Monday, February 11, 2019

Picking up the Pieces by Frey Ortega


I'm Noah Linkletter, and I'm broken.

Shattered, really—and I've been trying my best to ignore my problems by chasing temporary highs wherever I can find them. I put my makeup on and dance my way through a club, and by night's end, I find a man who's willing to indulge in a little act of sin to help me forget the demons in my own head.

It only takes one moment for my entire world to turn upside down. I'm left bloody and beaten, but even through the haze I meet him.

Farid Hassan.

A man who is strong and intimidating yet calm and patient. A man who wants me, despite my demons. A man so wonderful, he's willing to help pick me up the pieces.

Maybe he'll succeed.

My Rating - 4 Stars!

Picking Up The Pieces, by Frey Ortega, is a great story.

When we meet Noah, he's hit rock bottom. He's full of fears, doubts and insecurities, not allowing himself to get over the death of his ex. His biggest problem, however, is his continued self sabotage. Living a life of hookups, he's been a slave to his emotions. 

When Noah's attacked, he meets Farid, who takes an interest in the broken man. Farid is consistence in his efforts to become friends with Noah. We don't see a lot of the growing relationship, but it still works well for me.  

What follows is an emotional ride, as their relationship develops, and Farid challenges him to overcome his issues. It's beautiful that Farid's the only one to see the real Noah. He takes things slow with the skittish man, knowing that's the only way to get anywhere with him.

The chemistry between the men is hot, and I would love to see more of these guys. The story leaves us with a HFN, which the potential for so much more. 

Picking Up The Pieces is told in a raw and gritty manner, yet it's about hope and healing. It certainly glosses over a lot of the details, so skip this one if you're a stickler for the details. 

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