Saturday, June 23, 2018

Tattered by Devney Perry

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.

4 stars
Review by Lisa Kane

Thea Landry is tending bar when she engages in some harmless flirting with an out of towner. Flirting leads to a one night stand. Best sex ever. But they agreed no names and no phone numbers. Just one night. 

Almost seven years later, Logan Kendrick finds himself checking out a camp for a potential donation in Montana. He’s in a small bar, the Lark Cove Bar, when he spots Thea. The woman he never quit forgot. What is she doing here?

It had been over six years-nearly seven-since I’d spent the night with my hands wrapped up in that hair. Since I’d memorized that smile with I’d held Thea in my arms.

Years, and she looked exactly the same. 

Thea can’t believe her eyes when she sees Logan. The man she tried to find. The man she wanted to track down so she could tell him some life changing news. 

“Drink that,” she ordered. “We need to talk.”

But there’s a small interruption right before Thea gets a chance to talk to him. 

“Mommy, look.” A little hand tugged on my jeans. 

Oh boy…cat’s out of the bag now!

Thea has a daughter named Charlie. It seems Logan has a daughter named Charlie.  Logan is knocked on his butt. All these years and he never knew. Thea has been raising his child, by herself. 

Logan’s life consists of handling the family’s business and the non- profit division. He is swimming in money. Big time, old time, trust funds galore money. His life style of butlers and servants and luxury could not be more different from Thea’s world of scraping to get by. 

“He’s a lawyer in New York. He works for some fancy firm. He went to college and law school at Columbia. He’s thirty-two. Not married. And he doesn’t have other children, from what I can tell.  

Logan wants to get to know Charlie. He’s lost years with her, but he lives in New York, they live in Montana. They should just move so he can see her all the time. He can’t give up his business and move across country. 

Oh you poor, misguided man. 

The attraction is still there, but Thea is aware a woman like her would never fit into the world that Logan seems to live in-but Charlie is the important one. They just need to figure out how to Logan can get to know her, but more importantly, he better not be coming into her little girl’s life, only to leave again. 

I might have only become a dad four hours ago, but that didn’t’ mean I was going to walk away. Charlie was my daughter and I wanted to get to know her. 

Tattered has smoking hot moments between Thea and Logan. Not to mention the sweetest parts that include Charlie and her dad. But there’s some suspense here too. And lots of snobbery and pretentious asshats. 

I am new to Devney Perry’s writing. This is the second story I’ve read, but it won’t be the last.  

“It’s hard to believe this is really happening. “

I smiled. “Believe it. Always believe. “


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He stared at me for a long moment. “You’re sure she’s mine?”

“She’s yours.”

“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.

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