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The Last Piece of His Heart by Emma Scott

At Santa Cruz Central High School, they called them the misfits, the outcasts, the weirdos. But most of us knew them as the Lost Boys…

Ronan Wentz has been to hell and back, and he carries the scars to prove it. Worse, the blood of a monster runs through his veins. After ten years in foster care, eighteen-year-old Ronan is finally reunited with family. His uncle gives him a roof over his head and puts him to work, managing a shabby apartment complex in Santa Cruz, California. 

But a second chance is still a second chance. Ronan becomes a solitary hunter, a vigilante, walking the streets at night to keep the nightmares at bay. If he can use the anger burning in his tainted blood to protect instead of hurt, maybe then he’ll find the absolution he seeks. 

Then he meets Shiloh. 

Shiloh Barrera looks like she has it all together. Smart, ambitious and full of artistic creativity she channels into making beautiful one-of-kind jewelry. But Shiloh’s cool, capable demeanor is all a front. Her demons drive her to succeed as much as her ambition. To prove her worth to the mother who can’t stand to look at her, and who’s harboring secrets of her own.

When Shiloh and Ronan meet, the physical attraction is instant and scorching. Neither believe it will last. Falling in love is an impossible pipe dream saved for those less shattered and damaged than they are.

But as hard as they try to resist, the growing feelings between them seem inevitable… until one terrible night destroys Shiloh’s dreams and Ronan’s future.  When the smoke clears, and the rubble settles, they’ll have to choose – do their pasts determine their future, or can they build a new one from the broken pieces of their hearts?

Lost Boys is a new series of interconnected, coming-of-age standalones from USA Today bestselling author Emma Scott.

The last part of The Lost Boys trilogy, wow!

For anyone that knows me, knows that I adore the books by Emma Scott and this trilogy has been up there with some my favourites of her works.

I was very kindly gifted a copy to review, and I of course got stuck in right away and read it in two sittings, only because I had to sleep in between.

Ronan and Shiloh’s story captivated me.

The characters in these books are so real and complex, and our third and final lost boy was no exception, you only really got a glimpse of Ronan in this first and second book, he was a guy of few words in those, I loved properly getting into his thoughts in this one, getting to know him more and finding out about his life, and wow… what a life.
He’s been through so much already and goes through way too much in this book, the poor guy. But I completely adored him, his passion and his compassion were amazing, Emma developed his character so well and gave him the story, he (and we) deserved. 

Shiloh was also a complex character, with baggage and her own things to deal with. But again with heaps of compassion and determination, I loved getting to know her character and watch her find Ronan and the two of them navigate life, their relationship was a beautiful one, from friendship to romance.

The characters Emma writes always feel so real, and that’s exactly how these ones were. They all have so many layers and Emma has a way to peel them away and show us each layer through her words, it’s a true talent. 

I loved seeing the other characters that we’d already met and their stories play out in the background, and I loved the new characters we met in this one, each person played their own part to make this story what it was.

The love story was so beautiful, they were tested so many times, I’m giving away no spoilers as I feel you really need to go into this book blind, but wow, to say I was shocked more than once is an understatement, there’s twists and turns and the plot just keeps going, getting better and better. How Emma comes up with these stories I will never know, I really enjoyed the plot of this one and could tell it was well thought out and planned.

I laughed, cried, shouted, screamed and so much more while reading this one. It really does pull on the heartstrings and have you thinking all sorts. 

I’m so sad the Lost Boys series is over, but as always I’m so excited to see what Emma gives to us next.

If you like stories with real, complicated characters dealing with all of their different issues, some that make you laugh or cry, all of them just trying to navigate life, then take a look at this series. Emma writes so many emotional romance books, but this ones are some of her best work, if you’re new to her work starting here might be good! 

Trigger warnings – Violence, off page domestic abuse, off page sexual assault.

The Last Piece of His Heart releases on March 7th! 

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