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ARC Review: The Last Piece of His Heart by Emma Scott

I know the ARC isn’t really an ARC anymore since I’m days late and this book has already been published but school was so stressful the past few weeks:( ANYWAY on to it, Emma Scott is one of my absolute favorite authors. Ever since I first read The Girl in the Love Song (my review is here) and I say ‘first’ because I’ve read it countless times now, I’ve been dying to read The Last Piece of His Heart. I read When You Come Back to Me, and pretty much all of her other books too. I was ecstatic and kind of surprised to get the ARC for this one because I’m still relatively new to blogging so I’m not even kidding when I say I jumped around my house for a good 2-3 minutes, squealing, because I’d gotten it (And I am 100% not the type of person to squeal over things) Just like all of Emma Scott’s other books, The Last Piece of His Heart was absolutely stunning.

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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 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.

Thank you to Valentine PR and Emma Scott for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. This did not affect my opinion and all opinions on the book are my own.

“No one said another word. No one had to explain or finish the thought. We each felt it. Bone-deep gratitude and love that ran deeper than words. They’d called us the outcast, the vampire, and the criminal. The Lost Boys. But we were bonded by something stronger than blood or friendship or circumstance. We were soul mates. And not lost anymore.”

I’ve read quite some books where I read one series and it was absolutely stunning and I was in love but when I read the author’s other pieces, they absolutely did not keep up with my expectations. I’m so in love with The Girl in the Love Song and fortunately, that wasn’t the case with Emma Scott. She is truly a phenomenal writer, her writing style is amazing and so is her story building, characters and everything else. Her romances are absolutely beautiful and just, the best.

The Last Piece of His Heart is the third and final book in Emma Scott’s Lost Boys series, which makes me so sad because how am I supposed to live without getting more content about the Lost Boys???

This book is such a tear jerker. I didn’t think I could love any book as much as The Girl in the Love Song but this book is up there too.

The story revolves around Ronan, one of the Lost Boys, and Shiloh. We first meet them in the first book and back then, I already knew there had to be something between them!! Ronan is the son of a criminal, his dad went to jail for killing his mom and he died in jail. He’s learnt to become tough and everywhere he goes, there’s the stereotype around him and everyone expects him to be just like his father. He moves into town to finish out his last year of high school and live with his uncle, whom he’s going to work for. Shiloh lives with her grandmother and has the perfect exterior. She’s gorgeous, smart, extremely talented at making one-of-a-kind jewelry and hopes to get her own shop someday. It seems like she has the perfect life and yet all of that is just an exterior. She lives with her grandmother because her mother gave her up and for some reason can’t stand to look at her and she doesn’t know who her father is.

Bibi faced forward, thinking for a minute. “Ronan has been pushed around by life so hard…I suspect he’s given little pieces of his heart to those he trusted and watched them walk away with them. Now something like this happens, I worry there’s nothing left.” I raised my head. “Is there?” “You have the last piece of his heart, Shiloh. For good or bad. One year or ten. It’s in your hands.” She gave my fingers a squeeze. “And it’s up to you what you do with it.”

I absolutely loved Ronan and Shiloh together. Their story is like the definition of the guy being mean to everyone except his girl. I think they fit together perfectly in each others’ lives. I loved how even Shiloh’s grandmother grew attached to Ronan and eventually, her mother liked him too. Their story was heartbreaking and yet so beautiful at the same time. They went through so much. I hate when after going through so much in romances, the characters aren’t happy in the end and I’m so glad that isn’t the case in Emma Scotts books otherwise I’d be so mad.

“Because it didn’t matter. Instead, I tried to raise you to believe in yourself. To let your value come from within. And I think I did a pretty darn good job. You know how I know? Because you love Ronan Wentz with your whole heart.”

I knew I’d love Ronan and Shiloh’s story back when I first read Violet and Miller’s and we saw bits and pieces of their friendship and what they were like. I adored Vi and Shiloh’s friendship and of course, the friendship of all the 3 lost boys. And I think, as I’ve already said, Emma Scott writes beautifully. Her stories are usually longer than most books but totally worth it because, for one, she doesn’t try rushing the story to meet a certain limit and instead lets it flow naturally.

Of course, there was an instant attraction between Ronan and Shiloh when they first meet and it was just so sweet and beautiful to watch them both fall in love with each other, especially since the book was in dual perspective which means we get a look into both their minds, which I loved. This has easily become one of my most favorite romances now and of course I cried.

Since I loved Vi and Miller, I also loved that we got to see parts of them together too, and the end?? Oh my god I cried my eyes out. (First of all, watching Miller and Vi as adults and all was so so so cute, I just can’t.)

Just like I recommend The Girl in the Love Song all the time, I’d definitely recommend The Last Piece of His Heart. It’s a definite 5/5 stars from me!!

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in five languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After. She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins. If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.

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