Series: Lark Cove #2
Published by Selfpublished on September 4, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Willa Doon has always been shy. Her quiet demeanor was something she’s always embraced. That is, until Jackson Page moves to town. The one man she desperately wants to take notice struggles to remember her name.
Year after year, Willa stands by, watching as the bartender slash playboy drowns his demons in beer and sex. Then one night, he shows up at her door, suddenly aware that the girl he’s seen around Lark Cove is now a beautiful woman.
Except what he doesn’t remember is that this visit isn’t his first. They spent a night together once before. A night he’s forgotten, thanks to a bottle of tequila.
A night that crushed a timid girl’s heart, and set a broken man on the path to heal them both.
Timid knocked my socks off in a very not timid way! This story was set up in Tattered and I couldn’t wait for Willa and Jackson’s story. And. IT. WAS. AWESOME!
Willa Doon was born and raised in Lark Cove. She’s the kind of girl who’s as beautiful on the inside as she it on the outside. She’s also the kind of girl who sits back and takes it all in. She’s, well, shy. But she’s passionate and gives her all to the things that are important to her. When she first laid eyes on Jackson Page she was a goner. Nine years later, she’s still mooning over the man. Everyone in town knows Willa has a thing for Jackson…everyone that is, except for Jackson. And just when she decides it’s maybe time to move on, Jackson finally notices her.
Jackson, who is Thea’s best friend, grew up in the foster system after his mom essentially dumped him. He’s naturally averse to allowing anyone close. The only people he’s permitted into his heart and life are Thea, Charlie, and Hazel. And he’s happy with this life as it is. Or at least he thinks he’s happy. One evening he catches Thea sketching and is awestruck to realize the gorgeous creature she’s sketching is Willa.
The romance between Willa and Jackson blossoms slowly and beautifully despite Jackson believing there’s an expiration date on them as a couple. He’s never had someone believe in him or lift him up in the ways Willa does. But he’s not only afraid of her leaving him but he also believes he isn’t worthy of her. Willa is determined to prove to him differently. I adored the dynamics between these two. And the way Willa’s parents enfolded Jackson into their family was heartwarming. The romance brought all the feels and the sexy times were just that, especially considering Willa had nine years of pent-up pining. 😉
Timid also had the strain of Jackson’s mother making a return. This facet of the story added tension and suspense that worked for me. It felt organic. It was also an exciting way to introduce a few new characters. And I really enjoyed how this element brought Willa and Jackson even closer as they dealt with very stressful situations. This experience, so early in their relationship, demonstrated how solid their foundation already was and absolutely solidified things.
Timid was everything I had hoped for in Willa and Jackson’s story. And I’m eager to dive into the next installment, Tragic. As an aside, I might have a trip to Montana in my future. 😉
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