Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love… Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen. Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt. Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin...
First Line:"Let me tell you what the most annoying thing on the planet is: kissing."
Review:I loved Kara from the first book, which by the way I highly recommend you read before you pick this one up since there are a few things about Kara revealed in the first book which is pretty important. Anyways with that blurb I really thought there would be cheating which I'm not the biggest fan of in books BUT there was none thank goodness because I liked Kara in Pieces of Olivia and didn't want to develop a dislike towards her because of any cheating on her part. I was really excited to get to know Kara especially after that mind-blowing confession she made in the first book to Olivia and the girls definitely more then meets the eye. Everyone has her pegged out to be this always smiling go with the flow type of girl but her past still haunts her and she regrets so much of what she did that come to find out she never healed and is still deeply scarred. The book dealt with a topic I haven't seen much of in books and West handled it very well, if you read the first book you already know what I'm talking about and for all you who haven't, sorry not giving away spoilers. It was interesting to see what it finally took for her to be able to heal and get through her own guilt. Colt! This guy! Wow! I loved him he was just so sweet and sexy and supportive he was perfect for what Kara needed not to mention he's got this whole bad boy vibe going on and he is Australian with the accent and everything. He treated her so well you can't ask for a better guy then him. Yes he had some father issues but nothing too intense. Overall I liked Kara's story but at the same time I didn't feel as connected to her as I would have liked and even though I loved Colt I wish the relationship between Kara and him would have developed a little more slower it all went pretty fast. Well regardless, I still enjoyed it as a whole and I'm really hoping there is another book coming out in the series hopefully about Sarah and Taylor another set of characters we have been introduced to since the first book but don't know much about except little tidbits here and there.
~ "I decide what rattles me. No one else. I have no idea if I have fifty years left or fifty days or fifty minutes. I refuse to live my life angry." - Colt ~"I like the way you look at me." "How do I look at you?" ......."Like it's a struggle to remain still." - Colt & Kara
Olivia Warren used to be a normal girl with a bright future. But on one fated night, everything changed. Hiding the scars of her past up her sleeves, Olivia transfers her enrollment from Columbia University to The College of Charleston, determined to pursue her own dreams for the first time in her life. She intends to allow herself a bit of alone time to heal... that is, until she meets Preston. Preston is best friends with her roommate, completely hot, and off-limits. But the chemistry between them is instantaneous—and as the pair begins to spend more time with one another, their feelings for each other build into something undeniable, something powerful enough to heal Olivia’s deepest scars. Olivia tries to put her own past behind her and trust Preston, but she discovers that his past might be more present than she ever bargained for…
First Line:"Someone should warn you that move-in day at a college is the last day you should actually try to move into your dorm."
Review: I love Melissa West's The Taking series so when I saw Pieces of Olivia and who the author was I knew I had to grab it. Yes this is a contemporary vs her other series which is Sci-Fi but I love her writing so I picked it up and I really enjoyed it. Olivia is broken she has suffered something that I can't even imagine having to go through. I found myself connecting to her instantly, it was hard not to. West has a way of writing that makes you feel the characters pain right alongside with them. What made it even that much more better were the letters Olivia wrote to Trisha, every time I read one it just made my heart break but through those letters you really got to know Olivia's state of mind. There were other characters I really loved which was Kara, Olivia's roommate and Preston, Kara's best friend. Kara was as good of a friend as they come but you know there is more to her then meets the eye and luckily she has her own book, the second in the series call Miles From Kara so we see what she is really about. Preston is a player of sorts but he is only like that because of something that happened in his past which isn't your typical heartbreak story but much more than that which causes him to be pretty non-committal until he meets Olivia. I personally would have loved to see a few chapters in Preston's point of view, I don't know about you guys but I love dual point of views in books that have two characters both with very interesting and broken pasts, it helps me connect better with them. The book mostly dealt with healing especially for Olivia and that is where Rose came in. If I have to go to therapy for any reason I want Rose. I loved her. At first I thought she was some crazy lady but she was perfect for Olivia and even though Olivia didn't see it till later Rose had become more a friend to her then just a therapist. Overall great read, I've already read the next book in the series and will be putting up a review for that one as well.
~ "Can we please talk about something else now? Like Small Town here and why she's looking at me like I've murdered a puppy." -Preston ~"You're becoming something out of a Shakespearian tragedy." -Rose ~Sometimes it's all just a guess, Olivia. Life. We move through it, we plan, we try. But at the end of the day, like the weather, it's all just a guess. We can't stay inside all day, afraid of the rain. We have to live." - Preston