Broken Pieces, #2
: Ménage/Romantic Suspense
Novel (307 pages)
Riley Hart (September 2nd, 2014)
Nothing in life is ever easy, and no one is more painfully aware of that than Josiah Evans, Mateo Sanchez, and Tristan Croft. They know what they want—each other—but with three people as broken as they are, all those pieces aren’t so easily mended.
Josiah is their glue. All he wants is to give his men what they need.
Mateo wants to absolve himself of his sins. To be worthy of love and to protect it.
Tristan must let go of his past, must learn how to need, and what it really means to take care of someone.
To keep the balance intact, they all have their roles to play. But what happens if the balance shifts? What happens when someone doesn’t play the right part? If one of them falters, they all feel the strain.
The only way to complete their full circle is for all their pieces, despite the curves and rough edges, to fit together perfectly. To do that, Josiah, Mateo, and Tristan must learn to get over the pasts that have defined who they are. And when an old enemy returns and threatens the foundation of their new life, decisions will be made, and boundaries will be tested that could change their lives forever.
Review: We all became enamored with Riley Hart’s story of 3 broken men in Broken Pieces. In Full Circle, Book 2, we again become submerged into the lives of Mateo, Josiah, and Tristan. IMO, these need to be read in order. It’s imperative to know how they got to where they are when you start Full Circle.
Riley has taken 3 beautiful men, each one damaged in their own way, each one needing something from the other, each fulfilling an empty space, and brought them together and they feel whole.Josiah found something in Tristan that he hadn’t realized he needed, control. Yet, Mateo offered a sense of security and safety…protection. Jay was the nurturer, the one that would keep them strong and together. He needed all of the pieces of their puzzle to fit, to feel complete.
Josiah saw the differences in himself compared to his men and he was okay with it. They balanced each other out, and because of that balance, he understood that Tristan and Teo were seeing themselves in each other right now…and that it would help.
He could give this to them because they gave him something every day. More than he ever expected, because he knew how much they both loved him. That’s what he needed. To be loved by them. To know he gave them happiness.
Tristan still has a long way to go where he feels comfortable relaying his feelings. He loves both of his men but telling them is a work in progress. Mateo is the same in some ways. He doesn’t feel deserving of their love so they are always reinforcing the relationship between the three.
We meet Tristan’s mom in this installment. Due to some horrendous acts years ago she never leaves the house. Tristan, of course, takes the blame for not being able to protect her when he lived at home and these feelings carry over into his adult life. The relationship between mother and son becomes much stronger as they work out some of the past.
She tries to take an active role in all of their lives because she just wants Tristan happy. If it takes two men to do that, she has no problem. Mateo bonds with her more than Josiah. He is able to talk with her and unload stuff from his mind that he hasn’t been able to do before. She becomes the mother he never had.
Mateo has a lot of issues he needs to work through. He still carries a deep burden of his gang relations and does everything in his power to keep it away from Jay and Tristan. Some things start to happen that makes Mateo start to worry that they may have caught up to him. He and Tristan, both, try to deal with their problems on their own and that only alienates Josiah and causes him to doubt their future.
Mateo let his head move easily when Tristan put a finger beneath his chin and raised it. “Tell me what’s wrong, Mateo.”
“I’m dreamin’ shit again. Don’t know why.” He shrugged. “Dios, that sounds so fuckin’ stupid, but I am. Everywhere I touched you, every fuckin’ time I touched either of you, I just kept getting blood all over you. All over our bed. I…”
This was a beautiful story of 3 very different men who found something in each other that completed them. When it was just two of them, regardless of the pairing, there was always something missing. With all three they finally felt like they could have everything they deserved. Of course, it’s always a work in progress as they all have moments of insecurities and trust issues.
Realizing their mistake of not always being truthful taught them a valuable lesson when they thought Josiah may walk away. It takes all of them, working together, to start building their future and giving them the security they need. No longer will there be one of them taking on the burden, alone, it’s all or none.
Riley so effortlessly pulls the reader into this story.
We get caught up in their emotions as if they were right in front of us. They become people who you really care about, worry about, and only want to see them succeed. This story is written with a descriptive narrative that allows us to visualize what is taking place. Your heart will be on the line for these three as they work so hard to have a life together.
There will be moments of dread and angst worrying if they are going to make it not only in their relationship but in their everyday moments. Is the gang still looking for Mateo? Will they finally succeed in taking him out? Tristan has a side deal going on that he shares very little about so that’s always hanging there wondering and Josiah, love his heart, he wears his emotions on his sleeve.
He loves his men so much and he tries to stay strong, but at some point, he needs more than they are giving. Will they wise up and fix the hurt that has Jay so devastated?
I strongly encourage you to read this series. I know some may not consider it because it is a ménage. I can only say that Riley has created very strong characters, each needing the other one so much that the love they share is really beautiful. There is no jealousy or anyone being left out. They understand each other in a way that no one else can.
It takes all three of them to create the whole package and it works. She exposes their emotions and allows you to see inside of each man. Each one contains a strength giving vitality to all three, and when they are together they are stronger and they are whole.
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