Sometimes to reach the surface you have to fall to the bottom first…
For the past ten years, Riley Davis’ life has been overshadowed by the tragic death of his partner. Fluctuating between alcohol induced daze, clinical depression and throwing all his time and effort into his business, Riley doesn’t believe, or even hope, that his life will ever be worth living again.
Until Sonnie Frye drops by his haberdashery shop, changing his life forever.
Sonnie is a man who likes getting what he wants, when he wants it. He’s worked hard to establish himself as Queen Victoria theatre’s chief costume designer, collecting multiple awards – and high-profile clients – along the way. Sonnie is used to putting his needs, goals and desires first, unwilling to compromise his own happiness for anybody else.
Until he meets a handsome shop owner whose eyes are so sad that they immediately tug at Sonnie’s heartstrings.
Seeing something he wants, Sonnie is determined to get under Riley’s skin and, preferably, into his bed. But he soon discovers the task is not that easy. For the first time in his life, Sonnie may need to put someone else’s needs before his own, and re-evaluate what really matters in life.
Will the two men stand side by side to overcome their differences, and everything else life throws at them? Or will it all become too much to bear, shaking them to their very core, destroying everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve?
***Sexual content, 18+ only***
***Piece by Piece is a standalone novel. It’s the full story of Sonnie and Riley***
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Teodora Kostova brings us another emotional West End story! Set in the same world as Dance and Mask, Piece by Piece features the costume designer, Sonnie, from the Queen Anna theatre. Sonnie is the mastermind genius behind all the costumes that grace the stage of the Queen Anne. He’s currently working the show, Poison, dressing Fenix and the whole cast. Penn works for Sonnie, so there are the tie-ins from the first two books! This book can be read as part of the series or as a standalone title.
When Sonnie needs to impress a high dollar client with the perfect wedding dress design, he quickly realizes Penn is more of a diamond in the rough than he could ever imagine. In need of the perfect fabric for the dress, Penn takes Sonnie to Rags. Friends with the owner for some time, Penn is confident that Riley will have the items Sonnie requires for their dress. He does but he also has much more.
Riley has the deepest blue eyes and when Sonnie gazes into them, he sees a kind man with shadows of the past haunting him. He couldn’t be more right. Thus begins a long, tumultuous relationship for Sonnie and Riley.
Sonnie is a demanding and domineering person. He’s good, no fantastic, at what he does and he knows it. He has high expectations for his staff and his own designs and costumes. When Sonnie wants something, he does everything in his power to get it. When he meets Riley, he wants him.
Riley is a shell of a man. Haunted eyes? You bet. He’s been in a repetitive state just trying to get through each day. He puts all his efforts into his shop and doesn’t do much more. No friends, aside from Penn, no relationships, no hobbies or adventures. Riley is hurting and suffering from losing his partner, Richard, in a hit and run accident. For Riley it’s like he’s barely recovered from the traumatic event. Every year as the anniversary of the accident approaches he shuts down and can barely function. He hasn’t come to terms with his loss. It’s like it happened yesterday when in reality, it’s been ten years.
Ten years. I can’t imagine grieving for someone for so long. When there is loss we tend to move past the hurt and emptiness after a short while. A few years and we usually can move forward. Riley spiraled into a depressive state, harming himself multiple times. He managed to overcome the destructive behaviors but became a shell of who he was in the process.
Sonnie is the most supportive person. He accepts and understands the situation and just wants to be there for Riley. To be someone to take away some of his pain and the burdens he holds within. We watch strong, vocal Sonnie become a stepping stone of sorts. It almost feels like Sonnie is giving so much to Riley. Riley sets the pace of the relationship. Riley still mentions and grieves for Richard. Sonnie is stoic in his understanding. It’s sad and noble all at once.
It doesn’t take long to realize that Sonnie isn’t a doormat, he’s the epitome of strength through love. Without Sonnie, Riley wouldn’t have been awakened. He wouldn’t have the desire to heal and move on. He wouldn’t be living again and enjoying life to its fullest. Sonnie breathes life into a lifeless soul. Because of Sonnie, Riley wants to get better and love Sonnie as he so greatly deserves.
An emotional roller-coaster, Piece by Piece is a beautiful story of survival, hope and the strength of the human spirit. How one special person can resuscitate a suffocated soul. Test after test, their love remains the only constant. We also discover that sometimes we are lucky enough to love truly and deeply twice in a lifetime.
RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!
Hi, my name is Teodora and I live in London with my husband and my son. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember, but it became my full time job in 2010 when I decided that everything else I’ve tried bores me to death and I have to do what I’ve always wanted to do, but never had to guts to fully embrace. I’ve been a journalist, an editor, a personal assistant and an interior designer among other things, but as soon as the novelty of the new, exciting job wears off, I always go back to writing. Being twitchy, impatient, loud and hasty are not qualities that help a writer, because I have to sit alone, preferably still, and write for most of the day, but I absolutely love it. It’s the only time that I’m truly at peace and the only thing I can do for more than ten minutes at a time – my son has a bigger attention span than me.When I’m procrastinating, I like to go to the gym, cook Italian meals (and eat them), read, listen to rock music, watch indie movies and True Blood re-runs. Or, in the worst case scenario, get beaten at every Nintendo Wii game by a very inventive kid.