Saturday, December 13, 2014

Review: Pierced by Love by Laura L. Walker

Pierced by Love
Pierced by Love by Laura L. Walker
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media 
My Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Noelle Jensen doesn’t want to like Pierce Logan. After her boyfriend breaks up with her for her sister, Noelle is done with love. Plus Pierce Logan has commitment issues because of his parents’ divorce and a strained relationship with his dad. But as Pierce and Noelle inadvertently help each other to open up their hearts, they also rediscover the importance of family and love. 
My Review:
I can't even imagine being jilted twice--once by a fiance and once by an almost fiance, but that's exactly what Noelle went through. It would be really hard to get over it, especially when the second one came as such a surprise. After almost a year of dating, Chase broke up with Noelle when he announced that he was engaged to her sister and roommate, Melody. Noelle is heartbroken and Pierce, a longtime friend, takes it upon himself to help her get over it. Pierce has issues of his own to deal with and finds that Melody is just the person to help him heal.

I enjoyed the premise of the story, but I had a hard time connecting to the characters. They weren't consistent and acted completely opposite of themselves at times, which made it hard to really get a feel for who the character really was. I understand that people have conflicting feelings, but I felt that a smoother transition into those feelings would have been easier to understand. I hated that Noelle was the last one to know about her impending break-up, yet everyone expected her to be happy about it. Even her loved ones were very supportive and concerned one minute, and then almost mean the next. Noelle was so worried about her reputation being ruined because she was hanging out with Pierce. He was a really great guy who dated around a lot, but I couldn't see how that would ruin her reputation. Pierce had family issues that were hard for him to deal with, but they seemed to be really blown out of proportion. There were moments that really drew me into the story, but there were other points where it felt like a travel log. I wanted to see the story and relationships unfold and not just hear about them briefly.

That said, I really liked watching Noelle mature. She's had some time away at college to do so, but it was her experiences that really helped her grow. I also loved seeing a friendship blossom into something more. There was an attraction there that sparked into more when the timing was right--it's all about the timing! Pierce is a really good guy--one who is always looking out for others and keeping their best interests at heart. I enjoyed seeing it all come together.

Content: mild kissing; moderate religious elements. Clean.
About the Author:
Laura Walker grew up in southern Arizona. She met her husband, Rob, at Northern Arizona University where she earned her bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She and Rob are raising their six children. Her hobbies include water aerobics and sewing. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. Pierced by Love is her first published novel.

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