Book Tour: Pieces of One
Author: SVC Ricketts
Date: June 22 – July 3
Release Date: June 18, 2015
Hosted by: SBB Promotions
Two men want me and I, them. Simple, right? Not like this.
For over two years, I’ve been dealing with a pain in the ass MY way.
She has her life and I have mine. They don’t intermingle. It’s the only way to keep things rational. But now she’s done something monumentally stupid and the only way to untangle myself from her mess is to live life in her shoes. Me, on the run in five inch stilettos. Great.
My name is Trista Dividir. I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and Marvy is my other personality, my alter.
To get my life back, I lie, I cheat, and I fall for both of her lovers. Little do I know, I am not the only liar.
Did I mention I have another alter? Yeah, I didn’t know about her either.
Book one in a three part romantic suspense series with a smattering of smexy in between. In the end, you’ll find your HEA…maybe.
Due to mature content and excessive whatever, this is a recommended read for age 18+.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review
Pieces of One was my second run in with a plot that involved multiple personalities. There are many different types of ways with dealing with multiple personalities, or alters as author S. V. C. Ricketts describes them. Some are aware of their multiple personalities and can interact with them, some are not aware of their existence, and some like Trista Dividir can coexist, somewhat peacefully, with her alter. Book 1 of the series has proven to be surprising, entertaining and suspenseful. It was the kind of book that I didn’t want to put down and the kind of book you wanted to read again in case there was some tidbit of information you might have missed.
It was only a few years ago that Trista Dividir discovered she was living with an alternate personality, one who called herself Marvy. She noticed things being moved, clothes she didn’t remember buying, and pockets of time in her memory missing. One day she wakes up after Marvy’s had a night out and finds herself disoriented. Things are missing, she’s in pain, bruised, and worried about what Marvy has been up too. Thanks to a video camera installed on her ear cuff, Trista now has video of everything Marvy has been up to, and what she discovers will spiral her, her friends, family and even Marvy’s acquaintances into a world of trouble that none of them could have predicted.
At first I wasn’t sure I’d like this book considering how DARK and INTENSE it sounded just by reading the first couple of pages. Because you know me, I go in with blind faith, no teasers, no promo nothing! Everything I’d heard about this book made me afraid…AND YOU SHOULD BE AFRAID! CAUSE THIS BOOK IS SUSPENSEFUL AF! Holy crap….every page was like, “omg…omg what’s going to happen omg…” That’s what it felt like dealing with an alternate personality. You never knew what bad thing they were going to do or when they were going to pop up next.
Ricketts really hit the nail with this novel because dealing with multiple personalities/alters and multiple povs and voices is difficult. Each alter has to sound different and act a different way and that isn’t always easy. I love Trista and the main characters a lot but some just felt sort of….side…ish like support. Her best friend, Kitta who is hilarious by the way, just seemed….sort of extra sometimes even though she was her anchor to her life. Her brother, some of the other people I won’t mention because spoilers also seemed extra….but the MAIN PEOPLE! who I also can’t mention, that’s where the story is at and by the end I think you’ll be like me and go, “What..What…No…WHAT!? STOOPPP ITTTT!”
Couple of minor criticisms and concerns I had mostly had to do with the POV and what the character is seeing.
There are several scenes where Trista is going over some video of what Marvy did the night before. We as the reader and as Trista are technically viewing this video through first person, meaning the cuff is on Marvy’s ear. There are instances during this where Ricketts will mention Marvy’s change in facial expression or something you wouldn’t notice if you were watching a video in first person. (Because how could you see a person’s facial expression unless there’s a mirror or some reflection they’re looking directly into). This is just something minor some readers may or may not notice but gives the story more depth of the character which was why it was necessary. After speaking to Ricketts about this (wondering whether or not it was intentional) she explained to me that she too was conflicted over this but again ultimately adds to the story instead of taking away from it.
If I can be completely honest….I feel like the romance is almost UNNECESSARY because the story is so good. I mean…come on…romance has to happen, and it’s…AWESOME, and hot…and…mmm I’m thinking about it now… But the romance doesn’t TAKE UP the entire story, it isn’t centered around romance; it’s more about the suspense, and the story that gets you. The romance is extra and it’s smexy 😉
Overall, this book is an amazing and extremely suspenseful read with a bunch of twists and turns that I didn’t expect. I honestly can’t wait to see what Trista and Marvy are up to in book two and the rest of the series. Even though I hear Book 2 is going be….serious… *spoilers lol*
4/5 Hearts of Love
SVC Ricketts is a Contemporary Romance author and professional smart alec (self-professed). Her work has been recognized by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and was selected as a finalist for the 2013 PNWA Literary Competition in the Romance category.
Raised between Southern California and Oahu, she moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1993 and although she loves it here, her heart belongs to the Islands – it always will. When she’s not in, what she loving calls “book-mode,” she multitasks her life between her hilarious adult special needs daughter, super smexy husband of 11 years, two dogs, and sweating out her stress in a hot yoga studio.