Review: Tragic by Devney Perry (Lark Cove #3)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via InkSlinger PR.

Spending time with him, kissing him and holding on to one another, was something I'd come to depend upon. I reveled in his company, his smell in my bed and his hands on my body. 
Kaine chased away the homesickness. When he held me in his arms, I wasn't alone. 
When he was in the room, I wasn't the loneliest person there. 
He was.

I came into this book prepared. I had a newly opened box of tissues by my side, my inhaler, and a bunch of snacks and a big tumbler of cold water. Experience with Devney Perry's first two Lark Cove--plus my first read from her, The Birthday List--has taught me that tissues are a must when it comes to her books and that breaks were impossible to be had so keeping stuff like food and water would cut down on any time lost by having to get up and scrounge around for nourishment. Basically, distractions are a no-no because Perry's novels demand my full attention, and while I didn't empty out the entire box of tissues, Tragic was every bit as good of a read as I expected it to be. I cried but I also laughed, and I lost count of how many times I caught myself smiling while reading this book. I may have only started reading Perry's books this year, but she's quickly become a go-to author.

Tragic is the story of Piper Campbell, who at thirty-two finds herself starting over by leaving behind her home state of New York to hopefully call the quiet town of Lark Cove, Montana home. Her recent divorce left her both heartbroken and disillusioned, but moving on isn't as easy as it may seem even with over two thousand miles between her and her ex-husband, Adam Hall, what with his regular calls and hopes for a reconciliation. Maybe what she needs is a fling, and the man who's piqued her interest is none other than her broody neighbor, thirty-three-year-old furniture maker Kaine Reynolds. Piper is drawn to him for more than physical attraction. He stirs within her curiosity and a desire to care for him--to give him a hug because it seems like he needs one. Neither Kaine nor Piper is looking for forever, but sometimes, you find what you need most when you aren't looking for it.

This book--from its story to its characters--held my heart hostage from that gut-wrenching beginning till that endearing ending. A lot of what Piper and Kaine had to go through as a couple and as individuals was difficult, but ironically, when it was just the two of them and their feelings for one another, there was an ease and comfort, almost as if they were most at peace when they were together. This was a story about love and loss, and when I speak of those two, it isn't merely about the romantic sort. It's also about how forgiveness isn't about absolution; it's about being able to set yourself free from the shackles of anger and bitterness in order to truly move forward with your life. Piper and Kaine's love story was a beautiful reminder that letting go of the tragedies in our life can then allow us to relish the triumphs. There is absolutely nothing tragic about Devney Perry's Tragic. Five-plus stars. ♥

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Read my reviews for the Lark Cove series:


Tattered (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

Timid (book two) - five-plus stars - My Review

Tragic (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review (posted above)

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Date Read: 15 November 2018

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