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Pieces of You: The Betrayed Trilogy, Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Mary Campisi
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Book Description

The Betrayed Trilogy, Book One

Sometimes hiding in the shadows is the only way to protect your heart.

Quinn Burnes’s mother disappeared when he was only fifteen leaving him with a despondent father, a little sister who suffers panic attacks, and eight notebooks containing the truth about his mother. He guards this secret for eighteen years, until on an otherwise normal day, his mother re-enters his life, pleading for his help. She’s in danger and the only thing that can save her is reclaiming the identity she shunned years ago.

Quinn is a master of emotional detachment, from his successful career as a personal injury attorney to his strings of meaningless relationships with beautiful women who possess uneasy temperaments; a sure formula to keep his heart safe and insure he’s the first to walk away. Until he meets the mysterious ‘Danielle’ a woman with too many secrets who’s on the run from the abusive, estranged husband she shot and may have killed. Danielle isn’t like any woman he’s ever met, but can he risk his heart for someone who’s doing exactly what his mother did eighteen years ago? Someone who may ultimately leave him, just like his mother?

The Betrayed Trilogy
Pieces of You, Book One
Secrets of You, Book Two
What's Left of Her-a novella, Book Three
The Betrayed Trilogy Boxed Set


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Quinn moved toward the far end of the store where there were several rectangular cases housing a variety of jewels and jewelry. The more expensive pieces were in the smaller room in the back but he still liked to ease his way through each case. Just a simple cut could change the way a topaz sparkled in its setting, not as arresting as a black opal but there was a fluid beauty in the deep golden color unique to the topaz. Some nights as he watched Arianna shape metal into intricate designs, he had to clench his fists to keep from grabbing the torch and forming his own design.

Arianna was still with the customer, a middle-aged woman in spandex, and from the indecision on the woman's face, it could be awhile. Quinn decided to make his way to the studio and pour a whiskey while he waited. He didn't realize anyone was in the studio until he had his hand on the knob. That's when he saw her. Much of her face was obscured by huge goggles as she clutched a blow torch and bent over a piece of metal. He studied the long, lean frame, the black braid reaching down her back as she aimed the blow torch and a bright orange-blue flame spat out, illuminating a slice of pale skin.

The woman's slim fingers mesmerized him as she worked the torch with practiced skill, making him think of sex and lots of it. Who was she? Quinn clutched the doorknob, caught between desire to go to the woman and rip off the goggles so he could see her face and the equal need to stay right there, watching.

She leaned forward further and he could make out a swell of small breast beneath the black turtleneck sweater. They'd be round breasts, firm, full. He imagined her naked, the long waist, the slim hips . . . The woman turned off the blow torch, set it on the workbench and held up the metal she'd been soldering. His gaze fell to her lips. Full. Red. Perfect. 

He turned the knob just as she disappeared behind a screened panel. What would he say when she returned? I like the way you work a blow torch? Maybe he wouldn't say anything, he'd pour a drink, no two, and go for the casual, Hi, I'm Quinn, Arianna's friend.

He waited. Three minutes, five, six. Finally, he opened the door and stepped inside, expecting the mystery woman to materialize from behind the partition. When she didn't, he edged toward the screen and looked behind it. A tiny hall snaked toward a door that led to the street. The woman was gone.

About the Author

Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance. 

Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five young adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue lab mix, Cooper, or, on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own hero/husband on his Ultra Limited aka Harley.

 Mary has published with Kensington, Carina Press, and The Wild Rose Press. 

website: marycampisi.com
e-mail: mary@marycampisi.com
blog: marycampisi.com/blog/
twitter: twitter.com/#!/MaryCampisi
facebook facebook.com/marycampisibooks

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  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057OCK1G
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good story May 16, 2012
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Pieces of You is an entertaining story, lots of subplots and the characters are intriguing. Quinn Burnes was deserted by his mother when he was only 15 years old, a particularly vulnerable time for a young boy. Because of his mother's betrayal, Quinn doesn't let any woman get to close, until he meets Evie, a woman running from an abusive husband. That's the main plot of Mary Campisi's romance novel.

While I know that romance novels aren't supposed to entertain without making you think too hard(which is why they appeal to me), I wished there were more about Quinn's mother. I never understood/sympathized with this stupid woman, who deserted her kids one day because she wanted to paint/find-herself/whatever--to the point of not even wanting her to appear on the page. When she comes back into Quinn and his sister's life, because of selfish reasons, I was even more disgusted by her. I noticed that this book is part of a trilogy which is good, because it would take a whole novel for me to even warm up to this woman.

All of that aside, Pieces of You is a very good romance novel. I loved Quinn, the perfect hero. He takes care of his father who falls apart about after his wife leaves him one day (for no reason, and here I go again . . .), and his younger sister who now suffers from panic attacks. Campisi is s very good writer and I'm hoping she writes another book with these characters so I can understand why Quinn's mother left her family.

One other thing that bugged me while reading this novel are the names. We have an Eve and an Evie, and a Anna, and an Annalise. I found that when I'd leave this book for a few days, and then pick it back up, I'd be somewhat confused as to who was who. This is the third book I've seen this in. Please authors, get a phone book, a baby book or something, and make your characters different from each other.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pieces Of You...a very enjoyable read August 18, 2011
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This is a fast-paced story that drew me in from the beginning. It's a tale of second chances, healing, growth and forgiveness. And a little bit of suspense and bad guys thrown in. Quinn has had to carry around a lot of secrets and hurt for a long time. But when his mother comes back to town asking for his help, and a stranger on the run stumbles into his life, his world suddenly becomes very compicated but in the end, very healing.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written romantic thriller March 7, 2012
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How can an abandoned child learn to trust and love again? Abandoned by their mother when they were 15 and 10, respectively, Quinn and Annie are very close as siblings. Outwardly, they are normal people; Quinn is a successful lawyer while Annie is a successful artist and engaged to be married to a medical doctor. But they are unfulfilled.

For 18 years, they thought their mother, Evie Burnes was dead; but out of nowhere, she comes back needing Quinn's help because someone wanted to kill her. Meanwhile, in between dealing with Annie's love life and protecting his mother from her would-be killer, Quinn also found himself getting involved with "Danielle."

She looks and acts like a battered woman but Quinn"s gut tells him that there is something more than meets the eyes about Danielle. Harder still is that Quinn finds himself very attracted to her.

Fast-paced and tightly written, the author has her grips on you for the first page. Three subplots all help to make the main plot exciting. As you discover more about each character, you want to more. And it is so tempting to read the ending. Thank goodness this is on Kindle or I would have done that. Because is I cheated and read the ending first, then I would have lost out in this beautifully told story of love, redemption and forgiveness.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and entertaining March 13, 2012
By Dawn
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Pieces of You might be my favorite Mary Campisi story thus far! Mary builds a life for her characters, not just a storyline. I read it from cover to cover, in one sitting. I was unable to put it down. Be prepared for an exciting journey in this book. A definite must read!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Suspense lacking March 29, 2014
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There was a good story line, but the opportunity for suspense and page-turning thrill was not taken. In about two pages, the bad guy was gone! There should have been much more to that part of the story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you wanting to read more November 17, 2013
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A great story, very entertaining, the characters are intriguing and there are a lot of subplots. There's a lot of twist and turns but at the end they all come together. I'm glad there are 2 more books, because I still don't understand why Quinn's mother left in the first place. She was a very selfish women in my estimation. It shows you how you can have second chances and be happy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it November 1, 2014
By lucy
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i found mary campisi though her book A Family Affair and was so hooked i had to read more of her books, pieces of you is a great book and keeps you wanting more, this book is well written, you wont want to put this book down
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Read July 25, 2012
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This is the first book I have read by Mary Campisi and I will be sure to look for more of her books. An interesting and fast read. I enjoyed all the characters and the fact that they are believable. Looking forward to reading the others in the Betrayed Trilogy. The connection between the siblings was great and the protectiveness of Quinn for his sister was endearing. Like another reader stated, I would have liked a little more detail as to what was in the notebooks and what drove Evie to leave.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent, as are all her books that I have read so far ! Eager to read more as soon as possible.
Published 17 months ago by Pierre Bondin
5.0 out of 5 stars You've done it again!!!
Great book!!! Poor Quinn and Annie have been through so much first they lose their mother and never fully get their father back. Eve and evie running for two different reasons. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Elissa Marriott
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating!
This is my third book to read by Campisi and I loved this one as much as the others. She truly knows how to weave a tantalizing tale. The plot keeps you on your toes. Read more
Published 21 months ago by SharonLiz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Wow! You really have to read all three books to fully understand where the story line is going; but it was worth it.
Published 22 months ago by Like2Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Debbie
I have just started reading Mary Campisi books So far this is one of my favorites. The guy on front of the book is enough to wonder what the book is about recommend you find out!
Published 23 months ago by G. Harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I have found yet another great author that I have a hard time putting down. Suspenseful and a great page turner. Love it!
Published 24 months ago by lskelton2
5.0 out of 5 stars keeps you intrigued.
this is a gr8 book with lots of twists and turns that eventually come together at the same place. Very well written and held my attention throughout. Loved the ending. Read more
Published on November 29, 2012 by deb
3.0 out of 5 stars Book review.
I only gave the book this rating as I thought the story line was not that interesting to me. I expected more mystery.
Published on November 24, 2012 by Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this!
I very much enjoyed the book, and many others written by this author. This is a good book to read in a day's time.
Published on August 22, 2012 by Elizabeth F. Thomas
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it at first
I did like this book at first. I really liked the character Quinn. It was an ok story but it seemed to get bogged down about halfway through.
Published on August 9, 2012 by Anne
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More About the Author

Mary Campisi writes emotion-packed books about second chances. Whether contemporary romances, women's fiction, or Regency historicals, her books all center on belief in the beauty of that second chance.

Mary should have known she'd become a writer when at age thirteen she began changing the ending to all the books she read. It took several years and a number of jobs, including registered nurse, receptionist in a swanky hair salon, accounts payable clerk, and practice manager in an OB/GYN office, for her to rediscover writing. Enter a mouse-less computer, a floppy disk, and a dream large enough to fill a zip drive. The rest of the story lives on in every book she writes.

When she's not working on her craft or following the lives of five young adult children, Mary's digging in the dirt with her flowers and herbs, cooking, reading, walking her rescue lab mix, Cooper, or, on the perfect day, riding off into the sunset with her very own hero/husband on his Ultra Limited aka Harley.

Mary has published with Kensington, Carina Press, and The Wild Rose Press.

website: marycampisi.com
e-mail: mary@marycampisi.com
blog: marycampisi.com/blog/
twitter: twitter.com/#!/MaryCampisi
facebook: facebook.com/marycampisibooks


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