Piece by Piece by Teodora Kostova ~ Book Review by Caroline

24484344 Title: Piece by Piece

Author: Teodora Kostova

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Sometimes to reach the surface you have to fall to the bottom first…

For the past ten years, Riley Davis’s life has been overshadowed by the tragic death of his partner. Fluctuating between alcohol induced daze, clinical depression and throwing all his time and effort into his business, Riley doesn’t believe, or even hope, that his life will ever be worth living again.

Until Sonnie Frye drops by his haberdashery shop, changing his life forever.

Sonnie is a man who likes getting what he wants, when he wants it. He’s worked hard to establish himself as Queen Victoria theatre’s chief costume designer, collecting multiple awards – and high-profile clients – along the way. Sonnie is used to putting his needs, goals and desires first, unwilling to compromise his own happiness for anybody else.
Until he meets a handsome shop owner whose eyes are so sad that they immediately tug at Sonnie’s heartstrings.

Seeing something he wants, Sonnie is determined to get under Riley’s skin and, preferably, into his bed. But he soon discovers the task is not that easy. For the first time in his life, Sonnie may need to put someone else’s needs before his own, and re-evaluate what really matters in life.

Will the two men stand side by side to overcome their differences, and everything else life throws at them? Or will it all become too much to bear, shaking them to their very core, destroying everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve?

***Sexual content, 18+ only***
***Piece by Piece can be read as a standalone. It’s the full story of Sonnie and Riley***

Caroline’s View:

I love you as you are, with all your broken pieces and all you sorrow and all your past.

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It was very clear at the end of Mask, book 2 in this series, that there was more to come and that the story had to belong to Riley and Sonny regardless of the fact that they had only just met each other.

Piece by Piece picks up once again at that first meeting when Sonny visits Riley’s shop with Penn. Sonny can recognise a handsome man when one is in front of him but he can also see the sadness in Riley and I think initially their friendship begins out of curiosity with Riley fighting it every step of the way.

Teodora’s portrayal of Riley and his all-consuming grief in this story is beautiful, poignant and heart-breaking. We have met Riley before. He is a great friend of Penn’s and although we knew he had loved and lost nothing could prepare you for the grief that he lives with every day. The pain written onto the page is overwhelming and at times so bleak I wondered whether Riley would ever start living again.

Sonny is tenacious and a man used to getting what he wants. He is also someone that shows an unlimited amount of patience and care with Riley as he tries to help him navigate back into a world where he can live instead of just exist.

This was a true story of love. There was no instant gratification as every step of progress they made was slow and painful. For most of the story there were three people in the relationship and how is anyone expected to compete or live up to the memories of a ghost.

The ending, like their entire story, has no quick fix. For Riley to have suddenly gotten over his grief because Sonny came into his life would have been a disservice to them both and very unrealistic. With Sonny’s help Riley gets to a place where he is ready to start healing but that last step must be taken alone even if that seems like the most difficult thing in the world for both of them to comprehend.

I think this may have become my favourite book of the series!

Buy Links


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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