Title: Shrinking Violet
Author: Jessica Prince
Series: Colors #2
Release Date: August 2, 2015
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?
**Shrinking Violet is a STANDALONE novel that follows characters introduced in Scattered Colors. It is not necessary to read Scattered Colors first**
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. Carson and Cassidy had a spark that made their journey absolutely sparkle in a one-of-a-kind way, and the manner in which their families fit so perfectly together made this story that much sweeter. 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.
“Hope. God, how I hated hope. It showed up just long enough to lull you into a false sense of comfort, enveloping you in its soothing embrace before shoving you away, laughing in your face as it disappeared, leaving you shattered once again.”
Cassidy and Carson were truly something special. They just had this innate sadness and sense of resignation that made my heart ache for them. The character growth we get to experience with Cassidy was absolutely breathtaking. 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. I was entirely invested in their happily ever after, losing myself in their emotional rollercoaster.
“When it comes to matters of the heart, it’s not up to you to decide what you divulge and what you keep hidden away. Love doesn’t work like that. The only way to guarantee a long and lasting relationship is to lay all your cards on the table and let fate handle the rest. You need to learn to have faith in the person you give your heart to.”
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 loveable characters and unforgettable story.
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Don’t miss the first book in the Colors series:
Scattered Colors (Colors #1)
Love Hate Relationship (Colors #3)
Wildflower (Colors #4)
Born and raised around Houston Texas, Jessica spent most of her life complaining about the heat, humidity, and all around pain in the ass weather. It was only as an adult that she quickly realized the cost of living in Houston made up for not being able to breathe when she stepped outside. That’s why God created central air, after all.
In addition to being a wife and mom, she’s also a wino, a coffee addict, and an avid lover of all types of books–romances still being her all time favs. Her husband likes to claim that reading is her obsession but she just says it’s a passion…there’s a difference. Not that she’d expect a boy to understand.
Jessica has been writing since she was a little girl, but thankfully grew out of drawing her own pictures for her stories before ever publishing her first book. Because an artist she is not.