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Shrinking Violet (a Colors novel) by [Prince, Jessica]
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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**


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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  • Print Length: 282 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012URUO0Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By SamK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 February 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of change 30 July 2015
By Jennifer Van Wyk - Published on
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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**
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars 14 October 2015
By Nmmomof4 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Overall Opinion: I put off reading this one because I was worried that I wouldn't be able to connect with the h because of how awful she was in the previous book, [book:Scattered Colors. I'm happy I gave it a chance. I do think it helped that I had a good bit of time between reading them, as I might not have been so forgiving of her actions of it was still fresh in my memory. Overall it was a sweet read about making changes in ourselves to be the best person we can be, and overcoming our sometimes hurtful upbringings. What made me rate so low was that after it was done I had a feeling of "that was it?" and I'm not sure I can pinpoint exactly what it was that made that feeling, but I don't think this'll go down as a favorite or as all that memorable in the long run.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 30 July 2015
By Jacqueline - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advance copy of this book 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars **** I Love Story Time was gifted an ARC in exchange for ... 6 August 2015
By I Love Story Time - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
**** I Love Story Time was gifted an ARC in exchange for an honest review ****

4.5 Stars!!!

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.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking and honest, I LOVED this book! 5 August 2015
By B from Prisoners of Print - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.

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