Friday, March 14, 2014

Picking Up The Pieces by Elizabeth Hayley Review

Picking Up the Pieces Synopsis:

After a myriad of mistakes and a devastating breakup, Lily Hamilton is no longer the impulsive, selfish person she had once been. Now, she longs for the chance to make it up to the one person she knows holds the key to her happiness. But can he get beyond who she was and love her for who she is now? Or is history destined to repeat itself?

Adam Carter has gone through his own metamorphosis. His days of serial monogamy are long gone, and he's been burying his hurt by dating women he has no intention of committing to. But when he sees Lily for the first time in months, he's reminded of the man he used to be; the man he wants to try and be again--for her.

Max Samson is on the downward spiral from hell. Drinking and meaningless sex have taken over his life once again, causing him to revert back to the man he'd been before Lily fell into his life. But when his mother invites Lily back into his world, he suddenly remembers how good it felt to have her there. Even if he might not get to keep her.

Find out how Lily gets her happily ever after in this final installment of her story.  This book is recommended for mature audiences due to language and unbelievably awesome sexual content.

My Review
Lily has taken the time to really evaluate her life and how things got so messed up. She thinks she knows what she wants and she's going to try to get it.

Max is a hot mess. He's lost without Lily and his job.

Adam is also a mess. He misses Lily more than he is willing to admit.

These three dance around each other, trying to figure out how to make their lives work once again. Lily still wants both men in her life, but maintaining that balance is the trick. Max and Adam are both head over heels in love with her. Lily does get her HEA, but you'll have to read the book to find out how. I highly recommend this book. It is very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm glad it ended like it did. I also enjoyed seeing the other side of Lily's roommate's romance that we get to read about in Sex Snob. I am impressed with Elizabeth Hayley's writing and I will be back for the next book! 5 out of 5!

“Alive” by Krewella
"All of Me" by John Legend
“Arms” by Christina Perri
"Baby Come Back" by Serena Ryder.
"Between the Raindrops" by Lifehouse ft. Natasha Bedingfield
"Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie
“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
"Breakeven" by The Script
“Breathe (2AM) by Anna Nalick “Endlessly” by Green River Ordinance
"Broken" by Seether ft. Amy Lee
"Can't Let Go" by Landon Pigg
"Crazy for This Girl" by Evan and Jaron
“Days That We Die” by Loudon III Wainwright
“Hard to Love” by Lee Brice
"Hold On" by Colbie Callait
"Here's to Us" by Halestorm
"I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt
"I Choose You" by Timeflies
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
“I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes
"King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West
"The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars
"Leave Out All the Rest" by Linkin Park
"Leave the Pieces" by The Wreckers
“Let Her Go” by Passenger
"Love Me Again" by John Newman
“Lying to You” by Keaton Henson
"The Man" by Aloe Blacc
"Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
"Nobody Knows" by The Tony Rich Project
"Not Over You" by Gavin DeGraw
"Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D
"The Reason" by Hoobastank
“Say Something” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera
"Scars" by Papa Roach
"Second Chance" by Shinedown
"She Ain't You" by New Hollow
"Unconditionally" by Katy Perry
“Whatever It Is” by Zac Brown Band
"What Hurts the Most" by Cascada

 “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

Picking Up the Pieces Excerpt:
Chapter 21: Adam
“Mine? I’m sorry, I didn’t know I needed your fucking permission to date someone.” I shook my head, keeping my eyes locked on his. Arrogant prick. “When was she yours to give away? Did I miss something?” I stepped closer, ready to make good on my promise of pummeling him in my yard. My eyes darted quickly toward a few of my neighbors’ houses as I wondered briefly if I could pull an Edward Norton, Jr. and curb this asshole without anyone noticing.
“Look, you have every reason to be upset. I—”
            “I’m not ‘upset'. I . . . I don’t know what I am.” I could feel the anger building inside me as I ran my other hand through my hair, exasperated and unsure of what to do next. “You know . . . I don’t even know why I’m trying to explain my emotions to you. You deserve nothing.” My teeth clenched, and I suddenly found myself two inches from that douchebag’s face in an effort to keep my voice down. "You. . . you're . . . God, you're not even worth it," I growled as I waved my hand toward him dismissively.

“I’m not gonna argue with you about that. What happened was my fault. But I still want you to know why I did it.” Max’s initially guarded posture softened slightly, and it was clear he wouldn’t fight me even if I wanted him to, so for some reason—chalk it up to pure curiosity—I let him continue. “I loved her. We’re more alike than you think, Adam . . . me and you. I loved her. Just like you did. But she didn’t love me then and she doesn’t love me now. I know nothing I can say will make you change your opinion of me. But I was hoping,” he hesitated, “that it might make you change your opinion of her.”

 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).

"Elizabeth" lives with her husband, one and a half year old daughter, and nutjob of a dog. “Hayley” lives with her husband and their own crazy dog. They are hoping to adopt a newborn soon.
 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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