Sunday, February 21, 2016

Review: Out of Focus by L.B. Simmons

“Shhhh, Cassandra, it’s our little secret.”
Secrets are stubborn things when they refuse to remain hidden. They tear through your soul, clawing and lashing until the pain becomes so unbearable, you’re left no choice but to silently scream your agony. No one hears you, of course. You smile on the outside and drift through life as though your mind is at peace, but all the while, you remain your own tortured prisoner. Sealed inside the darkened, soundproof room of your conscience, deafening cries echo as you plead for someone to unlock the door and release you from your nightmares. And eventually, when no one comes, you find ways to cope. To dull the suffering the only way you know how.
But what happens when you’ve become so numb, when everything around you has become so blurred, that you begin to lose focus on the saving grace standing directly in front of you? When you’ve anesthetized yourself to the point of losing consciousness, forced to watch as his once solid image fades away, lost to your reach in the haze as it smothers you?
What do you do then?
You fight. You heal. Then you bring him back.
Well, my name is Cassie Cooper, and it’s time.
No more secrets.
This is my story.

***WARNING - The subject matter of this novel centers around the psychological effects due to sexual abuse experienced during childhood. For this reason, as well as sexual situations, language, and adult themes, suggested reading age is 17+.***


Review:  5 of 5 stars

It is no secret that I adore LB Simmons.  The first book in this series, Under the Influence was one of the best of 2015.  I was so anxious to get my hands on book two and it did not disappoint!  

If you loved Spencer and Dalton's story, you will love to learn more about Cassie in Out of Focus.  I have to say, if you haven't read Under the Influence you are missing out.  Even though this can be read as a standalone, I encourage you to fall in love with the characters in the first book since it will just enhance your love of this book.

I thought I knew Cassie Cooper in Under the Influence.  Her sarcasm and love for books and Spencer made her fun to read.  What I didn't know was how much she used those things to hide from her past. She is a beautiful soul that needed to tell her story.  LB Simmons did a fantastic job of exposing her story one piece at a time.  The majority of this book plays out like the ending of Under the Influence. The storyline is playing out in Cassie's life at the same time Spencer is getting her ending and epilogue.  I was so consumed with Spencer and Dalton in book one that I wasn't thinking about what was occurring for Cassie.  Let me tell you, it is a heartbreakingly, beautiful story.

Grady Bennett is one hell of a character.  He is kind, patient, and sees so much more of Cassie than she can see in herself.  He knows how to push her but respect her space.  He lets her open up in her own time.  Grady is a class act and every woman deserves someone that is sensitive to their heart issues.  

Without getting into too many details, you are going to weep for Cassie and her lost innocence and time.  But, you will see that she is a survivor, just like we all are when faced with terrible acts of injustice.  The poignant story will touch your heart.  Yes, it is heartbreaking.  But, LB Simmons will weave everything back together and make it more beautiful than it was at the beginning.  Thank you for writing such amazing stories that are full of emotion!

L.B. Simmons is a graduate of Texas A&M University and holds a degree in Biomedical Science.  She has been a practicing Chemist for the last 11 years.  She lives with her husband and three daughters in Texas and writes every chance she gets.


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