Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review of Pieces Of One, Part 1 (The Dark Life Collection, #1) by S.V.C. Ricketts

Two men want me and I want them. Simple, right? Except for one slight complication…

For over two years, I’ve been dealing with a pain in the butt MY way.


She has her life and I have mine. They don’t intermingle. It’s the only way to keep things sane. 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’m 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 contemporary romantic suspense series. 

** Due to explicit language and scenes, this is recommended for a mature audience, 21+ **

Overall Rating:  5 Rockin’ ★★★★★

What would happen if you woke up one morning in your comfy bed, found yourself decked out like you had been to a nightclub, you are stinking of smoke and booze, then realize that you have bruises and no memory of how you got them? Welcome to Trista's world!  Pieces of One Part 1: The Dark Life Collection, is a marvelously written romantic suspense created by author extraordinaire SVC Ricketts.  The storyline is twisted, unforeseen and convoluted to the point where the reader is unable to predict the outcome and left pondering the enormous gap between what is real and what is fantasy.

Trista Dividr is highly intelligent and preparing to attend Baylor where she hopes to obtain a degree in computer science.  Her life has not been normal since the accident that killed her father and left her emotionally scarred.  Her mom, brother, Jones and best friend Kitta help keep her grounded.  Her intellect allows her to follow the escapades of her alter personality, Marvy.  Marvy is the diabolical opposite of Trista.  She enjoys partying hard and getting down and dirty.  Her collection of clothes includes her beloved stilettos, miniscule dresses topped off with wild hair and make-up out to there, these are only a few of the differences between the two personalities. When Trista's car comes up missing her life is altered forever. The events begin a domino effect down a twisted pathway of new beginnings, altered awareness, developing maturity and life changing decisions.

Alexander (Alex) is part owner of a nightclub called The Rush, located in Keystone. Trista has no recollection of any sexual encounters, while Marvy has had many.  When she first meets Alex, he mistakes her for Marvy and the chemistry flows between them.  Although Trista begins as a blushing virgin, Alex enables her womanly desires to flourish, and to develop.  She becomes a stronger and more confident Trista which in the past has always been Marvy's role. 

Bryson is an older sexy villain/mafia type character, yet there is also a sensitive side to him.  The taboo of this relationship, between an older man and a much younger woman, adds layers to this complicated storyline.  There is an unknown secret he is keeping to himself about his previous love life and the reason his feelings are so deep toward Marvy/Trista. Does he really love Trista or is it Marvy he really wants? Can you love two people at one time or is this just a confused mind like the rest of Trista’s life? 

The first book in this trilogy is an introduction to Trista's voyage of discovery and is one book you will not want to miss.  You will find yourself unable to put it down and then the ending will have you yearning, if not demanding the next part.  The use of Trista's alternating personalities is brilliant as they exist individually as well as collectively in order to protect her. SVC Ricketts has written a phenomenal story and waiting for the next installment will be excruciatingly painful and exciting at the same time.

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