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Sass by [Briscoe, Laramie]
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Sometimes you gotta give it a little Sass.......

I, Cassandra Straight, have loved Reed Shamrock to distraction since I was a teenager. I even watched him fall in love with someone else and almost get married.

A year ago, when he walked into his house and found his fiancée’s face in his best friend’s crotch, his life changed forever and it hasn’t been the same since.

On his first night out since the horrible incident, we run into the ex-skank. Seeing the devastation in his eyes, I made a promise that I would help him get over her. I told him that a pretend relationship between us would work. It would help him move on.

I didn’t count on my heart or his getting in the way. And I sure as hell didn’t count on not being able to tell when pretend turned to reality. When it all implodes, the only thing left is the truth.

Sometimes though, the truth? It hides and we have to dig deep to find it. To make it come to the surface, we have to give it a little talking to. We have to give it a little Sass.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laramie Briscoe Books (24 March 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,651 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Sass by Laramie Briscoe was a heartwarming story of a girl's teenage crush given a real chance at happiness when she was in her mid-twenties. Cassandra Straight loved Reed Shamrock, her older brother's best friend; even standing by when he is in love with another woman and about to get married. She hadn't worked up the courage to tell Reed, fearing that he'd reject her as being too young and out of reach. But Reed's engagement ends when he comes home from work to find his fiance & his another friend in the midst of a sexual encounter; he loses his temper, throws them out of his home and heads straight to Cassie's office, devastated. He spends the next year working hard , expanding his construction business & staying home. He finally goes out one night with Sass and her brother to a local bar where he sees his ex still with his former friend. Sass suggests that they pretend to be together so that it seems he's moved on from Lacy and her betrayal & surprisingly, he agrees. By the end of the night, he's enjoying having her near him & she's over the moon.

The story is written in the first person tense, not Laramie Briscoe's usual style, but it flows really well and we are able to see first hand how this couple settle into their relationship well beyond the original plan to flaunt themselves in front of Reed's ex-fiance and friend.
Laramie Briscoe is one of my favourite authors, in particular because she is not predictable but she can be relied upon to keep you entertained to the very last page. Sass is well worth your time to read and enjoy - don't wait, buy it now!
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could have been better 26 March 2016
By lucy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Going into this book I am kind of leery of these type of storylines. Mainly because I never want to feel like the heroine is unworthy or invisible to the Hero until he gets his heart broken and he finally "sees her" . Even if the heroine starts out as friend, rebound, etc, I need to be convinced by the end that she is the ultimate choice for him. Not just because his life plan was altered and the love of his life betrays or ends up leaving him. And with sudden clarity he then notices the woman who's been waiting in the wings all this time.

I find myself liking the book and the author's writing style. However something was missing for me. A stronger love connection maybe. In the beginning I felt like Sass was just a rebound to Reed. Because it seems he was still so utterly heartbroken and not completely over his ex even a year later. While his ex clearly had no problem moving on, even as quick as to move in with the guy she cheated on him with. But Sass was determined and willing to help him get over his pain by letting him use her. By posing as a fake girlfriend. This was a perfect plan as she's always been in love with him since her teens. What better way to fixed his heart and get him to fall in love with her too.

This plotline been done dozens of time before I know. So perhaps going in the book I was expecting something powerful and angsty to hit me. To really slay my heart. In here, although we can feel the emotional turmoil it didn't reach that level where I feel like I'm breathing in their pain. There was low angst because the characters were still likable enough despite their moments of insecurities. The pretend relationship they hatched to get back at Reed's cheating ex did initially started out pretty hot. The heat between them was just sizzling. But it sadly it fizzled out once they slept together. Sass retreating and suddenly playing the avoiding game. It was just strange since she seems so confident and gung-ho on accepting whatever Reed can give at the moment. But after their night together, doubts sets in and she took off before they can really define their relationship. Maybe she developed a bit pride and felt she deserved more than being a temporary fling. Who knows. The abrupt change of her character didn't make sense to me.

Another thing I struggled with and was really annoyed by was definitely the Lacey factor. Reed's ex-fiancée. All the moaning and groaning over this horrid woman was something I don't understand. Too much time and scenes were spent on her. I get it was to cement Reed's heartbreak and so we can see the transformation of his character when he finds true love with Sass. But it was overkill to me. Reed, I do like his character but at same time I wanted to throttled him for his moments of weakness and idiocy. I get that he was completely destroyed by the betrayal of the woman he loved and his best friend. However, I have a problem with the never-ending comparison of Lacey and Sass. And how that carries out nearly to the end. I felt like Sass really put herself out there just to help Reed get over his heartache but he still cannot get over what Lacey did to him. He wasn't mean or cruel but I simply HATE that while he's enjoying his time with Sass, something would pop up to remind him of Lacey. And there we goes with the comparisons and wondering if Sass will screw him over too.

Going by the opening scene of the b.j. (Lacy & his ex-best friend) I am having difficulty figuring out how so in love he can be with this vile woman. The flashback of his past with Lacey clearly shows how much of a conniving, manipulative, selfish person she was. He just didn't want to see it. But the poor guy really did worshipped her and granted her every wish. *smh* Until she ripped his heart out. I don't know, I felt had circumstances been different, Reed and Sass would have never gotten together. Fate truly helped them along as I'm certain their relationship wouldn't haven been possible if Lacey hadn't screwed him over. He was too blindly in love with that horrible woman and would have forgiven her anything. The guy still labels as the first "Love Of His Life" after all she's done to him. Ugh, he even admits he WOULD have taken her back. Despite the cheating. Of course this was before he fell for Sass. But still, I couldn't wrap my head around the fact he would even consider giving her another chance. The chick had absolutely no remorse, no shame at all in betraying him. She saw him as a lovesick fool and pretty much played him all the way to the end.

Anyways, that was my main gripe about this book. The evil ex and Reed's naivety. But everything did come together in the end, although a bit abruptly. I would have like for there to have been more explorations and development of their relationship. Maybe an epilogue too, just for us to see where the character's lives are at. Did they get married, have kids? It was a solid 3 stars for me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Friends Little Sister... 1 April 2016
By Beverly T. - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Every book I read by this author I can't put down!
Sass- Since she was 14 years old she has had a crush on Reed.He has been her brothers best friend forever. He was there when tragedy struck their family. Reed has always been kind of her best friend too. Now that Sass is 24 her crush for Reed has only intensified.Reed is also engaged and Sass would never ever try to get in the way of that. But when Reed has his heart crushed by his ex fiance Sass has an idea to help make her jealous. She wants to be there for Reed just like he has always been there for her. Only one fault in her plan, she has wanted him sonce she was 14 , can she really pretend and not get her heart ripped out?
Reed-has worked his ass off for where he is today. Trying to make his and his fiancé life better. Then he comes home to find his fiancé on her knees, an not in a good way. After her betrayal Reed throws himself into work more then ever before. Then one night his best friends sister Sass decides to help him make his ex-fiancé jealous. To see what she threw away. After one amazing kiss things start to change for Reed. The thoughts and feelings he had in a vault for Sass come into view. He's not sure he should have these feelings. Sass is his best friends little sister. She makes him laugh, happy and understands when he has to work later, and wants him to enjoy his life. Reed has never had that. He's not sure if he should share his feelings, but his heart wants him to try.

They never thought that pretending to be together would change the way they feel. Sass isn't sure she should tell Reed how she feels, she's scared he's going to reject her. But what happens when Reed feels the same?

I really enjoyed this book. It was light-hearted read for me. I laughed, got frustrated with Reed and Sass at some points, and was yelling at them at some. I was smiling through most of it. These characters are perfect for each other.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SASS finally gets her man!! 22 March 2016
By Carol - Published on
I was given an ARC for an honest review.

If you have read any books by Laramie Briscoe then you know that you are in for a treat. If you are a first time reader of her books then you will be hooked and want to read more of her work.
I must say that I loved Sass. It was very well written and kept me entertained all throughout the story. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in 3 hours, it was that good.
Reed is your everyday hard working man. He loves his fiance' and wants to give her everything she ask for. The one thing he hasn't been able to give her is time. By leaving her alone she does the ultimate betrayal and hooks up with his best friend, Taylor.
Sass is his other best friends younger sister who has had a crush on him since she was 14 yrs. old. Now at 24 he is starting to see her as more than a young girl. Sass sees her chance to have something with Reed and suggest that they hook up to make his ex jealous. It's just what Reed needs to move on and to see what kind of manipulative bitch Lacey really was. What they didn't expect was feelings to start to develop. Of course Lacey and Taylor try to throw a monkey wrench in their happiness.
I think the only negative thing I have to say about this book is if there would have been more background on the three friends it might have explained more of Taylor's jealousy. How can you be friends with someone from such a young age and it not be apparent until they are in their 30's.
Also I wish Sass would have confronted Reed as to why he didn't tell Sass about his run in with Lacey, considering it came back to bite him in the ass later but still not mentioned between them.

Awesome book, would highly recommend. Can't wait for what this author has coming next. I always once click a Laramie Briscoe book, they are that good!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book had lots of passion, angst and depth that drew you in. 3 April 2016
By Itsy Bitsy Book Bits - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was well written had a lot of amazing hot sex with a few little twists and turns.
This book is a standalone read one that you pick up and cannot put down. I read it in one sitting as I was so captivated from the start.
I was already a huge fan of Ms. Briscoe with her Heaven Hill series so I am always on the lookout for her books.
Have you ever had a crush on your older brother’s best friend well Cassandra Straight a.k.a Sass has loved Reed Shamrock to distraction since she was a teenager. She even watched him fall in love with someone else and almost get married.
Reed Shamrock was in for a surprise of his life when he walked into his house and found his fiancée’s face in his best friend’s crotch, his life changed forever and it hasn’t been the same since.
Moving a year forward Reed is finally able to feel that he can go out once more when he sees is ex fiancée and ex-best friend in a bar but luckily Sass, the sister of his now only best friend, is with him and she makes a suggestion to get back at his ex. Let’s have a pretend relationship.
Is Sass really trying to extract revenge for Reed or is she looking to see what a relationship with Reed would feel like?
It’s just bit of revenge to show his ex what she was missing but, then he sees Sass in a whole new light and feeling begins to merge.
Will they be-able to form a real lasting relationship?
This book had lots of passion, angst and depth that drew you in. Both Reed and Sass were easy to love and the feelings they had for each other believable. I loved their chemistry and the way they interacted with each other and others the characters in the book too.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This was an ok read for me.... 25 March 2016
By michelle ochoa - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
*Slight Spoilers*

I wish I could have loved this book like everyone else.
This book started off so strong for me. But as I approached the 50% mark. It started to slip…

Lack of communication kills me in books. Assumptions and internal thinking are other things that kill me in books.

And we had a lot of that going on in this book.
What I thought would be a funny and sexy kind of book. Turned into a big wth just happened here.

Sass and Reed started off so strong. I though everything about their “relationship” was already talked about and agreed upon. Right from the beginning. (A somewhat revenge to the Ex-fiancé)
But… After one night together. Sass goes running for the hills and acts like she made the biggest mistake of her life.

I hated how Reed was constantly comparing or thinking about his ex fiancé. What she did to him really did a number on him. He had a hard time getting past it.
Sass…. I felt had a bit of “I got what I wanted now what do I do?”
She went back and forth with Reed. She had a hard time accepting that Reed really wanted her.
She was constantly running.

The lack of communication between Reed and Sass was just out of control. Why they never just sat down and talked everything out… I have no clue! But it got old fast with me.

I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t love it either. But this book kept my attention and it overall was an ok read for me. I will continue to read this authors books.

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