Sunday, December 31, 2017

Players, Bumps, and Cocktail Sausages by Natasha Preston | Book Review

Reading Group: Anyone's who's read the Silence Series

Personal Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: Putting his player ways behind him, Jasper Dane is now strictly a one-woman man. Jasper, desperate to start a family with his wife, Abby, is devastated when she puts their baby plans on hold. Holly has just arrived back in town for the summer, and after landing a job with Jasper, the two form an unlikely friendship. Abby’s immediate dislike of Holly and Jasper spending time together causes him to question his wife’s fidelity. Broken hearted at Abby’s sudden change of heart and suspicious of her reasons, Jasper takes action, sparking a chain of events that make his once well planned out life spiral out of control. To get what he wants, he first has to lose everything.

Cover: The cover of this book shows a very attractive man, Jasper, who is showing off his playboy ways. 

My Review: Just like Broken Silence, this story begins a few years after the one before it ended.  The biggest difference between this one and the other two books is that this one focuses on Jasper which is why it's a companion novel within the series.  Jasper was always close with Oakley when they were growing up, but he never knew about her abuse.  Now, almost ten years after finding it out he still blames himself for not being there to protect her.  He's married his first love, who cheated on him when they were teenagers, but is hoping this time will be better.  Sad for Jasper, this history repeated itself and now he's going through a divorce and is having a baby with his friend's sister.  He wants to be a great dad, but he is petrified of something happening to his child the way it happened to Oakley.  He's already had a repeat history with Abby, why couldn't it happen with his daughter?  But the way he's acting isn't healthy and once he realizes this he is able to admit that he needs some type of closure.  He agrees to see his dad and even though he doesn't get the answers he wants, Jasper is able to say what he wants and that's a step in the right direction for him.  He has a long way to go, as does everyone in his family, but he's finally taking care of himself and starting to ease his own guilt.

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