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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1979009384
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- Publisher: Unknown (October 31, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 31, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B076M878V2
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Shattered Pieces (Heathens Ink Book 4) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Shattered Pieces is book 4 in K.M. Neuhold's Heathens Ink series. This book probably could be read as a standalone, but the whole series ties together and characters are reoccurring throughout the series so I think more enjoyment will be found in reading the whole series in the appropriate order. Gage is a character we met in the first book, and his story is very tied into the story of the character in book 3. So, read them all from the very beginning!
Going into this book, I knew Gage's background and why he was so closed off (there's a free novella of Gage and Johnny that you can read. I had no interest in reading this heartbreaking story!). At a young age, Gage promised his first love forever and when Jay took his own life, Gage just stopped living. He went through the motions every day, but he really was just existing while thinking of his love. But, Gage is going to get the shake-up he needs from the truly spectacular Beck! I think Beck will truly be one of my favorite characters of all time. Beck was just everything! He understands heartbreak with his loss of his twin sister, but he decided to live. He danced because he loved to. He wore makeup because he loved to. He wore heels because he wanted to. And, when it came down to it, he quit his father's law firm, because he wanted to. Beck saw the broken Gage and decided to bring him back to life, and the journey was everything I could have hoped for.
This was not a quick, instalove, HEA story. Gage has spent 10 years mourning his lover's death and choosing not to live. I loved the way the author wrote him coming back to life. You could see him fight to stay submerged in his misery, and practically see the nail grooves from Beck dragging him back to life. But, like I said, Beck makes this story and I don't think any other man could have been the perfect foil for Gage. For all of Gage's darkness, depression, and unhappiness, Beck met and exceeded with the very opposite. Beck was persistent. And I loved how comfortable he was in his own skin, with his own needs and wants. And in this book with such sadness, Beck made me smile and laugh! How could Gage not fall in love with him? I did, too!
Honestly though, for me, the dream conversations with the dead love and being given permission to move on, was overdone and just too much. I get it, it's the subconscious of the dreamer to get the permission so he can finally let go, but it's just done too much. But, other than this, I thought this story was fantastic! I love every book in the series, and I don't like to pick favorites, but this is definitely my favorite. I think this is truly the best of the series! I love that with each book you can see the growth in the author's writing and just see the series continue to grow stronger!
Rating: 5 stars!
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Decent pieced-together DIY cover. Strong title, week author font. I've read the other books in the series, so I did not worry about the synopsis here, I knew it was Gage's story and that was enough.
> > Looking Deeper < <
POV ~> Alternating first-person, clearly defined and easy to follow.
Nearly a decade had passed since Gage's younger boyfriend took his own life. Nearly a decade of guilt had festered, creating a numbness that allowed him to go through the motions; a zombie shell of his former self, disbelieving he was allowed to ever find happiness or love again, that he was deserving. Beck's determined to prove him wrong.
Beck lived a dual life. On one side, he loved and enjoyed dancing and wearing the prettier things. On the other, he was an unhappy "suit", with the prospect of making partner in his father's firm. Both men had lost someone that meant the world to them. Both men are still broken in places that only the other can fix.
The lead characters were well-written and emotionally engaging. Their chemistry is tangible and natural. The secondary cast was enjoyable, as always. Interactions were believable and the dialogue felt appropriate. The plot was dynamic and had an emotional depth that was quite moving. The story flowed smoothly. There were only the most minor of conflicts that needed resolving and were managed in a timely manner. Predictability was very low. The conclusion is solid enough, providing an implied, impending HEA. I imagine this couple's story will continue on in the background of any future books in the series as the previous couples' stories have done thus far.
Overall, I was very pleased with this book and would go as far as saying it was my favorite of the series to-date. I would not recommend this book as a stand-alone, but would highly suggest the series be read in order to maximize the experience of the cast.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.375 ~ Stars: 4.5
⭐ ⭐ **** Disclosure of Material: I received a copy of this book from the Author/Publisher with the hope that I would voluntarily leave unbiased and unsolicited feedback. I was not asked, encouraged, or required to leave a review - nor was I compensated in any way. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising". ***** ⭐ ⭐