Book Review: Pieces for You by Genna Rulon

Pieces For You (For You, #2)Summary:
Samantha Whitney survived unimaginable tragedy only to discover she had been betrayed by a man who claimed to love her. Shattered, Sam spends months at a safe haven trying to piece herself back together. Ready or not, the time has come for her to return home.

As Sam struggles to resume a life that no longer feels familiar, she finds unwavering support in an unexpected, familiar face. Confronting Sam’s raw emotions and open wounds head-on, Griffin manages to take two steps forward for every step she retreats.

But when Sam is once again threatened, Griffin must decide how far he is willing to go to protect the woman he wants…knowing the cost of her safety is the risk of losing her.
Pieces For You is a captivating journey of survival, healing, and sacrifice—teeming with honesty, humor, unexpected twists, and love’s unsurpassed endurance.
Release Date: December 17, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Review copy from author
Reviewed By: Kelli
I loved Genna Rulon's debut novel, Only For You, the first in the For You series (read my review HERE).  With bated breath, I waited for Samantha's story.  If you've read Only For You, you'll understand why I was waiting with bated breath: Sam undergoes a trauma at the end of book one and Pieces For You is her story.  I'm so happy to report that Pieces For You was every bit as good as Only For You.  Rulon escapes the sophomore book syndrome with ease, delivering a sequel just as compelling as the first book in the series. 

I really didn't think I could love another couple as much as I loved Everleigh and Hunter from book one.  Speaking of Huntleigh (their couple name, bestowed upon them by Sam), I loved that they were a vital part of Pieces For You.  I would have been thrilled for a couple of cameos of their HEA, but Rulon went one step further and gave me a front-row seat to their happiness.  I loved her for that, and I loved getting to read about Everleigh and Hunter really enjoying each other and settling into their relationship with a deep level of honesty and respect for each other.

As much as I liked seeing the characters from book one, Sam and Griffin's relationship made this story so special.  I fell in love with Griffin right along with Sam.  He was so perfect for her, so caring, loving and patient.  I loved how he treated her as he would something precious and irreplaceable (because she is!), and yet he never treated her with kid gloves after her attack, like many people would be apt to do. 

There was so much positive character growth in this book.  Pieces For You is truly a journey of healing for Sam, one that was emotional, moving, and inspiring.  I loved watching Sam put her life back together.  Sam fights hard for each piece of her old self, and while she'll never be the Sam she was before her brutal attack, she grows into a different person, one with empathy, strength and fortitude.  I really admired Sam and was thrilled at her growth and eventual happiness.

I love Rulon's writing style.  Her writing is smart, sassy, and concise.  There are no superfluous scenes, or extra "fluff" as I like to call it.  Each scene furthers the plot development, often in ways I don't realize at the time.  Her dialogue is just right: realistic without being full of slang or abbreviations (ugh, I hate those), and she always hits the right note on the repartee between lovers and friends.  Every interaction felt real, not contrived.  Reading her books is like watching events unfold in real life, instead of knowing that what I'm reading is fiction (because of the way the story's written).  I love that about her writing and this series!

One of the things I always notice about books in the New Adult genre are the bedroom scenes: are there too many, are they too "much", are they an expression of love between characters, instead of just lust?  These are the things I think about, and what I value in these particular scenes.  I'm happy to say that Rulon, once again, gets this right too: the love scenes were a tender yet passionate expression of the relationship between the two main characters.  They were definitely more adult than YA (as they should be, as Pieces For You is NA), but completely appropriate for the story, and very well-done. 

Like in Only For You, the minor characters made this story special, especially Meg.  I really, really want to know more about Meg!  I'm hoping that book three will be Meg's story.  I can see her becoming an essential part of the 'For You' gang. 

Pieces For You was one of my favorite reads this month, and Genna Rulon has been elevated to auto-buy status for me.  If she writes it, I'll buy it!  I can't think of one thing I'd change about this book: it was perfect.  I highly recommend this series, and can't wait for book three!


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