Book Review – Pieces of You by N.R. Walker


Missing Pieces #1
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 127
Characters: Dallas/Justin
POV: 1st
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series.

Blurb:
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.

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Review

N.R. Walker is an author who has been on my ‘must read’ list for quite some time, and now I’m kicking myself for not having read her earlier. Wow. This story yanked me in immediately and I couldn’t put it down to the point that I sat up late reading because I had to finish it in one sitting. It’s beautifully written, emotional, and raw with very real characters.

I loved Justin and Dallas and their story. I loved how Justin’s POV bookended the narrative, and showed the huge difference in him before and after the accident. I felt for Dallas in particular when Justin doesn’t recognise him, and they have to re build everything. So heartbreaking, yet with the glimmer of hope that Dallas clings to, although doesn’t quite always achieve. I loved the scene where it’s revealed what Justin’s dream means. The emotion resonance in this story was fabulous, and felt very real.

I liked the realism in Justin’s injuries after the accident and the struggle he has to regain everything he’s lost. I appreciated that he has a long hard road ahead and that the author didn’t pull any punches in that or make it an easy fix. It’s not just Dallas who is suffering, but Justin. I could feel his frustration and his determination.

I also loved Dav and Sparra. They’re the type of friends we all want and need, and I liked how they provided a little bit of light relief amongst the angst, yet stepped up and more to support Dallas and Justin, and keep the garage going. I thought Justin’s sister was a very strong character, and I liked her role in helping Justin to realise that he has lost memories and he’s not when he thinks he is.

As an added bonus, this story is set in Australia. I love reading stories set in the southern hemisphere. We need more of them!

5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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