Collecting the Pieces by L.A. Fiore

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Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My copy: Purchased

Reviewer: Liz

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.

I don’t even know where to start. Collecting the Pieces is a story about love. First love, unconditional love and second chances at love all wrapped up in one heart-wrenching story.

Sidney Ellis was lost and alone for most of her life. All she ever wanted was love and a family, but life had a different plan for her. Then at fifteen she meets Jake Stephens and he literally sweeps her off her feet. With Jake, Sidney finds everything she ever wanted. They build a life together and really, things could not be more perfect. Until the night everything changes.

Now Sidney is starting over without the love of her life. Finding herself feeling lost and alone again, she knows she needs to find purpose and learn to live again. That is how she finds herself and her best friend, Rylee, starting a new life in a new place. Jake always encouraged her and believed in her, so she is determined to follow her dreams.

Come in Abel Madden. Abel makes her feel for the first time in three years. She is finally coming back to life and starts to feel and desire again. But Abel is nothing like Jake. Abel is a man used to getting what he wants, arrogant and cocky, he pushes all her buttons. Even as she wants him, she wants to slap him and run away as fast as she can in the opposite direction.

Abel did not have an easy life, however, he learned to stand on his own two feet and build a life for himself. A life he loves with no complications, until the day he first lays eyes on Sidney. He wants her, but is he the right man for her? He is not a romance and flowers kind of guy, the kind of guy he sees Sidney deserving.

This was such an interesting story. We meet Sidney early in life and feel the loss and loneliness of the circumstances that were out of her control. We see her connect and love her brother, even as he spirals out of control. And then see her find love and happiness with Jake, only to see her lose it all again. Their love was so strong and everlasting. When that kind of love is gone, can you find love again?

Once Sidney realizes she needs to learn to live again, she makes changes, but finds something very unexpected in Abel. He is everything Jake wasn’t, but is instantly drawn to him. The intensity she feels when he is around scares her. Abel on the other hand has never felt the connection he feels for her with any other woman. It leaves him wanting to run for the hills.

What happens when this kind of connections explodes around you and it’s the last thing you want? Sparks fly, that’s what. Add in some suspense surrounding their new home, some wild animals and new friends and you have a story you cannot put down.

The emotions run rampant while reading Collecting the Pieces. Definitely worth the ride, even as your heart breaks while reading, it will heal, after a few bumps. I enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more from this author.

I give Collecting the Pieces by L.A. Fiore 4-stars!

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