What an amazing way to end a series.
I’ve been a fan of Devney’s from day 1.
Every time I think, “This is my favorite book of hers”, she writes another story that pulls me in and steals my heart until the end when she hands it back to me full of love for another couple and lust for another book boyfriend.
I loved this book, this couple, the town and all of the side characters.
I have to say, in Devney’s book, Tattered (Book 1 in the Lark Cove series of standalones), I wasn’t much of a Sofia fan.
She’s the younger sister of Tattered’s male main character, Logan Kendrick and she “did not play well with others” when it came to Thea, the female main character.
I had a “mean girls” image of her. She seemed shallow, selfish and spoiled.
One true sign of a talented writer is to take an unlikable character in a previous book and make the reader root for their HEA before they even finish the 2nd chapter.
Once we are able to get inside Sofia’s head, we can see she isn’t as superficial or spiteful as she seemed, she’s just naive and sheltered.
It’s hard to dislike someone when they’re not truly aware that they’re being cursory or egocentric.
She was patronized and overshadowed by older siblings when she was young and never really found her way.
Sofia needed an escape from New York and takes off for Logan’s house in Lark Cove.
With a gentle nudge/trial by fire approach from Thea asking Sofia to help out at the bar while they’re out of town, the story becomes a page-turner until the very end.
Of course, this is great because we all want that in a romance story, but also very bad because I hid in the laundry room, closet and the grocery store parking lot trying to fit in one more chapter before I had to go back to Wife-ing and Mom-ing.
One of the factors causing me to basically ignore my family all weekend was the sexy, alpha Native American bartender, Dakota.
He was everything I love in a guy.
Why? No, really people, WHY don’t more writers have Native American men as the heroes?
I think he is only the 3rd out of close to 2,000 romance books I’ve read since 2010.
I loved his heart and soul.
Sofia’s description of Dakota:
“Dakota was more than just a good guy.
He was top-shelf. His moral fiber ran so deep it was ingrained in his very being.
With him, there were no games. No tricks. No ulterior motives.
He was just pure and honest.”
I loved that he was up-front, honest and didn’t hide his true feelings.
I’d say he was one of my top favorite guys of Devney’s, but they’re all pretty awesome and with each release, they just keep elbowing the last book boyfriend off the pedestal until the next book comes along.
Tinsel is a story of self-discovery, prioritizing, acceptance, standing your ground and staying true to yourself while still trying to bend for others and so many other layers of the character development onion.
I love how the story unfolded.
It was a brief enemy to lovers story that morphed into a beautiful love story.
Dakota’s description of Sofia
“She was an enigma. A puzzle.
She was a woman who had everything in the world at her fingertips and yet seemed so . . . miserable and lonely.
She seemed so lost.”
These two might have thought that the other was the right person, but at the wrong time when in fact they were the right person no matter what the time.
I’ll miss Lark Cove and have already commented that I wouldn’t be opposed to some of the children (non-related, of course) to grow up and fall in love so we can come back and visit the small town and our old friends.
Charlie REALLY needs her own book.
Just sayin’ 😘