Overall: 4/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
~QD Story Details~
Tear jerker: No
Location: Catskills, NY & NYC
Character age range: mid-20s
Lead: Galen Zabriese
Love interest(s): Ren (Renaissance) Hayden
~QD Book Info~
Kindle Unlimited: No
Series: Yes – Awaken My Heart Series
1. Jigsaw Hearts – Novel One – released 01/10/17
2. Pieces of You, Pieces of Me – Novella One – 08/31/17
3. Whole Piece of My Heart – Novella Two – 08/29/18
Sex/kink type: penetrative, oral, public
Possible triggers: mention of childhood abuse, mention of suicide, kidnapping, violence/homicide
Galen and Ren are back, madly in love and ready to start their lives together. They’re certain things are going to head in the right direction after Galen’s mother, Katherine’s remission but things start to fall apart. Galen’s sister Corinne leans heavily on him for help opening her gallery, his brother Dax starts to lash out at the family for unknown reasons and the subject of Ren’s latest biography attacks her on social media. Then all of a sudden Ren mysteriously disappears. Did she leave or did someone take her?
What first appears to be a romance novella with some interesting family dynamics becomes a dramatic and suspenseful page-turner that will keep you up until you finish it. I shouldn’t be surprised with the way the last two books ended. Danica keeps you hooked. Her writing style has you feeling all the feels, riding a loopy emotional rollercoster, with angst taking the lead and radiating all the way down to your bones. I was honestly surprised at how much I liked this series and now I can’t wait to read Corinne’s story next!
Nothing makes Galen Zabriese happier than time with his soulmate, Ren Hayden. With his mother’s illness behind them and Ren’s career as a biographer showing great promise, he’s ready to propose—as soon as he thinks of the perfect way to do so. The life they want to build for themselves will be an uphill challenge at first, but Gale is convinced it will be a smooth one.
Until the subject of Ren’s latest biography calls her into a negative spotlight.
Until his brother, Dax, crosses a line.
Until Ren disappears.
Suddenly, instead of planning a proposal, Galen must risk everything to find Ren – including his moral compass.
Series Blurb: Between the two, there were many missing pieces. It would take a selfless, transformative, passionate sort of love to fill them in. It would take Ren risking a reconnection to her emotions and a leap of faith from Galen in letting go of his guilt. And even if they allow each other to fill in their missing pieces, it would take luck and courage to make it out of a life and death situation where Ren’s dead brother’s unfinished business wants to finish her and those she is growing to love.
This first story arc in the Awaken My Heart series begins with HEA novel Jigsaw Hearts, then offers more of the couple you’ll grow to love with two follow-up novellas. Pieces of You, Pieces of Me has Ren and Galen navigating a new normal that becomes a crisis. Whole Piece of My Heart shows us what they are ready to do for each other when Seth’s past returns once more.
If someone came forward to reveal to Danica Raimz that, a few years ago, she inadvertently slipped through a tear in the fabric of the universe and into a parallel universe, it would not surprise her the least little bit. In fact, she would welcome any explanation for her new life, new locale, and new way of seeing the world. If someone had told her she would be writing steamy romance … well, that would have flat-out shocked her. Still, if unwillingly uprooting your life and waiting for the dust to settle has any perks, the drive to rebel and regain control of your life on your own terms is one of them. Danica now loves to write the sort of romance where sex is the sweet, enticing, satisfying icing on the cake of relationships that are meant to be. A solid story, unique characters, true love, emotional rollercoasters, and steamy encounters are the hallmark of her work.