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The ObviousG and compelling short novel with believable and fascinating characters Although Sammy makes poor choice after poor choice it s never frustrating because her personality is so well realised This also makes the tragic parts of the story hit that much harder and boy do they hit hardJ Cassidy s style is lean and highly readable The dialogue is spot on and it s remarkable how natural is sounds despite a lot of exposition taking place while people are talking The story is full of surprising twists that make perfect sense in retrospect and make you want to re read the novel as soon as you ve finishedI can t wait to read J Cassidy s next work Not so obvious reality check which eeps you reading while your heart is breaking as you realise your life is about the choices you make One of the things that indie authors eep surprising me with is how they work in the romance genre A genre that is typically been rather stale in its methods of presentation seems to be getting a major overhaul almost completely through the work of the indie authors of todayAlthough The Obvious hardly should be pigeonholed into such a limited genre that s how it was described This is an excellent readI was doubtful how this was going to move forward after a very raunchy beginning but I was very pleasantly surprised as it opened into a very dark and deep read The locality of the story has been very well researched by the author as it is written about with confidence and a sure nowledge of where things are which adds depth and helps draw the reader into the events giving the feeling that we are there as things unfold Added to this the characters are superbly rounded and completely realistic in their every day LIVING SITUATIONS AND HOW THEY REACT TO VARIOUS SITUATIONS situations and how they react to various situations ending however wasn t anticipated and left me reeling it was so unexpected I definitely recommend this book to anyone 18 as a must read A good read The sort of book that makes you thankful you had good parents if you did J Cassidy has a way of drawing you in to feel for the characters and all the reasons why their lives run like they do Difficult to say too much without giving the plot away When I started reading it I was appalled Usually when I come upon a dirty sex scene on the first few pages of a new book I ll yawn and go read something else I can t say what compelled me to read on All I now is that I ended up reading the entire book in one go until 2 am and never regretted it It s almost unbearably realistic to the point where you start to wonder how much of it is a true story It s haunting and will stay with you for a long time. Hips can be fleeting family can’t be chosen and the choices she makes will stay with her until the day she di. .

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OughI can t say I enjoyed The Obvious It is relentlessly grim as it details the downward spiraling life of an Abuse Survivor Who Doesn T survivor who doesn t the necessary resources to thrive Occasional flashbacks reveal ey moments in Sammy s past without explaining every detail just enough to hint at what she went through how she coped who failed her and why she s where she is now Opportunities for a happier life are rejected or snatched away and I appreciate that the author didn t give in To The Impulse To the impulse to everything miraculously better even though that s what I WANTED THERE WERE MAYBE A FEW There were maybe a few many coincidences involving a large family of minor characters leading to a rift between Sammy and her friends Symbolically though it works those family members have each other s back no one but Kev seems to have Sammy s which she fails to appreciate until it s too late A great debutI first read and thoroughly enjoyed chapters of this book when it was a work in progress on Authonomy The finished version is a credit to the attention to detail and high standard of writing that has been achieved Firstly for the reader it has a captivating opening Then because the characters are written so realistically and c Sammy is a young woman who has been through a lot in her life and although she doesn t uite like her way of life now she doesn t Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, know how to change it She struggles to find the answers she is looking for but sometimes what is right there in front you is the best solution Will she realise the obvious before it s too lateI will not say anything else not wanting to spoil it for you but this is no ordinary romance The characters are absolutely realistic and their interractions are so lifelike you honestly think they are people younow This is a book worth reading and I am sure you will all enjoy itNote to the readers Keep a box of tissues nearby just in case When we first meet Sammy we think she s hit rock bottom That s only just the start A highly intelligent under achiever a life full of promise has ended up on a self destructive autopilot of casual sex and poor decisions She has a tight True knit friendship group that seems to barelyeep her on the rails but as that friendship group fragments so does her behaviourThe most positive influence in Sammy s life seems to be Kev an old school friend who lives in the same building as her They have a just friends open relationship and we constantly root for Sammy to sort her emotional baggage out and see the potential answer to her problems is right under her noseThe problem though is that baggage may be unresolvable The Obvious is a heart rendin. Arts to tear into their group Sammy must decide whether doing the right thing is worth losing everythingFriends. ,

This novel is chock full of F bombs and sex with a constant undercurrent of violence and I loved every wordOn the pages without a sex act or a reference to one you ll find a twenty year old girl Sammy who is thinking or talking or being asked about sex yet this is in no way an Yet this is in no way an novel Sammy uses sex Sometimes as a weapon but often as a shield to insulate her from the internal damage of an abusive childhood suffered at the hands often as a shield to insulate her from the internal damage of an abusive childhood suffered at the hands her alcoholic father who raised her alone after her mother walked out on a four year old SammyMost of the swearing from Sammy is collouial intended not to insult but to reinforce the tough shell she has built around herself Only her close friends are ever allowed to peek inside Sammy s emotional bubble and even then it is only a peekSammy is a broken person She doesn t smile she turns up the edges of her mouth This story is a snapshot taken over a short period of her life It s sad poignant and wholly believableThe writing is sharp and fits the mood of the piece There is a lot of collouial spelling in the dialogue but it works well without getting tiring The novel is set in England in a blue collar environment but I believe American readers can soon catch the conversational rhythmIf you have no problem with sex and swearing and unvarnished real life drama and you are yearning for something different to read You should check out this uniue storyDisclaimer This review was originally written for Books and Pals book blog I may have received a free review copy This short well written book is categorized as Romance but it flies in the face of every romance novel expectation and trope It s a cautionary tale a gritty story of wasted potential in which nothing good happens to anyone and no one can do anything about it Don t read it in the winterSammy barely twenty years old has been on her own for two years on the dole and out of years on the dole and out of no matter how many applications she fills out Abandoned by her mother at an early age she was nevertheless a gifted student but dropped out in order to escape from her abusive father Without paying work her life is restricted to job hunting hanging out with her neighbor Kev and going to pubs with three friends from her schooldays She compulsively hooks up with strangers and is regularly disappointed in their performance The sex scenes with these guys are well written and explicit but not arousing a good trick Sammy also has a sweet friends with benefits arrangement with Kev Tellingly those sex scenes are never described What s obvious is that this relationship is the only good thing in her life but it might not be en. An alcoholic father her mother missing since she was a child all Sammy has are her friends When their deceit st.