Tuesday 10 October 2017


In Pieces
Something More #2
By Danielle Pearl
Releasing October 10th, 2017

In, In Pieces (Something More #2) by Danielle Pearl, Beth Caplan has been through so much and is determined to have the college experience that all others her age have. However, her childhood crush David March isn't making her college experience easy for her, especially when her ex has transferred to the same college and a creepy stranger tries getting to know her. Will Beth finally be able to live her life on her terms and get the guy she's always wanted, or will college break her?

What a very interesting and wonderful read Ms. Pearl has penned in this book where the heartbreaking back stories of the main characters had me addicted to discover more about Beth and David; and the dialogue had me hooked because of Beth's strength and her determination to prove she can take care of herself. Certainly, she doesn't need her brother's best friend looking out for her. The way this story started with the prologue had me sympathizing with the heroine, as her ex did a real number on her and throughout this story she's finally starting to bounce back and get her life back on track. Will she be able to overcome her past with her ex being back in her life?

As for the dialogue, I loved how it changed between the past and the present in seeing how close she and David were in the past and how he's always been there for the heroine. However, in saying that, the dialogue was also intense and emotional due to what the heroine's ex did to her that left her devastated and what happens with the heroine's family that leaves her finally expressing her true feelings about all that she's been through because of her father's abandonment.

Moreover, I liked the heroine's strength and determination to finally take charge of her life and not allow what's happened to her in the past to keep her from enjoying college and doing well in her classes. I also liked how her relationship with David progresses, because it's palpable they're a meant-to-be couple and they shouldn't let anything keep them apart, not even David's friendship with her brother. While the hero, he's had it tough throughout his life and it's palpable having Beth and her family in his life has been a good thing. I also enjoyed how protective David was of the heroine which is understandable after all that she's been through and continues to go through while at college. I also liked how determined the hero was to avoid getting involved with the heroine because he didn't want to wreck his friendship with her brother. However, in saying that, it was palpable that David could only hold out on giving them a chance for so long.

Overall, Ms. Pearl has penned an enjoyable read in this book where the chemistry between this couple was fascinating and had me wanting to know how long it would take David to give in; and the ending had me liking how far the hero was willing to go for the heroine, especially because of what's happening at college that should have female students worried. Then again, David needed to know the truth if he was to protect Beth. However, it was the epilogue that wrapped this story up wonderfully, as we discover how far Beth and David have come in their relationship and whether the heroine's brother could handle them being together. I would recommend In Pieces by Danielle Pearl, if you enjoy New Adult Romance, the brother's best friend trope, or books by authors Sawyer Bennett, Ginger Scott, Siobhan Davis and Jessica Sorenson.

The second New Adult novel in the Something More series by bestselling author Danielle Pearl!

Beth Caplan is ready to begin college a new woman. She's worked hard to overcome her demons, and she's eager to live in a world where no one knows about her past. Except, of course, her childhood crush. David March has known Beth a lifetime. Tasked by her older brother to look after the beautiful incoming freshman, he takes his job exceptionally seriously. Even if she tempts him in ways no kid-sister type ever should.

When Beth's ex shows up as a transfer student, and a creepy stranger with a reputation for violence sets his sights on her, Dave will do whatever it takes to protect her, even if it means moving her in with him. When he learns just how much a secret from his past hurt the girl he's always cared for, he becomes doubly determined to protect her, even from himself. But that's easier said than done.


Beth startles when she notices me, and she stops walking, so I make up the distance still between us. She looks adorable as all hell in those tight jeans and loose racerback tank top. Her bra shows at her sides and I’m equally turned on and annoyed by it. She never did have any kind of self-awareness. At least not when it comes to how goddamned attractive she is. And it bugs me that every guy that’s passed her today has caught a glimpse of that black lace.

I shove my hand through my hair. “Beth,” I sigh.

I wait for her to go off on me again, but she doesn’t. She just kind of looks up at me, her resentment a palpable thing. I can’t stand to see her look at me like that. But what makes my lungs burn is knowing that I deserve her resentment. She has no idea how much. Fuck, I hope to God she never will. Especially not now that she’s come so far—that she’s doing so well. Well enough to tell me off in public, at my own party, anyway.

But not tonight, it seems, and when she still doesn’t say anything at all, I make my attempt. “Look, I’m sorry, okay? I thought I was protecting you.”

“I don’t need protection,” she counters.         

I nod. “I know. I just thought…Falco being around would give you an excuse to hide away in your dorm, and I wanted you to experience…”

“Experience what, David?”

I shrug. “I don’t know. Fucking life, I guess.”

Beth looks down at her shoes. I hate that she won’t even look at me. “Okay, whatever,” she murmurs.

Whatever?” I repeat incredulously. Here I am, apologizing—something I’m not exactly fucking known for—and all she has to say is whatever?

“Yeah. Whatever. I get it. It just sucks, you know?”

I take a much-needed deep breath. “I know, Bea.”

At last her eyes meet mine, hostility finally gone. I take the opportunity to retrieve my new peace offering from my back pocket. Well, not new. My worn and weathered copy of Hamlet, riddled with years’ worth of my own highlights and notes, its pages filled with more of my own words than those of the author himself. I hope it will help in her Shakespeare class. If nothing else, it will give her an invasive insight into who I am and how I think, just like all the other books I’ve given her over the years, and I wonder if she realizes just how personal it is.

She takes it, her thin brows pinched together in confused awe. “This is your copy,” she breathes.

Suddenly I feel too vulnerable, uncomfortably exposed. “Thought it could help in your class,” I half-lie. Because it’s more than that, and I suspect she knows it.

Her pretty pink lips twist into a small smile, her cheeks going even rounder than usual, and it hits me right in the chest. Not for the first time I tell myself the affection I feel for her is strictly familial. More lies.


I smile. “You eat dinner yet?”

She shrugs. “I was gonna heat a cup of noodles and study.”

Cup of fucking noodles? “Fuck that. Come to the Stu-U. Let’s get some real food.”

Beth rolls her eyes. “Fine. But just some quick food, okay? I really need to study.”

There are more things in heaven and earth, Bea,” I smirk at her, and she sets free a short giggle. There it is.

I take her girly-ass backpack and slip it over my shoulder, giving her no choice but to follow me. But as soon as I turn around, my eyes catch on that same guy, just as he’s averting his gaze. Only this time he wasn’t looking at me. He was looking at Beth; I’m sure of it. Rage rushes through my veins, and I grit my teeth. I don’t know who the fuck this guy is, but there’s something off about him, and there’s absolutely nothing good about Beth drawing his attention.

My jaw clenches. I slip my arm protectively around her shoulders, despite just having been scolded for being overprotective. “Beth, in two seconds, I want you to subtly glance to your left, between buildings B and C, okay?”

Her brows pinch together again. She looks so damned cute when she does that. She doesn’t wait the two seconds, and her “subtle glance” is more of a full-on stare. “Glance,” I whisper-growl. I wait until she’s facing forward again, and then start leading her from the quad. “Did you see that guy?” I ask her.

She nods hesitantly.

“Do you know him?”

“Yeah. I mean, no. He’s in my Abnormal Psych class. And I saw him last night.”

“Saw him doing what?”

“The same thing. Standing around smoking cigarettes like a fucking creep.”

“I think he was looking at you,” I admit.

“And that.”

So this isn’t the first time that guy’s been staring at Beth. Unease swirls in my gut. “Stay away from him,” I warn her.

“Do you know him?” she asks uncertainly.

“No. But I don’t like the way he was looking at you.”

Of course, I’ve never liked the way any guys have looked at her.

Danielle Pearl is the bestselling author of the Something More series. She lives in New Jersey with her three delicious children and ever-supportive husband, who---luckily---doesn't mind sharing her with an array of fictional men. She did a brief stint at Boston University and worked in marketing before publishing her debut novel, Normal. She writes mature Young Adult and New Adult contemporary romance. Danielle enjoys coffee, wine, and cupcakes, and not in moderation.

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