Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Pieces of Me
Author: Melanie Hansen
Series: Spectrum Nights #1
Heroes: Scott Ashworth/Rylan Mahoney
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 154 Pages
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: January 16, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Scott Ashworth is a beautiful man and the hottest club host on the Phoenix gay scene. He takes what he wants, does what he wants, and does whom he wants. It’s a good life, but the journey to local popularity and fame wasn’t an easy one. For all that Scott’s looks are a blessing, at the same time they’re a curse—the source of his alcoholic mother’s inexplicable hatred.
Rylan Mahoney dreams of photojournalistic glory. He’s in Phoenix looking for the story of a lifetime, but the project isn’t coming to fruition. Needing rent money, he accepts a gig at Phoenix Pride hawking lewd lollipops and edible condoms…all while wearing gold lamé hot pants and a matching bow tie. When Rylan’s house keys and street clothes go missing after his shift, he’s desperate, until a stranger in a convertible stops to help.
The man is absolute sex on legs, and Rylan is jolted when he recognizes him—his stepbrother Scott Ashworth, long missing but suddenly larger than life. Scott is affluent and successful now, light years away from his hardscrabble days living with Rylan in a double-wide trailer deep in the heart of the Florida Panhandle.
Reunited after six years apart, Scott and Rylan are determined to put their past behind them, but fate may have other ideas and leave their future in jeopardy yet again.
Review: This story starts out as YA, then turns to NA before finishing up as adult. Most of this story takes place in the early stages of Scott and Rylan’s lives giving a full background on their upbringing and the general start and makeup of their relationship. It isn’t until the final third of this book that we get to the point where the blurb takes effect. I found this deceiving in a way that does not do this story justice in that it is so much more than the blurb makes it out to be.
We meet Scott and Rylan as awkward teens trying to get through high school. They are thrown together when Rylan’s dad marries Scott’s mom, who is a real piece of work. Even after all Scott has been through at the hands of his unloving mother, he is still a great guy at heart who basically takes Rylan under his wings.
Rylan is gay and has decided to make his start in the new school out and proud. As he and Scott grow closer through a crappy shared homelife as they share in their various miseries, their relationship expands beyond friendship and a special bond is formed. But the home situation hits a head, and not even the only true friendship Scott has ever had is enough to keep him from running.
Fast forward six years, and we are at the blurb, where Scott and Ryland end up running into each other at a Pride event. On the outside, it appears these guys have both changed quite a bit, but underneath, things are still the same. Scott is living life to the fullest based on his looks alone, and Rylan is still the shy somewhat geeky photographer trying to find his way. What is clear is that Rylan is the only one to ever truly get close to Scott, but these guys still carry a lot of baggage.
This story was very captivating. Through the sadness, there was sweetness and warm feels throughout. Things get very exciting at the end as things seem to be heading back on track for these guys, but beware, it ends on a pretty big cliffhanger. There is a sneak peek of the next book at the end, so you can have an idea of where things are going to go though. But, those who like to have the whole story available might want to wait for the rest of the books in this series to be published, but I highly recommend you keep this on your need to read shelf. It was well written with characters you can’t help but care about. I can’t wait to see how things turn out for these guys!
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*