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.
Reviewed by Rachel & Sharon Thérèse
There is nothing sweeter to our ears than starting the first book in a series from an author we love! We haven’t read the Jamison Valley books, but we understand that this new series is a spin-off featuring some of those characters. Reading the synopsis, we knew straight away we would be in for a real treat as we love second chance romance reads.
A strong female protagonist is always a hit for us so when we met Thea, we were thrilled and hoped she stayed true to herself. She’s had a really tough start in life but is determined to not let that define who she is. One night she throws caution to the wind and hooks up with the very gorgeous and charismatic, Logan Kendrick. Not really the kind of thing she does; however, little did she know it would result in something special. Thea has always longed for a traditional family unit so when she gets the shock of her life, she packs up what little she has and makes a fresh start. Unfortunately, timing and circumstances don’t align and Thea is left to face her future alone.
“I like to take the tattered and lost and make it shine…”
We loved that this story was told from dual points of view as Logan’s voice in this story was key. He’s wasn’t just a guy who thought he should deal with his responsibilities because it was the right thing to do; no he wanted to! He also still remembers his one night with Thea with the fondest of memories. Logan is a workaholic but also has duties to his wealthy, straight-laced family so he feels torn between his life in New York and Thea thousands of miles away. He knows Thea doesn’t trust easily and hopes by his actions he can win her over. At times our hearts broke for both of them as they tiptoed around each other. Hearing Logan’s thoughts made us wince with fear as we knew Thea wouldn’t up and move her life just for him.
“I have a hard time of trusting people. I’m working on it, but people have a habit of letting me down.”
Logan and Thea couldn’t be from different backgrounds so on the surface you think they are not exactly a match made in heaven, but when you learn more and experience the magic between them, even after all those years apart, you realise it’s something that cannot be ignored. Thea is determined to give her family the life she never had and is willing to sacrifice her love for Logan but can she have both? We’re not telling! It’s obvious from the start their relationship is real and not just lingering lust from a one night stand.
“I want you to kiss me.”
“But, it will complicate things even more.”
This is truly one of the most heartfelt and sweetest stories we’ve read in a while. Perry really captured the essence of what true love and fate mean and how obstacles can be overcome if lines of communication are left open. This story is very character driven which is a writing style we truly enjoy reading. The author also did a marvellous job of transporting the reader to the small town of Lark Cove, Montana. Now we’re off to start the first book in the Jamison Valley series, The Coppersmith Farmhouse to read more from this talented author. Bravo!
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.