Monday, July 28, 2014

Hot Summer Romance Blog Tour Review: Pieces of Broken Time

The Writer's Coffee Shop Publishing House Presents...
Hot Summer Romance Blog Tour Featuring N.K. Smith, M.A. Stacie,
J.J. McAvoy and Lorenz Font!

And revisiting several other 
great TWCS romantic titles and authors...
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Pieces of Broken Time
A Novel by
Lorenz Font

Release Date: July 24, 2014

When Blake Connor returns from Afghanistan, he wants nothing more than to hide from the world. He’s plagued by the memory of his best friend’s death and the pain of his own injuries. That same friend’s dying wish is just one more burden he must carry.

Jennifer Owens had expected to get married the moment her fiancĂ© returned from the war, but the news of his death changed everything. When an unexpected letter arrives a year later, it raises new questions and opens old wounds. Her search for answers leads her to Blake’s doorstep.

Although Blake seems determined to keep her at arms’ length, Jennifer recognizes the beauty that lies beneath his scars and confronts him with the truth. Nothing will ever be the same for this broken ex-Army Ranger, but he must overcome his warped self-image and emotional scars if he’s going to be the man Jennifer deserves.

I have a soft spot for a story about a soldier. And no, it’s not about how hot they look in their uniform…it’s about how hot they look when taking it off.

After a tragic accident leaves his best friend dead, Blake Conner returns home grieving and physically, emotionally and mentally wounded. He shuts himself away from the world, hating what he now sees in the mirror and unable to make his best friend’s dying wish come true.

Jennifer Owens lost the same man Blake did. Her fiancé was supposed to come home to his waiting bride-to-be, however the only thing that came back to Jennifer was a letter from Trent telling her Blake would take care of her if something ever happened to him.

Look at that cover. I'm completely in love with it. It's the first thing that drew me in. The summary on this one held so much promise, it intrigued me immediately. However, I was just left feeling okay about it in the end.

There wasn’t anything wrong with the writing, or even the story, I think my problem had more to do with the characters. I couldn’t connect to them in any way. I really wanted to like Blake because the guy has been through some shit and of course he’s going to be messed up and angry. But I couldn’t like him, I couldn’t feel sorry for him, I honestly couldn’t feel anything for the guy, good or bad.

Jennifer… I feel as if she was a very weak character. I really don’t think she was right for Blake at all; there was no chemistry between them. It was as if she only wanted to be with him because it was what Trent wanted and being with his best friend was easier than opening up to other people and going out and finding something real with someone else.

Now there is one scene in the book that I had some issues with.

The shower.

Jennifer knew how Blake felt; he wanted her to leave him alone and made it clear that he wanted nothing more to do with her than he had to. It didn’t matter how he really felt, or that he was lying to her, the only thing that mattered is what he told her. I feel like she took advantage of him being drunk and vulnerable. If the roles had been reversed and it was a drunken Jennifer and sober Blake, I’m sure there would be an uproar of reviewers screaming that what he did was wrong. Maybe some would even take it a step farther and scream sexual assault. Sure, Blake was into it in the moment, but Jennifer should have had the decency, and not to mention the brains, to tell him no instead of taking it as her chance to be with him. The guy didn’t even remember what happened the next morning! It was just wrong all the way around.

I do like that it gives a reader hope that after such a great loss and all the damages that have been done a happily ever is possible. And I do like the idea of having two characters grieving over the same man come together. I just think there could have, and should have, been a lot more passion in the story.

About the Author

Lorenz Font discovered her love of writing after reading a celebrated novel that inspired one idea after another. She is currently enjoying the buzz from her previous novels: Indivisible Line, Feather Light, and the first two installments in The Gates Legacy series, Hunted and Tormented.

She currently lives in California with her husband, children, and two demanding dogs. Lorenz divides her time between a full-time job and her busy writing schedule.

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