Bethany and Erryn review ‘Pieces of Me (Missing Pieces Book 2)’ by N.R. Walker. The book was self-published on June 26, 2020 and is 196 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 loved part one and couldn’t wait for part two.
Justin’s recovery is slow, but any step forward is a win in Dallas’ eyes. Having always been a source of strength for Justin, even before the accident, Dallas is trying to find his feet again as he struggles to get some normalcy back in their lives.
But now, with added financial pressures and Justin’s ongoing medical needs, Dallas isn’t sure how much longer he can be the strong one.
As missing pieces of Justin’s memory return, Justin realises the physical side of their relationship is another piece of the puzzle he desperately wants to put back together. And as he gets to know Dallas all over again, he realises what his mind can’t remember, his heart can’t forget.
Pieces of Me is the second book in the Missing Pieces series and pretty much picks up from where book one left off. Juss has remembered Dallas’ tattoos but not much else. They are slowly picking up the pieces, trying to find a new normal. Up to this point Justin has been dealing the best he can, but he’s slowly becoming cognizant of just how limited he is and it becomes a source of frustration. And, of course, there’s only one person to whom he can express that anger and it doesn’t go over well.
Dallas, on the other hand, has infinite patience. He almost loss Justin physically and so he’s grateful every day. The fact Justin doesn’t remember him hurts over and over again, but he’s able to compartmentalize those feelings and, for the most part, hide them from Justin. I’m sure there are plenty of people who not only considered leaving at this point but may have already. I’m just now remembering I had a friend who went through this exact thing. He was hit but a transport truck and shouldn’t have survived but did. My friend stayed by his side for over two years but it became too much. Too many issues kept arising and it became impossible for them to stay together. I’m still sad to think of how tough it was on both of them.
I’m reassured in this book that Dallas isn’t leaving – under any circumstances. Never once does he even consider it. Justin is his whole world and as Justin regains snippets of memories, it becomes more and more clear just how much they were in love. Was life perfect? No. Fighting over toilet paper is never a good thing. Did they love each other fiercely? You bet.
Holding down the proverbial fort, Dallas is facing some tough challenges that he refuses to share with Justin. He can’t fathom burdening his lover who is recovering from catastrophic injuries. But that means he’s left along to bear some big burdens, not the least of which is the financial. He’s holding on, but it’s a near thing. He’s waiting to hear back from the insurance, but those things take time and as he juggles so many balls, he’s well-aware what’ll happen if he drops one.
These books start and chapter in Justin’s POV and then every chapter until the last is in Dallas’, then we return to Justin. Those quick glimpses from Justin’s perspective are brief but incredibly insightful. It’s an interesting structural choice. Normally I like fifty/fifty (or so) but this works. During the last chapter, Justin has a moment of realization:
Dallas studied my eyes, fixed my hair, and smiled. “You sound like you’re talking about the future. And that’s a real good thing, Juss.”
The future, yes. Something I hadn’t though about much at all. “I’ve spent all the time trying to put my mind back together. Maybe I need to stop concentrating on the pieces that are missing,” I admitted. “And start focusing on the pieces I have.”
Dallas’ smile was breathtaking. “You talk about putting the pieces of you back together, but Juss, you’re also putting the pieces of me back together as well.”
“The pieces of you?”
He nodded. “My heart broke into a million pieces the day of the accident. I thought I’d lost you. Then you woke up and didn’t know who I was, and it broke all over again. But then you remembered my tattoos. You remembered me, and it meant so much. And every day since, you’re getting better and stronger, and you look at me now like you used to look at me, and piece by piece, you’re putting me back together.”
I put my hands to his face. “All the pieces of you are perfect, Dallas.”
He smiled and kissed my lips, my cheek, my eyebrow but he didn’t speak.
Okay, so my heart took a knock. These two have been through so much and yet still haven’t quite come out the other side. There are more questions to answer – will Justin ever regain all his memories? Will he ever completely heal? Will he ever ride a motorbike again? Also, will their relationship be sustained through all the turmoil and upheaval. Will Dallas finally give up some of the control of will he break under the strain? This is an N.R. Walker romance so some of those answers should be self-evident, others not so much. I am eagerly anticipating the release of the final book of this amazing trilogy.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
I could not wait to get my hands on this one. My heart ached reading the first book so I wondered what this one was going to do to me.
While it still did not resolve everything, I’m kinda glad it didn’t cause that just means we get more of Dallas and Justin. Justin is trying to adjust to knowing that Dallas is important to him, he just has yet to get those five years of memories back. I am honestly shocked he didn’t completely lose his cool earlier that he did. He is convinced Dallas will get tired of taking care of him and leave him. Oh Justin, I wanted to hug him and tell him it would all be alright.
Now Dallas, I absolutely broke for. His heart breaks a little each time Justin can’t remember something, or every time he sees him struggling. And on top of all that he is dealing with bills that got pushed to the back burner while at the hospital with Justin. The entire world was resting on his shoulders and you can see the stress is effecting him.
Dallas and Justin have definitely been put through the emotional wringer, and they still have a ways to go. I for one can’t wait for book three to see if Justin regains all his memories. What comes next for these two? I don’t know but I’m looking forward to finding out.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.