“Reese Huxley. I shivered. The moment he’d enveloped my hand with his and told his name in that rugged voice, I’d been doomed.” — The Bluff
The Bluff by Willa Nash is the second standalone in the Calamity, Montana series. A Kindle Unlimited exclusive, The Bluff may have even eclipsed the predecessor in the series thanks in large part to the depth of emotion expressed by main characters, Everly and Hux.
If you didn’t know already that I am a big fan of Willa Nash (pen name to Devney Perry), and there really isn’t a book that I won’t read from her. In order to properly rate and review books of an author I love, I turn to a deeply personal rating system: if the story make me cry, and how invested I became while reading.
The Bluff had me fully invested throughout the entire story. I adored getting to know Everly more. Everly is a former country singer, and the best friend of Lucy—who was introduced in the first standalone of the series. While reading The Bribe is not necessary, I did love getting to know Huxley too as he became more than just a single dad. Hux is a man who is looking for redemption in his daughter’s eyes, and a man who shut the right people out of his life, and let the wrong ones in.
Everly and Huxley have explosive chemistry. I won’t say insta-love, but their relationship is one that as they started to open their hearts to each other, I fell with them. The pages flew by as I read The Bluff. This is a story where you want to sink into it and just get lost for hours. The drama, while integrated into the plot, isn’t over the top, and I think helps to define and help with the character metamorphosis in a really unique way.
If you’re a fan of small town romance, that features a bit of a broken single dad, a marriage of inconvenience and a woman who despite all the pain of her past, still loves with her entire being then look no further than this utterly bewitching new release. Congrats on The Bluff, Willa!