Thursday, March 6, 2014

Broken Pieces by Riley Hart

Title: Broken Pieces
Author: Riley Hart
My Rating: A 

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: #1
Main Characters: Josiah, Mateo, and Tristan
Release Date: February 2014
Publisher: -
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Can three broken pieces make a whole?

Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.

Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.

Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.

Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.

Told uniquely in three parts and spanning over ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other.

My Review:

I bought this book because of the rave reviews. They are so well-deserved. This book is so good and features such a wonderful cast of characters. I absolutely fell in love with these three guys, but one of the reasons that I loved them so much is because they, all three, compliment each other so well. 

The book is divided into three sections that covers 18 years (I think that's the timeframe, but that may be a little off). Josiah is the person that ties the three together, so he plays a part in all the sections of the book. The first section is Mateo and Josiah when they were teenagers and fell in love in their foster home. The second is Josiah and Tristan several years later. Then the final section features all three of them several years after Josiah and Tristan get together.

This is a book that is ultimately about the love affair between three men, but it truly is not an erotic romance in the traditional sense. For Josiah, these two men are the ONLY TWO men he has ever been with. He is fully committed and in love with them and when he gives his love, he means it fully. For as much as Josiah is there and positive and upbeat about the two men he loves, they are almost equally shy and negative about having a relationship with him. Neither Mateo or Tristan feel like they can commit fully to him...not because they don't love him, but because they both feel like he can do so much better. 

Mateo and Tristan provided an interesting dichotomy to the story. They both have had to grasp and claw to survive in this world with VERY different results. Mateo has spent his life in a gang and eventually prison...barely scraping by, whereas, Tristan is a criminal prosecutor who is very well-off financially. It's pointed out several times that despite how far apart their lifestyles are, they actually are very similar men.

To a certain extent though...this book is about Josiah and his ability to heal these two men simply with his love. He sees that they are worth loving and that the three of them together have so many possibilities. He loves and commits without question and that support and warmth does something to heal these two men. They are truly better people for having him in their lives. But I liked that they developed their own relationship between the two of them, too. 

I truly love the way the book and the story was developed and was fully emotionally involved with these three men and the outcome of their story. It was a gorgeous book. I admit to being surprised to see at the end of it that there will be a second book to continue with their story. I didn't feel like this book lacked anything in the story, but I definitely look forward to reading more about the three of them. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, a book that spans 18 years. You don't hear of these many times and it sounds like the author did an awesome job getting the readers into all three characters and really enjoying the story even with the wide time frame. I'm glad you enjoyed it Christi!