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BLURB They could’ve been perfect. In another time. Another world. Where his wasn’t falling apart. And hers wasn’t already in pieces. – High school senior Holden Eastwood only has one fear in life: growing up. He spends his days unmotivated, moving from one game to the next, searching for his next challenge. He never expected that challenge to come in the form of a girl… A girl with zero fashion sense, a filthy mouth, and a bullsh*t attitude. Unlike Holden, Jameson Taylor had no choice but to grow up. Neglected, isolated, and forced to raise herself, Jameson only has one goal in life: graduate and move on. The last thing she needs is some guy she can’t stand suddenly declaring her as his new hobby. Their lives couldn’t be more opposite. Their pasts a complete paradox. But in each other, they find the unexpected… They find solace. Fragments of forever… A forever that might tear them to pieces. Add the Pieces Duet to Goodreads ➜ https://bit.ly/PiecesDuet-GR⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ PURCHASE LINKS Amazon US ➜ https://amzn.to/2TzPoxu⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Amazon Global ➜ Mybook.to/POY⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TEASER ABOUT THE AUTHOR Writer. Reader. Mom. Wife. Master of awkward Sarcasm. Jay McLean is a full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel. Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in her dream home where music is loud and laughter is louder. AUTHOR LINKS Facebook | Fan Group | Web | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter | Books | TikTok
Jay McLean is a guru of the young adult/new adult tropes, and first loves, nobody does first love with the amount of honesty she bleeds into her characters. The worlds she creates don’t just captivate you, they consume parts of your soul, and when you come to the end, pieces of you are left inside that world.
I truly don’t know where to start this, as a long time reader of Jay’s books, I’m blown away by Jamie and Holden’s story, truly, in awe of what I just experienced.
Jamie had her hands wrapped around my heart in the prologue. Jamie was at a new school for her senior year, but she’s nothing like other students, in maturity, or the weight that sat on her shoulders. She was the essence of strength, even in the moments she didn’t feel it, I felt it in her. She hid behind clothes, sass, and kept her head down in an effort to protect herself from others’ opinions because she had heard it all before, and she wasn’t letting it happen again.
Holden, I was already in love with before I started this as I had met him in Leo, but my emotions weren’t prepared for this Holden. He was angry, and at times, a freaking jackass, but when he put that aside, Holden was a man that loved deeply, wholly, fiercely, and once you had those from him, it was forever. He made me swoon on one page and the next I wanted to kick him in the shin.
To say Holden and Jamie got off on the wrong foot would be a profound understatement. They immediately had fire between them, it started with heated exchanges, and transformed into a back and forth of wit and sarcasm. A friendship of sorts formed, and in one moment it became more, all-consuming in every way.
I’m not sure it was ever a conscious decision, but once I started reading this there was a 0% chance of me stopping until I soaked in every word on the pages. Jaime hasn’t had an easy life, and her strength shines, but her pain will attempt to suffocate you. There were times I paused for a minute to wipe the tears from my eyes, it seemed to teeter between Jamie and Holden’s, seniors in high school, yet, both had the weight of the world on their shoulders.
It was heartbreaking at times they both were dealing with a plethora of things in life that were beyond their control. If only they were the only people in existence their first love would have had a smooth road to happily ever after.