Friday, February 18, 2011

PIECES by Shawn Lane

Publisher: Amber Quill Press
Published in 2010
ISBN 978-1-60272-721-2
Contemporary M/M
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE! Patrick Donovan has spent the last three years trying to deal with the aftermath of his lover’s suicide. Guilt-stricken, he has spent every anniversary of his lover’s death at the local bar with his friend, Josh Stevens and his lover, Andrew’s, cousin. Josh is deeply troubled by Patrick’s visits on this day each year. Knowing Patrick needs to move on in his life, Josh encourages him to find peace and love again. Josh is not looking for a long-term relationship so when Patrick takes his advice and starts dating other people, Josh finds he doesn’t like it. Can these two find a way to admit their feelings for one another and have a happily ever after or will Josh walk away from Patrick forever?

PIECES by Shawn Lane is a book about forgiveness, second chances and love all rolled up with a bow. This is an author who delves into a tough situation and delivers a story that is so emotional and compelling, you find yourself rooting for these two people to be together, even after the heartache they both experienced. Tight writing, compelling characters and a storyline that tugs on the heart, make this one very enjoyable story to read one snowy afternoon. I love this author’s writing and found PIECES to be one of her best work to date. The story flows smoothly & the sex scenes are tastefully written and have an underlying vulnerability that had me sighing in delight.

Meet Josh Stevens and Patrick Donovan. Two people who have had to deal with the heartache of a beloved cousin and lover commit suicide three years before. Josh is afraid of commitment and when he finds his jealousy rear its head after Patrick starts dating again, he finds his feelings for Patrick have changed and grown. Patrick feels closer to Andrew when at Josh’s bar but also feels a ton of guilt as well. Patrick has always loved Josh yet when Josh made it clear he wasn’t looking for forever, Patrick felt crushed and turned to Andrew, Josh’s cousin, for love. Patrick and Josh are two people who find they need one another, yet are afraid of rejection, commitment and love. Both characters are multi-faceted and connect to the reader on every level. I really was rooting for these two to get together and explore having a relationship with one another. The secondary characters were enjoyable and I could see being friends with them all.

PIECES is a wonderful, emotional story that takes the reader on a journey of another chance at love. Can these two make it work this time? That is the question that is finally answered in PIECES as one man picks up the pieces of his life to find a love worth fighting for. If you haven’t picked up one of Shawn Lane’s books, then I highly recommend you grab it if you like reading emotional MM stories that leave you breathless at the end. I am really looking forward to the next book by this talented author.

This is an objective reviw and not an endorsement of the book.

1 comment:

Andi said...

I really liked this book too. Great review! :)