Dana reviews Piece by Piece (West End, Book 3) by Teodora Kostova (Self published April 23, 2015, 286 pages)
This book was offered to RGR free of charge by the author in exchanged for an honest review.
Why I read this: After reading Dance and Mask by this author I jumped at the chance to read the third book in the series. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Sometimes to reach the surface you have to fall to the bottom first…
For the past ten years, Riley Davis’ life has been overshadowed by the tragic death of his partner. Fluctuating between alcohol induced daze, clinical depression and throwing all his time and effort into his business, Riley doesn’t believe, or even hope, that his life will ever be worth living again.
Until Sonnie Frye drops by his haberdashery shop, changing his life forever.
Sonnie is a man who likes getting what he wants, when he wants it. He’s worked hard to establish himself as Queen Victoria theatre’s chief costume designer, collecting multiple awards – and high-profile clients – along the way. Sonnie is used to putting his needs, goals and desires first, unwilling to compromise his own happiness for anybody else.
Until he meets a handsome shop owner whose eyes are so sad that they immediately tug at Sonnie’s heartstrings.
Seeing something he wants, Sonnie is determined to get under Riley’s skin and, preferably, into his bed. But he soon discovers the task is not that easy. For the first time in his life, Sonnie may need to put someone else’s needs before his own, and re-evaluate what really matters in life.
Will the two men stand side by side to overcome their differences, and everything else life throws at them? Or will it all become too much to bear, shaking them to their very core, destroying everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve?
***Sexual content, 18+ only***
***Piece by Piece is a standalone novel. It’s the full story of Sonnie and Riley***
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Although Sonnie and Riley are two supporting characters in the second book of the series Mask, their story can be read as a stand alone novel. I would recommend reading the first two books though because the mc’s from both of the previous books make appearances in this one. And because they’re awesome books.
In Mask, Riley is introduced to Sonnie through Penn, one of the mc’s in that book. Both men felt attraction to each other, but I had to wonder how it could work out for the two of them. Riley had suffered the loss of his partner in the past, and though it had been a long time, it was affecting him still, and he was sort of a recluse. Sonnie was vibrant, but seemed sort of egocentric. As the chief costume designer at a London theater, he strives for excellence, expects perfection and is prone to diva-like moments. I was skeptical that the two of them could really make a real relationship work, but I really wanted to see what happened to them. I also really wanted to see what happened to what happened to Riley in the past that had made him the broken character he was.
Surprisingly, my views were turned upside down as I progressed through the story. Riley’s story sort of fell short of what I expected. Grief hits everyone differently though. Sonnie was the real surprise.as he pursued Riley despite Riley’s not wanting to get involved. Sonnie showed patience and compassion that I hadn’t known he was capable of. He helped Riley put himself together as he would put together a garment, piece by piece, never pushing or rushing Riley for more than he could give. I’ve always considered myself an empathetic and compassionate person, but I don’t think I could have been as understanding as Sonnie was when he had to step back and let Riley heal himself for a time. I ended up very surprised, to say the least, at the depths of both characters.
Together they had very good chemistry, and I came to care for them and their happiness. Though it didn’t come easy for them, the ending was happy and I really enjoyed their story. I definitely recommend this book as well as Dance and Mask.
‘Piece by Piece’ by Teodora Kostova.
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Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.