Saturday, February 13, 2021

Tattered (Lark Cove #1) by Devney Perry ~ Review

Source: Freebie.

Tattered (Lark Cove #1) 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.

Devney Perry is one of those authors that I WANT to love. I hear stellar things about her books. Some of my best friends love them. So even though I read The Coppersmith Farmhouse a while ago and didn't love it, I wanted to give her books another chance. And since I got Tattered as a freebie from a newsletter, I thought this would be the perfect book to try. Unfortunately, I ended up liking Tattered even less than The Coppersmith Farmhouse. 

On the upside, I found the premise interesting. I'm a sucker for the surprise pregnancy trope, so it's not tough to get me behind secret babies. And going hand in hand with that, the bones of this story was good. Thea's past, her relationship with Hazel and Jackson, the complexity of Logan's family...there was so much that could have been great here.

However, it was in the execution of all these great things that Tattered fell short. Everything just felt very surface-level. I never got to the point where I was really feeling for the characters. Especially Logan--I didn't trust his commitment to Thea and Charlie at all. Because we didn't get to see growth for him, not really. It was like the flip of a switch--one day he didn't have a kid or a girlfriend, now he had both and he loved them.

The romance in particular was a let down. It felt forced. Another thing that was like the flip of a switch, changing more because that was where the plot was going rather than being where the characters and their emotions were evolving to. 

And it irritated me so much how Logan was so disillusioned. Thea TOLD him she didn't want to move, that Charlie didn't want to. And yet he has it in his head throughout darn near the entire book that they're going to pick up and move to where he needs them. (Until of course the plot necessitated him to have a sudden change of heart, but I won't go into that because spoilers.)

Oh, and speaking of things I'm not going to spoil: there's a storyline that comes to light further into the book that was terrible. The book did not need it, and it felt very out of place. (And it was so opposite of exciting that I legit almost forgot about it...)

Overall, Tattered was nowhere near as great as it could have been. I want so badly to enjoy Devney Perry's books, but at this point I think I may need to stop trying? We'll see if another one catches my eye enough for me to pick it up...third time might be the charm. 

2 stars - I'm in the minority on this one, but it fell super flat for me!

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