SUMMARY: A young, hardworking, and successful editor/journalist for an arts and entertainment website keeps her haunted childhood behind her as best she can by relying on a handful of obsessive coping mechanisms. Despite the appearance of having it all together, Ren Hayden doesn't do real relationships of any sort, caring only for her criminal stepbrother, Seth, the only person she could ever count on. When Seth inexplicably commits suicide, she is left to deal with Corinne Zabriese--the rather innocent girlfriend he conned, her unique family, and Seth's trail of disturbing messages that follow her around after his death. Worse? Corinne's brother, Galen, comes to Ren's rescue when all her defenses collapse. He sees the real person behind her emotional walls, and while he can't come to terms with his own misplaced guilt, he becomes hellbent on drawing her true self to the surface. Ren wants nothing to do with his noble, free-spirited nature, except that Galen is the most delicious guy she's ever met--from his expressive eyes and amazing physique to the way he teases and taunts her into his arms. As Ren holds Seth's secrets back from Corinne, she feels increasingly undeserving of the steamy, beautiful bond she is developing with Galen and the friendships she is forging with his family. She explodes, flinging venom at the family she was growing to love--just as Seth's past is about to catch up with all of them.
BLURB: To overcome her sensitive nature, successful entertainment journalist Ren Hayden locks away her emotions along with the scattered pieces of her tragic childhood. The only person she trusts, but probably shouldn't, is a criminal—her brother, Seth.
When Seth dies unexpectedly, he sets off a chain reaction causing Ren's coping mechanisms to falter. Unable to make sense of messages she receives from beyond the grave, she can't stop herself from finding comfort in the arms of Galen Zabriese—the brother of the woman Seth ruthlessly conned.
Ren discovers life's missing pieces in Galen and steamy experiences in his bed but struggles to feel worthy of his love. While battling his own missing pieces, Galen becomes hell-bent on drawing Ren's real nature to the surface. Can selfless, true love help them complete each other or will Seth's past catch up with them first?
Jigsaw Hearts is a stand-alone novel full of emotional depth and steamy romance. Ren and Galen continue the beginning of their life together in two follow-up novellas, Pieces of You, Pieces of Me and Whole Piece of My Heart. Look forward to more novels and novellas involving the unconventional, flawed, but fabulous Zabriese family throughout the Awaken My Heart series.
Reviews from readers on Amazon, Goodreads, and BN...
“Wow! This was just an incredible book. It was so emotional! The whole last third of the book had me in tears about every 20 pages. There were so many intense issues going on here...”
“...so intensely captivating. The storyline is dramatic and suspenseful and tragically sad and heartwarming. The characters are extremely likable, even a couple of the bad guys.”
“This book has so much angst and distress at the beginning that I though my head and heart would explode.”
“I really enjoyed this book. I think Raimz is a new romance writer, and I love to discover new voices to keep my reading interesting. This book has just the right balance of romance and steaminess for my tastes. It's a nice story, which is well told and has a lot of complexity to it. I'd like to start a Galen fan club! Definitely recommend this one.”
“This book took me on a whirlwind of emotions.”
“Great story. Loved the characters and the emotional growth. Can't wait to see what's next!”