5 stars · Contemporary Romance · Second chance

Collecting the Pieces by L.A. Fiore

Collecting the Pieces Book Cover Collecting the Pieces
L.A. Fiore
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
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.

Megan’s Review

“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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Wow! I absolutely loved this whole story. It was such a pleasant surprise. I went into this book somewhat blind, not knowing much about the story other than what the synopsis divulged which in itself, really intrigued me and pulled me in to read this story. This was my first L. A. Fiore book and what a great book it was to start with. The writing was absolutely beautiful and I felt every emotion portrayed, as if I was living each scene and feeling each emotion with them.

If you believe good things happen to good people then you will love this story. The book asks the question “is it possible to have two great loves of your life, two happy ever afters or two soul mates?” After reading this story, it is hard to disagree. I must clarify, there is no cheating, this is not a love triangle story as the above may allude to. The two great loves occur at two completely different stages in the heroine’s life.

Sidney Ellis is a foster child, who was abandoned by her parents as a baby. She is a lonely broken girl who has no concept of what family and love is. At fifteen she meets Jake, a kind hearted soul who loves her completely and unconditionally. Jake not only gave her the love she craved, but also the feeling of belonging and most importantly his family. Sidney’s world soon shatters and her happily ever after goes to hell when unforeseen tragedy strikes.

Sidney moves with her best friend to Wyoming to take over a retiring vet’s practice. She believes the change in scenery and pace will do her the world of good. This is where she meets Abel, the mysterious rugged man who stirs feelings within her that she can’t explain. She feels his presence even before she sees him and is completely drawn to him.

I loved these two characters together. They drove each other completely crazy, but their attraction and need for one another was so intense that it made for some hot, steamy scenes.

I absolutely loved Sidney. She was strong, determined and wasn’t afraid to start her life over again. She’s been to hell and back, but I believe it made her even stronger. I noticed the difference in her character from the start of the book to the end. She gets knocked down, but she stands straight back up and is even stronger than before. She is a true inspiration.

Abel is a cocky self-assured man who says what he wants, does what he wants and makes no apologies for it. He is a motorcycle riding “bad boy” with a beard and man bun, but there is definitely a lot more to him. He cares about the people in his life and is the only one capable of healing Sidney.

There was absolutely nothing I did not love about this story. It broke my heart but then healed it again. This story is about love, loss, heart break, friendship and the importance of family even if they’re not blood. I would most definitely recommend this story to anyone who loves intense and emotional reads about finding love a second time around. This story is about finding the missing pieces of a puzzle to complete one’s self.

“All the pieces make a life.”