Monday, February 18, 2013

Blog Tour ~ Pieces by Michelle Davidson Argyle Review + Giveaway!


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Pieces (The Breakaway, #2)
Pieces (The Breakaway #2) 
by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Release Date: February 14, 2013
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing
Pages: 304
Genre: Mature YA/New Adult Contemporary
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Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him. Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.

The Breakaway was about Naomi being kidnapped and what she went through. Pieces is the aftermath and about how Naomi is trying to move on. I really enjoyed both books but they do read very differently and can be easily be read separately. I was so excited there would be a sequel because so many kidnapping books never show the after effects. Especially since Naomi fell in love with her kidnapper and is awaiting his release from jail. Can love endure through such a horrible way of meeting or should Naomi move on?

Naomi is away at college and has few friends. She is constantly seen as the girl that was kidnapped. When Finn, who works at her favorite coffee shop, asks her out she decides to finally go for it. Desperate for some fun she agrees to go as friends. I loved Finn right away. He was so incredibly sweet and understanding of her situation. He listened and never judged or made her feel bad for the fact that she is in love with her kidnapper. I desperately wanted Naomi to move on and have a happy, healthy relationship with Finn.

But...I fell back into Stockholm syndrome again! As soon as Jesse is released I end up falling for him all over again. He seems to really care about Naomi and I want to believe that they could have a future together. I want them to have a second chance at happiness. I felt like Jesse did such a good thing turning himself in and facing the consequences so that he could be with Naomi the right way. Naomi gives everything up to give him a second chance and I am soon thinking that maybe that isn't such a good idea. A criminal usually can't fully change their ways. I wanted him to change. I kept believing he changed even though there were clues I should have see. Jesse is a charmer at times.

Naomi has a hard time standing up for herself. The kidnappers victimized her because they thought she was complaisant and she is having a hard time breaking away from that. She has to be strong and fight for real change in her life. Not just with Jesse but with her family as well. They tell her what to do and she needs to finally figure out what she wants in life. Does she want to continue with college? Is Jesse really the best thing for her or should she move on. There is a lot of guilt from what they went through together and they feel like they need to be there for each other. That it makes everything they went through worth it. But maybe it doesn't. I honestly wasn't completely sure how it would end but I think Naomi ended up in a good place. An emotional journey about moving on and finding the strength to make changes. 



"I know, but you waited for me for over two years. You've given up everything to come here with me. I knew there was a good chance this would all work out."

"I'm still stuck in that bedroom with Eric, and I can't get out." Sinking to her knees, she buried her face in her hands. "I'll never get out."

"You're a better person than me, Naomi. You've always been better than me. I guess that's why I've never wanted to let you go."

Rating: 4/5


When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she's missing. Escape isn't high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she's part of a family-even if it is a family of criminals. But she's still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she's falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn't sure she wants to take it.





Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.





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40 comments:

  1. Just stopping by. *Waves* I am so excited that you are participating on the PIECES blog tour! Thanks so much!

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  2. The book sounds good and has nice voer too! Thank you for the giveaway :D

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  3. Yay so happy you enjoyed it! I'm reading it soon I read The Breakaway last year and it was good and emotional! Glad to hear this one is too! Thanks for being on the tour, muffin!

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  4. Sounds like she has a gift making you fall for Jessie again! And I like the sound of Naomi, and her journey to moving on.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  5. Great review. I really need to pick up the first book. They both sounds like something I would really get into. thanks for sharing it.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

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  6. These books really sound like they are pretty emotional. I am not sure if they are for me or not but I am so glad you enjoyed them. :)

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  7. I've been interested in Breakaway since I first heard about it. I'm really glad to see that you really liked Pieces. Great review, Jennifer!

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  8. I really enjoyed this too! Even knowing it was wrong, I found myself thinking I might do the same thing in her situation. It was really interesting to see how it all affected her still years later. I found it to be a bit predictable, but I was really happy with the outcome. Great review!

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  9. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    This sounds like such a wonderful psychological issue book! Love how it's about her choices after what happened to her:)

    Lovely review:)

    Thank you:)

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  10. Oh yes, I remember this one from when Barbara@Basia's Bookshelf reviewed it. It sounds intense and full of all kinds of psychological drama that I would love. Thanks for the chance to win, Jen! Happy Monday!

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  11. Thanks for the fun post and congrats to Michelle on the new release!

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  12. I really feel for Naomi. How much must your life suck for being kidnapped to feel like an improvement?!

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  13. Oh I didn't realize the girl in this book had stockholm syndrome. It sorta makes me want to read it now.

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  14. I really want to read these books! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  15. Great review. This is the first time I've heard of this series, and it looks interesting. I'll definitely have to read it some time :)

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  16. Nice review! I haven't heard of this until now. It looks great! I'd love to read it :D

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  17. this sounds like an interesting book. is the story/character based off of a real like person/situation?

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  18. Ohhh.. yeah, I've been been wanting to read the 1st book for awhile. Glad to hear you liked the 2nd book too!

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  19. I hadn't hear about this series, but it definitely sounds unique and really interesting. I think it would interesting to see the aftereffects of a kidnapping

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  20. Oh this sounds good! I haven't seen this book before but it sounds like something I might like. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  21. Oh wow!! I must read the first book too. To fall in love with your kidnapper - wow!! Wow!! Did I say wow?

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  22. I was hooked from the minute I started reading this review, hun! I didn't recognise the cover or title but as soon as I saw The Breakaway I remembered that I'd seen it the year before. I must get it - scratch that, I just bought the Kindle version!!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!!

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  23. The look interesting. I like the review, and i can't wait to read this book :)
    Thanks for sharing.

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  24. I really loved The Breakaway and I always wondered what happened after the book ended and how Naomi handled life after the kidnapping. I can't wait to read this book and I'm even more excited after reading your review.

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  25. Can't wait to read this - I really enjoyed The Breakaway! Anxious to find out about Jesse!
    -heather

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  26. Sounds like a great story, Cant wait to read it :) Sounds like Naomi has a lot of thoughts to sort through.
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

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  27. Thanks for the giveaway! This story sound really good! I can't wait to read it! I'm glad there is a sequel! (:

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  28. I just heard about The Breakaway only recently and am dying to get my hands on a copy, it sounds so good!!

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  29. thx for the giveaway..can't wait to read the book :)

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  30. Well, I read this book last week and my tour stp is on 23rd February, maybe you can check it out then! Thanks!
    I loved this series and yes, I do agree that it was good to see a sequel.
    When I dived into this one, I wasn't so sure, but then I fell in love with Finn and his sweet smiles and words. I ADORE him! He was really needed in the story and this love triangle (almost) was the best I have ever read, except Twilight's one, of course.
    I didn't like Jesse a lot in this school. I didn't really believe that he would actually change but I loved him anyway
    I think the ending was pretty good and I liked it
    GREAT review!
    Glad to have someone to share your thoughts with!
    Your reader,
    Soma
    http://insomnia-of-books.blogspot.com/

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  31. I would love to read these. I love the idea of her falling in love with her captor and than not knowing how to handle it.

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  32. Hi!
    Nice review. I can't wait to read Pieces.

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  33. I love Breakaway!! Michelle is amazing!

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  34. great review! I havent read about the serie but now i really want to read it!
    thanks!!

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  35. Have this one on my wishlist for ages, can't wait to read it!!

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  36. This sounds like the type of book I would love. I just put this one on my wish list.

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  37. I read Breakaway last year and I can't wait to read Pieces! I loved Jesse--I was hoping that Jesse would change his ways, but i guess, it makes sense that he couldn't completely redeem himself.

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  38. Oh man, you gotta read Captive in the Dark still!
    This actually sounds like a really good story. It’s great that the story continues after the kidnapping. Adding both to my TBR.

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