Title ~ Full Circle (Broken Pieces #2)
Author ~ Riley Hart
Published ~ 2nd September 2014
Genre ~ M/M/M Contemporary Romance
Nothing in life is ever easy, and no one is more painfully aware of that than Josiah Evans, Mateo Sanchez, and Tristan Croft. They know what they want—each other—but with three people as broken as they are, all those pieces aren't so easily mended.
Josiah is their glue. All he wants is to give his men what they need.
Mateo wants to absolve himself of his sins. To be worthy of love and to protect it.
Tristan must let go of his past, must learn how to need, and what it really means to take care of someone.
To keep the balance intact, they all have their roles to play. But what happens if the balance shifts? What happens when someone doesn’t play the right part? If one of them falters, they all feel the strain.
The only way to complete their full circle is for all their pieces, despite the curves and rough edges, to fit together perfectly. To do that, Josiah, Mateo, and Tristan must learn to get over the pasts that have defined who they are. And when an old enemy returns and threatens the foundation of their new life, decisions will be made, and boundaries will be tested that could change their lives forever.
Riley Hart writes with the care and tenderness of an author that truly loves her characters, she draws so much emotion from them and tells their story in such a way it seems she pulls at your very soul. The empathy is just astounding. Tristan, Josiah and Mateo have their faults and flaws and are far from perfect. They are damaged. But it’s just that, that makes them real and interesting. They come to life on the pages of Broken Pieces and Full Circle, their hearts and lives, laid open and bare for us to share, so much so, I thought my heart would burst with what I feel for these three men… And what they feel for each other, is just immense, the intensity of their love and passion is profound, in and out of the bedroom!
I loved how this book started with just how strong the bond is between them, it’s palpable, undeniable. Tristan, Josiah and Mateo are very different men with fragmented lives, but together they complete each other… but the love that strengthens them can only paper over the cracks of their pasts for so long.
Teo is fiercely loyal and protective of the men he loves, not wanting them to be poisoned by his former life. Tristan is struggling with the whole concept of love, still not quite able to believe he is worthy of not only one man, but two. Consumed by guilt over his past he finds it hard to give all of himself wholeheartedly and be the man his men deserve. Josiah is quietly willing it all to be so, gently pulling them closer, patiently watching, but above all perceptively understanding their struggles. Both Tristan and Mateo are so frightened of tainting Josiah’s beauty and innocence with their darkness, they lose sight of the fact that by protecting him, they were shutting him out, and for Josiah, who needs so badly, he becomes adrift without his anchors. It’s not that they don’t see him as being strong, because they know it’s his strength that holds them together… They know they are broken, they know they need fixing and they know they can only truly be a whole together.
Full Circle, is not only their journey to healing the broken pieces we saw them to be, in the first book, but also the need to come full circle in their lives, being able to address the pain from their pasts before they can move forward. It’s not an easy road these men have to travel and it’s made all the more traumatic when Mateo’s past threatens to come back and haunt them. Only this time it’s Tristan who is the one to make the sacrifices for the men he loves. However, trying to protect what’s his, has it’s own ramifications and those broken pieces could end up irrevocably shattered.
Broken Pieces is one of my all time favourite books, there is so much raw emotion and sexual chemistry in that story it left me in pieces! Full Circle isn’t the same intense rollercoaster ride, as I said earlier this book is more about the healing, therefore the emotion, whilst still intense doesn’t have quite the same impact. I felt Riley Hart got the balance right for this book though, not only in their story but also their relationship because for them they need that harmony to maintain their hope.
Now the sexual chemistry between these three men, not only learning to love each other emotionally, but physically, was heightened to a whole other level… tender and loving but also full of lust and desire, (bearing in mind I love ménage,) and this was sizzling! There is a little action, which brings in some tension and excitement of a different kind, culminating towards the end when the underlying thread of danger comes to a conclusion with all the men finally confronting their issues.
Ben has more of a presence in this book and oh, my, …my heart hurt for yet another broken soul. His unrequited love for Tristan just broke my heart and I’m so glad Riley will be giving him his own story because if anyone deserves love, it’s him. He put’s up this, friend front, but my God the pain that I felt from him. Lost and hurting, whoring himself to ease that pain with meaningless one night stands… roll on 2015, I CAN’T WAIT!
There is also another character in this book that stole my heart, and that is Rhonda, Tristan’s mother, she has her own tragic tale. But the relationship between Tristan, Josiah and Mateo didn’t only save them, it also saved her. She had lived with her own guilt, knowing she was the cause of so much of Tristan’s pain, compounded by the fact that she knew she couldn’t fix it. Seeing him finally happy and loved, and the fact that she is inclusive in that relationship, not only set Tristan free but her too. Rhonda, had some of the most profound lines in the book… I love that woman and her intelligent insight.
So, I asked Riley if she could put together a post for us from Rhonda, gave a few suggestions and what she came back with is just beautiful, and a perfect example of what an amazingly talented writer she is, and just how she manages to capture so much emotion within her writing… be warned, you’ll need tissues!
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Dearest Tristan, Josiah and Mateo
by Riley Hart
Dearest Tristan, Josiah, and Mateo,
Writing a letter always feels ominous in so many ways. People don’t write anymore and when they do it’s their way to say goodbye or tell the other person something important. This letter falls in the second category and not because I plan on going anywhere either (obviously). You see, I know you three boys so well. With the exception of Josiah, none of you are great at talking or listening. You’re all getting better. Teo is getting better at talking, it’s just always getting him to see how wonderful he is that’s the problem. And my dear, sweet, Tristan. You’re my son and I love you but I’m not sure you will ever excel at talking—unless it’s in the courtroom.
But you see, there’s another reason I decided to write this down. Another reason there will be three copies of this letter, even though they will all say the same thing. The truth is, maybe more than anyone, the four of us know that there are no guarantees in life. Maybe if I didn’t write this down I would take too long to get around to saying it, and you wouldn’t have it when you needed it. Anything can happen so like Josiah’s bird and his queen, or Mateo’s letter this will be something you can keep with you if you choose. This will be something you can read if you ever need a reminder.
Some of this I’ve said before but I don’t think you can hear it too much.
The three of you found each other for a reason. This world is a big place, yet the three of you crossed paths. If you ever forget that miracles happen, remember that. Remember that your relationship is one. Your pasts don’t matter. It doesn’t matter if people understand either. Your love is a beautiful thing, the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in my lifetime. Hold onto it, treasure it above everything else. People spend their lives wanting what you have.
To Josiah. You are their heart. I think you’re the heart of anyone you meet. You have such a kind, loving soul. Thank you for loving these men like only you can. Thank you for blessing all our lives by shining your light for us to live in.
Mateo. You are a warrior. A protector. A defender. Don’t ever believe anything else of yourself. The most amazing thing about you is that you’re a warrior with a gentle hand. A gentle soul and voice, and most importantly, a gentle heart. You are their honorable protector…and you belong. Don’t ever doubt that.
And lastly Tristan…my dear, sweet boy. I will never have the words to tell you how much I love you. I am sorry for not being the mom you deserved. Don’t tell me I was, because I wasn’t. We both know that. Do you know what else we both know? It wasn’t your fault. None of it. When you forget that, pick up this letter and read it over and over until you remember. You are loved. You are worthy of being loved. You take care of those you love just by being yourself. You have such a capacity of love, and you do it so well. Don’t doubt yourself.
The three of you have come so far, you’ve been through so much, and I’m proud of everything you have done. Proud to call you my boys.
I am honored to be a part of your lives. I spent my young life looking for love and now I get to see it every time I look at the three of you.
With love, your mom,
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About Riley Hart
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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