Felicity’s life story reads like the script to a bad soap opera. Girl’s high-school boyfriend becomes a drug addict. Girl falls for boyfriend’s best friend. Girl leaves them both behind only to return home years later for murdered ex-boyfriend’s funeral. Now she’s back home in Montana, ready to start fresh. She’s got a long list of amends to make and relationships to rebuild, including one with the man who has owned her heart for sixteen years.
Silas doesn’t need much. He’s got a great horse, close friends and the Lucky Heart ranch, but something has always been missing. He’s not an idiot. He knows the missing piece is Felicity. And now that she’s returned to Prescott, he’s got a second chance to win her heart. This time, the only thing standing in his way is history. Drudging up the past is going to be about as painful as playing tug of war with barbed wire. But if they can heal old wounds, he’ll get the girl he should have had all along.
I loved this second chance romance from Devney Perry. It’s sweet with a bit of suspense and has such a great small town feel to it that I was ready to pack my bags and move to Prescott. It’s book three in Perry’s Jamieson Valley series and easily read as a standalone, though that small town feeling is stronger if you’ve read the previous books.
I found that I connected quickly with both Felicity and Silas. There’s a surprising depth to them that I didn’t anticipate. I’ve only read book one in this series and while I enjoyed The Coppersmith Farmhouse, I didn’t find that there were many layers in Jess and Gigi’s story. Not so with Felicity and Silas in The Lucky Heart. They’re both carrying baggage that serve as a roadblock for why Felicity ran 16 years earlier and why Silas is determined to take things slowly now that Felicity has returned home.
It was easy to connect with Felicity, both as a romance heroine and as woman who has struggled with issues that started early in her life. Abandoned by her father at six and betrayed by her boyfriend right before high school graduation, she’s lived her life determined not to depend on anyone. Add in all the guilt she carries around and it’s easy to see that there’s a somewhat broken woman hiding behind all her snark. Her “Felicity Apology Tour” broke my heart. Watching her find her place in Prescott and, more importantly, the strength to take chances made The Lucky Heart a great read.
I expected Silas to be a Jess clone. I liked Jess, but fell in love with Silas as his layers are slowly revealed. Between feeling like he’s second in Felicity’s heart and fighting his dad for some control in the running of The Lucky Heart, their family ranch, it’s easy to see that he’s got some insecurities. Even so, he loves Felicity and The Lucky Heart and his dedication to both is swoon-worthy. Plus, who doesn’t love a sexy cowboy?
There are a few subplots throughout the story that in another author’s hands could have felt like too much. Instead, Perry introduces two new characters with their own issues that felt organic to the overall storyline. I really liked Khloe and Paxon and see potential for a future book. Plus, we meet Felicity’s best friend, Sabrina, who gets herself into a situation setting up book four in the series, The Outpost. And, like one of my favorite authors, Kristen Ashley, Perry creates a real family vibe in this series. Jess, Gigi, and Rowen are back as is Maisy, Nick and Emmeline. My favorite secondary character, Noelle (Jess and Felicity’s mom) is also featured heavily in The Lucky Heart as we learn more about her.
4.5 stars for The Lucky Heart. Heat Level: 3
I received a copy of this book from the author and InkSlingerPR in exchange for honest feedback.
The Lucky Heart was published in August 2017 by EverAfter Romance.
Read my review for The Coppersmith Farmhouse here.
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About the Author:
Devney 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.