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Pieces of Us (Confessions of the Heart #3) by A.L. Jackson

Pieces of Us Book Cover Pieces of Us
Confessions of the Heart #3
A.L. Jackson
Fiction, Contemporary Romance
April 22nd 2019

Maxon Chambers has a way of stealing all the attention.
All my affection, and all my dreams.
What I needed to remember was he’d stolen my good judgment and my virginity, too.

When he broke up with me, I ran across the country and swore I’d never return to Broadshire Rim.
But here I am, thirteen years later.

Maxon is all grown up.
Sexier than sin and more tempting than ever.
A detective on the Charleston force, he lives on the outside of safety, devoted to protecting the people of his city.
But with the way he’s looking at me now? I’m pretty sure what needs protecting is my heart.

Can we mend the pieces of us? Or will he leave my heart shattered forever . . .

 

Megan’s Review

Anyone who has ever followed my reviews would know I am a huge A.L. Jackson fan and would read absolutely anything she produces. I have been waiting for Mack’s story for what feels like a life-time, so you can imagine my elation when he finally entered my life. Pieces of Us was phenomenal and I would expect nothing less from such an amazingly talented story teller. The plot drew me in instantaneously and kept me captivated throughout, and in true Jackson fashion, the writing was like pure poetry. Pieces of Us was an angsty, emotional and heartbreaking story about second chances. A love so powerful that while it was lost, you knew it was always destined to be found once more.

Mack and Izzy have been each-others constant for as long as they can remember, and as they grew older, their life-long friendship developed into so much more. It was a love that knew no bounds. Mack suddenly decided to end their relationship and, in the process left Izzy confused and broken hearted. Mack had his reasons for ending their relationship as he felt he was doing her favor. He thought he was no good for her; but try telling Izzy losing the one person who meant the world to her was for her own good. Izzy makes the decision to leave everything behind and move from the only home she has ever known.


“She’d been my beginning. The girl had breathed her beauty and grace and goodness into my being. Made me think I could be something better. Saw me in a way I’d never seen myself.
In the same way, she’d been my ending.
My collision.
The breaking point of who I’d been and who I’d come to be.”

Years down the track Izzy and Mack have come face to face once more and Mack is a tortured and broken man who has so many scars to bear. The love he has always felt for Izzy comes back full force when he sees the one woman who has always owned his heart. His love for Izzy is intense, deep and fierce. He’s lost her once before; will he be able to let the past and his demons go and give into the one and only woman he has loved with all of his heart?

Mack is probably my favorite hero to date; he is loyal, protective, caring and loves deeply. He is a tortured hero I just could not help but feel so deeply for. Izzy was just a phenomenal, strong, caring and sweet heroine, who has had her fair share of struggles and heartache, but every time she gets knocked down, she gets right back up with such strength. A true inspiration.

Their love and connection was profound, deep and the kind of love they both deserve. They were both remarkable people who deserved all the happiness and love they could handle. I was rooting for them throughout the whole story and wanted nothing more than to see them have the HEA they were oh so deserving of.

I’m not always a fan of sequences set in the past and present because I don’t feel they always work, they often affect the flow of the scenes, but A.L. Jackson wrote both to perfection. They both flowed seamlessly and never once did I feel like it affected the story in any sort of negative way.

Pieces of Us was such an emotional, angsty, heartbreaking story about second-chances, love lost and love found and the gift of forgiveness. I was addicted to this compelling story from the very first word and was invested in Mack and Izzy’s tumultuous and heart aching journey until the very end. A.L. Jackson’s writing is outstanding and she always draws me in with her poignant and thought provoking stories that I just can’t get enough of. She has always been a one click author for me and always will be. She writes the kind of books I ache for; the tortured hero’s and the woman they love who are the only ones with the power to help them. I can not recommend this story enough, especially for those who love their emotional second chance love stories. Be sure to one click this one.

Tracey’s Review

By far the best second chance romance that I have ever read. I am huge fan of A.L. Jackson’s work and I have to say this may be my favourite book so far. 

Pieces of Us was an emotional and heartbreaking story about second chances and having the capabilities of forgiveness. From the first page I was hooked, the plot and characters drew me in and I became invested in their love story. The writing from A.L. Jackson was phenomenal and as always left me feeling breathless. She writes the kind of books that my heart aches for, I can not recommend this story enough, its definitely a one click!!

While I mentioned that this story had me hooked from the first page, I was a little apprehensive as past and present sequences can leave me feeling disconnected from the story and characters, but with Pieces of Us I found the sequences enriched the story and characters and they flowed seamlessly allowing me to stay connected and invested. 

Mack and Izzy’s story were destined to be together and this is their story.

Having been each other’s constant since kids, their relationship from friends turned into an all-encompassing love. But when everything that they built came crashing down around Izzy, she was left heart broken, confused and ultimately decided to leave. 

Years have passed, and the lovers find themselves facing one another. 

Will Mack make the same mistake, allowing Izzy to leave? Will Izzy be able to forgive Mack for breaking her heart?? You’ll have to read the story to find out. 

I will say this, there love was deep and gave you those feelings that this is what true love should be. Each character was remarkable, and I was rooting for their love to reunite these characters.
Mack stole my heart. His soul was constantly aching for Izzy and his ability to love deeply was lovely to read. He was a tortured character, one who you can’t help falling in love with. 

Izzy has the perfect combination of vulnerability and strength. Having gone through her own struggles she knows a thing or two about picking herself up and rebuilding. No matter what she has experienced she holds her head up and knows her worth. I loved her from the get go. She was an inspiration to read. 

As I became invested in Izzy and Mack’s story I was rooting for them throughout the story and I wanted nothing more for them to find each other and heal their hearts. That HEA they both deserved! They completely owned my heart. Its been a while since a story has evoked so many emotions. A story that will break you heart and then put it back together once the story has ended. 

Be sure to add this outstanding second chance romance to your reading list, believe me it will be worth every tear you shed and every shout you make. Absolutely, a 5-star recommendation.


About the Author:

A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, SHOW ME THE WAY, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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