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The Things We Can't Change Part One: The Prologue [Kindle Edition]

Kassandra Kush
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Book Description

Ezekiel Quain has learned over the years that love and family are nothing to be depended on. After standing strong next to his mom through her cancer, she ran off, leaving Zeke, his dad and little sister to struggle with the leftover medical bills, and a bad taste in Zeke’s mouth about counting on anybody. His relationship with his father is strained, and the only person he cares for is his little sister, Cindy. With looks, attitude, and words, Zeke keeps everyone at arm’s length.

Evangeline Parker has it all: money, beauty, brains, and the perfect boyfriend, Tony. What everyone doesn’t see is that she’s trapped, and has been for two years. She lives every day in fear, hiding the fact that Tony isn’t the perfect man everyone thinks that he is. She walks a tightrope, trying to reconcile the Tony of the past with the Tony of the present, and to never, ever upset him. Terrified of anyone finding out the truth, she doesn’t get too close to anyone and has been struggling through the past two years alone.

When Zeke stumbles upon Tony and Evie one night and learns of her secret, their worlds begin to collide in a way neither of them expected. Before he can stop himself, Zeke finds himself stepping uninvited into Evie’s life, and urges her to tell someone. Evie refuses, terrified of the repercussions from Tony. Not even sure why he cares, Zeke can only watch from a distance, until disaster strikes and Evie’s secret comes to light, and they are both forced to take action.

***Due to language and mature situations, this book is recommended for readers 16+**

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  • File Size: 2556 KB
  • Print Length: 133 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E0Q2N6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,156 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This short story packs a punch! July 21, 2013
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This short story packs a punch!, July 10, 2013

I have to give this book 5 stars!
In all Honesty ~ I began this book asking myself 'Why am I reading this again? I don't like reading about abuse & things that will bring me down'. Call me crazy, but when I pick up a book I prefer to travel to other worlds & realms full of magic & happy endings (for the most part anyway). Knowing this I prepared myself for the worst not sure how Kush would approach the abuse issues at hand.
I was shocked to be so drawn in to this story that I could not put it down. Not because I felt sympathy for any certain character no, no, no. Sure I understood the real life problems & issues at hand. This was one of the reasons I continued reading, because our kids (anyone we care about really) needs to have stories like this available to help them truly see what can happen in an abusive relationship as Evie is in. Not only do I appreciate the learning opportunity it provided, but I believe Kush did a terrific job bringing very real happenings to light without going too dark. She found that balance to get the point across without making me want to stop reading (winning a few shudders & tears along the way of course). BUT ... the best part is these characters! They brought out so many emotions in such a short time: I smiled, laughed, cringed, cried, loved, & I admit loathing a special someone. I wanted to know more about each of them; their lives, their pasts, their choices.
Now keep in mind this is a short story, a prologue. Do not let that fool you it absolutely packs a punch (in more ways than one)!
If I had to choose a favorite character it would definitely be Zeke! He won me over for many reasons! He's absolutely adorable in his macho tough as nails kinda way. The ending though...URGH!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I picked up The The Things We Can't Change Part One: The Prologue in the full knowledge that it is the first instalment of a larger story. I'd actually read the first chapter on a post on the author's website and was so intrigued I simply HAD to read the rest of the book. I can honestly say I WAS NOT disappointed. Despite being short and finishing with a massive cliff hanger I absolutely loved The Things We Can't Change Part One:The Prologue.

Kassandra Kush has tackled the very difficult subject of an abusive relationship in a way that is both confronting and informative. To everyone around her, Evie Parker is 'perfect' - beautiful, popular, wealthy and her boyfriend is the equally beautiful, popular and wealthy Tony Stulls. They are THE couple in high school. As is often the case though, appearances are not everything and there is a bleak, dark side to their relationship. Tony is unbalanced, psychologically controlling and violent. Evie is terrified: terrified of what he will do to her, of what he will do to himself and of people finding out what she is experiencing. The simple answer is that she should leave, or she should tell someone, which seems so obvious. But the flashes of the Tony she fell in love with: sweet and loving, combined with the threats he makes to harm himself make that option an impossible choice for Evie.

Zeke Quain is the quintessential bad boy. But really he's not - his attitude and style are carefully designed to help him keep distance between himself and everyone around him so that he doesn't get hurt again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! August 28, 2013
By jackie
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This book was so amazing to read! I couldn't put it down and it makes you feel as though you are actually in the book itself. You could feel everything and it paints a clear picture in your head. And it makes you want to keep reading because you want to find out what happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow August 16, 2013
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This is not a book I would normally read, but I am extremely glad I did. I can't help but ache right along with Evie, every time he hurts her my heart breaks. Zeke is that typical bad ass cause life did me wrong, but is a good kid. Can't wait to read the next book.... and that cliff hanger. Mmm, might have sworn at that one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking! August 15, 2013
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I am lucky enough to be able to get my hands on early copies of Kassandra's work, and let me tell you that this one DEFINITELY does not disappoint! It's told in alternating 1st person POVs (Zeke and Evie) and while sometimes it bothers me when authors head-jump like that, this one is wonderful! You really get to know each character intimately, like you're peeling open their skin and seeing into their souls. And ooh, both of them have some major demons to handle... Don't want to say too much because spoilers, but the subject matter is raw and honest and the writing is KILLER. It might be short but it definitely is not light and sweet... So don't say I didn't warn you, but definitely check this out when it hits Amazon in a couple weeks! You absolutely WILL NOT regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Things We Can't Change Part One review August 6, 2013
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Reading a story that was from two different points of view was a new and interesting change for me. Seeing the story from two separate sides gave the reader more insight than usual and I think it helps broaden the audience of the book. Although it was probably more intended for a female audience one should not be worried, no masculinity was harmed in the reading of this book and I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
I just read this book in no time at all. Upon finishing it I've immediately downloaded the next 4 as I'm sure I won't be able to stop until I've finished them all!!
Published 3 months ago by Lateshia Shaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I picked this one up...
I've read Kassandra's other series, and when the first book in this series came up for free, I jumped on it.

This series is grittier than the Guardian/Protector books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rupertswife
5.0 out of 5 stars A Topic Rarely Discussed
For a topic that is " off limits" for many reasons to some authors Kassandra did a great job approaching and dealing with it in a respectful manner. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jaxon
5.0 out of 5 stars great ya read
This author is evil; she's evil and I love her! No spoilers though. Let me just say that if you were interested enough to make it this far; you need to just go ahead and read the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Things we can't change!!
Wow, this is an intense story! A very good story, hopefully some day it will save someone's life! So, maybe some day, we can change some things.
Published 14 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changer
This book is one of my all-time-favorites. It was a tough read because of all the emotions thrown in your face from beginning to end. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!!
Holy smokes was this a tough read. I mean it in a good way. I was completely immersed in the story from page one. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Colleen BooksBooksBooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting!
This was probably one of the best books I have read this year and I read a lot. The characters were so richly described and placed into the story line that it was hard to believe... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brenda Hinson
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Welcome :]

Third person feels.... impersonal, so lezz just keep it real ;]

My name is Kassandra, one of the few rare gems who spell the name with a K. I like to read, write, and lay in the sun. Since I live in sunny Florida, I'm usually doing all three at once. I dream of returning to my hometown, Columbus, Ohio, but in the meantime I make do with placing most of my stories there. I come from a huge family dominated with girls and have a dopey, mostly-Black-Lab dog named Phineas. I tend to like fictional men better than real ones, and sometimes it's quite the hassle trying to keep up with all my book-relationships ;] Someday, though, I'm sure true love will strike me down, but until then, I'll share all my book boyfriends with you.

They can be found in all my novels, and I hope I speak the truth when I say I have a little something for everyone; mystery, romance, paranormal, real-life, drama and epicness. You can find information about my past, present, and forthcoming books in both my blog and Facebook links. I absolutely love to hear from readers, so be sure to drop me a line so I can thank you personally.

I'll leave you to read now, but welcome to my world; a place where true love exists, everyone gets a happy ending, magic is real, God is love, and it's perfectly acceptable to skip sleep, food, and company in order to finish that last chapter.

Oh, and the men are extremely good looking ;]

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