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Shrinking Violet (a Colors novel) Kindle Edition
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One thing I took from Shrinking Violet is to never judge. Truly. Never. Judge. We might not like a person and sometimes those reasons are totally valid. There are people in the world who just suck. No reason for it. But there are some people who have just not had an easy life, for one reason or another. And as a result they are just lost souls. They will grasp at anything and anyone for a bit of love, freedom and happiness. To hell with the consequences.
Carson and Cassidy are two characters who will stay with me for a long time. Carson because - I mean, how can you NOT love a guy who is good with kids and will do and sacrifice anything for his sister. He's a bit alpha, a lot sexy and surprisingly sweet. Cassidy because we see a girl turn into a woman and do a 180. We see someone who is willing to give up her entire previous life at a chance to become someone new. Someone willing to sacrifice everything for her daughter. Two people. Willing to sacrifice for others. Two selfless, loving, beautiful and unfortunately broken people.
When Carson comes to work at the ranch where Cassidy and Willow (and oh my gosh, this little girl is so adorable she had ME wrapped around her finger) live with Cassidy's aunt and uncle, the pull between the two is so strong they can't help but allow it to suck them in. As much as they fight it and are afraid of it, they soon realize that the connection they have together is too intense to ignore. But letting go of their pasts, letting go of the hurt and the reason why they are who they are is harder than a snap of the fingers or a passionate kiss.
I really, truly loved this redemption and love story. Jessica Prince made me realize that there's always more sides to a person's story than we realize. Five perfect stars!
**Early copy given in exchange for an honest review**
I fell in love with this book. This is the first book by Jessica Prince I've read. This is the second book in a series. I bought the first book and have to read it. This book can be read as a standalone.
This book about second chances and how people can change if they want to. Love and understanding can help a person to become better and to strive to be better.
Carson has grown up in different foster homes. He never knew love, stability and understanding and he never had anyone to protect him. He's never had hope for anything until he starts working at Willow's Ranch. But he doesn't trust things to boot happen. He was bullied as a child and he hates them.
Cassidy was sent to her uncle Kal and Milly's ranch in Texas by her parents. She's broken. Her parents don't want to deal with her. Cassidy carries around a lot of guilt because of things she did. She doesn't think she deserves anything good for herself. But she'll do whatever she can to make sure the ones she loves are happy. And she'll do whatever to protect them.
This book is so good, it has all the feels and emotions needed in a book. The last few chapters had me in tears. I loved how the story developed and the characters grew and changed.
I highly recommend this book. Can't wait for the third book. I hope it's Naive's book.
Storyline: This is Cassidy and Carson's story. They meet when Carson starts work at her aunt's ranch as a ranch-hand. The sparks fly instantly for both of them. Cassidy is still untrusting of herself because of the cruel things she did in the past (she was a bully and blackmailer) in desperation to find someone to love her, and she feels unworthy of anyone's love. Carson grew up on the foster system and has abandonment issues where he feels insecure, so he has never thought of pursuing a relationship further than a ONS before Cassidy. After a good bit of time (and some major hesitation from Cassidy), they move their relationship to more than friends and some strong feelings develop. They have some trouble with Carson's Foster sister getting bullied, some sweet moments with Cassidy's daughter bonding with Carson, some unexpected ex visits, and some secrets being revealed...but the couple find their HFN.
POV: This alternated between Cassidy and Carson's POV.
Overall Pace of Story: Good. I read it quickly. There were no slow parts causing skimming, and no instalove.
H rating: 3 stars. Carson. I liked him, but I wish he would've communicated better when they had their main conflict.
h rating: 4 stars. Cassidy. I'm happy I got to see a different side to her. She really did redeem herself, and turned into a sweet, loving person.
Sadness level: Moderate. There were a few times that I teared up. So, some tissues needed.
Heat level: Moderate. They do have some hot steamy times.
Descriptive sex: Yes
Closure: It had a good amount of closure, especially with Cassidy's past issues. It also had what would call a HFN for the couple.
Worth the $?: It was part of kindle unlimited, so yes.
OMG...I loved it!!! I loved Scattered Colors, so when I had the chance to read this, I didn't hesitate! I did enjoy Scattered Colors just a little bit more, only because it was more of an emotional story for me. However, I won't let that take away from how much I liked Shrinking Violet. After reading this, I understand more of what Cassidy went through and what she was dealing with while she was tormenting everyone in high school. I can't begin to imagine living a life not feeling loved and being constantly put down by my parents. I'm not saying that the things that she did were okay, but I can see why she was grasping for the attention and the love of someone else.
It's 4 years later and she's doing everything she can not to fall back into the person she once was. She's adjusting to the family she now has around her that is constantly showing the love she always searched for. She doesn't date or go out. She just helps with the farm that she lives on and hangs out with her best friend Lana. I loved Lana! She is so funny! Half the things that came out of her mouth made me crack up, especially the things she would say to Cassidy about Carson!
"Well, one thing's for damn sure. I think you need to ride Carson like a rodeo cowgirl, woman! Jesus, I think I got off on the sparks you two were throwing."
"Dear God, I hope he's packing. If he's carrying anything less than six inches with that body, it'd be like a slap in the face from God."
As for Carson???? I loved everything about him. He is the whole package. 6 inches and plus!!! HAHA! Just kidding! Seriously... there is so much more to Carson then just the hot body he's sporting with a smile that would make any girls panties drop. I think I fell in love with him over and over in this story. The way he was with Cassidy was sexy. The way he was with Bug was cute. But, the way that he was with Navie was heart warming.
"I love you. You're the best brother I never had Carson."
"I love you too. You're the best sister I never had, little bit."
So as you can see, this is definitely a story that I would recommend to all my fellow readers! It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it by far made me swoon! Once again, I will be looking forward to reading more from Jessica Prince! I'm really hoping that Navie will get a book of her own. My heart broke for her in this story. She is the sweetest thing and I hope she finds the love that she deserves.
Cassidy and Carson were truly something special. They just had this innate sadness and sense of resignation that made my heart ache for them. Cassidy has been punishing herself for the mistakes of her past and while everyone else could see that she’s a changed person, she still saw herself as unworthy of love. Her struggle to forgive herself for the person she once was pulled so many feelings from me, moving me in a way that was unexpected and simply stunning. Carson on the other hand, needed to learn to trust, to allow himself to hope, and believe in the possibility of permanence. He was every bit the swoon-worthy, kind, and loving book boyfriend I love to read about, bringing tears to my eyes as he interacted with Willow and Navie. This jaded and broken couple shared a desperation for love and acceptance that had me falling hard.
Shrinking Violet isn’t just Cassidy and Carson’s story, but a story of family. I found myself addicted to the secondary characters. They brought so much warmth, color, and life to this story and I find myself already missing their inimitable dynamic. I’m hoping this won’t be the last we see of them. I adored the storyline, reveling in its raw honesty. This book made me think about forgiveness, our tendency to pass judgment, and our inability to move past our own mistakes. I could easily put myself in this story, and that gave Shrinking Violet an unexpected sense of significance. One of the things I’ve come to love most about Jessica Prince is the way in which she infuses levity into stories of heartbreak and angst. Even though this story dealt with some serious issues, I still found myself laughing at Lana’s hilarious and inappropriate comments, Milly and Kal’s straightforward and amusingly honest wisdom, and the flirtatious banter between Cassidy and Carson. My heart soared, broke, and fluttered as I experienced Cassidy and Carson’s journey. Jessica Prince has outdone herself with Shrinking Violet, capturing my heart with her lovable characters and unforgettable story.
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