Tragic by Devney Perry ~ Sarah A’s Review

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.

Alone.

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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I love Devney Perry, and I love her Lark Cove series. Tragic is another addition to the phenomenal saga of Lark Cove, and I was deeply moved by Piper and Kaine’s pasts, as well as how the worked to overcome what they’d been through and found true hope and healing when they least expected it.

Piper was strong, with one notable exception, her ex-husband. I’m not sure how he commanded the kind of control he did over her for most of the book – and the entirety of their relationship – but it was so unlike the Piper we came to know in Tragic, I can only assume there was some serious gaslighting going on from him. Watching her finally shed the chains he’d tied himself to her with was such a relief. In every other part of her life, she proved she was strong and smart, and it was good to see her finally demonstrate those same things with him.

Kaine was heartbreaking. His past. His present. The pain he wore like a cloak. He was so bitter and reactive when the story first began, it was supremely obvious something had cut him deeply, and instead of caring for that wound he let it get infected and fester, and the toxins from it were affecting the whole of him. Piper helped him find that wound and did her best to relieve the pressure and heal it from the outside, but the true work needed to be done from the inside, and only Kaine could do that. As Kaine slowly, but surely, began to peel away the gangrenous layers of his wound and began to heal the change in him was beautiful. I was completely in awe of his healing journey, and how wholly he committed to overcoming the things, he’d allowed to traumatize him for years.

Tragic was far less suspenseful than Tattered, wasn’t as angsty as Timid, but the emotions it evoked made the story just as – if not more – powerful than either of its predecessors. Tragic focused completely on both Piper and Kaine healing from their respective pasts and learning how to love and trust again. Their journeys weren’t easy, nor were they without potholes, but the love they found and the hope they learned to hold on to was worth every second of the pain they experienced as they opened old wounds to restitch them and let them heal properly.

Tragic is the third book in Devney Perry’s Lark Cove series. Each book is a standalone, and they do not need to be read in order or completion to get a complete story – there are no continuing storylines throughout the series. Tragic is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Piper and Kaine.

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.

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Willa Doon has always been shy. Her quiet demeanor was something she’s always embraced. That is, until Jackson Page moves to town. The one man she desperately wants to take notice struggles to remember her name.

Year after year, Willa stands by, watching as the bartender slash playboy drowns his demons in beer and sex. Then one night, he shows up at her door, suddenly aware that the girl he’s seen around Lark Cove is now a beautiful woman.

Except what he doesn’t remember is that this visit isn’t his first. They spent a night together once before. A night he’s forgotten, thanks to a bottle of tequila.

A night that crushed a timid girl’s heart, and set a broken man on the path to heal them both.

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Devney 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.

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