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Shrinking Violet (a Colors novel) by [Prince, Jessica]
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Length: 282 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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**Shrinking Violet is a STANDALONE novel that follows characters introduced in Scattered Colors. It is not necessary to read Scattered Colors first**

Forgiveness.

From the time we’re old enough to understand the word, we’re taught to forgive those who wrong us, so what do you do when the one person you can’t forgive is yourself?

For Cassidy Ashworth, it’s a question that haunts her. Forgiveness has become a foreign concept. Self-loathing is something she’s much more familiar with. Convinced that she doesn’t deserve happiness, Cassidy is determined to spend every day trying to make up for the wrong she’s done. But no amount of repenting for the past will ever convince her that she’s worthy of a future with Carson Langford.

Raised in the foster system, Carson has always been a throwaway kid. He knows firsthand just how cruel life can be, how easy it is for people to prey on the weak, and there’s nothing Carson detests more than a bully. So focused on his self-imposed role of protector, he never counted on the beautiful blonde with the haunted eyes to stumble into his life and shake up his world.

Despite her reluctance, Carson is determined to have Cassidy in his life, but once the truth of her past comes to light, the question is…will he still want to keep her?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012URUO0Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By SamK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 February 2016
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To be honest, after reading about Cassidy in "Scattered Colors", I was hesitant about whether I would even like her in this book. Jessica Prince has done an AH-MAZING job of telling Cassidy's story and making me fall in love with both Cassidy and Carson by the end of it. I highly recommend adding this to your TBR list now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of change 30 July 2015
By Jennifer Van Wyk - Published on Amazon.com
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Where do I start? So, we met Cassidy **cough** the nasty b!tch in Scattered Colors. So to say that I was leery to read a story of her redemption is putting it mildly. I was the leader of the I Hate Cassidy Club and I couldn't have been more wrong!

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**
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and honest, I LOVED this book! 5 August 2015
By B from Prisoners of Print - Published on Amazon.com
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Shrinking Violet is another masterpiece from Jessica Prince. I devoured this book, completely consumed by Jessica’s amazing talent for provoking emotion and her utterly enchanting storytelling. I didn’t think in a million years that I could relate to Cassidy, that I could forgive her for everything she had done in Scattered Colors, but Jessica Prince made falling in love with this character effortless. Filled with life lessons and the hope of redemption, her story was so much more than I could have ever imagined. Shrinking Violet is a story about finding your own family, accepting unconditional love, and our remarkable capacity for finding forgiveness, not just in others, but also in ourselves.

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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and great story.... 11 October 2015
By ebf - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved this!!!!! I did read Scattered Colors before this so I knew Cassidy and what she had done. You don't have to read it first, but to really understand her guilt she carries with her everyday, you should read. Now...Carson, oh holy hell....how swoon worthy is he!! Fell for him from the very beginning. Between his relationship and protectiveness over his stepsister who he adores to the way he treats and grows to love little Willow. Jessica did an incredible job of showing Cassidy in a different light, learning her upbringing, why she treated others as she did in high school, and now the terrible guilt weighing on her and punishing herself and believing she will never deserve to be loved. Between her true remorse and being such a wonderful mom, that broke down the issues I had with her from what she did to Freya and Parker. Having the closure with that story made me very happy. Her her aunt and uncle and the characters they were....and of course Doodle Bug.....those 3 were such a huge highlight in this story for me. This had everything I love in a great book....believable and hot chemistry....a couple you love and root for til the end.....laughter, moving moments, and intelligent and touching dialogue with the different relationships within the book. I will be absolutely reading the next book Love Hate Relationship and cant wait til it is released. Great series with great characters :)
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 STARS 26 September 2015
By Not Your Mama's Romance Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! It was an easy, quick read, but I really enjoyed the author's writing. This book contains a super hot guy and a single mom of a 3-year old little girl that is cuter than cute!! I can't resist a sexy man that falls head over heels for a little girl and her mom! I really enjoyed watching these two fall in love, and how they healed from their awful pasts. I have definitely found a new (to me) author, and I look forward to reading more of her work! Loved this HEA NA romance.
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 4 stars 14 November 2015
By JJ Rockz - Published on Amazon.com
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Really enjoyed this story. I wish there was a little more verbal sparring with the women at the end. But other than that, it was great

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