Rylan Mahoney dreams of photojournalistic glory. He's in Phoenix looking for the story of a lifetime, but the project isn't coming to fruition. Needing rent money, he accepts a gig at Phoenix Pride hawking lewd lollipops and edible condoms...all while wearing gold lamé hot pants and a matching bow tie. When Rylan's house keys and street clothes go missing after his shift, he's desperate, until a stranger in a convertible stops to help.
The man is absolute sex on legs, and Rylan is jolted when he recognizes him-his stepbrother Scott Ashworth, long missing but suddenly larger than life. Scott is affluent and successful now, light years away from his hardscrabble days living with Rylan in a double-wide trailer deep in the heart of the Florida Panhandle.
Reunited after six years apart, Scott and Rylan are determined to put their past behind them, but fate may have other ideas and leave their future in jeopardy yet again.
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"All I’m left with is “wow" A day later and I’m still puzzling over where to start this review. My emotions ran the gamut and I was left with a wicked cliffhanger. This story had it all; there was turmoil, anxiety, joy, sadness, love, and an overwhelming sense of a timeless bond between two people. I think that was my favorite part- the connection which withstands years of separation. The first half of the book takes place while the main characters are in high school. I didn’t realize so much time would be dedicated to the start of their relationship and I’m not usually a fan of YA romance, so I was a little nervous. However, I ended up really happy this book included so much of Rylan and Scott’s youth. Witnessing the characters’ circumstances growing up provided a good understanding of their personalities and the experiences that fueled their choices as adults. I also enjoyed the mystery created by the 6 year gap. The allusions to defining moments kept me fixated on the book and now have me clamoring to read the next. The pacing of the book was steady but brisk in moments. It didn’t feel rushed, but never lingered too long in the scenes either. I really enjoyed how the characters came to life. Their struggles and emotions were tangible and I was immensely invested in Raylan and Scott’s journeys. It was interesting to have the contrast of their two personalities and how they handled their hardships differently, yet shared an understanding of where they came from. Pieces of Me is a unique tale of romance. It’s not a straight forward path where the couple gets together and finds their happily ever after. Rather, it’s much more a study of finding your peace regardless of life’s hardships. The scenes, particularly in their youth, were heavy with emotion. Though it’s primarily suggestive or flashback memories- there are mentions of emotional and physical abuse that may be triggering for some readers. The conflicts were difficult and raw with honesty; at times I had heart pangs and a churning gut, but I was left with admiration of the characters’ strength and resilience. If you love emotional stories that grip you, definitely add this series to your list. Just keep in mind this contains an epic cliffhanger. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*