Bethany and Erryn review ‘Pieces of You (Missing Pieces Book 1)’ by N.R. Walker. The book was self-published on May 22, 2020 and is 185 pages. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why Bethany read: N.R Walker is an auto-buy for me so this was a no brainer.
Why Erryn read: I love amnesia stories.
Dallas Muller has everything he never expected he’d have. He owns a successful motorbike mechanic shop in Newcastle, and he’s madly in love with his boyfriend of four years, Justin Keith.
Justin has always struggled to find where he fit in, never realising his true worth or what it means to be loved–until he met Dallas. Living and working together might be too much for some, but Dallas and Justin wouldn’t have it any other way.
When a terrible accident tears their world apart, Justin’s left with no memory of Dallas or their relationship. Trying to put the pieces back together is almost impossible when some pieces are blank and some are missing altogether. Dallas has to let Justin find his own way back to him and just hope that their love will light the way.
* Pieces of You is 49,500 words
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I love N.R. Walker books. I get so many feels. I get pulled into the world of her characters. I’m forced to endure some deep emotions. Things I’m not always prepared for. This time I was. Or so I believed. I’d read the synopsis and so had some idea of what I was facing. A tragic situation. Plenty of angst. A happy ending.
Well, I got all those things. This book is the first of three so at least I had that knowledge to lean on. Of course Justin was going to recover from his life-altering crash. But how much and how long would it take were questions that lingered.
Of course Dallas was going to stay with him. Because it’s a romance with a happy ending. But how was that going to play out? If Justin has no memory of Dallas, how is Dallas supposed to face that kind of heartache every day?
Justin’s face crumpled. “It’s all I want. Just something. I don’t care about the goddamn fridge. I want memories of you,” he said, his expression so vulnerable. “And I want to feel what goes with it. That’s the hardest part. It’s not just losing memories. I lost the feelings as well and I want them back.”
“Oh, Juss,” I said, putting my hand to his face. “We’ll get back to that. You fell in love with me once, what’s to say you can’t love me twice?”
His eyes welled with tears. “God, that is so unfair to you. I hate how unfair it is to you. Every time I say or do something that makes you think I’ve remembered more, you get a look in your eyes, like hope. And to see it fade out when you realise I still don’t remember you, it just fucking kills me. It’s like a light going out every time. I wish I could remember. I want to, so much. God, you have no idea.” He was mad, about as pissed off as I’d seen him. I wanted to reassure him, but he needed to vent and get this out. He deserved that.
Dallas was a much stronger than I think I ever would have been. Yes, his relationship with Justin was well-established. Yes, they were living together. Yes, they were committed partners. BUT…when someone changes so much they’re almost unrecognizable – and they don’t recognize you – does that alter the commitment? For Dallas it’s an unequivocal no. He considers his promise to Justin as a life-long pledge so there’s no hesitation in being there every single day for the other man’s recovery. But at what cost? In his need to care for Justin, Dallas begins to neglect himself in the process.
I fell in love with these men. My heart ached for them and then rejoiced each time there was a small success. Wings, as it were. I’m sitting on the edge of my seat for the next book and it can’t come soon enough.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
N. R. is an auto buy for me so it was a given that I would read this one. But man did it hit me hard, probably harder that it would have if I hadn’t been in a car accident recently. My heart just broke for Dallas, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to love someone so fully and to have that person not know who you are. And as much as I appreciated Dallas’ pure determination to stand by Justin no matter what, I could see the toll it was taking on him.
And just like my heart broke for Dallas it broke for Justin in a completely different way. I can’t imagine waking up from a horrible wreck that could have ended your life, and being told your are missing the last five years of memories. It must have been horribly scary, but he did handle it better than some would have.
Even though they had been in a relationship for five years, it was almost like starting new for them. So while they are an established couple, we got to see them fall for each other all over again. I adored this book and can not wait for their continuation in book two.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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