Monday, November 11, 2013

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As a sexy ex-hockey player, Max was the bad boy with something to prove. As a handsome single father, Adam was the man most women wait a lifetime for. Each man would take me on a journey of self-discovery that was marred with lies, jealousy, deceit, and a whole lot of fun. They each offered a glimpse of happily ever after, a piece of perfect. But in my constant quest to have it all, I would risk losing everything. Only one thing was certain. I’d never be the same after this.

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My Review:

I am so not a fan of the "love triangle". I just don't buy in to them. I always find there is always that one in the triangle manipulative and selfish. They are also very difficult story lines to pull off. What can possibly come from them? There is always going to be some one hurt whether by their own doing or as an innocent.

With that said, Elizabeth Hayley did an amazing job putting a very different and unexpected spin on the story. 

I loved that she did not tie it all up in a cutesy little bow, spray some perfume on the stink of the situation, and best of all, was not afraid to make her heroine look less than ideal. 

If karma had a name, it would be Lily Hamilton. 

Boy oh boy was she unlikable. And as the story went on, I was disliking her more and more. She invoked all kinds of feelings in me. 

Lily is grown woman, educated, a professional, comes from a good family, though a pushy family, but good background. Absolutely no reason for her to be making the poor and self destructive decisions she was making except for the fact she is a selfish. In Lily's quest for the journey of self discovery, she systematically hurts two very different men she has involved herself with.

As for the gist of the story, Lily meets Max Samson, a former professional hockey player. He is seriously hot, dominant, and just pure excitement. She has an impromptu "one night stand" in the airport on her way back from visiting her parents. Lily feels guilt and confusion after but slowly comes to terms with it until Max crosses her path again, as the new hockey coach in the school she teaches in. Initially Lily is hostile towards him but she quickly changes her feelings with a "why not" attitude. She is sexually attracted to him so why not just go with the flow of their odd little relationship.

I loved Max. I found him to be very misunderstood and there was just so much more to him then meets the eye. He was the epitome of the bad boy and I believe he truly cared for Lily. But Lily didn't want everything with him. It was just a "journey" so she thought.

Enter Adam Carter. Single parent of one her students. Adam is definite marriage material. Handsome, kind, giving, an architect, just all around "pieces of perfect". 

Lily and Adam start of in a very typical dating fashion. Their relationship moves along very nicely and Lily really likes Adam. The only problem, she is still involved and having sex with Max. 

Basically, you know what is going to happen. Lily does her damnest to keep the two of them apart without being honest with either one of them. She goes with the lied by omission, just leaving out the important things. Not a smart move and seriously makes her look very bad. The situation is a train wreck waiting to happen, but you just can't look a way because you know it is not going to be good.

I loved the ending. It was realistic and justly deserved. 

Pieces of Perfect has to be the best love triangle story I have ever read. The author did a great job with the flow and the unrolling of the story line. By the end of it, I was so riled up with Lily and to me her actions were just unforgivable that she got exactly what she deserved!

Absolutely loved this story and will forever be stalking the author! Review will also be posted on my Loved These shelf on Goodreads.

About the Author:

Elizabeth Hayley is actually “Elizabeth” and “Hayley,” two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin). They are currently getting ready to release Sex Snob, a novel centered around Lily’s roommate Amanda, and have also begun writing the sequel to Pieces of Perfect.

“Elizabeth” lives with her husband, one and a half year old daughter and nutjob of a dog. “Hayley” lives with her husband and her own crazy dog. They are about to adopt a newborn son in November. 

Elizabeth Hayley's writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: “I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.”

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  1. Gah! Love this review, A! Tells just enough but not everything. I loved, absolutely LOVED, the ending too and can't wait to read the sequel.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, spreading the word on Elizabeth and Hayley's debut, and participating in the tour. <3