Friday, March 14, 2014

{Review} {Giveaway} Picking Up the Pieces by Elizabeth Hayley

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Picking Up the Pieces

After a myriad of mistakes and a devastating breakup, Lily Hamilton is no longer the impulsive, selfish person she had once been. Now, she longs for the chance to make it up to the one person she knows holds the key to her happiness. But can he get beyond who she was and love her for who she is now? Or is history destined to repeat itself?

Adam Carter has gone through his own metamorphosis. His days of serial monogamy are long gone, and he's been burying his hurt by dating women he has no intention of committing to. But when he sees Lily for the first time in months, he's reminded of the man he used to be; the man he wants to try and be again--for her.

Max Samson is on the downward spiral from hell. Drinking and meaningless sex have taken over his life once again, causing him to revert back to the man he'd been before Lily fell into his life. But when his mother invites Lily back into his world, he suddenly remembers how good it felt to have her there. Even if he might not get to keep her.

Find out how Lily gets her happily ever after in this final installment of her story. This book is recommended for mature audiences due to language and unbelievably awesome sexual content

My Thoughts

This will probably be one of the worst reviews I will ever do. Not because I didn't like the book but because I don't want to be one of those assholes that unintentionally give something away and then all you crazies know who Lilly ended up being with in the end. 

Of course the journey to discover who she wanted wasn't an easy task, especially since we got all three point of views this time in the story. So I had to experience all the emotions from all three. It wasn't easy to read and I am sure it wasn't easy to write either. 

I couldn't take much of the back and forth, so I decided to be the douche that skipped to the end to see who she ended up with and once I did, I didn't want to read the book anymore because I didn't like it one bit. But I knew if I didn't finish, I would regret it and I guess, in a sense, I wanted to see what the authors were doing. Their mindset to why they picked this person to be with Lilly. 

I still thought Lilly was a twat waffle but she definitely grew from the last story. Amanda is still my favorite, with her vulgar mouth and comedic relief. Adam and Max were the same as the last book, as well, with the added bonus of both their points of views. I did think Adam sounded feminine a few times and I wanted to reach inside the story to check and make sure he still had his balls. 

When I got to the end, I was glad I didn't stop reading because even though I knew who she chose and initially didn't like it, when I read all the way through, I was satisfied with where all the characters ended up. I didn't want to cunt punch Elizabeth and Hayley anymore and I was glad everyone was getting their HEA.

If you have read Pieces of Perfect and was pissed off with how it ended, then I would read Picking up the Pieces to finally see where all these characters ended up. The banter is still as entertaining (not as funny as Sex Snob in my opinion but still really funny), the sex was still a hot, one handed read AND the characters are all where they should be and you can be satisfied with the ending because she ends up being with one of them.

Overall I give this book a 4.5/5 and if you have not read the series yet then I would get on it. Especially since Pieces of Perfect is now FREE (until the 17th)!!

“Alive” by Krewella
"All of Me" by John Legend 
“Arms” by Christina Perri 
"Baby Come Back" by Serena Ryder. 
"Between the Raindrops" by Lifehouse ft. Natasha Bedingfield
"Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie 
“Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts
"Breakeven" by The Script
“Breathe (2AM) by Anna Nalick “Endlessly” by Green River Ordinance
"Broken" by Seether ft. Amy Lee
"Can't Let Go" by Landon Pigg
"Crazy for This Girl" by Evan and Jaron 
“Days That We Die” by Loudon III Wainwright
“Hard to Love” by Lee Brice 
"Hold On" by Colbie Callait 
"Here's to Us" by Halestorm
"I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt 
"I Choose You" by Timeflies 
“(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
“I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes
"King of Wishful Thinking" by Go West 
"The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars
"Leave Out All the Rest" by Linkin Park 
"Leave the Pieces" by The Wreckers 
“Let Her Go” by Passenger
"Love Me Again" by John Newman 
“Lying to You” by Keaton Henson
"The Man" by Aloe Blacc
"Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum 
"Nobody Knows" by The Tony Rich Project 
"Not Over You" by Gavin DeGraw
"Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D
"The Reason" by Hoobastank 
“Say Something” by A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera 
"Scars" by Papa Roach
"Second Chance" by Shinedown 
"She Ain't You" by New Hollow
"Unconditionally" by Katy Perry 
“Whatever It Is” by Zac Brown Band
"What Hurts the Most" by Cascada
 “Wake Me Up” by Avicii

Chapter 17: Max
And for some reason that thought calmed me, comforted me even. That ten months ago at nearly this very minute, I could have been doing this exact same thing: eating lunch across from Lily as we talked to each other about how our day had been so far. Or at least we would be doing this exact thing if she ever friggin' got here? 
I had just looked down at my watch for the twentieth time when I heard the jingle of the bell on the door. And as I watched Lily stroll confidently toward me, I felt a stupid grin creep across my face. Her black pants fit tightly to her legs, and my gaze traced the length of them before it made its way up to those eyes that I always loved so much. Eyes that I loved even more on days like today, when the sunlight brought out the specks of gold in them that I was sure she’d never even noticed herself. 
“Hey, Max,” she said as she pulled the silky strands of chestnut hair around the back of her neck to rest on the front of her shoulder. The sweet smell of her coconut shampoo washed over me, waking me from my trance. “I’m happy you asked me to meet.”
“You are?” Not only was I excited to tell Lily about the job opportunity, I was even more excited at the idea that she seemed eager to see me.
“Yeah, I haven’t seen you in a few weeks, and a lot’s happened.” 
She paused for a minute or so to peruse the menu, and I motioned for the waitress to come take our order once Lily seemed ready. I knew she had to be back in about forty-five minutes and didn’t want her to be late. “So what’s up?” I asked. I could tell she was in an unusually upbeat mood, and I was eager to find out why she was so happy.
I didn’t know what I expected her to say. Maybe she’d won the lottery. Or she’d gotten a new puppy. Was it possible that she’d just found out Christmas break was starting a week early? Whatever it was, I hadn’t seen Lily that excited in as long as I could remember. I only wished that when she started to speak, I could have maintained my excitement for her. Or at least faked it better than I had. 
But the moment I heard Adam’s name leave her lips, I felt my face drop. Trying to think of anything else than what she was saying, I did my best to tune her out. Unfortunately, my best wasn’t good enough. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t help but hear at least some of the words.


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