Lark Cove #2
By Devney Perry
Releasing September 4th, 2018
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.
In Timid (Lark Cove #2) by Devney Perry, from the moment Willa Doon met Jackson Page, she knew she was going to marry him. Too bad he doesn't know she exists, nor remember her name. However, just when she's ready to give up hope of him ever being interested her, she finds Jackson asking her out until he wears her down and she says yes. And the more time she spends with Jackson, the more she finds herself getting in deeper with him. Will she be able to convince Jackson that she'll never leave him or will their shot at happy ever after never happen?
Ms. Perry continues to impress me with every book I read by her and I've got to say that I absolutely loved this second book of her Lark Cove series. Really, it was absolutely engrossing, fast-paced and a story that had me hooked from the prologue, as Willa is fascinated by Jackson and had me reading quickly, determined to discover whether her statement of that she would marry him someday would come true. However, it was from the moment the hero and heroine come face-to-face for the first time in the present where this story really takes off, as it's understandable why Willa is wanting to give up on ever catching Jackson's attention because of something that happens between them.
As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories, especially that of the hero, because he didn't have the easiest of times growing up. Will he be able to get closure from his past? Moreover, the hero is confident; determined to win Willa over, no matter how long it takes him to do so; and I liked that he found his own family in Hazel and Thea -- two secondary characters that he's very close to. I also liked how kind and caring the hero is and that he assumed responsibility for someone he didn't know. No way will he let the boy grow up like he did. However, what I liked most of all about the hero was the decisions he makes throughout this story because love was worth fighting for.
While the heroine, she's resilient, courageous, smart, hard-working, really good with kids and I liked that she gave Jackson a chance, even knowing he could break her heart. I also liked the close relationship the heroine has with her parents and that they encourage her to do what's right for her. Then again, they think Jackson is good for her, so it's understandable why they'd encourage her any chance they got. Yet, what I liked most of all about the heroine was how she fought for her relationship with the hero because she needs to find a way to prove to him that she's not going anywhere. Will the hero listen?
Overall, Ms. Perry has delivered an incredible read in this book where emotions run high because of the hero's past coming back to haunt him and make them worry that he might not be able to get out of the trouble he finds himself in; the chemistry between this couple was powerful; the romance full of exquisite heat and passion; and the ending had me loving that these two don't allow the trouble Jackson is facing to take away their shot at forever. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up wonderfully, as these two are so good together and deserve every bit of happiness they've found, especially with the future looking so bright because of the heroine's surprise. I would recommend Timid by Devney Perry, if you enjoy the opposites attract trope, small town romances or books by authors K. Bromberg, Corinne Michaels, Tillie Cole and Vi Keeland.
I scooched my chair in toward the table, trying to put a little more space between Jackson and me, but he wasn’t having it. He put both hands on the back of my chair, then leaned in close. “Hi, Willa.” “Uh . . . hi.” I shivered at the heat from his chest on my bare shoulders. Why was he standing so close? My parents were right there. Our table was one of four tall, square ones in the center of the room and there was plenty of space between tables. Plenty. P-L-E-N-T-Y. But was Jackson using any of that plentiful space? No sirree. He stayed pressed against the back of my chair, like there were only three inches of usable space behind him, not three feet. My skin prickled he was so close. I tried to nudge my chair forward again but it barely moved. Sweat beaded on my temples and I pulled in a shaking breath. Jackson’s woodsy, rich scent was everywhere. It overpowered the stale beer, pizza and peanuts, and I inhaled a deep breath, unable to resist. Sexy Hot Forest. That’s what they’d call his cologne.
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.