I liked this book. However I had a few issues with it. Number one if your married cheating emotionally or physically is not ok. I thought in the end she choose wrong. This is a about a marriage gone bad.
So, this has been on my TBR list since release and I finally read it when I signed up for the blog hop. The reason I left it so long is that Pieces of Us deals with a tough subject matter and that's infidelity. I'm no stranger to either side of that coin but at this stage of my life I have pretty hard line views on a lot of subjects. This is one. I have zero tolerance.
Setting that aside and judging the book on its own merits and how the author dealt with the subject matter, I was pleasantly surprised. Charlotte's turmoil felt very real to me. It is a simple fact that when a relationship breaks down there is more lost than the relationship between the couple. There is a ripple effect that doesn't end with the wider family but seeps into all future relationships. Pieces of Us very nicely showed how one person can put their own feelings ahead of others in both a negative and a positive way. For Charlotte that was the man who cheated and the man who realized to move forward, she must resolve her past. It also showed how facing the past can have rewards.
This was a quick read and intense at times, yet it left me with a feeling resolution for Charlotte that I was happy with.
This is a cheating book. Just that alone will turn some people off. I am actually a really hard sell when it comes to cheating books. Despite this, I really enjoyed this book.
This is not your typical cheating story. I LOVED that about this book. First, the h moves on after the cheating! I know, very exciting! She does not condemn herself to a life of chastity while the H is running around all the bars. AND she finds herself a great guy who doesn't turn out to be a stalker. I also loved the fact that the issues that the relationship had where not erased with sex as is very typical with a lot of romance novels. The other great thing was that as a reader, I felt the genuine remorse of the H. The author does an excellent job of taking the readers through the emotional rollercoaster that the characters go through. You get sucked in and cheer for the H and h to get their HEA. Lastly, I really liked that there was not an easy HEA with the book.
I did have some issues with the book, I would have liked to see more of the H and h in relationship develop in the end and would have liked to see them work through some of the trust issues that were bound to come up. Some part were a bit unrealistic (her moving to different cities without a job). But overall, I really liked the story. It's a good read.
Charlotte Barnes has the perfect marriage. Her husband dotes on her, and she delights in the domestic bliss they've created. There's only one problem. She discovers her beloved husband Cameron has been cheating on her.
Lost and bereft, Charlotte hightails it out of town without giving him the chance to explain. She slowly rebuilds her life, meeting a police officer named Owen. When Charlotte and Owen begin to fall in love, Owen realizes that pieces of Charlotte's heart still belong to Cameron, and suggests they move back to her home town so that she can put her past behind her.
My favorite part of this story is the realism of the characters. Charlotte moves between fury and desperation when coping with the fallout of Cameron's infidelity:
"Get your hand off me or I will stab you in the thigh with this fork," I whispered.
Cameron was like a magnet, and even though my heart was shattered into a million pieces, those broken shards were still drawn to him.
(Owen is a TOTAL sweetheart. He has a heart of gold, and their romance is warm and cute:)
"What is it?" I asked. "This is the GIRLS' locker room," Owen said. "Uh-huh," I replied, not really understanding. He shook his head slightly and gave me a boyish grin. "Sorry. It's just a teenage fantasy of mine to be in here." "Ah, and I'm sure in the fantasy there were lots of naked girls." "Just one," he said huskily.
Yet there are seeds of doubt that creep in:
"I love you," I whispered. "Love you more," he replied. Owen often replied to my declarations of love that way, and it made me wonder if it was true. Did he love me more than I loved him?
I enjoyed this story a lot. I enjoy the cheating hero storyline when there is an appropriate amount of remorse and groveling on the part of the offender as well as a believable happy ending. This story gave me that. I look forward to reading from this author again.
It has taken me a few days after reading this book to wrap my thoughts around the "personal" aspect of this book. I say personal because that's exactly what it was to me....very personal. What can I say other than, "I LOVED it!" Hannah Downing begins by giving us the back story of Charlotte's and Cameron's love story...how it all began. Throughout the book, the author gave me flashbacks that enabled me to get inside Charlotte's head...and her heart...as the book unfolded like a Lifetime movie. This is a good thing.
Charlotte's life was perfect with Cameron in the small town of Fairfield, Connecticut; where everyone knows everything about everybody (lived there done that, myself). They loved, they spent time with family and friends; they had the perfect life. He was studying to become a dentist, and she was - well, she was focused on making Cameron the happiest man on Earth. Then Charlotte's world comes crashing down around her. A love of a lifetime, a best friend, and the unthinkable act lead to devastation. Part of me believes that Cameron is innocent...I know, right? But, I do! I love Cameron and how much he loves Charlotte. Something just doesn't seem right, here. I mean....he loves her....he really deeply loves her! Reason #81: "You are my first and last thought of the day...and will be for the rest of my life." After complete devastation, Charlotte moves on (to Boston) and tries to put her life back together. Enter Owen, Charlotte's fiance (five years later). Owen is a likable character who only wants the best for Charlotte. He encourages Charlotte to come to terms with her past heartache, so she can live for a better future. But, Charlotte struggles with this notion, yet still finds out all too soon that she can't run from her past.Read more ›