"The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.” -Miguel de CervantesSamantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face. Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.• This story is appropriate for readers 18+• Though Only For You is a part of the For You Series, the book can be read as a stand-alone.
I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
Betrayed by the man she loved and violated by a monster in Only For You, Samantha “Sam” Whitney was left shattered and on the brink of death. Pieces For You tells her story of healing and finding real love. Real love not just from a man promising a future she thought she lost, but love for herself. Both beautiful and moving while being funny and sexy, Pieces For You hooked me quick and I was happy that it wouldn’t let go.
The story picks up with Sam journaling her recovery in a special treatment center for rape victims and author Genna Rulon pulls no punches with the rocky road Sam must navigate. From her initial silence and denial, to her nightmares and self-doubt, it is all painted so vividly I hurt for Sam. But each pain came with a spark of light and as Sam rises from the ashes of her attack I found myself smiling for her. Old Sam may be gone, but new Sam has plenty of fight.
“That’s right bitches… I can do this. You don’t control me – I’m in charge here. I snuggled under my comforter and identified the unfamiliar feeling bubbling within me – hope.”
Sam doesn’t struggle alone, she’s got the love and support of her best friend Everleigh and Everleigh’s FBI agent boyfriend Hunter (the heroine and hero from Only for You). What she doesn’t expect is the undying support of sweet and soulful Griffin. Grad student/bartender Griffin has secretly loved Sam
from afar for years. Her attack spurred him into stepping up and being whatever Sam needs. Gym partner, personal security, shoulder to cry on, comic relief, punching bag – anything Sam needs Griffin will be.
“He didn’t run in the face of the ugliness I held inside me. He didn’t belittle my anger or pain. He just held me and offered a safe place to let it out and a soft place to land when I was spent. For that alone he would always hold a special place in my heart.”
As Sam and Griffin develop their relationship they’re faced not only with Sam’s struggle to overcome her attack but the glaring spotlight of the pending trial against her attacker and mounting threats discouraging Sam from testifying at the trial. I won’t give any spoilers but I will say that after several close calls and surprising twists, the two leads get a rock solid happy ending.
“Being with you, loving you, knowing you love me… that’s my definition of heaven. I get to spend every day in heaven because of you, so all those little things I do, they’re only glimpses of everything you give me.”
For me it’s easy to like a book but not so easy to love them. I flat out love Pieces For You, the kind of love where multiple times during reading I found myself occasionally hugging my Kindle to my chest. Genna Rulon created something great in Only For You and grew it into something even better with Pieces for You. There are good books, there are great books, and there are books that stay with you. Only For You and Pieces for You are books that I’ll hold near and dear for a long time. Pieces For You is not a stand-
alone and should only be read after Only For You. Both stories have made by top 10 reads of 2013.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of Pieces For You will be donated to RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) to assist in their valuable mission of assisting rape and abuse survivors. Great story, great characters, great cause.
Have I mentioned I loved this book? Just thought I’d check.
In a classic male move, he grabbed the bottom of his tank and lifted it to wipe the dampness from his face. My ravenous eyes snapped to his stomach. I was greeted by one, two, three…eight, eight perfectly chiseled abdominal muscles. The elusive eight-pack—
I had heard rumors of its existence, seen pictures even, but I’d never encountered the phenomenon in person. I reached up and pinched my arm to ensure I was not dreaming.
Ouch! Nope, not dreaming. My fingertips itched to touch him, to trace each and every line and crevice—suddenly a black wall of cotton obstructed my view. Son of a bitch, it was criminal. The man should not be allowed to wear a shirt…ever.
Genna Rulon is an up-and-coming contemporary romance author who loves nothing more than a good love story.
During her 15 years in the corporate world, Genna, inspired by her love of reading, fantasized about penning her own stories. Encouraged by her favorite authors, many of whom are indie writers and self-published, she committed to pursue her aspirations of writing her own novels.
Genna was raised on Long Island in New York, where she still resides, surrounded by the most amazing family and friends. Married to a wonderful man who patiently tolerates her ramblings about whichever book she is currently working on, even feigning interest relatively convincingly! Genna is blessed with two little boys who do their best to thwart mommy's writing time with their hilarious antics and charming extrapolations.
All of Genna’s reviews are brought to you courtesy of copious amounts of coffee and Disney Junior (something has to entertain the boys when mommy is writing).
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