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Sliver of Truth (Shattered Hearts of Carolina Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : October 22, 2020
- File size : 2052 KB
- Print length : 225 pages
- ASIN : B08J8B219N
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : B08KXJ17G6
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #811,663 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Sliver of Truth is an amazing story of wanting more, being afraid to take a leap and doing it anyway, and learning that there is so much more to a person than meets the eye.
Stripper CeCe and handyman Dusty have been having a secret affair for a year, and now that she's about to leave the club where they both work, he wants more from their relationship. Namely, no longer being secret friends with benefits. When Dusty demands to be more than a dirty little secret, will CeCe step up or watch him walk away?
I thought this story was well-written and flowed nicely. There are some raw, emotional moments, as well as lots of sweet ones. And some steamy ones. Both CeCe and Dusty have some insecurity issues to work through. And there is a lot of disability bias in this story: Dusty speaks with a stutter as a result of an accident. People think he's stupid and that is so far from the truth. I thought that Jody Kaye handled that aspect of this story wonderfully. It really will make you stop and think about how you treat others.
So why am I only ranking this 3.5 stars? It is a standalone, but I feel like there should have been a note somewhere that the series should be read in order. I felt like I was starting the book in the middle of a chapter, and there were all these other characters hanging around that are clearly part of the same social circle, but there was little to no explanation as to who they are and what their relationship is to one another. So I felt quite lost regarding the backstory and it was a feeling I couldn't shake throughout the book. Unfortunately, I felt like that was holding me back from really shipping CeCe and Dusty as a couple.
I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
It is always nice to be several books in to a series because there is familiarity with the characters. It is a bit like coming home to old friends, and getting to know newer friends better. That is how Celine and Dusty's story was for me! As always, the characters are exceptionally well developed, which is a MUST for me. They both have struggled to overcome huge challenges in their lives and to become more than what is expected of them.
Dusty has loved and lost, in what has to be one of the worst ways possible, yet he doesn't let that prevent him from putting himself out there. Celine is afraid to allow herself to love, fearful of her upbringing tainting her relationships.
This book deals with many sensitive subjects - addiction and disabilities to name a few, but the most profound is bias. Typically, when I think of bias, I think of racial bias. I really had never thought much of disability bias; however, Jody did an amazing job of bringing this issue to light. It made me examine my own biases and preconceived notions. I had to ask myself how I would react and how I have reacted. I loved Celine's raw honesty, as she recognizes her own bias, and the way she takes ownership of her missteps along the way.
If we would all challenge ourselves to approach our differences and our biases with the same willingness that Jody has through Celine and Dusty, the world would be a much better place!
Now for my opinion of Celine and Dusty. There is something about their relationship that actually saddened me. Celine is at times a selfish 'b' that is more into her appearance and what others think of her than what she really feels in her heart. Her insensitivity to Dusty's disability is disappointing but her treatment of Dusty is actually not as bad as how his friends treat him. Yikes!
I really liked Dusty, but even he came off as a slimy and selfish jerk in the beginning of the book. I appreciate how Jody Kaye showed that there is more to Dusty than just his speech impediment. He is a hard-working family man and a devoted father to his daughter, Sylvie. Celine just seemed like a rebound girl for Dusty. I have to say, I was actually rooting for Dusty to find someone else and get over Celine. I just didn't feel connected to these two characters, but I think the story had potential.
I received an ARC of this book from the author and am voluntarily providing my honest review.