“It’s easy to love someone when times are good. Real love is about holding on to one another when times aren’t.”
Every time I finish a new Devney Perry story I feel like I love it even more than the last one (if that’s even possible) and Timid was by no means an exception to this rule. All of Devney’s stories bring me a sense of calm and an undeniable love when I step into the world she creates for us to enjoy. She has such a natural talent for telling a story that makes me feel absolutely everything and for bringing to life characters that are always so relatable, real and so beautifully flawed. If I had to choose a favorite Devney Perry book I have read, I would have to rate Timid as that book.
Willa has had a crush on Jackson from the first moment she ever laid eyes on him. To her there is no one on this earth more beautiful and these feelings have lasted since she first met him when she was a teenager at a gas station with her father. There is something monumentally heartbreaking about having an undeniable attraction towards someone and having them not return the attraction, not even really noticing you exist. What is even worse is they can’t even remember your name. All Willa seeks in this life is for Jackson to notice her and reciprocate the intense feelings she has for him.
Many years have gone by since that first encounter between Willa and Jackson and poor Willa has had to stand idly by as the playboy of the town worked his way through booze and a multitude of women. He has never once paid any attention to the timid and shy Willa, who is waiting for the day Jackson will eventually notice her.
The moment Willa has been waiting for eventuates when she shares the most earth shattering, soul searching kiss with the man who she has loved for years. Could this be the turning point in their non-existent relationship? Will Willa finally have what she has always wanted since her teens and will all her dreams finally come true? Unfortunately things are not always that simple. A moment that was so special for Willa soon turns into heartache once more when Jackson still doesn’t return those intense feelings.
“Do you have any idea how long I’d been waiting for you to notice me? How many times I’d walked into the bar and wished you’d finally just see me? Then you did and I was so happy. And then you forgot.”
Willa was the kind of character I positively love; she possesses so much warmth, love, growth and development. She started out as such a timid and shy girl, but turned into a woman who could absolutely hold her own against the best of them. Being quite shy and timid myself, I could really relate to her and the struggles she endured. Willa without a doubt is my favorite character of Devney’s to date.
Jackson, while I did grow to love him, absolutely frustrated me at times. I wanted nothing more than to smack some sense into him initially, but the more I read, the more I learnt about him, the more I grew to love him, like I knew I would. He avoids commitment at all costs and uses alcohol and women to fill a void within his life, but maybe the timid girl is all he’s been searching for.
“Why couldn’t he see what I saw? He was a wonderful man with flaws. I wasn’t blind. He wasn’t perfect.
But he was perfect for me.”
After reading Tattered I couldn’t wait to delve into Jackson and Willa’s story and it was everything I had hoped for and so much more; it was relatable, it was emotional and it definitely bought on all the feels imaginable. I absolutely loved this story and Devney without a doubt has become one of my all-time favorite authors. I love her ability to tell a story, the characters she portrays for us and the picture she paints to make her readers really feel like they are part of something so special. I cannot recommend this story enough and I need Tragic like I need my next breath. Be sure to one click Timid as this is one story you don’t want to miss.