Title ~ Broken Pieces
Author ~ Riley Hart
Genre ~ M/M/M Erotic Romance
Release Date ~ 4th February 2014
Rating ~ 5 Stars
Can three broken pieces make a whole?
Josiah Evans is the orphan who lost both his parents. He’s sweet, shy, and all heart. He wants nothing more than to be loved.
Mateo Sanchez is the son of a gang leader. He’s seen it all, and never hesitates to do what needs to be done, no matter what it is.
Tristan Croft is the wealthy attorney who clawed his way up from the bottom to rule his own world. He’ll never depend on anyone but himself again.
Three men who couldn’t be more different…and yet, as their lives intersect they find an uncommon balance that calms the storms inside each of them, and ignites fires hotter than they ever thought imaginable.
Told uniquely in three parts and spanning over ten years, BROKEN PIECES is a journey of healing for three fragmented souls, finding love in the unlikeliest of places—with each other
I have sat here, trying to write my review for Broken Pieces and I know my words will never do it justice, I want everyone to read it but I could never convey in just a few words how immensely powerful this book is and just how much it moved me. How I was so connected to the characters I couldn’t part with my Kindle… not for a moment did it leave my hands and I was compelled to absorb as much of Josiah, Mateo and Tristan and their story as possible. I lived through their years of pain, every single one another knife in my heart. This book encompasses everything I love about reading… it’s the whole package for me, with dark undertones, plenty of angst, tortured souls, enough emotional turmoil to make you feel your heart will surely explode through the burden of it all… and that’s only me, never mind the characters. There was no quick fix to anything… it’s a slow development of the relationships and trust, the pacing was perfect with each of them in their own way, flawed and damaged by pasts they had no control over. It’s raw and intense, yet profoundly beautiful, my heart bled for these characters, singularly, as couples and as the resulting threesome… because Broken Pieces is such an apt title, that is exactly what they are, broken, not only mentally, but also on their own they are never quite whole, incomplete, a part of them missing, with Josiah being the magnet they gravitate to to complete them and the glue that will eventually keep them all together.
Each chapter is a character POV… which is just genius and where the intensity of it all comes from because I got to know and understand each of them intimately. I could feel their inner most fears and anxieties, the joy in their hearts and the pain of loss and their emptiness, that void that left them all so lonely. It’s smooth, perfectly written and the transition between the chapters never missing a beat in the story. It spans years in their lives, but starts out with the innocence of young love…
Josiah is so sweet and kind, incredibly self conscious and intimidated easily with a vulnerability that called to the protective side of Mateo… Our bad boy, a gang member who has been groomed all his life for his role on the streets. Their love story and it’s rendition moved me to tears, two boys with a past full of demons and no love to speak of yet they find something in each other, so intense they can barely breath through it, they have nothing and no one, but they have each other. Jay has a hidden strength and such commitment in his love for Teo you feel he would move a mountain to be with him. Teo, stomped on my heart and completely crushed it, his love is selfless… loving so much he is willing to push Jay away to save him from the harsh realities of life, nothing quite so bland as propriety, but life and death, wanting Jay to have a better life, one that he deserved. But true love never dies and in the case of Josiah and Mateo truer words have never been spoken.
“…I’d never known what it was like to really belong until you, Teo.”
“Me too, mi precioso. I’ve only ever belonged with you.”
We don’t initially know why Tristan is so emotionally guarded or what happened in his past to make him so distant, so disillusioned with life and love he focuses on his career as an attorney. But like Mateo he is also drawn to the warmth and genuine goodness that emanates from Josiah and also like Teo… he’s not sure why either.
“Love equals power? So, you’ll never love because you never want to hand over the power.”
I have to admit that Mateo being back on the scene after nine years away was an emotional moment that had the tears running down my cheeks and I wanted nothing more than for them to fall back into the love that had never left either of them. However, Tristan is a man to be admired not only did he save Jay, he understands that he cannot give Jay what Teo can offer him… but together they can make the one light in their lives happy.
Josiah and Mateo together was innocent and as sweet as young love should be, Josiah and Tristan together, well that was HOT!… but safe. Now all three are in the same proximity the sizzling sexual tension between Teo and Tristan is powerful, both strong alpha males vying for dominance… which only ignites what is happening between the three of them, making it EXPLOSIVE! Yep… cold showers at the ready my friends, I LOVE MENAGE!!!
I love it when I find a new author that makes my heart sing, where words morph into visions and emotions that can only come from excellent writing, where a story takes over a part of your soul and everything else becomes invisible, their life, hopes, dreams… their very existence becomes yours for those few hours and you feel blessed to spend that time with them… Then, for some time after, they pop up in your head occasionally and you wonder just how they are doing… Did Riley Hart deliver? FUCK YEAH!!! She bled my heart dry, punched me in the solar plexus on numerous occasions and left me sobbing, ugly tears! (that damn homemade chess piece makes me cry every time I think about it) …Loved every minute of Broken Pieces and so far, the best book I have read this year and definitely on the all time favourites shelf!
And the best news EVER!
Josiah, Mateo and Tristan’s Story continues in late 2014
A Word from Riley
The idea for BROKEN PIECES came from a dream. I’ve heard authors talk about that before but I’d never really experienced dreaming up a story idea.
With BROKEN PIECES, it was an even more unique situation because the dream came to me…well almost like three dreams. It was one after another. I know this sounds crazy but it was almost like I was sort of awake but not. I realized (maybe not as it was happening but afterward?) that even though the dream came in three parts, they were all part of the same whole.
The second I woke up I started writing down notes. I tried to get down every piece of the dream I could.
And then I read it…wanted to write it…and then I thought I might be crazy ;). Looking at my notes I realized how very different this story would be from COLLIDE. Yes, in the heart of both stories, they’re both about love, and I guess accepting who you are, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. It’s ménage, COLLIDE wasn’t. All three characters are pretty broken, the boys in COLLIDE weren’t. It’s told almost like three different love stories. There is some violence, and it’s darker and grittier than my other book. I was officially scared. I didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t know if people would want to read it. I mean, we have three completely different men here—a shy, quiet, insecure man, with a gang member and a lawyer? LOL.
I was definitely crazy but the idea wouldn’t leave my head. I thought about it all the time, even though I was still putting finishing touches on COLLIDE. Josiah, Mateo and Tristan wouldn’t leave me alone. I started seeing them in everything I did, and songs would remind me of them, and I’d pick up my notes and read them over and over.
So I decided to do it. I wrote the story that they told me, and I’m so glad I did. It’s an experience I will never forget and I hope people enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
About the Author
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She's a hopeless romantic. A lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together. If she's not writing, you'll probably find her reading. Riley lives in California with her awesome family, who she is thankful for everyday.
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