I’d never forgotten Thea, even after all these years…
HOLY FREAKING SQUEEEEEEEE!!! This was the ultimate perfect romance novel and easily one of my top favorite recommendations of the year!! Every book Devney Perry has written has been amazing and while I feel like I’ve said this about all her books, I truly mean it every time when I say that this was one of the best books I’ve read all year!! 5 STARS!
Tattered featured an incredibly strong single mom heroine unexpectedly reunited with the sexy but mysterious father of her child more than a decade after their one passionate night together. Watching them share a second chance at falling in love with each other, seeing how the hero tried so hard to be the best dad he could be for the daughter he’d only just found out about, and feeling how strongly the heroine supported her daughter through every new challenge they faced, and all that paired with beautiful writing really made this a truly wonderful read.
And not only was this a beautiful love story filled with heart-warming intensity, but it was also a gorgeous portrayal of motherhood in its purest form. I genuinely loved every single word of this book!
“How are we going to handle this?”
Her eyebrows came together. “Handle what?”
“Us. There’s no way I’m not going to kiss you today. I’m wondering if you want me to hide it from her. Or if you’re okay with her knowing that her dad is crazy about her mom.”
So to give a little bit more background, the real story began six years before the main story when Thea met Logan one night at a bar. At the time, she was a broke bartender living paycheck to paycheck, while he was a high-powered businessman from a wealthy family. They came from different worlds, walked in different circled, and yet they connected to each other with an intensity neither one of them could deny. But after sharing one passionate night together, they both agreed to go their separate ways without so much as knowing each other’s last names. And no matter how many times they tried to find each other again, it wasn’t until nearly half a decade later when fate brought them back together… and this time, Thea had someone new to introduce to Logan — his daughter, Charlie.
I’m a dad.
I couldn’t get the concept to sink in.
Did other fathers feel this whiplashed? Or dumbfounded? Maybe other men got used to the concept of fatherhood during pregnancy. They had time to adjust to the fact that a kid was coming. But I hadn’t gotten nine months. I’d gotten ninety seconds for all the puzzle pieces to fit together.
I had a child.
I had a daughter who was five, almost six, and had my crooked pinky.
OMGGG — exciting little side note. So while this book can be read as a complete standalone (it even has a beautiful epilogue!!), if you happen to be a big Devney Perry book fan, then you might recognize this hero as one of the side characters from The Clover Chapel (my review). I’m so so glad that he got to find his own HEA!
Ok, back to this book. I think my favorite part about this book was how mature both Logan and Thea were. They both made mistakes throughout the course of the book — all people do in life, after all — but they always had the best of intensions and their hearts were always in the right place so while some of their actions may have been misguided, they always came from a good place and I really admired how well they both (individually and together) handled every situation that came their way.
“You’re sure she’s mine?”
“Then that’s good enough.”
It was heart-meltingly adorable beyond all reason to see how completely and wholeheartedly Logan embraced his role as Charlie’s dad. It was of course a shock to him at first, but even though he’d only just learned about her existence, he immediately welcomed her into his heart without any doubt or question.
“Terrified.” I nodded. “I have no idea what to say. Do I introduce myself as her dad? Or just Logan? Should I shake her hand? Or give her a hug? And that’s just the first give seconds we meet. What do I do after that? If I fuck this up, she’ll remember it forever.”
However, no matter how much Logan and Thea wanted to make everything work between them, the same things that had separated them that night they’d first met were still hurdles they had to face now. They still came from different worlds and wanted to live in different cities and neither one of them wanted to leave their lives behind, but they both wanted to be near Charlie.
My fears were getting the best of me. Every minute that passed without a call from him, I got more and more scared.
What if he wanted [our daughter]? What if he forced me to split custody? What if he demanded she live in New York?
I couldn’t go back to the city, not after I’d escape. Not after I’d come here and found the peace I’d craved my entire life.
But the bottom line was, I couldn’t live without my daughter.
Now this leads me to possibly my favorite thing about this book which was how amazing a mother Thea was. When Charlie first had misgivings about Logan, she never once tried to force the issue, and was so understanding that it truly melted my heart. And I loved the way she never tried to make Charlie conform to a life she didn’t want. She celebrated her wildness and encouraged her daughter to be strong and independent.
Her precious smile lit up her face.
Logan had asked me what I wanted last night. It was simple: a happy child. I loved that Charlie was wild. I love that she ran free. New York and Logan’s family might kiss her tamped spirit. I couldn’t risk her suffocating here.
So I was taking her home.
Devney Perry is one of the best and most talented contemporary romance writers I’ve ever read. Her writing is addictive, her stories are addictive and full of heart, and every book she writes has become an instant favorite!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO EVERYONE!! Whether you’re a romance reader or not, this is a timeless story of love and family that is sure to appeal to the hearts of every reader out there!
Rating: 5 STARS!!! Contemporary Adult Romance, can standalone.