Pieces of Us (Confessions of the Heart #3) by A.L. Jackson

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Maxon Chambers has a way of stealing all the attention. 
All my affection, and all my dreams. 
What I needed to remember was he’d stolen my good judgment and my virginity, too. 

When he broke up with me, I ran across the country and swore I’d never return to Broadshire Rim. 
But here I am, thirteen years later. 

Maxon is all grown up.
Sexier than sin and more tempting than ever. 
A detective on the Charleston force, he lives on the outside of safety, devoted to protecting the people of his city.
But with the way he’s looking at me now? I’m pretty sure what needs protecting is my heart.

Can we mend the pieces of us? Or will he leave my heart shattered forever . . .

Pet’s $0.02

I’m probably going to be the outlier for this book, but while I liked it, Maxon pissed me off and I didn’t like his story as much as I did Ian or Jace’s.

I get that he was a kid who had a shitty childhood and as a teen made some absolutely horrible decisions. But he kept making those bad choices in the decade plus that he and Izzy were apart.

And Izzy? That woman has the patience of a saint.

Mack had enough examples of what a healthy functioning family looked like to know what he was doing was wrong. And to allow himself to fall into the same crap that his father was peddling negated any positive influence his mother had on his life. I’m not sure why he soaked up everything his father said and discounted everything that Izzy and his mother told him.

But, I’m not saying Izzy didn’t make mistakes too. She did. Could she have tried harder to let Mack know what was going on? Yes. Do I kind of get why she didn’t? Also, yes.

The story is heartbreaking. I love that they finally reconnect when Izzy returns home. But the turmoil that Mack caused for no reason whatsoever, made it hard for me to root for him, but I did since Izzy doesn’t deserve any more problems in her life.

I will say that the ending with Mack, Jace, Ian and families was fun and a great way to wrap all three of the books in this series together.