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.
He stared at me for a long moment. “You’re sure she’s mine?” “She’s yours.” “Then that’s good enough.” “I—really?” I blinked. He didn’t want to verify paternity? He just . . . trusted me? He nodded. “Really.” “I swear, I tried to find you, Logan. On my life, I swear it. But the hotel wouldn’t give me your name no matter how much I begged. And you paid cash for your drinks and never mentioned your last name. I tried, but I just . . . didn’t know where to start.” “It’s not your fault. I believe you.” The sincerity in his voice made my throat burn. Goddamn it. I was going to cry. I’d worked so hard not to cry today. I’d fought to keep my emotions in check and my head from spinning out of control. But this was going to make me break. I wanted so badly for Logan to believe that I hadn’t kept Charlie from him intentionally. The fact that a man like him would trust someone like me without proof meant more than he’d ever know. “Thank you,” I choked out past the lump in my throat. “So, um, is Charlie inside with your husband? Or boyfriend?” The urge to cry disappeared and I barked out a laugh. “Smooth.” He chuckled. “It’s been a long day for me. Give me a break, will you? This morning I was in New York, then I came to Montana for a business meeting and discovered a daughter. I’m off my game.”
Tattered takes us on quite the journey - it's a secret baby story of sorts - but man does it deliver something uniquely satisfying.
Thea's never had an easy life, an orphan no one wanted, a girl who lived day to day never knowing for sure what would come her way next and then the unexpected - she found herself pregnant with no way to contact the father. So Thea found her way back to the makeshift family she'd made and started anew. She and her daughter were quite happy there and then as if fate had intervened - Logan came back into her life - shocked and amazed to discover he had a child.
Logan wanted to get things done and settled with his latest acquisition and get back home to New York, until that is he's blindsided by the past and a future he didn't know he had. Now Logan wants nothing more than to get to know and claim his family, but Logan's stuck because while he wants his newfound family - his work is also important to him and it's miles away. Logan knows he'll have to prove himself to both Thea and his daughter Charlie, but he's almost positive they can make things work - at least until they can find a way to be together.
Tattered is a story of second chances, it's also a story of discovering the important things in life and about finding family - not with who you are born unto but who remains there for you. Thea has a lot to work through from her past, trust doesn't come easily to her - but she's also determined that her daughter have everything she needs and things Thea herself never had. Logan wants nothing more than to have Thea and Charlie with him, he wants everything with them - but he hasn't thought it all through which in turn causes a touch of drama between them. I loved the little bits of drama throughout the story that added just the right touch to make it more. Thea and Logan were fun characters to watch grow and change as they worked through things together and Charlie was just the right amount of comedic relief when needed.
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. Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Newsletter