Wednesday, February 20, 2013

~Book Review: Pieces and The Breakaway~

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I will be reviewing two books by Michelle Davidson Argyle.  Be sure to read my reviews of these wonderful books.  Follow the rest of the tour for more reviews and some great giveaways.  
Rhemalda Publishing 
February 14th, 2013

Two years after watching her kidnappers go to prison, Naomi Jensen is still in love with one of them. Jesse will be released in a few years, and Naomi knows college is the perfect distraction while she waits. But when her new friend Finn makes her question what is right and what is wrong, she begins to wonder if Jesse is the one for her … until she discovers he's out on parole. Naomi must sort through her confusion to figure out where love and freedom truly lie—in Finn, who has no connections to her past, or Jesse, who has just asked her to run away with him.

Pieces is a companion to The Breakaway and can be read independently, if desired.


The Breakaway tells Naomi's story about her kidnapping and what she had to endure.  In Pieces we learn about the aftermath.  It has been two years since Naomi sent her kidnappers to jail.  She is trying to move on with her life but one of the kidnappers, the one she fell in love with, is getting ready for parole.  Naomi is anxiously awaiting his release because she naively hopes for a real relationship with him.  Can their love be real?  How will people react when Naomi wants to start a relationship with her kidnapper?

Naomi is trying to settle into normal college life at Harvard.  She is getting along well with her roommate and has made a new friend in Finn, the cute coffeehouse guy.  As long as people don't know about her past, she can relax for a bit.  She agrees to go out with Finn only with the understanding that they are just friends and she quickly lets him know she has a boyfriend.  Only, she doesn't tell him her boyfriend is in jail.  Even from jail, Jesse still has a strong hold on Naomi.  When Jesse is finally paroled, the only way him and Naomi can be together is with deceit and lies.  Can Naomi finally make a break once and for all or is her life with Jesse now?

In all honesty, I did not like this book as well as the first one.  It is still a five star, of course.  I did not agree with the choices Naomi made throughout the book.  With all the therapy she has endured, she still makes so many wrong ones.  Choices that she knew were wrong because she is too scared to stand up for herself.  I would also have liked to have heard more about the other kidnappers.  We only hear about Jesse since he was paroled early.  Follow Naomi's story to the exciting conclusion.  A wonderful New Adult Series that will not disappoint you. 

 Rhemalda Publishing
 May 1st, 2012

When Naomi Jensen is kidnapped, it takes her parents two days to realize she’s missing. Escape isn’t high on her list of priorities when all she has to return to is an abusive boyfriend and parents who never paid much attention to her. For the first time in her life she’s part of a family—even if it is a family of criminals. But she’s still a captive. In a desperate attempt to regain some control in her life, Naomi embarks on a dangerous plan to make one of her kidnappers think she’s falling in love with him. The plan works too well, and when faced with the chance to escape, Naomi isn’t sure she wants to take it.


Naomi Jensen has it made.  Rich parents, a handsome boyfriend and freedom to do pretty much what she wants.  Looks can be deceiving.  Raised by nannies, all Naomi wants is someone to love her and pay attention to her.  When Naomi is kidnapped it takes her parents two days to even notice and then they go back to work the next day.  Naomi is not surprised.  Appearance and money have always been more important to her family.  

Naomi starts to realize that maybe her kidnappers are not bad people after all.  In fact, they are much nicer than her boyfriend and pay more attention to her than her parents.  What does she have to go home to anyway?  When she starts getting close to one of her kidnappers, will she set him up for her escape or will she end up having real feelings for him?

This is a quick paced, nail-bitter that had me on edge until the end.  Naomi has the classic case of Stockholm Syndrome.  If she had a better home life she never would have bonded with her kidnappers as well as she did.  Even when she found out information about the brainwashing, she still dismissed it.  We still have to remember that no matter how much she came to care for her kidnappers they are still criminals and had no plans to ever  let her go.  This book was such an emotional journey for me.  I have feel in love with Michelle Davidson Argyle's books!  I recommend that you read this book.  You will not be disappointed.  Be sure to read the next book in this series, Pieces, to find out what happens to Naomi.

Michelle lives and writes in Utah, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. She loves the seasons, but late summer and early fall are her favorites. She adores chocolate, sushi, and lots of ethnic food, and loves to read and write books in whatever time she can grab between her sword-wielding husband and energetic daughter. She believes a simple life is the best life.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for being a part of the tour! LOVE your reviews. :)