Damaged Pieces by Allie Able ~ 4.5 Beautiful Stars
“When something is damaged or broken, the pieces can be put back together, but they will never be the same.”
KATIE: When I was left to raise my daughter alone, I decided dating just wasn’t worth it. I never wanted my daughter to experience the kind of heartbreak only a man can give you and I didn’t have the time, until Nicholas Sinclaire came walking into my life with his charming smile and his mischievous eyes. I just wish I would have known how it was going to end.
NICK: I knew she was it for me the moment I met her, but I had to leave. I had one more tour to do overseas and then I could come home to her for good. Little did we know, I wouldn’t come back the same man. I was damaged beyond repair, so I pushed them away and hurt them. It didn’t take me long to realize the mistake I had made. Now, I will stop at nothing to get them back in my life, but will Katie want my Damaged Pieces?”
This book can be read as a standalone. Contemporary. Military romance!!!
**** WOW! I just finished this book in one sitting. First of all, I love the cover of this book – isn’t it pretty? But what’s inside is really amazing. Military romance has a soft spot in my heart. This book is no exception. I adore Nick and Katie’s story and their remarkable journey to find love.
“My only wish in this world is to make you smile like this for the rest of your life”
Katie is a young single mom to a daughter name Abbi. Katie’s boyfriend couldn’t kick her out of the house fast enough when he found out she was pregnant. The prologue really gutted me – it was hard to read his harsh words and thank god we don’t have to hear much of him after that. Ten years later, Katie has moved on and is doing well. She vowed to keep her life simple, raising her daughter and steering clear of all men to protect both of their hearts. Nick is a Marine. He also happened to be the son of a veterinarian Katie works for. Nick comes and goes but he has always been around. Katie is attracted to Nick but she had placed him on firmly a friend zone. What Katie doesn’t know is that Nick is in love with her and so on this last break before going back to Iraq, he is determined to make her his. Nick loves Abbi dearly and he wants to make a life with them when he gets back from his last tour. But life threw him a curve ball – Nick thought he was protecting Katie but he broke her heart in the process. The one thing that Katie fears the most – and the one person she loves and trusted ripped her heart into pieces. By the time Nick realized his mistake it might be too late… Can Katie forgive and trust him gain? Can she accept his damaged pieces and put him back together whole?
“When you miss me, just look up into the sky and remember, I’m like a star sometimes you can’t see me, but I’m always there”
The author did a great job with all characters. I adore Katie and Nick. She is sweet, strong but also with a vulnerable heart. Nick is a hot Marine, irresistible, and probably can have any woman he wants. But he is sweet and protective, and how he adores and cherishes Abbi melted my heart…. Totally swoons over this man – best boyfriend material for sure. The chemistry between Katie and Nick is scorching hot. The romance came on rather quickly but they have been friends for quite sometime so it came as no surprise. This book has a little bit of everything – plenty of hot loving-making scenes. There is angst, tears, heart-breaks but also light-hearted moments and a happy ending. I also enjoyed the secondary characters. Lexie seems to be a spit fire and has no fear of speaking her mind. She loves to taunt her big brother Nick. Zack seems to be a nice guy… sounds like he might just be the one that can tame her. I am so glad the author will give Lexie and Zack their own story. I was thinking this at the end of the book. I like Allie’s debut novel Scattered Pieces but I really love Damaged Pieces. Gorgeous writing, emotional story, great banters, beautiful characters, and a perfect ending. Lovely read for a relaxing Saturday. LOVED it! I would say to the author always believe in yourself, do what you love, keep on writing more wonderful love stories … This is a beautiful love story and I can’t wait for the next installment.
“I think most people search their whole lives to find what we’ve already found”