Series: Lark Cove #1
Published by Selfpublished on June 19, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Thea Landry has always known her place in modern-day society. It’s somewhere just above the trash can her mother dumped her in as a newborn but below the class where much comes easy. With her tattered shoes and bargain-bin clothes, her life has never been full of glamour.
So when a rich and charismatic man takes interest, she doesn’t fool herself into thinking their encounter is anything more than a one-night stand. Months later, she’s kicking herself for not getting his phone number. Or his last name. She’s given up hope of seeing him ever again.
Until one day, years later, Logan Kendrick waltzes into her life once more and turns everything she’s built upside down. This time around, she won’t make the same mistake. She’s going to fight to keep him in her life—not for herself.
But for their daughter.
The first series I’m attempting to read this month is Devney Perry’s Lark Cove series. This is a buddy read with Lenore @Celebrity Readers. The first book in the series is Tattered and although I’d read it previously, it was back in 2019 and I decided to give it a re-read. Here are my thoughts from this time around, some of which are taken from my original review. 🙂
If y’all have been around for a while, you know I’m a sucker for second chance romances. Thea and Logan get a swoon-worthy second chance and I was rooting for them hard. These two initially meet in the hotel bar where Thea works in New York. They both felt an immediate connection but ended up spending only a single night together. They’ve gone on living their lives, occasionally (or more often) wondering about the other. And then, Logan walks into Thea’s bar again…only this time it’s her bar in Montana.
Thea and Logan had quite a few hurdles to navigate in order to build a strong foundation for their relationship. First and foremost were Thea’s feelings of inadequacy considering her upbringing. She grew up in an orphanage and never had much. Logan, on the other hand, comes from a wealthy family. The social status differences between he and Thea seem monumental to her. But Logan isn’t deterred and that was endearing even if he sometimes didn’t get where Thea was coming from.
The romance between Thea and Logan was beautiful as was the development of Charlie and Logan’s relationship. I so admired Logan for putting Charlie first. He wanted to work at a relationship with Thea but building one with his daughter came first. There was quite a bit of character growth since both Logan and Thea had issues to deal with in order to create the family they desired.
Tattered had an incredibly colorful cast of characters including a cranky Gran, an over-protective “brother”, snooty parents, and spoiled sisters. And then there’s Charlie! Charlie was such a whirlwind of energy. She’s bright and introspective. She takes in the world and mulls it over before passing judgement. Honestly, she stole the show! DPerry did a phenomenal job of incorporating a child and having her be such an integral part of the story – not just a plot device.
There was a suspense element and despite being surprised (again LOL) at the turn of events, I didn’t feel it worked as well as I did the first time around. It felt contrived and didn’t really fit into the story. It was also resolved in a manner that was a bit too tidy.
Tattered was good! It delivered a lot – emotion…HUGE emotion. Family – the importance of family in all its incarnations. Chemistry. Love. Overall, it was a satisfying read. Even the second time around.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Second chance romance is such a good trope. I love it! 😀
I completely agree, Stephanie. 😉
I’m glad to hear this is a good one. I know I had some books by this author as freebies and it turns out I have books 2,3,4 that follow this one. I’ll have to get to them sometime.
Yessss! I hope you’ll get to them sooner than later, Anne, so we can chat. 😉
I adore Devney Perry but have not gone back and read the Lark Cove series yet. I love a second chance romance so I’m excited to get to this one!
Ha! This is where I started with her so I’m excited to read more! I’m a total sucker for second chance romance. 😉
Thea already has me cheering for her and I like the sound of Logan, too.
She was a heroine worthy of cheering, Sophia. And Logan made me gooey so… 😉
I know I read this a couple of years ago. But it still says want to read of Goodreads. No idea why I didn’t mark it as read or else I’m out in la la land again. Lol. I’ve had the book for 4 years and actually I remember not loving it. Liking, but not loving. 🤷♂️
That happens to me sometimes too, Lorna. But it happens when I KNOW I’ve marked it as Read. It usually shows that I’ve read another version – like paperback – but I don’t understand why GR doesn’t combine them. Anyway, I ended up feeling like this series was good on the odd installments and great on the evens. 😉