REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Piece by Piece
AUTHOR: Remmy Duchene
PUBLISHER: Loose Id LLC
LENGTH: 358 KB
RELEASE DATE: March 27, 2017
Dean Morgan has spent the last few years of his childhood taking care of his parents. When he took on that job, all his dreams fell by the wayside. There was no getting out of the small town he was raised in, and Dean has one man to thank for that: Fitz Quartermaine.
Years later, his father has withered away from two major broken hearts and alcoholism, and Dean can finally lift his head above water, but he cannot seem to get “normal” again. To make matters worse, here comes Guy Quartermaine, a man he’s hated since he was a teenager; a man whose father cheated Dean’s.
Guy Quartermaine is a man on a mission. Having recently found out what his father did to Dean’s dad, he wants to make amends. But the punch-to-the-face greeting he receives from Dean when Guy first arrives in the small town puts him on notice that if he is to gain Dean’s forgiveness, he has his work cut out for him. To make matters worse, hearts are on the line and Guy isn’t sure if he should continue fighting his father’s demons–and hopefully one day gain happiness–or give in to them and walk away.
Dean is a man who has a right to be pissed off at the world. He’s been cheated out of the life he always wanted by his father’s bitterness and his father’s friends treachery.
But maybe his hatred for the friend’s son Guy, is misplaced.
I wanted to love this story. The premise is interesting and I liked how the blurb read, but it just didn’t live up to my expectations.
I can totally understand Dean’s anger. At his father, at Guy’s father. Between them, they stole Dean’s future. And I can even understand him being angry at Guy by proxy. It would be hard to separate the father and son in your head, especially when it all happened at a very vulnerable age.
And there’s where my problem lies. Dean’s been holding this grudge for a long time and so when it all suddenly just fades away, I have a hard time believing his motivation. A few “good sense” chats with some friends and Guy’s sudden confession about his feelings just isn’t enough for me. Especially when it all happens so quickly.
I would have much rather been tormented a little longer. This is a romance. I know the “Happily Ever After” is coming, so I could have handled the angst being dragged out so the payoff in the end would be all the sweeter…and more believable.
The sex is well written, so it has that going for it, but I also don’t like seeing sex being used as a cure-all in a relationship. Maybe I’m just picky.
The back story tugged at my heart-strings and it’s what kept me reading to the end. So while I can’t say I didn’t like the story, I also can’t say that I liked it a whole lot.
If you’re not a big fan of angst and you like to see it resolved sooner, rather than later, then you will most likely like this story a lot. But as someone who loves the angsty parts, I fell a little flat for me.