“Pieces of Us” by N.R. Walker

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As Justin’s recovery moves forward, Dallas dares to hope their lives are settling into their new normal. His money worries have eased, business is picking up, and best of all, Justin now laughs more than he frowns.

Justin’s memory still eludes him, but with each snippet or flashback, small pieces of his old life start to slot into place. He remembers more of Dallas and how perfectly happy their lives used to be, and with each passing day, Justin realises he can have that again.

But when someone from Justin’s past turns up, he discovers that not all the missing pieces are good, and sadly, he and Dallas also learn just what it means to live with a traumatic brain injury. If Dallas and Justin have to fight for their Happily Ever After, then Dallas will stop at nothing–nothing–to give Justin the life he always wanted.

“. . . as I tried to put the puzzle of myself back together, it was the pieces of us that made me whole.”

review

And they lived…happily ever after. *sigh* This was a wrap that I didn’t know I needed but was ever so grateful for. I enjoyed Dallas and Justin deeply and was more than content to continue with their story. I can easily see this trilogy becoming a binge-fest for readers. They filled me with a sweet ‘n sticky goo and tenderness that I desperately needed. It was more than merely a recovery story but a restoration to remember. Because as Justin was rebuilding the life he lost, Dallas was restoring missing pieces as well. It’s easy to focus on Justin and sympathize with all that he lost but Dallas suffered greatly on that rainy day as well. He’s been a pillar of strength but even rocks are worn over time. When their fragile peace is threatened everything zeros into perspective again. Life is short and precious but most of all should be celebrated every moment possible.

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I picked this up immediately after finishing the second book in the series and couldn’t wait to discover their finale. I was smitten from the first pages until the very last. There isn’t a great deal of angst and despite the fact it’s typically a craving of mine, I was delighted with the heavy sweetness. Nic pens them with a soft and gentle hand and I think it was perfect. Dallas frets more than a mother hen but I found his mollycoddling adorable. It’s not just that Justin tolerates it but requires it. However, when push comes to shove Justin bares his teeth and threatens his bite. He refuses to be used or fooled and I know I wasn’t the only one proud of him. The strong secondary crew makes their mark and I enjoyed *almost* everyone. Be that as it may, my favorite part of all was…

 

love

…the love between Dallas and Justin. Falling in love once is a gift to cherish. Then again, falling in love a second time is a treasure few are blessed to know. Dallas allows Justin to set the pace and grants him complete control of their new ‘firsts’. He doesn’t realize the weight of the stress he was carrying until it’s lifted. For the first time since the accident, he believes everything is going to be okay. That is prior to Justin’s unexpected visitor and setback. However, they recognize the scare as exactly as it was…a hitch that can be overcome. They remind us of the importance of relishing in the milestones met and acknowledging the stumbles for what they are. It may be two steps forward today and one step back tomorrow but soon it’ll be ten steps forward with half a step back. The beauty of rebuilding is focusing on what’s next and not what’s lost…and Dall and Justin are the perfect example.

 

beware

Since this is number three, thou must start at the beginning. Angst is brief…you’ll mainly find sugar here. And the reminder that blood may bind us but does not define us.

 

bookisforAmnesia trope lovers should take note of this series and Walker fans surely know about these guys but if not…what are you waiting for??

 

bookinfo

TITLE: Pieces of Us (Missing Pieces #3)
AUTHOR: N.R. Walker
PUBLISHER: Blueheart Press
LENGTH: 189 pages
RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2020
BUY LINKS: Amazon, B&N

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