Nov 13

Tragic by Devney Perry Review




Kaine Reynolds wants nothing more than solitude. After an unthinkable tragedy destroys his family, he’s cut off all ties to his former life so he can battle his grief the only way he knows how.


So when Piper Campbell knocks on his door, rambling on about being his new neighbor, he slams the door in her face.

But Kaine’s gruff demeanor doesn’t scare her. She’s set on living in Montana and starting over after a terrible divorce. And she wouldn’t mind having a fling to chase away the pain of her husband’s betrayal. Her handsome, albeit rude, neighbor is the perfect candidate.

Yet what neither of them suspect is that their no-strings affair will result in the surprise of Piper’s lifetime—and Kaine’s worst fear.


Devney Perry delivers another wholly engrossing, richly developed and layered story in her fantastic Lark Cove series with Tragic. Perry’s writing is on point here as she introduces readers to two newcomers to the small Montana town of Lark Cove. While the characters from her other books in this series do appear in this one, the focus is very much on the main characters of this story, Kaine and Piper. Perry’s writing took me into their lives, into their blossoming romance and into their pain of their pasts. Tragic was the kind of story that ripped me to shreds, and yet, somehow the author found a way to painstakingly put me back together.

The story opens with a prologue that brought me to tears, and Perry continues dishing out the devastation in the first chapter as she lays out the story behind the cover image. Kaine Reynolds is a broken man. Shattered by an unimaginable loss, he leaves his decimated life behind and lands in Lark Cove. Years of solitude on his mountain has not brought this man any closer to healing, he is still very much broken, very much alone and very immersed in the darkness of his grief. Kaine’s emotional tumult was a living, breathing part of him, and Perry vividly depicted the raw, gut-wrenching emotions of this man, capturing them on the page for the reader to experience.

Newly divorced, Piper Campbell has relocated to Lark Cove for a fresh start and to be closer to her boss, Logan. Full of positivity, Piper is the light to Kaine’s dark, and it’s fireworks on the fourth of July between the two of them from the moment they meet. She has her own issues to work through, but it’s Kaine who needs to truly heal before anything real can develop. Perry takes readers on this couple’s journey to healing and love, and I was riveted in place, furiously tapping my Kindle as I consumed this story.

Devney Perry masterfully blends heartfelt emotion with sexy romance to bring this small-town romance to life, and she deftly deals readers a one-two punch to the feels in Tragic. It was intense and emotional while still managing to be sexy, romantic, and, at times, even sweet. I couldn’t get enough of Kaine and Piper’s story, and I loved every single word of it. Five smooches from me for Tragic by Devney Perry!

~Danielle Palumbo