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.
‘I like to take the tattered and lost and make it shine. Garbage doesn’t have to stay garbage. Things just need to find their right place.’
This is a lesson that Thea Landry learned the hard way, but it’s also one that allowed her to leave her lonely and insecure life in New York City and find courage, confidence, and peace as well as a group of people she considers family in Lark Cove, Montana, and now that she’s found her rightful place and the perfect small town to raise her daughter, Thea has no intention of looking back…that is until her one-night stand/father of her little girl shows up in her Lark Cove bar 6 years later, giving Logan Kendrick the chance to meet his daughter and providing Thea and Logan the opportunity to prove the undeniable attraction and connection that led them to exploring each other’s bodies for one glorious night could be something that lasts forever, despite the hurdles that stand in their way.
One aspect of Devney Perry’s storytelling that I’ve come to appreciate is the way in which she utilizes every facet of the story to play a significant role in the hero and heroine’s lives. In Tattered, Logan and Thea are heavily influenced and shaped by the settings of the story as well as its secondary characters. Logan’s New York City lifestyle, his workaholic demeanor, and his Kendrick family name dictate the kind of life he lives as well as the kind of man he has become. He’s a take charge man – one who hates to lose and hates to feel out of control, which is exactly why the situation with Thea and his daughter, Charlie, is problematic for him. He’s a fixer and a solver, but those skills don’t help him to connect with his 5 year old child or the woman he’s never stopped thinking about since the night that categorically changed their lives six years ago.
For Thea, Lark Cove and its inhabitants, especially Hazel and Jackson, have given her a place that truly feels like home. She found her own happiness in this little town in Montana, and she’s unwilling to give that feeling up, especially to head back to the place where she never fit in and never felt good enough, and that idea is only compounded by the fact that she didn’t fit into Logan’s New York City world and she never would.
But while it seems like Thea and Logan’s contradictory lifestyles and their different geographical locations are insurmountable obstacles, these two characters have their priorities straight, meaning one way or another, they will do what’s best, first and foremost, for their daughter and hopefully for themselves as well.
Devney Perry is my kind of romance writer; her storylines are character and content driven, meaning that everything that occurs is essential to move the plot forward; there’s no unnecessary drama and the steamy scenes illustrate the growing connection between the hero and the heroine, and all of these qualities is what makes Tattered an entertaining and heartfelt read.
4.5 Poison Apples
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.”
Devney is the USA Today bestselling author of the Jamison Valley series. She 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. Devney loves hearing from readers! Connect with her on social media.