Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: IN PIECES by Danielle Pearl

Series: Something More
by Danielle Pearl
Publication Date: October 10, 2017
Publisher: Forever
Pages: 336



Beth Caplan is ready to begin college a new woman. She's worked hard to overcome her demons, and she's eager to live in a world where no one knows about her past. Except, of course, her childhood crush. David March has known Beth a lifetime. Tasked by her older brother to look after the beautiful incoming freshman, he takes his job exceptionally seriously. Even if she tempts him in ways no kid-sister type ever should.

When Beth's ex shows up as a transfer student, and a creepy stranger with a reputation for violence sets his sights on her, Dave will do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means moving her in with him. When he learns just how much a secret from his past hurt the girl he's always cared for, he becomes doubly determined to protect her, even from himself. But that's easier said than done.

My Thoughts

IN PIECES is just as amazing as I’d hoped it would be. I love a friends to more story - especially when there is a childhood connection.

In a nutshell, Danielle Pearl gives good angst. I loved all of the heated undertones. Because of David’s friendship with Sam, Beth’s brother, a relationship between David and Beth is off limits. Their history of family and friendship creates a line that shouldn’t be crossed. And that boundary, of friends to more, continuously escalates the passion.

David has a lot to lose, Beth has everything to gain. Her independence, her strength and she’s making a decisions of what she wants. Beth doesn’t need David to put her back together.

In one of their heated moments, after Beth says, “I’m not a kid, I can take care of myself,”  David responds with one of my favorite statements in the book:

“I’m not underestimating you, okay? I know you can take care of yourself. Any girl worth shit can. But you know what? Any guy worth shit looks out for her anyway”.

I’m not a collector of book boyfriends, but I would claim DAVID in a heartbeat. He acts as her “bodyguard” - she may not need one, but he cares about her and he wants to be that person for her.  

IN PIECES is more than a love story. It’s a story about finding independence, moving on, and experiencing strength through vulnerability.

It’s just so good!

Disclaimer:  I received this ARC from publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any way other than the ARC provided. I've purchased a finished copy for my personal library. Quotes were taken from the Advanced Review Copy and may differ from the final published version. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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