- File Size: 5563 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484846400
- Publication Date: July 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DQXNWYY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,096 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Picking up the Pieces (Cloverleaf Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Storyline: This is Emerson and Luke's story. They met when Luke moved down the street when he was 6 and she was 4 and they became best friends. After Emmy graduated high school, Luke drops the bomb that he has enlisted to be a marine. Emmy is upset, but understands since she is off to college and he has a dysfunctional family (abusive father that took off when he was 16 and an alcoholic mother) that he would have to stay with. Their last night together things take a turn and Luke takes Emmy's virginity. He makes a huge mistake and leaves to never be heard from again (by anyone) for 8 years. When Luke returns to his hometown he doesn't receive the best welcoming. His group of friends, the rest of the town, and Emmy all are not please to see him and he realizes that he has a lot of work to do to win them back. After some hard work, Luke gets through and eventually learns about the struggles that Emmy faced when he was off the radar...but the couple work through it and find their HFN.
POV: This was alternating between Emmy and Luke's POV, but it was mostly in Emmy's. It also alternated between past and present.
Overall Pace of Story: Good. No slow points and the love was there from the start of the story, so there was no instalove going on.
H rating: 2 stars. Luke. He messed up bad. I understand that he was scared and was trying to protect Emmy, but he was wrong. The things he did are things you just don't do to someone you love...in my mind they are kinda unforgivable. I did appreciate how he committed to winning everyone back.
h rating: 3 stars. Emerson/Emmy. She was ok. I feel like especially at the end, she forgave him so abruptly that it was kind of confusing...but that might be because I felt that he had dug himself too deep in a hole and should not be able to get out.
Angst level: Moderate. No tissues used by me, but I see where someone might get emotional at times.
Heat level: Low. There are some sexy times, but it is minimal.
Closure: This was a HFN ending because the couple only talk about what they want out of the relationship, but do not have any commitments made
The story follows former best friends, Emerson (Emmy) and Luke. When Emmy graduated high school Luke enlisted in the marines, but before leaving he ruthlessly and intentionally shattered her heart. Then he disappeared never to be heard from again.
It's now eight years later and Luke has returned to town determined to gain forgiveness from Emmy and his former group of friends. But he wants much more than just forgiveness. Luke wants Emmy in every way and he's determined to make her his.
As the author's debut book, it was a solid start. I found the storyline entertaining, but I wasn't crazy about the main characters. Luke was an entitled, controlling jerk and his behavior at times crossed the line from alpha into abusive. Emmy should have been a stronger character after having overcome so much in her life, but she was weak where Luke was concerned. It was unbelievable that she would want to be with him after everything he put her through.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. I liked the supporting characters much better than the main characters, so I'll most likely check out the other books in the series.