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Thursday, January 26, 2017

5* #Review Broken Pieces by @ToniAleo1

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Can be found in the Once upon midnight anthology

From the moment Oceanus von Stein, second-in-command to the Patchwork family, caught sight of Taegan Conner, daughter of the leader of the Wolves, he knew he would never love another. Only now, she has been promised in marriage to another, an arrangement to strengthen her family's alliances--and she gets no say in the matter. Can they find a way to be together, or will they both always be two Broken Pieces?

Take place during Pieces.

Review - 

5 Stars!

Toni Aleo can do no wrong! Her latest installment in her paranormal series, Broken Pieces, follows the story of Rebekah’s older brother Oceanus at the same time as Pieces is happening. I highly, highly, highly suggest reading Pieces first as it sets the stage and you get much more background that in Broken Pieces. Think Van Helsing, with a little bit of Underworld, tied in with tiny bits of Twilight’s young adult angst.
As the heir to the leader of the Patchwork, Oceanus has his own hopes, dreams, and views on how the clan should be lead. But his hands are tied as his father holds the leadership role over his head to get him to act how he wants. An immortal descendent of Dr. Frankenstein, a Patchwork member can only marry within their own kind. All other members of the works- vampires, witches, shifters, and wolves must marry their own kind as well. But even an immortal can’t choose who to love, and Oceanus loves Teagan, the wolf princess.
Forbidden by both their fathers, they maintain a slightly secretive relationship. We finally get to see the ins and outs of it, as eluded to in Pieces. When Teagan’s father promises her hand in marriage to another wolf family for an alliance, both Oceanus and Teagan are devastated and see no way out. Oceanus has his duty to the Patchwork ingrained in him and knows he must let her go. He had his own plans, allowing intermarriage upon is ascension as the leader of his clan, but time had run out. Will true love prevail?
I really enjoyed being able to read what happened in Oceanus’s point of view. He seemed so cold and condescending in Pieces, but he is so, so much more. He loves, and loves deeply, but he hides it beneath an air of duty and standoffishness. He had plans. Plans to change the clan, and more importantly, allow intermarriage between the different clans. He has to toe the line for his father to hand over the reins, but each time he thinks he’s close to the finish, his father moves the line down. I felt his despair when he realizes that time had run out, and I loved him all the more when I experienced his pain with him.
I felt the same way with Teagan. It was great reading what she really felt when she was with Oceanus. We only saw a tidbit of her in Pieces, but Teagan is so much more than previously let on. She’s willing to throw caution to the wind to be with Oceanus, even after he tells her she would be killed for being with him. It is all very Romeo and Juliet.
With a slight cliffhanger, the ending of Broken Pieces sets up the third installment, Pieced Together. I loved how the ending set it up. It was such a great twist and a wonderful way to continue such a wonderful series. Toni Aleo has continued to show a whole other side to her writing with this series. The premise is incredibly creative and well thought out, and I am looking forward to Pieced Together. Broken Pieces is a 5 star read for sure!

As I watch my father sit, he doesn’t do so smoothly. His movements are jerky before he folds his old, leathery hands together and his eyes scan the room. The scars are very prominent on his face and hands. All the experiments he did on himself are visible, along with the scar tissue that is ancient and freakish on him. While his eyes are bright, from the new pair he just obtained, he looks like death. And tired. Very tired.
Clearing his throat, he lets his gaze fall on me, and I meet it head on.
“I had a meeting with Kurt Conner.”
Kurt Conner.
The pack leader of the wolves.
My love’s father.
Clearing my throat, I sit up straighter as my forearms lay against the cool top of the old oak table. Before I can comment, though, he is going on. “He needed a loan for the wedding of Taegan.”
My world stops.
I feel all eyes on me. My father is staring at me, waiting for a response, but I don’t have one.
Because what the actual fuck is going on?
Did I hear him wrong?
“A wedding?”
“Yeah, she is marrying some other pack leader’s son—you know how those wolves are. Wanting to unite families with arranged marriage and all that wolfish nonsense, I don’t know. But I didn’t give him the money until—”
“Until?” I gasp, my heart in my throat, my stomach on the ground, and every piece of me feeling as if I am falling into the fiery depths of hell because surely I am hearing my father wrong.
Taegan is to marry me.
“He offered up some information on Frank Kelley—”
“He hasn’t died yet?” Jonas asks, and I know it’s to give me time. To let me think, to let me process, but I can’t. Taegan is to marry someone else? She didn’t even tell me. We were together last night! Had she known? Was she playing me? Damn it, what the hell? How could she allow me to find out this way? I mean, I knew my time was running out, but hell, did she keep this from me? I’ve never experienced heartache or true heartbreak, but I’m pretty sure this feeling of my chest caving in and blowing up is just that.
She’s marrying someone else?
She isn’t waiting for me?
Gasping for breath as I try to push the bile back down my throat, I watch as my father shakes his head. “Not yet. And apparently, they are wanting to attack us in one more attempt to get the formula for him. They think they can kidnap Rebekah and use her as leverage.”
I feel Rebekah move as she squeaks. “Me?”
“You. So we are on high alert. Keep your eyes open, and, Rebekah, I don’t want you working at the bar until this is taken care of. I have a meeting with Frank Kelley on Friday.”
“Father, I’m fine at the bar. It’s owned by our family, most of our family is there, along with JJ. The Kelleys don’t even come that much.”
“Yes, but other families come to the bar, and that makes me uncomfortable.”
“I’m fine, I can take care of myself.”
He leans on his desk, and I don’t care about their melodrama. I can’t. Even though I know I should intervene, calm both sides—because my father is right, we need to keep Rebekah underground while this goes on—I can’t help but think of the fact that my love is marrying another. Someone other than me. How in the world is this fair? Why didn’t she fight them? She told me she was mine, and I was hers. Why didn’t she wait for me?
And then it’s like I’m being slapped back into reality.
She didn’t wait for me because we can’t.
We can’t be selfish and love each other because we have commitments to our families. Yes, we love each other. Yes, she is my world, and I’ll love only her. But just like I have to, she has to protect her family. I’m sure there is something more to this, and while I wish she had told me, I know I can’t be upset. I have to respect the process of our families.
Being the eldest, we have no choice.
We don’t get to be greedy.
Wow, I don’t even believe I’m trying to convince myself.
How could she?

My name is Toni Aleo and I’m a total dork.
I am a wife, mother of two and a bulldog, and also a hopeless romantic.
I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!
When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughter’s dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, scrapbooking, and reading the latest romance novel.
I have a slight Disney and Harry Potter obsession, I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, I might have been a Disney Princess in a past life… probably Belle.
… and did I mention I love hockey?

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