Today we are thrilled to be sharing Devney Perry’s all-new contemporary stand-alone in the
Lark Cove Series, TRAGIC
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.
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse at KFF
Perry has fast become one of my fave contemporary romance authors. Even though many of us readers haven’t got time to read all that we’d like to, the Lark Cove series is one that can’t be missed or at the very least, do add it to your to-be-read list. There’s no amorous clichés, each stand-alone novel having its own uniqueness. If there was one detail I was able to differentiate between the previous two books and Tragic is the brewing steaminess and angst. Don’t get me wrong, I love slow burn love stories, and the romantic uncertainty woven into this must-read was beautifully written.
I’d had the pleasure of meeting Piper in Tattered, Logan and Thea’s story and couldn’t have been more delighted to see that it was her turn. Metaphorically speaking, of course, the breathtaking setting seemed to come alive before my very eyes. Piper and her neighbour have their mountain boundaries which couldn’t have been better described. Whether they would cross them is for you to find out. And for just one minute, take a look at the stunning cover! It is Kaine to a tee and has an interesting anecdote behind it.
Unspeakably broken after a tragedy, Kaine chose to live a life of solitude. His thoughts of hopelessness and despair consume his very being and to be quite honest, I found his gruff exterior a tad unappealing until subtle changes in his character showed me otherwise. But Piper has a curious soul. Treading with as much care as she possibly can, does she even want to try breaking through his walls when she’s not been made welcome? Her past experience is distressing, but nothing in comparison to the hardship Kaine had to endure. Ah, wait and see because neither Piper or myself were expecting a hidden truth to come out, knocking us both for six. And the same goes for Kaine, so get ready to pull out all the tissues of a man-sized box; you’re going to need them!
Under that thick beard and scruffy dress of his, Kaine is a strapping hunk. His love for carving wood and him creating beauty gave his character a sensitive quality and didn’t just bring out the best in him, it was also a joy to read about how he saw the end product. Piper’s appreciation of his talent made me wonder if she’d to get through to him via his art. That being said, she isn’t exactly forthcoming with her feelings, either. There’s no doubt they’re attracted to each other and together, sparks fly!
Can they bury their pasts, heal open wounds and forgive those who have hurt them? They certainly deserve a happy ending. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the author giving her readers fairly mature protagonists as it’s much easier for me to relate to the age group used. The secondary character development is fabulous. The author made me want to strangle one of them and give another a hug. All in all, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this emotional story to my book buddies. Bravo Perry!
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.