Sunday, January 12, 2014

Review: Pieces for You (For You #2) by Genna Rulon

Pieces for You
For You #2
by Genna Rulon
Mature NA Contemporary Romance
Published December 17, 2013

*ARC obtained directly from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Synopsis via Goodreads

"The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies,
and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.” -Miguel de Cervantes

Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.

As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face. Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.

But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.

Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.begin to plague Sam, it is Griffin she is forced to turn to.

• This story is appropriate for readers 18+
• Though Pieces For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand alone

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Genna Rulon is an up and coming contemporary romance author.

During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursuing her aspirations of writing her own novels.

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I've got to hand it to the author for this emotional highway from Hades. In Pieces For You, we're following Sam's journey on recovery from what happened to her in book 1. I adored Sam's character in book one and was utterly heartbroken when she was brutally attacked. I was worried she would never come back to us as her bubbly, out-spoken self. *Note to the reader: This novel deals with Sam's recovery from a horrendous near death rape experience... Although the rape isn't discussed in a detailed account, it is the subject matter at hand so I want to make sure and point that out.*

The road to recovery was definitely not an easy one but she made amazing strides. The characters were there to support her along the way but she is the one who decided to attack her fears head on. She's such a brave, amazing character. I applaud her for going forward and not focusing on the horrific past. I would probably crawl into a hole and never come out. With Griffin (Swoon!), Ev & Hunter playing their own roles in her recovery, she couldn't have been in better hands. I adore her Therapist. If I ever come to a point in my life where therapy is required, I want to request someone like her. She was awesome. Loved her character!

Overall, the twists and turns in the plot were nail biting - the stress that's placed on Sam's life, threats constantly against her life, and then the stress of being the only person left willing to testify against "him."  The final twist really threw me over the edge and made me love this book even more for taking me by such surprise. I adored this novel even more than book 1 because of the constant struggle that was Sam's life (not to mention the chemistry with Griffin... good lord, can I have one of those?).

Oh, and Meg. I can't leave her character out. I'm truly hoping the author is planning to write something from her POV. I need to go look that up as soon as I finish this review. She's a mystery character. One we love but don't know much about. We start seeing hints of her life struggles but we really have barely even scratched the surface. She's such a likable character but you can tell she has a past that she doesn't want to revisit. 

Overall, definitely a 5 star novel for me. I truly enjoyed it & honestly look forward to what this author comes up with next.

Cover Rating: 3.5 Stars <- I like it but it just doesn't scream the story to me... But Hello Hottie on the cover!
Characters: 5 Stars
Plot: 5 Stars
Climax: 5 Stars
Ending: 5 Stars

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