Collecting the Pieces by LA Fiore is LIVE!!!!
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.
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Reviewed by Donna ~ 3.5 stars
***ARC received for an honest review***
“Some people you must know are going to make it, that they are meant to be. You two, you’re meant to be and I was here for the beginning.”
I seem to be in the minority with this one, after all the five star reviews I have seen I thought I must be broken. I am an emotional reader, I thrive on all those intense feelings and love a good cry but I have to say, this one didn’t make me shed a tear, even though it should have. Maybe I was in the wrong head space, I don’t know, but I have to review honestly and for me, that deep character connection was lacking, however, I loved the story.
“Regardless of what love you find, the simple act of loving has the power to fix the broken, to lift the fallen and to light the dark. A gift of the heart, lost on some and taken for granted by others, but for those of us lucky enough to appreciate the beauty of it, it’s the glue that takes all the pieces of ourselves and makes us whole.”
Sidney was born to parents who didn’t want her, so much so she was left on the hospital steps as a new born, she then spent ten years in a kids home before finally being fostered. The foster parents were in it for the pay check and there was not a parental bone in any of their bodies. Luckily for Sidney though, they had another foster child, a boy, Sidney finally had a family, she got a brother.
Sidney has many issues, mainly of abandonment and feeling unloved, her brother, Connor made headway but he began to lose his way too and the rub off onto Sidney was not good. Sidney meets Jake, the most popular kid, the quarterback and love blooms…but even flowers die.
Making a new start across town, now a qualified vet, Sidney and her best friend begin a new adventure, their own practice. They are in ranching and farming country, with ranches being passed down generation to generation and where everybody knows everybody. This was a tight knit community and soon Sidney is well and truly taken into their bosom. New life, new job all Sidney needs is a new man…but is she ready?
“I wanted to pretend for just a little longer that I was whole again. Happy. And then I’d figure out how to pick up the pieces and move on.”
Abel runs his own motorcycle rebuilding garage; he looks like the bad boy but he has a heart the size of Texas. Never having his head turned by anyone he cannot believe the reaction he has whenever he is in Sidney’s company, or even in her breathing space. He knows that she is not a one night stand kind of woman, he knows that she is a forever kind, a two-point-four kids and marriage kind of woman…but is he ready?
“Took the pieces, made me whole.”
LA Fiore delivers a cute romance laced with an undercurrent of crime and suspense. It seems small towns have their fair share of unsavouries too. I did enjoy this sub plot and I had no idea who the killer was until it was revealed. Sidney and Abel’s love story was cute and swoon worthy and testament to a real-life fairy tale. I would have loved to have felt it with every fibre of my being but as I said above, I just didn’t get that character connection. For me a little more depth and less of a rush would have made this a top five star read.
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About the Author:
L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She's also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.
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Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6553058.L_A_Fiore
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/L.A.-Fiore/e/B00BDAHVMG/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1420256257&sr=8-1