New Release Review & GiveAway ~ Pieces of Us by A.L. Jackson!

Pieces of Us, an all-new standalone in A.L. Jackson’s Confessions of the Heart Series, wrapped me up in all the feels, and Mack and Izzy’s passionate second-chance romance is sure to melt your heart!

Pieces of Us

Series: A Confessions of the Heart Stand-Alone Novel

Release Date: APRIL 22ND, 2019

✓ Second-chance romance
✓ Sexy AF hero
✓ All the feels

~ Synopsis ~ 

Maxon Chambers has a way of stealing all the attention.

All my affection, and all my dreams.

What I needed to remember was he’d stolen my good judgment and my virginity, too.

When he broke up with me, I ran across the country and swore I’d never return to Broadshire Rim.

But here I am, thirteen years later.

Maxon is all grown up.

Sexier than sin and more tempting than ever.

A detective on the Charleston force, he lives on the outside of safety, devoted to protecting the people of his city.

But with the way he’s looking at me now? I’m pretty sure what needs protecting is my heart.

Can we mend the pieces of us? Or will he leave my heart shattered forever . . .

I’ve come to expect and love A.L. Jackson’s passionate, angsty, and sweet stories, and her Confessions of the Heart Series just keeps getting better and better! Pieces of Us had more emotion than I expected, wrapped me up in all the feels, and Mack and Izzy’s passionate second-chance romance is sure to melt your heart!

I’ve loved Mack’s loyalty and brotherly friendships with Jace and Ian in the previous books of the series and been curious to know this sexy detective’s story. I was completely unprepared for Mack’s deeply broken character. His terrible childhood had left him with a lifetime of scars, and the way he continued to punish and be unforgiving with himself for his past mistakes was really sad. Mack’s heart and the love that he had to offer were huge, and he definitely deserved it back in return!

‘She’d been my beginning. The girl had breathed her beauty and grace and goodness into my being. Made me think I could be something better. Saw me in a way I’d never seen myself.
In the same way, she’d been my ending.
My collision.
The breaking point of who I’d been and who I’d come to be.’

It would be impossible not to admire Izzy’s character. Strong-willed and never giving up, she waged war with her belief in those she loved. Izzy’s dedication to her boys, Dillon and Benjamin, was selfless, full of sacrifice, and she treasured every moment with them. After thirteen years away, Izzy was forced to return to her hometown, which also included facing her childhood love and the fear of her own past mistakes as well.

There were just so many layers to Mack and Izzy’s beautiful and passionate romance! It was heartbreaking with what they had missed during their years apart and how they struggled to find a way to put the pieces back together when they found each other again. Jackson’s angsty writing with Mack and Izzy’s longing for each other completely consumed me with hope, and then, of course, she gave them the most perfect happily ever after!

We had come alive in the other. A million mismatched pieces strewn between us that had magically fit.’ 

I love the family feel that Jackson has created with her secondary characters who have all touched my heart and given this series so much life. It was so great to see how Jace and Ian’s families had grown, and their continued brotherly support and love they had for Mack in finding his happiness was so touching. I absolutely adored Izzy’s sweet boys, as well as the relationship that she had with her parents. Her mother was as feisty as a firecracker, and there was so much honesty and love shared between them!

 I haven’t heard if there will be any more books in this series, but it looks like there might possibly be some sparks between Izzy’s boss, Trevor, and her friend, Courtney… I’m really not ready for it to be over and fingers crossed for more of this closely-knit group of friends and family!

ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.



Audible an Excerpt copy

A smirk pulled at the corner of Maxon’s mouth where he had me backed against the wall. “You act like I have some other place to be.”
Redness flushed. “Don’t act like you don’t have plenty of people to entertain you.” I hoped it didn’t sound like bitterness, like scorn, but it was hard to keep that from quivering in my voice.
He moved even closer and planted his hands over my head. So close I could feel need oozing from his skin, his breath on my face, blueberries and ice. “There’s no one else, Izzy. No one I want. No one I can’t breathe without. It’s always been you.”
Desire pulled at my stomach, knottin’ it up tight. I pressed my thighs together, and he caught it, scenting my need.
Hot air puffed out of his nostrils like the dragon he was, and I was shivering. Shaking like a leaf.
He moved his hand, slowly, watching me carefully as he dropped it down and placed it on my bare thigh.
Right up under the skirt of my dress.
The breath left me on a staggered gasp. Tingles flashed. Flames licking and lapping.
My body begged to come alive under his touch.
“Izzy, baby,” he murmured, and oh God, I sagged, my back pressed to the wall. Hooked. Knowing how fast this man could make me fall.
Those eyes pinned me, keeping me in place, while his hand squeezed my leg.
He edged down, nose brushing mine, a soft inhale between his lips.
Breathing me in.
Then he pressed his mouth to mine. Featherlight.
Didn’t matter how soft it was.
Lightning streaked. A crack of thunder in the air.
He pressed our mouths tighter, lips closed, just this persistent pressure that felt so right.
A promise.
An apology.
Sensation rushed through my body.
This old love trying to bust free.
To climb out.
Reach for him.
Because I’d wanted it. Wanted to be with him so badly.
I whimpered.
“Izzy,” he murmured at my lips.
“Maxon,” I whispered back.
That was it.
We lit.

Don’t miss the awesome giveaway for the Pieces of Us release! It’s the first two books from the Confessions of the Heart Series + Kindle Fire + Polaroid Camera + All the Goods! ​Enter to win here!


Ahhh I can’t wait for you to experience this story! I’m so insanely proud of it! I can’t wait to hear what you think!

xoxo ~


A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.

Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, BLEEDING STARS, and FIGHT FOR ME novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, MORE OF YOU, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new CONFESSIONS OF THE HEART series.

If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.

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