Bethany and Erryn review ‘Pieces of Us (Missing Pieces Book 3)’ by N.R. Walker. The book was self-published on July 24, 2020 and is 189 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 the first two parts and couldn’t wait for the conclusion.
As Justin’s recovery moves forward, Dallas dares to hope their lives are settling into their new normal. His money worries have eased, business is picking up, and best of all, Justin now laughs more than he frowns.
Justin’s memory still eludes him, but with each snippet or flashback, small pieces of his old life start to slot into place. He remembers more of Dallas and how perfectly happy their lives used to be, and with each passing day, Justin realises he can have that again.
But when someone from Justin’s past turns up, he discovers that not all the missing pieces are good, and sadly, he and Dallas also learn just what it means to live with a traumatic brain injury.
If Dallas and Justin have to fight for their Happily Ever After, then Dallas will stop at nothing–nothing–to give Justin the life he always wanted.
“. . . as I tried to put the puzzle of myself back together, it was the pieces of us that made me whole.”
When I first read about this series, I was excited. Romances tend to focus on the meet-cute or enemies to lovers or the hot and wild sex. This series isn’t those things. These books are about an established couple. Justin and Dallas have been together four years, and were living in a committed and loving relationship. They lived together, worked together, were raising a cat together, and even argued on occasion – especially about footy. They were established. They were happy. Life wasn’t perfect but that was okay because they had each other and their bond was strong.
Until the day it all went sideways.
The first book in the series, Pieces of You, focused on what happens after a catastrophe – in this case a tragic motor vehicle accident. Justin awoke in the hospital with no memory of the horrific crash – and no memory of Dallas. Dallas was undaunted, though, and kept coming back to the hospital, day after day after day. He had committed himself to Justin for life and this was what he signed up for. Never once did he falter in his love for Justin. Were there times it felt overwhelming? Of course. Were there times when Justin’s lack of memory cut like a knife? You bet. But Dallas held faith that one day things would be okay.
The second book in the series, Pieces of Me, found Dallas and Justin settling into a routine. Justin had remembered Dallas’ tattoo of wings across his chest and that cemented his trust in the larger man. He knew, in his heart, he was safe. He was home. Each step forward was met with enthusiasm because he had the goal of recovering. Things were stressful for Dallas, though. All the weigh of Justin’s health, their finances, and everything else were a boulder he carried on his shoulders alone. Eventually he opened up to Justin and they found a way to cope together.
This final book in the series is the culmination of all their hard work. Justin is able to work more in the shop and is less reliant on the scooter to get him around. The book starts in his POV and he’s feeling out of sorts – useless. Trust Dallas to see some of that and step in to help. Subtly, of course, but there nonetheless. All the chapters until the last one are told from Dallas’ POV, so we are witness to Justin’s triumphs and set backs. His past comes back to hurt him, so to speak, and it looks pretty grim for a while. Then there’s the humor to pull things back on an even keel. Oh, and there be sexy times in this book. Gentle and slow as well.
If Pieces of You broke me, Pieces of Me put me on the mend, and Pieces of Us healed me. Even now I’m getting a little emotional. One particular scene really got to me. As Dallas says to Justin:
“You wanna know what real love is?”
“What’s that?” he mumbled into my chest.
“Real love is hard. And sometimes it hurts. Sometimes we need to change what was our normal course and take a different path. Sometimes everything we knew becomes something different, and we need to adapt. There might be medical appointments and we might have to change the way we shop for groceries or if we go out for lunch. But that’s just what we do because that’s what love it. It’s not all roses and sunshine. It’s laundry and dishes, bills and mortgages, and wet towels on the floor, or changing thee cat litter. We adapt and we roll with it. So all these changes that we’ve had to deal with because of the accident, I don’t mind one bit, Juss. Because when I fell in love with you, it was forever. In health and in sickness, or however that goes.”
He chuckled, just for a half a second, the sniffled into my shirt.
“And you wanna know what else love is?” I went on. “It’s amazing and wonderful. It gives me strength and hope, and it makes me realise there’s more to life than just me. Falling in love with you, Juss, was the single best thing to ever happen to me. Ever. I was feeling kinda lost until you came into my life.”
We should all be so lucky as to have a Dallas in our lives. I was envious of the bond between the two men and cheering them all the way. And the epilogue was perfect. I cannot say enough good things about this trilogy – best read in order. It made me believe in love again.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
As much as I wanted things to finally go right for Justin and Dallas, I was sad to see it end. I have been so invested in them for the last two books. In book one my heart absolutely shattered for them. In book two my heart was little by little being pieced back together. I didn’t know what to expect but I just knew I couldn’t handle too much angst for these two beautiful men.
Oh but they definitely faced some angst in this one but it was ok because they handled it together. My heart was happy about that. Justin seems to be on the mend, working more in the garage slipping back in to the new normal. And Dallas starts to feel like they can FINALLY breathe a bit. Then Justin’s past comes into their lives causing a slight setback, but together they navigate it perfectly.
As sad as I am to see this series come to an end, I know I will be reading it many more times. I adored this established couple and was thrilled they got their HEA. This is a series I can’t recommend enough. You will cry, you will laugh, you will break, but I promise you will be put back together.
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.