Paisley Hull fell in love at sixteen; the forever kind of love: unexpected, passionate, consuming – her first. She never thought she could walk away from that kind of passion. Ignoring her heart, guided by her head, she never looked back.
Blindsided by the beauty of a tiny, hazel-eyed vixen, Jake Grant fell head over heels in love, vowing to keep her protected and not let his past taint her. He may have been overzealous in his attempts to show her how much he cherished her but he never thought she would walk away without a fight.
Nine years later, a now divorced Jake has a chance encounter with an engaged Paisley just a few short weeks before she is set to walk down the aisle. Wondering if they gave up too easily, the two embark on a journey through the jagged edges of their past. Can they overcome the obstacles to finally become one or is it too late for their second chance?
My 5 Star Review
I was so excited to read this book and I had my expectations set kind of high considering I loved all Leigh Ann’s other books and she did not disappoint. Pieces of Paisley is about finding young love only to lose it but….as with many things that get lost it doesn’t mean it can’t be found.
Paisley is shy and insecure but has plenty of spark in her. She is an over-thinker, constantly questioning everything she believes she should and shouldn’t feel. Paisley has this wall built up inside her, this is her way of keeping others from letting her down or hurting her. Paisley comes off as this unapproachable girl, but that doesn’t keep Jake from pursuing her from the first moment he laid eyes on her. He soon breaks down that wall piece by piece.
Jake is in the Navy, he has just a few more years until he is out. He knows now it not the time for a relationship but all that flies out the window as soon as he sees this tiny beauty and hears her smart-mouth. He wants to know every single thing about Paisley. She makes him want to be a better person.
Paisley and Jake soon become inseparable, young love is never easy and they have their spats but they love each other. Jake has a couple deployments coming up and both are dreading them. With one short deployment out of the way Jake heads home for Christmas break in Kansas. Everything seems to be going well until some life altering news leaves him stunned and confused. With yet another deployment coming up, this one the longest yet the couple must learn how to deal with everything while trying to spend as much time together as possible.
Paisley knows Jake is keeping something from her, but she loves him and will wait until he is ready to share that information. Jake is feeling the pressure of everything and his temper is flaring. When it’s time for him to leave they both have no idea what is going to happen to their relationship while they are separated. Will those secrets finally get revealed? Is their love strong enough to keep them together with little contact over the course of his deployment?
You will have to read to find out.
There is so much more to the story but that is all I’m going to tell. It’s wonderfully written and will pull at your heartstrings. I loved Paisley’s character, watching her grow from an insecure teen into a stronger young woman kind of reminded me of myself. I had my ups and downs with Jake but also felt for him at times. Their relationship wasn’t easy but it was full of passion. I was rooting for these two through it all. This book is told in dual POVs so you get not only pieces of Paisley but Jake as well, no pun intended. 😉 I loved the prologue and while reading I would occasionally think back to the it wondering if this is the “moment” and when I finally got to it, it brought tears to my eyes. As with all of Leigh Ann’s work I highly recommend reading this one.
Leigh Ann Lunsford is stay at home mom turned author. She writes Romance/New Adult and loves her happily ever after in all books and movies. She lives with her husband, son, and four dogs in Fleming Island, Florida. When she isn’t writing or reading you can find her stuck in front of really bad reality shows or watching Sons of Anarchy. Leigh Ann has a filthy mouth and a huge amount of sarcasm that knows no end. She hopes to give the voices in her head an outlet with many more novels to come.