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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
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #119,317 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
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Laramie book yet. 24 March 2016
By Kathleen Moore - Published on
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I was given an ARC of Sass for an honest review, and I have to be 100% honest. This is one of my favorite Laramie Briscoe books! I haven't been up to date on her books recently because I wanted to re-read the series books to get refreshed before reading the newer ones. Well since Sass is a standalone, I dived right in and I LOVED it.

Sass falls into one of my favorite romance novel genres, falling in love with the brother's best friend. I just love when that happens. I think because it requires a long history between the characters and a familiarity that you don't get when the characters are newly meeting.

As characters, Sass and Reed, were so normal, mature and well-rounded. Even the secondary character of Sass' brother Justin made me smile. I was so caught up in the book I read it in one sitting only getting up to yell at people for daring to call my house. Ha! I'm reading folks! Sass wants to finally get her wish of Reed seeing her as a woman instead of a little girl. Then like all of us who dive in to things, she starts to be unsure of the consequences for everyone around her if what she wants isn't actually good for everyone. There are business and personal relationships all tangled together and it's a bit of a mess emotionally for awhile.

One of my favorite parts of Laramie's books are her characters. I just love them. I really love this first-person writing style for her too. It feels like it's more natural for her and the story flowed so well. The only down side for me, was there were some flashbacks that threw off the flow for me a little bit at first. I thought maybe some of that could have been handled in the beginning some way. By the end though, I thought it was helping me understand the characters actions and emotions at the time, so it was better for them to be exactly where they were.
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining at it's best. 28 March 2016
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Not what I'm used to from Laramie Briscoe but what a treat. Reed and Sass are in different places in their lifes but this friends to more relationship is very entertaining. Is there anything you won' t do for a friend you always had a crush on? Surprises and very hot.
Caught my attention from beginning and kept me reading. It flowed beautifully and I read in two hours. Couldn't even take a break.
Great read and great job.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Best Friend/ Little Sister Romance with a twist! 22 March 2016
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One of the things I love about this author is her ability to makes these romances as realistic as possible. I mean you can totally see some of these things happening and she makes her character work through their problems with you. I love that. Here you have Sass who is fun, flirty but so incredibly venerable when it comes to her big brothers best friend Reed. After he catches his fiancée in bed with his best friend Sass really becomes his rock. What starts out as a favor at a bar turns into so much more. What I loved is that they over came obstacles together and above all they TALKED TO EACH OTHER. there was one point where something small happens and you just know in the back of your mind here we go, "here starts the unnecessarily complication", but no. It's solved in the same scene by them talking to each other. I love that about this author. Her chapters feel real as do their actions. If your looking for a great love story with some heartwarming moments, laughter and a whole lot of sexy this is defiantly for you.
4.0 out of 5 stars WELL WORTH MY TIME! 27 March 2016
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One of my most favorite reads is best friends=lovers. There's just something about 2 very young kids (the younger the better) going through every aspect of life, growing up together. Even if they have to sit back and watch each other date others. The male is always protective of his female best friend even if it's against his own girlfriend at the time. A bond that's just never broken. Once they "find" each other, I'm beyond excited! In this case though it's brothers best friend and little sister. The two just happened to be very close while growing up. I loved how it just flowed easily into something more. I have my full review on if you'd care to check it out. I can't put a clickable "take to" on here, it doesn't allow. COPY and PASTE the link below to take you there.

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