Title: Pieces of Me (Spectrum Nights #1)
Author: Melanie Hansen
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: January 16th 2017
Page Count: 260 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Scott Ashworth is a beautiful man and the hottest club host on the Phoenix gay scene. He takes what he wants, does what he wants, and does whom he wants. It’s a good life, but the journey to local popularity and fame wasn’t an easy one. For all that Scott’s looks are a blessing, at the same time they’re a curse—the source of his alcoholic mother’s inexplicable hatred.
Rylan Mahoney dreams of photojournalistic glory. He’s in Phoenix looking for the story of a lifetime, but the project isn’t coming to fruition. Needing rent money, he accepts a gig at Phoenix Pride hawking lewd lollipops and edible condoms…all while wearing gold lamé hot pants and a matching bow tie. When Rylan’s house keys and street clothes go missing after his shift, he’s desperate, until a stranger in a convertible stops to help.
The man is absolute sex on legs, and Rylan is jolted when he recognizes him—his stepbrother Scott Ashworth, long missing but suddenly larger than life. Scott is affluent and successful now, light years away from his hardscrabble days living with Rylan in a double-wide trailer deep in the heart of the Florida Panhandle.
Reunited after six years apart, Scott and Rylan are determined to put their past behind them, but fate may have other ideas and leave their future in jeopardy yet again.
Word count: 90,400
Warning: Underage sexual interaction, mentions of abuse, cliffhanger ending. – As mentioned on publisher’s website.
Pieces of Me by Melanie Hansen is the story of two step brothers who fall in love: Rylan and Scott. Rylan’s dad marries Scott’s alcoholic mom. They became friends, and from that friendship, deeper feelings grew. Life at home wasn’t easy-, especially for Scott. His mom was mentally and physically abusive. This story broke my heart.
-The plot and set up. I love that we’re getting their complete story. This first book is broken down into two sections- the first half takes place in high school and the second half takes place six years down the road.
-The angst. Melanie Hansen is giving Amy Lane a run for her money as the Queen of Angst. This book is not for the faint of heart. There were some instances I had to put my iPad down and catch my breath.
-The characters were well fleshed out.
-The pace of the story was smooth.
-Relationship development. Though we mainly only got half their love story -it was written realistically. The progression from step brothers, friends, hormonal teenagers, to more. And in the second half of the book- we see the beginning of what’s to come…
Now the end. The blurb informs us that it ends in a cliffhanger. I am normally not a fan of cliffhangers- at all. I took the plunge because it’s Melanie Hansen and she’s been on my Top 10 List the past two years. I also heard the second book is already written so the wait shouldn’t be long. Thank god!
Do I recommend it? Yes. Melanie Hansen has again given us two beautiful complex characters and laid the groundwork for what I’m sure will be an unforgettable love story.