Series: Baytown Boys #5
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Also in this series: Finding Peace
Also by this author: Serial Love, Celebrating Love, Finding Peace, Thin Ice, Zander
Baytown Boys Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.
Lance Greene. Former military. Current artist…and recluse. Moving to Baytown was a chance to get away and forget. Forget his family’s expectations, forget the friends he lost on his last mission, and try to forget the nightmares that follow him. Staying away from people worked, until he met her. She was bright, happy, and everything he did not want.
Jade Lyons. Elementary teacher. Sea glass collector. New to Baytown, she embraced all the small town had to offer, loving the little town, her friends, her students, and her new habit of early morning walks on the beach to find sea glass. Until she met him. He was overbearing, rude, and everything she wanted to avoid.
But sea glass works magic and when Jade discovers a body, Lance steps up, vowing to protect her.
Can picking up the pieces bring two souls together?
**The language and sexual scenes in the book are similar to what you would see in an R rated movie, therefore the book is for 18+ readers.**
Picking Up the Pieces continues Jordan’s stories of veterans finding peace and love after their military career is over. Lance was a military cop who watched his unit die on a mission. He tried to return to a normal life by working as a cop in Richmond, but it wasn’t for him. He moves to Baytown and becomes a bit of a recluse who stays at home making art from sea glass.
Jade is a 2nd grade teacher who collects sea glass to share with her students. She loves her job and her friends in Baytown. She has a chance encounter with Lance that does NOT go well. He is surly and rude to her immediately. However, she isn’t willing to let him push her around and is determine to be kind and welcoming. They slowing start to get to know each other and Lance begins to realize his life, as he has been living it, isn’t making him happy. He and Jade discover how much they have in common and its a sweet, normal relationship. You have the added mystery of a murder in town and Jade’s tangental relationship to the murder. This kept me guessing and was mysterious enough to make the plot feel like it didn’t drag along. You also have the dynamic of small town life that adds to the plot. The interesting people of the town make for a well rounded cast of characters!
My biggest issue with Picking Up the Pieces is similar to issues I have had with Jordan’s books in the past-the dialogue can be corny at times. This could just be me being judgmental and jaded though. However, sometimes the dialogue has me rolling my eyes at the cheesiness.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: ex-military, small town
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes with epilogue « Hide Spoiler