Synopsis via Goodreads: Sofia Kendrick has always cherished her tiara. As the youngest daughter of a wealthy New York family, she’s lived the life of an American princess. But after two scandalous divorces and a breakup smear her name across the society rags, the shine from her crown has dulled. People call her superficial, even gaudy.
She’s nothing more than tinsel.
Desperate for escape and starving for peace, Sofia heads to Montana for a holiday weekend with her brother. But she doesn’t get the relaxing vacation she planned. Instead, she’s put to work in a bar alongside Dakota Magee—a man who does not want her help. A man who is set on teaching her a few lessons about real life and hard work. But Sofia has a couple of life lessons of her own to teach. Like how to fall in love.
The final book in the Lark Cove series is finally here! I’ll be honest, I was both excited and nervous for this book. I wasn’t too big a fan of Sofia when we first met her in Tattered. She came across as nothing more than a spoiled brat but I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and hoped the Devney Perry could somehow make me love the American princess.
As the youngest Kendrick child, Sofia has lived a more than comfortable life. She’s never had to work a day in her life and enjoys all the aspects of being a New York socialite. But the walls of her seemingly perfect life are about to come crumbling down after her dirty laundry is publicized in a magazine article for all of New York to see. Deciding she needs to get away from the tabloid mess, Sofia heads to Lark Cove, Montana. There, she gets a reality check as she is put to work at her sister-in-law’s bar and soon finds herself butting heads with Dakota Magee. As someone who has always had to work hard to make a living, Dakota doesn’t believe in coddling Sofia—or being nice to her in general. As the two start spending more time together, things become heated and one kiss turns into something more. But with Sofia returning back to New York, they decide that what they have can be nothing more than temporary—or so they think.
I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but I really just love the setting for this series. Returning to Lark Cove and being able to see what these characters have been up to brought the biggest smile to my face. Also, seeing all the previous couples with their growing families and being all blissfully in love had me tearing up a bit. Cuteness overload for sure!
Can I just say that Devney Perry had me eating my words because she somehow managed to make me like Sofia! Sofia Kendrick, the youngest of the Kendrick siblings and the one who has been always overlooked. Honestly, after learning more about Sofia’s life and seeing how lonely she felt growing up as everyone else was too busy with their own things to pay her any mind, I can’t completely fault her for her behavior. She’s just a product of her environment but once she got out of New York and away from the superficial lifestyle, she was finally able to grow into the person she was truly meant to be. One of the biggest hurdles Sofia faces in this book is finding her passion. She’s always felt so lost with no sense of purpose but with the help and encouragement of Dakota, she discovered that she does indeed have a passion and she uses said passion to help others. I felt like a proud mama seeing things finally fall into place for Sofia and I’m so happy for all that she accomplished.
Then we have Dakota Magee who is hands-down my favorite hero in this series! It’s ironic because Dakota comes off as very closed off when we first met him but once he opens up we get to see how big of a heart this man truly has. Unlike Sofia, Dakota has not had such a pampered life as he made the hard decision of leaving the reservation and his family behind for better job opportunities and it caused a rift between his relationship with his family. He too struggles throughout this book with his own personal conflicts and choosing between his career aspirations and cultural expectations. I really loved how family and culture meant so much to Dakota and it was something I could relate to.
The romance is one that goes from cold to hot back to cold then back to hot and then back OMG, CAN Y’ALL STOP BEING STUBBORN AND GET TOGETHER ALREADY! While I was very impatient about these two getting together, I do appreciate the fact that Perry took her time with this romance because Sofia and Dakota had to overcome a number of hurdles before they could be together. Long distances, race and economic status are just a few factors that came into play and I thought Perry did a good job at handling these issues. Once Sofia and Dakota find their way back to each other, they become one hell of a power couple and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for these two.
Tinsel was a satisfying end to this small town series and I’m truly gonna miss the people of Lark Cove. I can’t wait to see what new stories Perry brings us next and hopefully they will be as sweet and heartwarming as this series!