Collecting the Pieces

I have to be honest and say when I first started reading this, I didn’t really care for it. As I read it more, I fell in love with it. At the beginning, I didn’t like the writing. I thought it was moving way too quick. I couldn’t figure out why this book was moving at such a fast pace and it was only the beginning. Something big was going to happen, I just knew it. Well, that something big did happen and then the book slowed right down to normal pace and made a hell of a lot more sense. The first 20%  of the book is in the past and then it switches to the present time. This is crucial to how the rest of the story goes.

Sidney is a foster child. As a baby she was dropped off at the hospital. A baby with no name, she was raised in a group home until the age of ten. Then she moved into a foster home. The parents were the Millers and that is what they liked to be called – Mr. and Mrs. Miller. They were only in it for the money, they didn’t care about Sidney or her foster-brother Conner. There were no celebrations of Christmas or Birthdays. There was no love or affection. Sidney only had her brother Conner, and even then she didn’t have him. Conner was addicted to partying and drugs and it only got worse as they got older. Sidney tried everything she could to help Conner, but he didn’t want the help.

In high school, Sidney met Jake. He was the hot, popular guy who everyone loved. Unknown to her, he really liked her. They eventually ended up dating. Jake is a nice guy. A jock, but never rude to anyone. He’s not really that alpha male either, just really nice. He was in love with Sidney from the moment he saw her. She was different from all the other girls in school. Not out for popularity or how many guys she can get with. Jake loved that about her. Together they were a power couple, and even went to college together. From there, tragedy struck. Something so unexpected, left Sidney crushed, heartbroken. Now, she has to find a way to move on with her life.

In comes Abel. He’s the complete opposite. He is rude, arrogant and drives a motorcycle. Something about Abel makes Sidney’s heart beat like crazy. He’s rough around the edges, says whatever the hell he’s thinking, also doesn’t give a shit what people think of him. Abel and Sidney’s interactions are always filled with flirtatious banter. Sidney can’t stand his arrogant attitude, and Abel loves her feisty innocence. I really liked Abel’s character. Under the hard exterior, he has a soft, loving side and he cares deeply about his friends and the people in his community. He loves Sidney with everything he has. All together, he is a well-rounded character.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had mystery, suspense, love and heartbreak. I didn’t expect it to be as emotional as it was and I’m glad that I ended up liking it in the end. The characters are well written with great qualities, they have perfect chemistry and in-depth backstories. This is definitely a New Adult novel. There is violence, language and sexual content throughout and shouldn’t be read by young readers.

Collecting the Pieces Book Cover Collecting the Pieces
L.A. Fiore
New Adult
L.A. Fiore
November 15th 2016

At fifteen I fell in love. His name was Jake Stephens and he took the abandoned, lonely girl I had been and made me whole. His love was a pure and unconditional love that made every day better than the last…a fairy tale of my very own.

But this story isn’t about Jake. It’s about Abel Madden; the man I meet after the fairy tale goes to hell. A cocky, arrogant man who says what he wants, does as he pleases, and makes no excuses for it. He irritates me—downright pisses me off at times—but he also brings me back to life.

My name is Sidney Ellis and this is my story of finding love twice—the first when I needed it most and the second when I never saw it coming.

*Collecting the Pieces is a standalone Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense novel with no cliffhanger.
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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