Title: The Lucky Heart
Author: Devney Perry
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About The Lucky Heart
Life on his ranch could be their future. If they can overcome their past.
Felicity’s life story reads like the script to a bad soap opera. Girl’s high-school boyfriend becomes a drug addict. Girl falls for boyfriend’s best friend. Girl leaves them both behind only to return home years later for murdered ex-boyfriend’s funeral. Now she’s back home in Montana, ready to start fresh. She’s got a long list of amends to make and relationships to rebuild, including one with the man who has owned her heart for sixteen years.
Silas doesn’t need much. He’s got a great horse, close friends and the Lucky Heart ranch, but something has always been missing. He’s not an idiot. He knows the missing piece is Felicity. And now that she’s returned to Prescott, he’s got a second chance to win her heart. This time, the only thing standing in his way is history. Drudging up the past is going to be about as painful as playing tug of war with barbed wire. But if they can heal old wounds, he’ll get the girl he should have had all along.
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I’m a little late to the game when it comes to Devney Perry’s Jamison Valley series, but from all of the rave reviews and blogger love for the first two books, I knew I needed to find out exactly what was happening in the little town of Prescott, Montana, and even though I started with the third book in the series, The Lucky Heart, I felt right at home with Perry’s characters and small town setting.
Perry makes it easy to see why Felicity Cleary’s journey home after a 14 year absence is a complicated situation. Because Prescott is a small community where most people are born and remain for all of their lives, everyone’s business is known by everyone else, and it’s clear that Felicity pissed off a lot of people, not only with her ‘mean girl’ routine in high school, her quick exit after graduation, but also with how she left things with her ex-boyfriend and the other man who seemed to hold her heart even when she refused to recognize it. Felicity has a lot to make up for, and while she wants to make amends for the hurt she caused and the way she treated people, her insecurities and vulnerabilities don’t illustrate her repentance because in protecting herself, she resorts back to the girl she was, pushing people away and lashing out in order to protect herself from getting hurt.
I had a love/hate relationship with Felicity for much of the story. It was difficult for me to get a good read on her because she seemed so lost inside her head, constantly vowing to reinvent herself but finding it difficult to change her ways. Her guilt and her heartbreaking memories of her time in Prescott dictate her actions for a good portion of the book, which almost makes me feel like she didn’t learn a thing since she’s been gone; don’t get me wrong, it’s clear that she wants to fix her mistakes and Silas Grant is at the top of the list, but instead of being honest and calling each other out for their shitty attitudes and behavior, they go back and forth between fighting or fucking, at least at the beginning and then their connection seems to be fizzle out, not truly illustrating the depth of their feelings for one another, and even though it seems to be life that’s getting in the way of progress, it’s still frustrating to be stuck in neutral.
Silas Grant is definitely one hot rancher, and it’s clear that his feelings for Felicity have always been more than friendly. She shattered his heart when she left, but now that she’s returned, he’s hellbent on making her his, even if he has to compete with a ghost and feel second best. What amazes me most about Silas is that he becomes Felicity’s champion pretty much from the start; at first, Silas definitely feels animosity towards her, but he soon stands by her and helps her find her way in a town where she’s having a difficult time rewriting history.
Whatever You Want – that’s Silas’ constant tagline when it comes to Felicity, and it will stay that way for, what he hopes, is the rest of his life. And while, he and Felicity may not have felt lucky in love or in life for the 14 years they were apart, that all seems to change when Felicity willingly allows Silas on her long and difficult journey home.
4.5 Poison Apples
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About the Author
Devney lives in Montana with her husband and two children. After working in the technology industry for nearly a decade, she abandoned conference calls and project schedules to enjoy a slower pace at home with her kids. She loves reading and, after consuming hundreds of books, decided to share her own stories.
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