking change her mind. Presley can’t wait for the day that Shaw leaves town, but life has other plans in store for them….
Overall, I thought that Stone Princess was a really good read. It sucks you in from the very first page and before you know it, you’ll find that you’ve devoured the entire book. As I previously stated, I had been dying to get my hands on Presley’s story and I couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. I mean, if anyone deserved a happily ever after, it was Presley. Presley’s life had been anything but picture perfect, and when she thought she finally found her happy, the rug was ripped out from under her. My heart broke for our jilted bride, Presley and I could definitely see how she earned the name Stone Princess. Presley became more protective and guarded with her heart. When Shaw enters the picture, there is just something about him that pulls Presley in. These two couldn’t be more opposite, but they totally made it work. I loved that Shaw wasn’t your typical movie star. Sure he was cocky and a total smooth talker. But, he had a big heart and wasn’t afraid to after what he wanted. Together these two burned up the pages together and kept me begging for more.
Stone Princess is a fantastic story from beginning to end. The characters are amazing and just so easy to connect with. I loved the plot and couldn’t wait to see how it would all come together. This story had steam. It had romance. It had suspense and some surprising twists and turns. All in all, a fabulous read and great addition to this series. I can’t wait to see what adventure this author has in store for us next!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
My realtor would have earned a higher commission if she had mentioned that the woman who lived next door was Presley Marks. “Isn’t this a surprise?”
“Is it?” Presley asked, frowning as I descended my steps and crossed the lawn, meeting her in her driveway. She raised a dark blond eyebrow. “Because it sort of feels like stalking.”
I chuckled. “I swear I had no idea you lived next door.”
But what a bonus. I wouldn’t have to make excuses to stop by the garage to see her. She could tear that insurance waiver to shreds. Presley had to know I didn’t give a damn about that bike they were building for me.
“You bought this house?”
“Yeah.” I reached for the grocery bags she had in her hands. “Here, let me help.”
She twisted away. “I’ve got them.”
“Come on.” I stepped forward and she took a step back. Wait, did she really think I was stalking her? “I’m just trying to help. I mean, I’ll probably start writing down your daily schedule so I can make sure our paths cross at least once a day. But that’s normal, right? For stalkers?”
“Are you being funny?”
My smile flattened. “I guess not.”