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Jigsaw Hearts

(Awaken My Heart #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Full-length novel: The artistic community knows me as Ren Hayden, the social media reporter to impress. My boss knows me as a talented workaholic with no life. My so-called best friend is only around to party. Nobody knows that, thanks to a messed up family life, I buried the girl I was meant to be years ago behind a sort of mental switch that stops me from feeling anythin ...more
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Published January 9th 2017 by Danica Raimz
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Deborah Obida
ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

This book really overwhelmed me, i don't know whether it's cause I went in with low expectations but the book turned out to be so great. The only problems I have with this book are the first few pages it was just so hard to know what was going on, plus I hate the cover with passion, what the hell is that, the characters are nothing like that. That aside I love everything else about the book, the characters are amazing both the minor and main ones, i
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Ren just lost the most important person of her life, her brother. Her brother wasn’t perfect, but she loved him. Ren discovers many things about Seth and Seth did some illegal things that can put Ren in danger.

Seth never told Ren about Galen and Corinne, so she’s shocked to hear who Corinne really is. She can’t believe her brother kept that from her. Corinne and Galen are very different than anybody Ren knows. Corinne invites Ren into her home to spend more time with her. Ren hesitated to go, bu
Dec 28, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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 comf
Colleen (Colleensreadingadventures) Scidmore
Actual Stars 4.25-4.50

I really enjoyed this book! It had so much going on, but it was not over the top.
The book starts with Ren, the MC attending an informal service for her departed brother Seth, planned out by his girlfriend Corrine, who Ren had never even heard about. Ren knows this girl was just a means to end for Seth. Seth was a serious bastard who only ever cared for himself and Ren, and the life he lived was definitely not that of a upstanding citizen let aloneness decent human being. Th
Aly Plum
Apr 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!

You know, I know these things happen in real life. And I wish people like Ren had supportive friends and people who doesn't give up on them.

This is a story about Ren and (not her real) brother Seth. They didn't have the most beautiful of the childhoods. They supported one another until one day Seth decides to end his life, leaving poor Ren alone with a bunch of new people that Seth scammed.

This book has so much angst and distress at the beginning that I though my head and hart would e
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I’ve fallen in love with every member of the Zabriese family. I’m thrilled that damaged entertainment journalist Ren Hayden and equally hurt Galen Zabriese find each other. Their story drew me in and swallowed me whole. I laughed. I cried. I about swooned. This book has everything I could ask for in a contemporary romance. I couldn’t stop so I immediately bought and read the in two follow-up novellas, Pieces of You, Pieces of Me and Whole Piece of My Heart. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
Just the absolute best story. It had me captivated from the beginning with the hot steamy scenes. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it! Everything I like to read about and more. Such a great story I will read again and again. A keeper!!
Nicole Ortiz
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was intensely captivating. I had a hard time putting it down. It was well written and very emotional. Loved Ren and Galen's story and also Corrine's. The story was dramatic and suspenseful and tragically sad and heartwarming. I really enjoyed this book, the characters and can't wait to read more from this author.
I received an ARC and volunteered to leave a honest review.
Brigit Rosé
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Beth C.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was just an incredible book. It was so beautifully emotional! It whole last third of the book had me in tears about every 20 pages. There were so many intense issues going on here...child abuse, gang affiliations, suicide, infidelity, emotionless sex, additions. I could go an and on. All the emotions from all the characters - I think The author hit on every single one. Very nicely written!
Ren was in England for her brother Seth's memorial when she met Corrine, Galen and Katherine Zabri
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is so intensely captivating. The storyline is dramatic and suspenseful and tragically sad and heartwarming. The characters are extremely likable, even a couple of bad guys. Ren is seriously broken, hiding inside herself, blocking all emotions. Galen lives with self imposed guilt, believing that he is too immature to have anything to do with any women. Corinne is a spazzy, naive woman who just lost her fiancé, but doesn't let much bring her down. Galen and Corinne are determined to help Ren, ...more
Shay Stone
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was such a great book to read! Ren and Galen had great chemistry. The characters were flawed and fantastic. It was wonderful to watch the turmoil they encountered and their evolution throughout the book. The fact that the heroine was unlikable at times only made her more likable because she was so real. There were times I wanted to scream at her, and a few times I think I actually did. It shows what happens when you can and cannot rise above the toxic people in your life. This one was a def ...more
Pat Allen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Atlanta Adams
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jigsaw Hearts is a romance with a mystery/suspense subplot.

At first glance, Ren's character is a total badass and bitch; however, as the readers gets to know her backstory, they understand why she is the way she is. I absolutely loved the coping methods the author gave Ten - sex, cigarettes, and charity donations. These three things reinforce the wall Ren keeps around her heart, which she calls her "switch." I thought calling it a switch and using that analogy to show how well her defense mechan
Denise Beeman
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Danica Raimz has done an amazing job of creating such perfectly complex characters whose pasts, and fears and deep seeded self esteem issues that you quickly find your self engulfed in their lives hoping that together they can overcome it all and find a way to let love heal all the wounds of their past. Ren is sadly so real and knows in her mind that she has created unhealthy crutches to deal with her past but knows no other way to protect herself from hurt. Galen is haunted by incidents in his ...more
Sandi Ramirez
This is the first book I read by this author and is not the last one I will read ... This book has it all for me. All the ins and outs. I discovered this author by way of a book club and i was so happy that I did.
Ren loses her brother Seth and in searching for the answers to what all happened as to why, she finds out so much about herself and his life as well. This book is a what I like to call a Kleenex read and a good one at that. a Romance with heart and meaning. It's not an easy feel good r
Jessica Petrucci
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading Jigsaw Hearts, this book made me feel every different emotion including hating Seth at times and loving him at others. I really hope we get to see more of Ren and Galen. I also really loved the friendship of sorts that develops between Corrine and Ren even though Corrine is nothing like she would except Seth to have in his life. I loved the whole family dynamic of Katherine she was just a great and welcoming character. Just wish there was more!
Dan Colee
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The heart ❤ wants what the heart wants!!..

Very interesting book,I really all the different characters. Plenty of mystery and romance.. Strong characters with believable rolls.
If ever book took the time to reach their main players as well as this was done we have alot more great books to choose from. I guess I'm a sap for happy endings, but this was almost perfect,with room for more.
HIGHlY recommended...
Jade Pitman
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book more than 5*

This is the first book ive read by this author and it wont be the last!

What an amazing book to start the series with

I was hooked from the first page and i cant wait to read the next book!.

Kim F
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very captivating, emotional, and interesting sexy read. I could not put it down. Wonderfully written with strong characters. I want to read more from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
I liked this story and was really eager to dig in plus the storyline was intriguing but I was struggling to get a grasp of a lot of the conversations and it was a bit confusing for me in the end.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, cant wait to see where we go next
Adeena Syed
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't very much like it because if so many steamy scenes but the characters and plot is amazing ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book i have read by this author and i cant wait for more.I really enjoyed this book was a nice sweet and sexy easy read perfect for a lazy weekend.would recommed
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