Devney Perry has written quite a few books, but she’s still a new to me author. I really enjoyed The Birthday List and Letters to Molly. Both of these were very emotional reads, but beautiful! Her newest release, Gypsy King, is a bit more out of my comfort zone, but I was very curious! Let’s talk about what I thought about the first book in the Tin Gypsy series.
A big thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC to read and review!
The former Tin Gypsy motorcycle club has everyone in Clifton Forge, Montana convinced they’ve locked their clubhouse doors and ripped off their patches. Everyone but Bryce Ryan. There’s more happening at the club’s garage than muscle car restorations and Harley rebuilds. Her instincts are screaming there’s a story—one she’s going to tell.
As the new owner of the small town’s newspaper, Bryce is hungry for more than birth announcements and obituaries. When a woman is brutally killed and all signs point to the Tin Gypsies, Bryce is determined to expose the club and their leader, Kingston “Dash” Slater, as murderers.
Bryce bests Dash match after match, disappointed her rugged and handsome opponent turns out to be an underwhelming adversary. Secrets are exposed. Truths defeat lies. Bryce is poised to win this battle in a landslide.
Then Dash breaks all the rules and tips the scales.
One kiss, and she’s fighting to save more than just her story. She’s fighting to save her heart from the Gypsy King.
“Dash was a villain in every way, but had that stopped me from foolishly hoping he was more? Nope. I was ashamed of myself. Not for the sex.”
MC romances aren’t something I read a lot of. I’ve only read a few. Gypsy King isn’t your typical MC romance though. It’s so much more. This book had everything I was looking for: suspense, amazing characters, romance and twists and turns that I didn’t see coming! Going into Gypsy King, I didn’t have many expectations, but I can tell you that they are very high while I’ll be waiting for the next book.
Bryce just moved back to her home town. TV didn’t end up being what she wanted, so she’s going to take over her father’s newspaper. When a murder happens in their small town, Bryce sees a story waiting to happen. She thinks she knows how it’s going to play out, but Bryce is about to figure out not everything is as it seems!
“I’d learned from my mom at an early age that most men didn’t stand a chance against a strong-willed and stubborn woman.”
I enjoyed Bryce’s character. She’s a strong woman and I loved that she chose to come back and follow her dreams when TV didn’t go as planned. It’s clear she just wants to tell different stories and in her own way. I’d have to say in the beginning she was just a bit annoying. For a journalist she wasn’t always as open minded as I would’ve expected. And I definitely didn’t agree with some of her decisions, but I loved seeing her eyes being opened up to a whole different world she didn’t know.
Dash isn’t a character you want to love, but it happens anyways. He was a part of a MC and they weren’t sweethearts. They did a lot of illegal things, but are turning their lives around with their garage. The murder in town comes a little close to home and his life is turned upside down in many ways.
“Doubt had become a familiar feeling these past few years. Doubt. And shame. I’d been proud once. Proud of the man the club had made me. We’d lived our lives following a set of rules not born from society, but from brotherhood. I’d been so sure of those rules, so steadfast in following them. Then I’d begun to question them all.”
Dash seems like an arrogant jerk in the beginning who thinks he should always get what he wants! There’s more than meets the eye though. He just wants the ones he loved protected and will do anything to make that happen. Even work with a journalist he can’t stand. I ended up loving Dash. Learning about his past made me understand him a lot better and I just wanted him to get his own happily ever after in whatever way would work for him.
Bryce and Dash couldn’t have been more opposite than they were, but it worked. I loved the banter and them annoying each other. There was definitely a lot of tension and attraction neither of them wanted to admit was there. Once they let go, sparks did fly! I enjoyed their chemistry and the strong team these two made. I think they needed each other more than either of them wanted to admit. Opposites do attract and they’re the proof!
“It wasn’t black and white, the world he’d pulled me into. There wasn’t a clear-cut line between right and wrong, not like I’d believed before.”
On top of the romance aspect of this story, I loved the suspense side as well. I wanted to know what happened and enjoyed investigating with them and trying to figure it out. This author was good at giving us some twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. A couple of things did feel a bit too predictable, but the rest of the storyline made up for it!
Devney Perry definitely left me wanting more! There are quite a few characters I want to know more about, so I’ll be anxiously awaiting the arrival of the second book!
Even though this book was over 400 pages, I still couldn’t get enough. I can’t wait for the second book! Seeing as she has written a few others I haven’t read yet, I will be checking those out. I’d love to hear if you’ve read anything by this author! Let me know in the comments.