4.5 Star Review by Ashley
I am a massive fan of Gia Riley and her work. She is a newer author but with every title she turns out her work gets better and better. And this cover is just stunning! In Pieces is different from her normal stories but a good book nonetheless. I couldn't help but fall for Kinsley. This girl had been through so much in her young life that I couldn't do anything but root for her to get some happy.
Kinsley West has lived quite the life for her eighteen years. Having survived more than one loss she is just biding her time until she can pursue her dream. She was planning to keep her head down, do her work, build her portfolio and make her escape but then Rhett Taylor had to snap his way into her world. While he may not have lived the life that Kinsley had, he has the heart and understanding that is just what she needs. He is not your typical high school star athlete. I loved that, through his actions, he was able to let her be a teenager and experience the things that she never had before; like her first kiss. His patience and gentleness is what really endeared him to me. He gave her what she had always wanted and a few things she didn't know she needed. I loved seeing her confidence blossom and her really come into her own as their relationship progressed.
But when life happens, as it always does, Kinsley's carefully constructed world comes spiraling down once again. Rhett was amazing, however, his mom made me want to jump into my reader and smack her silent. Her words hurt me and I physically recoiled from the pure venom that just poured out of her. This sent everything spinning out of control. Even through the hurt and pain the one thing that didn't change was how much Kinsley and Rhett loved each other. And that love was pure and deep and true and unconditional. My heart was pounding and I was reading as fast as I could to see what would become of their situation.
I can't say enough about how much this book moved me. Gia Riley delivered a story that is so much more than a high school romance. It is about handling the curves that life throws your way with grace and humility but not losing yourself or your dreams in the process. It is about how priorities change but that doesn't mean you're defeated. Kinsley and Rhett are beautifully flawed and wonderfully human. Their faults and their fears make them more realistic and likable. In Pieces truly captured my heart (and that is saying a lot because young adult is not my thing at all). This book is full of heart and is sure to melt yours.
About the Author
Gia Riley is a New Adult and Contemporary Romance author from the small but mighty state of Delaware. She's a lover of all things romance - a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. She loves strawberry smoothies almost as much as she loves reality TV. When she's not writing, you can find her roaming the aisles of Kirkland's, up to her elbows in Play-doh, or trying to hunt down spoilers for Big Brother. Her newest addiction is a Starbucks iced mocha - they keep her up late, doing terrible things to her characters.
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