Saturday, July 19, 2014

Book Boyfriend ~ 7/19/14 & Review

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So my book boyfriend for the week is

Preston Riggs!

Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future.
But on one fated night, everything changed.

Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life.

She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston.

Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars.

Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…


He draws Olivia in and helps her feel okay

I knew myself, and I knew that despite everything, I was slowly growing attached to Preston.  I couldn't put my finger on why or how it had happened.  I like being around him, how easy it felt, how comforting.  He never made me question myself.  I was just me, Olive.


Preston laughed.  "Must have been a hell of a  poem." And just like that, he'd made the conversation easy again.  I loved that about him.  How even the most uncomfortable moment became relaxed.

He gets it and he risks

"It's hard to trust someone when you've been burned before, ya know?  I prefer to stay in control, ahead of it.  Less damage that way."  I cleared my throat.  It was the second time Preston had revealed something to me.  He deserved for me to give something back.


Preston understood.  He understood a lot of things.


Preston tilted his head, allowing the rain to coat his face, and laughed, deep and full, the sort of sound you'd expect when something amazing happened.  Something much more amazing than standing in the pouring rain.


"They were calling for a clear day.  It's funny, ya know?"  Then something changes in his eyes, as though he remembered something he'd been trying desperately to find.  "Sometimes it's all just a guess, Olivia.  Life.  We move through it, we plan, we try.  But at the end of the day, like the weather, it's all just a guess.  We can't stay inside all day, afraid of the rain.  We have to live."

Oh and he's sexy!

A second passed with nothing, and I stepped away, disappointed, when the door opened and then he was there in the doorway, wearing nothing but pajama pants.  My gaze drifted greedily over his chest, down his ripped abs, and then to the small trail of hair that pointed down like an arrow, tempting me below.


A lot of New Adult books follow a pattern, the same pattern.  But those years right after high school and into adulthood do not follow the same patter for everyone.  Indeed, common patterns are the exception rather than the rule these days.  So it's nice to find one that breaks the New Adult mode in a really powerful way like Pieces of Olivia does.

This story is about a girl who has faced a devastating lose.  She's not living but surviving.  Everyone is worrying about her.  She's pushing away from things that have been planned for years.  Looking for a different path, one that could actually be more difficult for her recovery.  But she meets some people that change that.  A great roommate, a guy that she's drawn to and a quirky therapist.  She finds her life again.

Preston.  What an incredible guy.   A player but not a player.  He's protecting his heart and with good reasons.  He's accepting and comforting.  He gets that things are hard.  Patient and forgiving, he falls hard for Olivia.  I fell hard for him.

Kara.  That girl talks a lot.  Her best friend is Preston but he is quickly joined by Olivia.  She's trying to figure out her life and it's not as clear and it may seem.

Rose.  What a character this women is.  Forceful and daring, she pushes Olivia to face her pain and to let it go.  Love her and her ghost talking ways.

Can you see from the list of characters that this book is different.  These people are woven together to create the perfect storm that helps Olivia put the pieces of her life back together.  No one of them could have accomplished what they did as a whole.  It wasn't the perfect love between Preston and Olivia.  It wasn't just the great new friendship that Olivia desperately needed.  It wasn't just the quirky therapist and her chain smoking.  It was all of them together.  Because that's real.  It takes more than finding love again to heal.  It takes support to heal.  It takes Olivia being ready.  It takes Olivia being brave.  It takes all of them working together to create this story and I loved it. 

One of the best books I've read this year, Pieces of Olivia should not be missed. 

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  1. Excellent choice. I have this to read soon and I can't wait to meet Preston Riggs.

  2. A lot of readers are loving this book. I'm curious about how it's different! Thanks for the review!

  3. Gotta love it when a guy gets it and is sexy at the same time.

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