Broken Pieces by Riley Hart ~ Review by Caroline

The first thing I need to tell you about this book is that I was heartbroken when it ended!! I just wanted it to go on and on and on and on…………

18874773Title: Broken Pieces

Author: Riley Hart

My Rating: 5 of 5 stars

From the Publisher:

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 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.

My View

This is the  story of 3 men who are all very different and who are all a little broken but somehow it just worked. Josiah lost his parents as a child and has been moving around the foster system ever since. He is timid and shy but has the heart of a Lion and always sees the good in people.  Josiah is currently living with foster parents William and Molly when the new boy arrives.

Mateo is the new boy and is everything Josiah is not. Cold and hard from his gang upbringing Mateo trusts nobody and has been made to witness and partake in appalling acts ‘to prove he is a man’ in front of his father. These acts make Mateo physically sick and he is dying on the inside but he is too scared to ever let his guard down in his violent world. He scares the living daylights out of Josiah!

After saving Josiah from the school bullies on the first day of school the two young men begin to form a bond. Mateo wants to see the good in the world as Josiah does but feels he has committed too many wrongs in his short life. Instead he decides to become Josiahs protector and slowly but surely a deep friendship forms.

Feeling brave and acting on his attraction Josiah kisses Mateo one day and is surprised to be kissed back.  The parameters of their relationship change and behind locked doors the two become lovers. When their foster father sends Mateo away Josiah packs his bag and runs away to find him. Josiah is in love and cannot imagine life without Mateo.

Although the two men start building a life together things change quickly after Josiah is attacked and Mateos old gang members find them. In order for Josiah to be safe Mateo does the one thing he promised he would never do and sends him way. The only way Mateo can make this happen is to make Josiah believe he longer loves him or wants him, Josiah feels devastated and angry.

Roll forward a few years and Josiah is exactly where he and Mateo intended him to be but he is alone. He works in a small coffee shop and walks along the waters edge every morning feeding the birds. He has no friends and has taken no new lovers…..that way no one can leave him or hurt him.

Tristan is still affected by his childhood. His mother turned to prostitution and drugs in order to put food on the table and Tristan whored himself out to get himself through law school. A vicious attack left his mother too scared to leave the house for years. Tristan is cold and switched off to life and never plans to love anyone or be in a relationship.

He first sees Josiah walking and feeding the birds one morning and although he can’t explain it he feels drawn to the man and turns up to watch him sporadically. Over the weeks they start walking together and slowly a friendship builds.  When he hears that Josiah has lost his apartment and finds him soaking wet and miserable one evening he takes him home. They have a strange relationship for the next year or so. Josiah goes back to college and in return for living with Tristan he cooks and cleans. Josiah is attracted to Tristan but the man makes it clear from the start that they cannot have a relationship.

Over a year later and Josiah is remembering Mateo and feeling down when he turns to Tristan for comfort and they end up sleeping together. A onetime event is soon a regular thing and they slip into a relationship. Tristan knows he will never be able to give a huge part of himself to Josiah but he also know that Josiah will always be in love with Mateo.

Life is as good as it gets for these two broken men and Tristan is feeling very proud of Josiah.  They have just attended his graduation and out for a walk when their world tilts. Josiah hasn’t seen Mateo for 9 years and suddenly he is standing in front of him.

The last part of the book is the story of the 3 men trying to figure out where they each fit. Mateo clearly loves Josiah. Josiah although hurt still loves Mateo. Tristan loves Josiah even if his hang ups prevent him from saying the words and Josiah is very much in love with Tristan. As much as Tristan and Mateo want to hate each other they can’t and each of them respects the other for looking after Josiah.

Josiah wants his two men to love each other as much as he loves them both but doesn’t know if he dares hope. With 2 strong men he has to be even stronger to get what he wants and not lose the only two people he loves.

*bangs head* we have to wait until later this year for the story to continue!!!!

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4 thoughts on “Broken Pieces by Riley Hart ~ Review by Caroline

  1. Glad you liked this book. I bought this book because I am a cover whore and this cover just calls me like a siren. It’s not just hot, but it is emotionally appealing too. I love it and I will be reading this soon!

  2. Seems like a lot is kind of going on in this book. I think I’ll reserve judgment until the sequel makes an appearance. Thanks for the review.

  3. thank you for your thoughtful review. I think this book will be one of those that I’ll come to love once I’ve read it. purely from your review. I adore books that can show me the bonding of the men involved. This ticks a lot of my lists so i will be buying this one!

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