Sunday, May 25, 2014

Review: Missing Pieces by Nicola Haken

Missing Pieces by Nicola Haken

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Book: Mising Pieces
Author: Nicola Haken
Genre:  New Adult/Contemporary Romance

Seventeen-year-old Maddie Davis has spent her whole life on the move. With an unstable mother who has a knack for making bad decisions, she’s never stayed in one place long enough to remember its postcode. But this time is different… This time, she has been dragged half way across the world. Arriving in California and being forced to go back to school feels like stepping back in time. She wants to go home…
Until she meets Blaine Elwood – the stepson of an old family friend.
Blaine appears to have it all. To the outside world, quarterback Blaine is rich, confident and has the ‘arrogant bad boy’ image down to a tee. But nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. Nobody ever can. He has vowed never to let anyone get too close – let anyone discover how weak he is. So when new girl Maddie starts tugging at strings he didn’t know existed in his heart, his only option is to push her away…
Until he realizes how much he needs her.
Together, after being forced into adulthood from an early age, they begin to learn what it feels like to be young – to smile, to laugh… to love. So when shattered secrets and splintered lies start unraveling around them, will the trust they’ve worked so hard to build be irreparably destroyed? Or will they realize they are two pieces of the same broken puzzle?

This is my 5 star review for Missing Pieces by Nicola Haken for Eskimo Princess Book Reviews.
Missing Pieces is about Maddie, a young, British girl who has had to leave the UK with her mom in order to move to the United States. Maddie is very mature for her age. She has had a rough time moving constantly as long as she can remember. She just wants to get her schooling done so she can move on with her adult life. What will happen when she arrives in the US and meets her mom’s friend Trudy’s family? Is Blaine really the bad boy he presents himself as?
Blaine Elwood seems to have the perfect life. He has good looks, a killer smile, and money. However that is what he wants people to think. He doesn’t want anyone to know what goes on behind the closed doors of his family’s gym. Will he be able to change his ways when he meets the beautiful Maddie? Will his father stop him from being with the “trailer trash”?
This book was very interesting. Maddie was such a strong character. She didn’t let any of the rich snotty brats get in her way. She was strong and didn’t let life get her down. She took care of her mom and was very mature about decisions that need to be made. Blaine, well there were times I wanted to reach out and shake him, ask him what was he thinking, but the more I read the more I just wanted to hug him tight and tell him everything was going to be alright. Life for him really was crappy, but he didn’t let it stop him from becoming the man he needed to be.
I have read all of Nicola’s other books and loved them and this one was no different. I love how she tackles life events that are hard to deal with. She has a way with words that is for sure. I have enjoyed all of her books and look forward to reading everything that she writes in the future. 

Nicola lives in Rochdale, England with her husband and four children (six if you include the dogs!) She is the author of New Adult/Contemporary romance novels Inevitable, Saving Amy and the Take My Hand series. When she is not busy playing with her imaginary book friends (or talking about them with real life friends!) she can usually be found carrying out her ordinary mum/housewife/all round slave duties. Oh, and if the kids ever ask, she moonlights as the Pink Power Ranger while they’re sleeping…

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