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5.0 out of 5 starsFANTASTIC!!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 3, 2014
Nothing short of fantastic. I have been looking forward to reading this book and I must say, it was very well written. The story picks up from where we left our broken men, Tristan, Josiah and Mateo. The broken pieces that connect to make a full circle. They try to make the relationship work, each of them with a specific part to play in this relationship and for once, it seemed like everything was going to be okay because of their love for each other, but a threat from Mateo's past rears it's ugly head and destabilises their balance and for a moment everything seems lost, but they remember what it was that made them click, And how they were stronger together than trying to fight the threat alone . Tristian, the dominant one in the relationship that makes sure everyone is okay, Mateo, their protector and Josiah, the glue that holds all of them together. They learn how to communicate their feelings with each other. We get more insights into their pasts and understand why they are as they are. We also get to see the forming of the relationship between Tristian's mum and Mateo, which was very touching. The book is packed with loads of action and suspense. I, like Mateo was waiting for the other shoe to drop, which I must say, dropped in a major way but that is what makes this book such a great read. Five stars ***** all the way :-) read the first book BROKEN PIECES before embarking on reading this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsturns out a healthy relationship takes work. Who knew?
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2021
Falling into a relationship, even one with an obvious happily ever after, doesn’t mean all the problems in a person’s life are magically fixed—either externally or within the relationship itself. This is especially true for Josiah, Mateo, and Tristan, who each have enough issues for a complete subscription. Even who they are in the present directly affects their ability to be secure in their relationship, especially for Mateo (current parolee) and Tristan (prosecutor).
Mateo’s past as a gang member provides a direct external threat to these characters since his uncle has no desire to let his gay nephew walk away from gang life unscathed. Tristan reluctantly enters therapy, but his overall willingness (need) to give his men everything they deserve/want also threatens to spectacularly backfire until he’s able to be completely honest with them. And since this triad is not one that would work missing one of its three ingredients, Josiah is left to stress about his partners, especially when it’s evident that they are keeping secrets from him.
This novel is a sequel that does not work without first reading the previous installment, even though that one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. It’s a satisfying wrap-up to the story of these three men as they work together toward the future they deserve. Specifically, this book is an excellent example of how relationships require constant work and communication to remain healthy, which is an idea I love seeing in the mostly fluffy world of romance novels. This book isn’t a dark romance, but it’s a more realistic representation of characters coming together, especially those who don’t look like obvious matches from the outside.
Once again, there’s no cliffhanger here, but I immediately launched into the conclusion of this trilogy to find out more about Ben’s story. Both books made for excellent road trip fare.
5.0 out of 5 starsFull Circle (Broken Pieces Book 2)
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2015
Time to make what these 3 amazingly broken, damaged men started to buildup in the first book... solid, real. And never ending.
I gotta say. How these 3 guys love each other, how they have to be what the other two need to feel whole, worthy... it's both mesmerizing and borderline unhealthy with a side of obsessive. They do not exist outside of each other. That's the only way they know how to be happy. And not even that at times. And it's as beautiful as it is fckup. It's perfect. For them. And for me too. Their story always makes my heart squeeze until I feel like I can't breath anymore... and then they say or do something so worthy, so selfless, so meaningful, so fcking caring in their own specific brand of crazy that I can't help but want that twisted, intense way of loving for myself...
They work together. And they are working on being together forever. Doing what they have to do to always be those 3 pieces that make that beautiful, perfectly imperfect Full Circle.
And I'd be reading this soon enough again cause they are that special brand of fckup that I need sometimes too. We should all be so lucky in that way ;)
I can't wait for Ben's story. He's right there with them too: Damaged. Out of his mind lost, trying to make sense, to find himself in all the wrong places. It's going to be great, I'm sure ^^
I love this series and I love Riley Hart’s writing. I’m giving this book full stars but I’ve rarely left the end of a story so conflicted. I engaged fully with the story and it’s mix of emotions, love, romance, deep need and broken men trying to sort out their dark pasts. But even by the end while there was relief and some resolution, the resolution wasn’t as fully satisfying as I’d expected. Maybe it was that Josiah, Mateo and Tristan still seemed unsettled. Or perhaps it’s just that romance books often wrap up things a little too neatly and perfectly and I’m too used to endings of that sort. This feels grittier and closer to what should be expected when the three leading men come from a past riddled with rape, abuse, prostitution, gangs and murder.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2016
I don't know how people didn't like this sequel or that they thought the sex scenes mechanical (they definitely weren't! They were very hot & I liked the men directing each other) I felt compelled to leave a review even when I usually don't. I felt a sense of trepidation when starting this book because of the negative reviews. But wow! I just loved this book. Again like the first it was full of emotion and I liked that Josiah and Tristan and Mateo went over their past feelings and emotions alot in their minds. I wanted to know their every feeling and how they got there. This is one of the best books I have ever read and when I finished it I felt the three men where still with me like they were real. Well done Riley Hart for writing such a heartfelt story.
3.0 out of 5 starsSadly, not a patch on the first book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2014
I struggled with how to review this book. Whilst I loved the first instalment the second lacked a lot of the excitement of the first. I don't want to be detrimental but this was very lack lustre. You know something bad is going to happen because we can't always have happy fluffy puppies and kittens, but it took until half way though before you began to get more of the story. The first 50% dealt with feelings and how the three were a whole or separate depending on whose POV you were reading. It was hashed and re-hashed over and over and didn't really go anywhere - in my opinion. But, I love the characters, Teo, Tris and Josiah, and I wanted happiness for them, especially Tris who I felt was the saddest of men. I love this author but I think Riley got bogged down a little bit with feelings/emotions/interplay of characters. The plot could have had more excitement and a lot less soul searching, saying that it will not put me off buying the book about Ben. I eagerly await its publication.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 16, 2015
Part 2 of the broken pieces trilogy. Whilst I can understand other reviewers opinions I thought this book was good, ok not as good as the first one but still a compelling story of how Mateo Tristan and Joshia fight to keep together. There are lots of obstacles and people who want to hurt them but in the end it all works out. Will be reading Ben's story next. Recommended
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 24, 2014
Love these characters, love the premise and the storyline, love all this author's other work but I have notched this down a star for far too much introspection. There is only so many times you can listen to the same characters having the same thoughts.