After reading the first book in this New Adult duet I knew I had to come back to this world and the unforgettable connection between two bruised souls. Keep reading to get a tempting taste of Pieces of Me by Jay McLean, along with getting my impressions of this second installment in the Pieces Duet, then add it to your bookshelf!
“I loved you then,
I love you now,
and I’ve loved you every single day in between.”
Jameson Taylor is a nomad. A drifter. A memory collector.
Or, at least, that’s what’s become of her life ever since she was forced to leave pieces of her fractured heart behind.
“This is the fault in our fate, our one undoing:
All he’s ever wanted is my happiness,
even when it costs him his own.”
Holden Eastwood is resentful. Angry. But most of all, hurt.
Torn to pieces by the girl who left him, he struggles to find forgiveness in the organ she once broke.
When a tragedy forces them to face the aftermath, Jamie seeks acceptance, while Holden searches for answers.
What they find, instead, are remnants of their love.
Fragments of forever.
And parts of a puzzle that will lead them to the truth…
A truth that might shatter them to pieces.
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MY IMPRESSIONS OF THIS BOOK:
Set five years after the previous book in this duet, emotions continue to be bubbling over as Holden and Jamie find their way back to each other in a journey that pulled at every one of my heartstrings. From anger to tears to frustration to warm fuzzies, this couple definitely wore me out throughout their journey of second chances as they matured one bumpy step after another.
Holden Eastwood is a very tarnished hero, a man with a bruised heart and a painful past that is still on display today as he had me wanting to punch him through over half of this book as his jealousy had him lashing out at Jamie. It was clear he wanted her but he did all he could to push her away in ways that were very "un" heroic. It wasn't until the latter half of the book that he finally stepped up to be the man we knew he could be, showing himself to be worthy of the immensely appealing Jamie.
Jamie Taylor's had her own painful past, a past she's worked hard to move on from. This book shows her to have stronger self-esteem, but the heart wants what the heart wants, so time and time again she falls for Holden's moments of caring...to be left hurt. She brushes herself off though and gets right back up, impressing me with her strength and making her a likable and memorable heroine. Though Holden redeems himself in her eyes by the turn of the final page, I'm still not completely convinced that he's worthy of her.
A lot happens throughout this book, a lot of angst and a lot of pain. I was left conflicted at times, left angry and disappointed, but I was always impressed by Ms. McLean's ability to arouse such intense emotions. The road to romance for these two is messy but by the end it's all worthwhile.
My rating for this is a B-
*I got this book from the author for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Master of awkward Sarcasm.
Jay McLean is a full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder.
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