Release Day Review: Pieces of Eight by Whitney Barbetti

Pieces of Eight
Series: Mad Love Duet, #2
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Publication Date: May 9, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Synopsis:

Six was always there, even when I didn’t want him.

But he couldn’t hold me together, and I couldn’t be his penance.

Loss is a phantom limb. No one can see it, but the ache torments you in the night, distracts you during the day, and leaves you fragmented. I’m half a heart, half a soul, and nothing could cure the pieces he’d left behind.

Losing him was safer than loving him. Because the love that kept us coming back again and again was nothing short of madness.

But then, isn’t mad love the most honest?


Pieces of Eight is the conclusion to the Mad Love Duet that begins with Six Feet Under. (If you haven’t read Six Feet Under,  you check out my review for it here.) The books must be read in order.

Six Feet Under has been in the back of my mind since I finished reading it several weeks ago. The entire thing was so painful and thought provoking to read on its own, but the preview in the back of the book for Pieces of Eight blew my mind. I had an urgent need to read it. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect, though. Would it be as torturous as Six Feet Under? Well, it was and it wasn’t.

Pieces of Eight felt like Mira’s redemption. Despite all of her mistakes, Mira had grown and was continuing to grow in ways I never saw possible. I didn’t hate her like I did in Six Feet Under. I appreciated the maturity she developed. Mira’s story was very beautiful and inspiring. That’s really what this duet was about: Mira.

Not that Six got left out of this book. This book was very much about Mira’s relationship with him.  I finally felt like I got to know a little more about Six and his love for Mira. His motivations surprised me. I ended up having more respect for him than I had before. Their relationship was the torturous part of the book, though. The state of it made me uncomfortable and sometimes sad.

Honestly, I’m not sure what else to share about Piececs of Eight. It has left me a little speechless, and in a good way. There were so many amazing surprises in store. They blew my mind. All my thoughts are jumbled in my head. I can’t stop thinking the entire duet. The journey Whitney Barbetti took me on was so amazingly raw and deep. This is definitely one of the most emotional series I’ve read this year, and it’s high up on my list of favorites. The Mad Love Duet was so good.

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