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The Outpost is the Fourth in Devney Perry’s Jamison Valley series, although it can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read any of the books in the series, and I never felt lost in this book. There are a couple of characters I’d like to know more about, so I will likely pick up the previous books and read the series in its entirety, though. It is told in dual POV, Sabrina and Beau’s, but more of the book is told from Sabrina’s viewpoint than Beau’s
While I did feel empathetic toward Sabrina, I had a hard time connecting with her. It was definitely a ‘me’ thing, as I don’t think she was poorly written. It just seemed to me like a lot of who she was, in the beginning, was so superficial I think I wrote her off from that point forward. There were times she seemed too wrapped up in what her life used to look like to understand where her life was heading in the present. All in all, Sabrina was just a character I found difficult to relate to.
Beau was very much the opposite, and I desperately wish we would have had more scenes in his POV. He was such a quintessential ‘good guy’ and seemed to be a straight shooter; I think it would have been easier for me to connect with the book if I were in his head more often.
The Outpost did keep me on my toes for a good portion of the novel. There was a constant looming threat in the background and other moments of suspense thrown in to keep things interesting. Most of the on page happened in the final half of the book which helped me to enjoy the overall experience. I loved the glimpse of the other couples and tertiary characters; those scenes made me feel like I need to go back and read their stories too.
My wish for this book is just that the beginning of the book be more attention-grabbing. It started with a few big bangs and then fizzled for several chapters, that huge change in pace - while important for the character - was not great for the pacing of the novel. I also would have liked Sabrina to have been a more sympathetic character. While I did feel sympathy for her situation, I didn’t feel it for her as a whole.
Devney Perry is a new to me author. I’ve had several friends suggest her books since The Coppersmith Farmhouse was released, I just hadn’t taken the time to read them. After reading The Outpost, despite the slow beginning, I do see myself checking out her backlist. Her writing was good, and I enjoyed the journey she took me on. The fact she made me feel so much for secondary characters shows how good she is at drawing in her readers.
The characters are well developed. Unlike many romances, this Hero doesn't have any issues or demons he's dealing with. He does work too hard and puts everyone else before himself, but that is the only thing that the Heroine can really fault him for. The Heroine has a few personal battles she's fighting. Besides her current safety worries, she has some emotional scars from her youth that needs to heal. As well as her self loathing for the things she's done for her job (as a investigative reporter.) This book pretty much just features the h/H as they are hiding out in a seclusive cabin in the woods, but we do get some glimpses of old familiar faces and a few new ones.
The timeline for this book overlaps book three, as it begins before book three ends. Though it can be read as a stand alone without much confusion. There is some mild violence. Nothing too graphic. There is some sexual content and some mild language. It alternates between POV's. The story is well written with a few emotional scenes, a few humorous ones as well.
After releasing a story to the newspapers outing a mafia family, Sabrina runs to Montana to her closest friend. She barely made it out of Seattle alive and now she’s faced with deciding what to do to not only protect herself, but those she loves as well. When she is handed over to a giant “Goliath” of a man who will be taking her into the mountains to a Forestry Service outpost, she’s about ready to panic. She doesn’t do nature. But circumstances leave her no choice and she finds herself on a rough and bumpy road with Beau Holt.
Beau is upright and responsible. He takes care of those in his community, his friends and his family. He has a lot on his plate and the next thing that is placed there is the task of taking a city girl up into the mountains in an effort to hide her away until it’s safe for her to return.
I expected this to be a pretty predictable read. You know, city girl gets scared of spider or lost in the woods. Lots of “in the wilderness” chaos. But what I got was so much better! Instead of the predictable, what I got was the story of a woman who, when pushed outside her comfort zone, is strong enough to face it front on.
And not only does Sabrina face it, she slowly begins to embrace it and the peace that comes with it. I gloried in her strength and resiliency when she had already survived so much and there was so much more still hanging over her head.
Beau was the perfect gentle giant. He immediately recognized what Sabrina needed and set about to make it happen. Then when faced with her fears and insecurities regarding the outpost, he helped steer her into calmer waters.
He is instantly attracted to her and instantly knows it can’t go anywhere. They are too different and their lives reflect those differences. But since this is romance, so he doesn’t leave it at that. I would’ve actually loved more of Beau’s point of view because he was just so dang good, and sweet, and swoon worthy.
Together this couple made me happy. It was so obvious they belonged together. But each of them are struggling with their own interpretation of the situation and despite talking it out, things just always seem to get discombobulated even more.
There were so many wonderful heartbreaking moments that ripped my heart out. When Sabrina thinks a simple thought and sends it into the universe I just about doubled over with heartache. Oh man. Who knew that such a simple thing could tear a reader apart? Very few books make me cry, but there were times that I was sobbing so hard I had to just shut my kindle until I could pull myself together. Embarrassing I know, but true nonetheless.
This is by far my favorite of Ms. Perry’s Jamison Valley series. Although, to be honest, I say that about each book. I can’t even imagine how she could outdo herself with the next. But I don’t doubt she will.
Dual POV although primarily the heroine’s
Safe - no ow/om drama