Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.W
So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face.
But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate.
Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.
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As a reader, it’s easy to fall for the gruff and broken hero…there’s something intriguing about a man who isolates himself from his past but more importantly his present, resolved to live out his days by himself in solitude, and Denver Perry’s newest hero, Kaine Reynolds, embodies those characteristics well, and even though readers aren’t privy to exactly what happened to Kaine before he made his way to Lark Cove, it’s clear that this is the life he deliberately chose for himself and he doesn’t plan on changing it, regardless of how appealing and/or excessively frustrating Piper Campbell, his new neighbor, is.
I have to admit…at first, I wanted to know everything there was to know about what made Kaine the mercurial man readers see in Tragic. Based on the title alone, it’s obvious that something beyond devastating happened to him, forcing him to find solace in the quiet and solitary life he has. But Denver Perry doesn’t reveal the required facts or insights in one lump sum…they’re revealed throughout the duration of this book, almost like that as things get more complicated…more involved between him and Piper, the demons he worked so hard to stifle rise to the forefront again, causing emotional and physical torment and fear, indicating that if anything of substance is to be created between him and the woman he can’t seem to get out of his head then they’re both going to need to know what they’re up against and with that knowledge, I was able to allow the reality of Kaine’s circumstances to be unloaded as both Perry and Kaine saw fit.
Piper has her own past to deal with, and even though it seems not as overwhelming as Kaine’s is, her feelings of inadequacy…her struggle to understand that she’s blameless in what occurred don’t come easy to her, but that doesn’t mean that she wants to become a recluse like her surly new neighbor, and it’s Piper’s feisty nature that allows her to deal with Kaine like only she can, illustrating that the connection between them – one that I don’t think either of them was prepared for – has to overcome quite a few obstacles as well as mental scarring in order to let go of their troubled pasts and move forward in a way that will allow both Kaine and Piper to learn how to trust again…find a way to heal the fractured parts of themselves, recognizing that they can’t keep allowing the past to encroach on their present any longer than it already has.
It’s awfully lonely in the darkness with nothing but the ghosts of one’s past to keep him company, but sometimes, that’s all that’s left of someone when his life has been upended in ways that hang like an albatross around his neck and it’s not until someone who’s willing to fight through his shadows and bring him into the light that he finds the present worth living in a way that that’s more than merely existing, and Piper Campbell seems to be that person for Kaine and as long as they can both endure their personal struggles as they work on themselves and try to figure out what they truly mean to one another then what was once tragic has the ability, at some point, to become less about loss and more about forgiveness and living a joyous life.
It’s clear that Devney Perry pours her heart and her soul into her emotional romances. It’s almost like her hero and heroine demand that she craft their story in a way that truly captures everything they’ve experienced: everything they’ve lost…they’ve grieved…they’ve succumbed to, and by doing so, Perry allows her readers to understand just how layered the characters are and how their personalties, their flaws, and the personas they seem to wear are all due to something significant…something life altering…something tragic. But there’s always hope…in every single story Perry writes, there’s always possibilities and that’s what keeps me reading…keeps me from becoming overwhelmed by the tears and the pain and the loss…it’s why Devney Perry is one of my favorite romance writers.
5+ Poison Apples
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.