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Monday, January 27, 2014

Abandon - Cassia Leo - Review

ABANDON - Cassia Leo

This gritty spin-off of the New York Times bestselling Shattered Hearts Series follows mysterious and sexy Tristan as he attempts to abandon his demons in the name of love. This full-length novel can be read as a stand-alone or after Bring Me Home.
A steady stream of meaningless sex is all Tristan has left when he discovers the grandmother who raised him is dying and his best friend is getting married. He is lost; and the dark secrets in his past keep coming back to remind him of this. Until Tristan has an idea that will change his life and fulfill his dying grandmother’s wishes: Abandon his playboy ways and settle down. And who better to do it with than Senia, the girl who has occupied his thoughts since their scorching hot tryst in the back of his sports car. The girl who makes him laugh and feel like a kid again. But when his world begins to crumble around him, the pain Tristan is hiding finds its way to the surface. Will Tristan finally learn to trust again? Or will he abandon Senia when she needs him the most?

Brenda's Review
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Now I must confess.  I wasn't a huge fan of Tristan in the Shattered Heart series.  I loved Chris, Claire, and Senia.  And because of Senia, I really wanted to read this book.  Well, I am now a HUGE fan of Tristan!!  What was I thinking?  He has so redeemed himself for me!!! sigh....................

Tristan group up with drug addict for a mother (who he doesn't even call his mother).  Luckily he had his grandmother.  He also helped take care of his little sister.  Now that he's a rock star and has the money, he takes care of his grandmother and sister (sigh again.............).  He's got a secret soft side that you will instantly fall in love with.  Oh, you still get to see Tristan's "naughty" side!!  oh wow!! I'd trade places with Senia for a couple of days!!! mmmmmm

If you read the Shattered Heart series then you know that Senia is pregnant.....and it's Tristan's.  Can the playboy rocker settle down?  Does he WANT to?  Can Senia handle being a mom?  Well you know I don't do spoilers, so you better just read this and find out.  You don't HAVE to read the Shattered series, but it is well worth it to get more of the background series.

Definitely a 5 star story for me!! 


About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo grew up in California and has lived in three different countries. She loves to travel and her dream is to one day score a record deal based on her awesome shower singing skills. She is the author of the Shattered Hearts series (Relentless, Pieces of You, Bring Me Home) and the Luke and Chase series.


**This is a spin off from the Shattered Hearts Series. Read the books that started it all!


By Cassia Leo

My phone vibrates in my pocket and I pull it out immediately. When I see the name on the screen, it’s as if the clouds have parted and shined a light on this tiny corner of the hospital cafeteria. Then I read the message and I resist the urge to throw my phone across the room.

Senia: Thanks for the kind message. Now kindly stop texting me. I’m not interested in being one of your concubines.

I probably don’t deserve anything better than this from Senia, but it still feels like a kick in the nuts at a time like this. In any case, I don’t have it in me to chase her anymore. It was sort of fun for the last twelve days to bug her with cheesy text messages, but it just feels stupid and pathetic now.

Me: Whatever you say.

Molly stands up and I grab her hand before she can leave. “Where are you going?”
“I have to go to the restroom. Want to join me?”
“You think that’s funny, but I actually—”
“—potty-trained me. I know. You’ve told me a million times. It’s gross.”
“Get out of here before I tell everyone in this cafeteria about the time you shit in Grandma’s flower pot.”
“There’s no one here.”
“Then I’ll write a song about it.”
“You haven’t written anything in years,” she mutters, then she walks away.
My phone vibrates again and a tremor of regret reverberates inside me for all the ways I haven’t been good enough for Molly. I must be such a fucking disappointment to her. I used to write songs for her all the time and I’d sing her to sleep. I stopped writing three years ago. It’s pointless. No one needs me to write songs. They need me to play my fucking instrument and bring the band the occasional bit of bad press.
I turn my phone over on the table to check the screen and this message brings the faintest hint of a smile to my lips.

Senia: Are you okay?
Me: No. I’m at the hospital.
Senia: What’s wrong?

I don’t have to tell her anything. Something tells me that Senia will probably come running to my side if I speak the right empty promises. But I really don’t feel like fucking her.
I just need to talk.

Me: Can I call you later?

She makes me wait a torturous forty minutes for her response. Molly is back from the restroom and seated across from me, using my phone to text her friends, but even Molly smiles when she sees the text message pop up on my screen.

Senia: Fine. But you’d better not tell me you’re pregnant.

She narrows her eyes at me and leans back to get more comfortable. “Aren’t you going to offer me something to drink?”
“You can’t drink in your condition.”
“Why, yes, I’d love a glass of water. Thank you.”

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