Book Review: Pieces of You by Kate Benson

Pieces of You by Kate Benson

A Contemporary Romance Novel published (10/29/18)

Summary:

Ava moves back to her small hometown after divorcing her abusive husband. Both of them came from the same town and he was the idolized hometown hero, but not to Ava after the charming beginning of their relationship. She doesn’t know if she can heal. Nate lived in the small hometown his whole life and never had any great lasting relationships, just heartache until he meets Ava.

Keywords:

Romance, Relationship, Sex, Abuse, Alzheimer’s, Contemporary, Country, Alcoholism, Broken,

My Review:

I’ve come to really enjoy multiple POV romances, and Pieces of You delivers the POV of Ava and Nate in this story. I really, really appreciated the way Nate listened to Ava and agreed with more than just his words to ‘take things slow.’ Often a character will promise one thing and then act differently. Spending years in an abusive relationship will condition you to act, feel, and react in certain ways and it takes time, continuous patience, and understanding to slowly unwind yourself away from the effects of that abuse. Ava spent more than 10 years in an abusive relationship with her ex-husband.

Though I wish there had been more depth to Ava, Nate, and the story, I did enjoy reading the slow build of their romance over the course of the novel. I think Bensons captured that small-town feel to the way Nate and Ava interacted and the way they talked.

The climax was entirely predictable and didn’t carry enough weight to make the ending satisfactory, but I appreciated the fact that the novel had an ending and decent resolution. I did think that the author did too much telling and glossing over some worthwhile details in the last 15% of the book. I didn’t feel the need to read all the words and may have skimmed a bit of the end.

This novel was published 10/29/18 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 3.50

Links for more information:

Kate Benson’s Website

Goodreads

Book Review: What the Elf? (The Cringle Cove Christmas Chronicles #5) by Kate Benson

What the Elf? (The Cringle Cove Christmas Chronicles #5) by Kate Benson

A Holiday Romance Novel published by Independently published (11/29/18)

Summary:

Abby and her twin always spend Christmas together in Cringle Cove and this year is no different. Abby despises the Holiday and can’t wait to spend her vacation reading horror novels. Dex hasn’t been back to Cringle Cove in years but he promised his now-ex he’d go along and meet her family, pretending they’re still together. And then Dex meets Abby. It’s so easy with Abby, unlike his ex. For Abby, the handsome stranger is nice to talk to, but it seems he has a girlfriend.

Keywords:

Christmas, Holidays, Romance, Ex, Breakup, Introvert, Twins, Giving Back, Multiple POV, Holiday Town, Santa, Coffee Shop

My Review:

This novel was an adorable and sweet Christmas romance – a fast and fun holiday read. I enjoyed this quick read. It reminded me of when I was bingeing sweet Holiday romances/romantic comedies last holiday season. They’re fun to watch/read while you’re watching and after you’ve finished you’re ready to move on to the next one.

The location, Cringle Cove, reminded me of Leavenworth in WA state. I do wish there had been more unique descriptions of the location that would make it more interesting, though this is the fifth book in the series so perhaps those little fun nuggets of description happened in the previous books in the series. The coffeeshop felt like any other coffee shop and the place the twins stayed didn’t feel that special. I wish there had been more details, in general, to make this book more unique. The sisters in the book were twins, but I thought this relationship could have been developed beyond the “besties” aspect. There was just enough backstory for each of the main characters Dex and Abby, but not much on Drew’s ex or Abby’s sister.

I really liked the way that the Holiday was truly integrated into the plot and characters’ backstories.

I really like dual POVs like this book and enjoyed both Dex and Abby as narrators.

This novel was published by Independently published 11/29/18 and is available on Amazon here.

TL;DR Star Rating: 4.25

Links for more information:

Kate Benson’s Website

Goodreads