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- Publication Date: May 26, 2017
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- Language: English
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As always we get to catch up with some of our favorite Celebration friends while reading all about Sassy and Scott.
Sophia and Scott had their first date after she "won" him at the Valentine's Day Bachelor Auction. They hit it off and dated for a little over a month but found it to hard to maintain a relationship with their conflicting work schedules. But every now and again they did find time for a tryst here and there.
When Sophia starts to feel as if she is drowning under her student loan payments and realizes her house needs some major repairs she decides to take a part time job working at an upscale gentleman's club. She has danced in the past and figured a few months would get her enough to get the loans paid off and the repairs done.
On her first night at the gentleman's club, which is also an open house night by invitation only, Scott, Nolan, and Jason decide to check out the place. All three are beyond surprised when "Sassy" comes on stage and entrances all the men in the audience. Jason is amazed at how good she is; Nolan is surprised at who it is but wowed by her; and Scott is in a state of shock mixed with jealously and a tinge of anger. "Sassy" is actually Sophia.
From that moment on there are a plethora of mixed emotions and interactions between Scott and Sophia; many of them not too positive, particularly from Scott. Since they are no longer dating, she feels he has no right to be jealous or upset at her earning extra money dancing. She isn't stripping and she is very good at what she does. And she needs the money. Scott has strong feelings for Sophia but has never told her. He believes his feelings and reactions are justified. What he doesn't fully understand is the more he pushes at Sophia and expresses his dismay, the more she will justify what she is doing and why it is none of his business. Typical of two strong willed people...and of course you can see where this is going...or maybe not.
Things change one night when a random comment that Sophia might be pregnant since she had just been sick to her stomach and was always tired. The positive test leads to very different initial reactions. Sophia is shocked then TBI king about how she was still going to make he needed payments as well as support a child. And worries what others will think, especially Scott. Scott goes from shock to...well you'll find out... Let's just say he is impatient and it pushed Sophia away.
I really like Sophia. She is a very strong-willed and independent woman who recognizes the areas in her life where she needs to make adjustments and appreciated the aspects of her life that are meaningful to her. She generally has an upbeat and positive attitude and isn't afraid to work hard. She doesn't have a lot of close friends, but through an incident that leads to an all girls night at her house, she realizes that there is a strong group of female friends who are there for all of them, including her. She just has to put herself out there and trust. Something she has decided to do.
Scott is an interesting character. He is a diligent worker and dedicated paramedic. He has a good support network of friends who are always there to help him work through his thoughts and vice versa. But what he is not the best at, is being patient. He wants a family more than anything. He also has realized he loves Sophia. But he is still having a lot of trouble with her dancing and frustrated that they have not been able to make a relationship work. So when she tells him that she is pregnant, whoosh...he goes from stunned to having a zillion plans for them faster than Sophia can barely blink. Then wonders why she is not onboard with any of his plans. Like I said...patience is not his thing, especially with her and certain aspects of his life.
The other characters of Celebration Township are always so wonderful. They are supportive, willing to admit their flaws and issues, to empathize, to provide fun and laughter and to be a part of a team when things are overwhelming or something goes wrong.
I really enjoyed the premise of this novel. The plot was strong and very realistic: the first date to working together to see what type of family they may be able to become. I liked the differences in the two characters and how they were able to work around them while complimenting their similarities. I loved how the community pulled together when they most needed to. I enjoyed the funny moments and appreciated the serious ones.
"Raffles to Rattles" is an enjoyable, sweet and sassy novella that has a little bit of something for every reader. It is a wonderful read. It is engaging and one the reader will find they have read from beginning to end without realizing it.
**I voluntarily chose to read and review an advanced copy of this novella
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I enjoyed reading this book. I began rooting for Sophia and Scott from the moment I started reading. Their unconventional romance was intriguing. The drama and conflict built up nicely, but ended very abruptly. I feel like the story was at its peak when it just stopped, leaving a huge cliffhanger. “Raffles to Rattles” is a good book, but the ending could use some work.