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~Review~Pieces of Me by Melanie Hansen~

 

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Pieces of Me (Spectrum Nights #1) by Melanie Hansen

****4 Stars****

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This story is divided into two parts.

Part one starts, when these guys meet at age 17 when Scott’s mother marries Rylan’s father.

Scott never knew who his father was, only that he looks exactly like him. Which is also the reason his mother hates his guts. Scott is absolutely beautiful and his mother really despises him. She blames Scott for how her life turned out, but to be honest….she herself decided to act like the town slut/drunk.

Damn but I hated that woman.

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Being dead poor and living in a trailer with all his siblings, having a drunk slut for a mother, Scott doesn’t have much going for himself….except his good looks, which he relies on a great deal.

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Rylan’s mother left some time ago and his father never really got over this.

He attached himself to the first person, that showed him real interest and married her on the spot. Rylan wants his dad to be happy again, but he soon finds out that his new stepmom is not as wonderful as he thought she would be.

Rylan is gay and has decided to be out and proud at his new high school. I admired him, for not wanting to hide who he was.

He is also extremely attracted to his new and very hot stepbrother.

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The both of them have to start sharing a room and soon Rylan learns that Scott is so much more than just a beautiful guy. The two become close….very close 😉

But pretty soon everything falls apart leaving Rylan with a broken heart and a messed up family.


Fast forward 6 years and we get to part 2.

Both men are adults now. Rylan is trying to make ends meets as a photographer and Scott is a sex-icon at a famous club. Scott is quite the manwhore and I was very disappointed in how he turned out. He was not my favorite character. I understood the why, but he just lost a lot of respect from me.

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Rylan, however, is still wonderful. I wished he would have been a bit more angry with Scott, but… if wishes were fishes we’d all swim in riches.

Scott is still exploiting his good looks, thinking that’s all he is good for, but Rylan still sees the man underneath the beauty and tries to be his friend.

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And then…….cliffhanger !!!!!!

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Thankfully I won’t have to wait too long for book 2.

I am so curious to see what will happen next. 😉

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~Review~Loose Cannon by Sidney Bell~

 

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Loose Cannon (The Woodbury Boys #1) by Sidney Bell

****3.5 Stars****

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This is book one in what is set to be a very intriguing series.There are three main characters whose stories will be told, Church, Ghost, and Tobias.

This is Church’s story.

Edgar-Allen Church is 18 when he is transferred to Woodbury Residential Treatment Center after committing an assault a year earlier.This is where he meets Ghost and Tobias, hence The Woodbury Boys.

Four years later and he’s set to be released, one of the stipulations being that he must stay with someone who will have a ‘grounding influence’ on him. Church didn’t have much of an upbringing and turned to crime at a young age but now he’s released he’s determined to be a better man.

Fresh out of options he has no choice but to contact the one person he didn’t want to and has had no contact with for five years.


Miller(now 30), never expected to hear from Church again but finds himself unable to refuse his request and agrees to let Church stay with him for the required time.Without going into detail, these men have history but gradually they start a tentative friendship again.

Miller had a very strict upbringing and it was drummed into him from a young age that being Gay was wrong.I wouldn’t say he was in the closet because he’s in complete denial about his sexuality.He’s been with women(there is an MF sex scene which was necessary for understanding him) but it’s definitely not something he really enjoyed.All that changes when Church re-enters his life.To say he’s terrified and confused by his increasing attraction to Church is an understatement.


Interwoven with the relationship there is a plot which I’m still not sure I fully understood-probably because it’s not fully explained/resolved (I’m guessing this will continue in the next book).

I enjoyed the story, overall, but I didn’t really warm to Miller until quite late in the story and the inner monologs got a bit boring at times.

A huge plus for two very well developed, likable, if a bit mysterious characters in Ghost and Tobias.I’m more than a bit fascinated by them, especially Ghost.He wears tiny boy shorts, eye liner, has long blonde hair and looks like an innocent angel…..but looks can be deceiving….

A good start to the series that I would recommend.

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