I remember when Devney’s Jamison Valley series ended, I was just so unbelievably sad to say farewell to a series that I loved so much. And it wasn’t too long after that she released a standalone, The Birthday List, but I was hungry for another series and just more characters to fall in love with. Enter, Tattered, the first book in the Lark Cove series. Devney Perry is one of those authors that I’d read anything that she writes, if she ever has the urge to dive into other sub-genres in romance, I am 100% all for it. But true and true, she’s an absolute amazing contemporary romance author. If you’ve never picked up any of her books … well, you should. Don’t know where to start? You really can’t go wrong with any of her books!
Tattered has quickly become my newest fave of her work. With a strong and independent heroine that is Thea, what’s not to love. And throw in the trope that I enjoy quite a bit, a surprise pregnancy. As usual, word for word, Perry has that gift of keeping her readers completely enthralled ’til the very end. The one thing about books that have the surprise pregnancy element, it can be handled horribly and become quite the drama fest. I have no idea how Devney did it, but she created two amazing characters, who quickly fell into their role flawlessly. I’ll admit that it took me some time to come around to Logan, but you can’t blame a man for just learning he has a daughter after six years. Just put yourself in his shoes for a bit, a man just taking a business trip and then struck with the surprising news. Thea had years to adjust to her new life of being a mom and an amazing one, might I add. Logan had right in that instance to come to terms with it.
The major conflict for these three is figuring out what will work best for everyone especially when Thea and Logan live in different parts of the United States. And Thea has established her daughter’s life in Montana, their family is there, the last thing she wants to do is uproot her daughter. I loved that Thea constantly fought for her daughter, even when Logan was certain that they’d love living in the city. That was probably the most irritating part about Logan, he couldn’t see the bigger picture and that it’s not that simple to just move a child to a place and guarantee their happiness.
I loved how giddy I got when Thea and Logan were together, their story started as a one night stand that neither one could forget. As years have gone by and a little regret that they couldn’t find each other again so soon after that night. It didn’t take them long to get back into things like time and distance were never a factor.
Their story was so beautifully written and done so well. Thea, Logan and their daughter, Charlie, have completely captured my heart. And a story that I’ll never get tired of, I definitely see myself reading this one over and over. Not that I’m surprised at all, but Devney Perry knocks it out of the park, again, with Tattered. It has everything that you’ll be looking for in a contemporary romance.
He stared at me for a long moment. “You’re sure she’s mine?”
“Then that’s good enough.”
“I—really?” I blinked. He didn’t want to verify paternity? He just . . . trusted me?
He nodded. “Really.”
“I swear, I tried to find you, Logan. On my life, I swear it. But the hotel wouldn’t give me your name no matter how much I begged. And you paid cash for your drinks and never mentioned your last name. I tried, but I just . . . didn’t know where to start.”
“It’s not your fault. I believe you.”
The sincerity in his voice made my throat burn. Goddamn it. I was going to cry.
I’d worked so hard not to cry today. I’d fought to keep my emotions in check and my head from spinning out of control. But this was going to make me break.
I wanted so badly for Logan to believe that I hadn’t kept Charlie from him intentionally. The fact that a man like him would trust someone like me without proof meant more than he’d ever know.
“Thank you,” I choked out past the lump in my throat.
“So, um, is Charlie inside with your husband? Or boyfriend?”
The urge to cry disappeared and I barked out a laugh. “Smooth.”
He chuckled. “It’s been a long day for me. Give me a break, will you? This morning I was in New York, then I came to Montana for a business meeting and discovered a daughter. I’m off my game.”