Clean Start by S.M. Shade

  • Clean Start by S.M. Shade
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    “Clean Start” (Violent Circle #3) by S.M. Shade.
    (review below)

    Also in the Series

    Scarlet Toys, Book 1 – Free for a limited time =>
    Frat Hell, Book 2 =>



    Everyone knows the rumors about Violet Circle and the crazy inhabitants, but becoming a resident was my best option. These are the kind of decisions you’re faced with when you have a baby at eighteen, and your knight in shining armor turns out to be a deadbeat dad in saggy boxers.

    Don’t get me wrong, my five-year-old son, Aiden, is the love of my life, even when he’s telling random strangers I’m constipated, or lecturing his preschool friends on the differences in their anatomy. I wouldn’t trade him for anything, but raising him as a single parent while cleaning motel rooms for a living is like walking a balance beam made of sand. One wrong slip, and we’re homeless.

    It doesn’t take us long to adjust to our new home with all its eccentric people, and Aiden is happy here, but danger lurks right across the street. Not in the apartment of the odd woman who always wears a floppy sun hat and trench coat, or the crazy apartment full of college kids. I wish it were that simple.

    Neal Chambers, the single father who is ten years my senior, sets off alarms in my head.
    Mainly because he sets off other things in my panties.


    Review By Barbara

    Outstanding finale for the gang at Violet “Violent” Circle. The author has done a fantastic job with this book, as well as the first two in the series, in both the storyline and the characters. The series stems around a low income housing area and the characters in it are the people that live on Violet Circle (which was vandalized to say “Violent” Circle), residents who are either down on their luck or the frat-house college boys. All of which are struggling financially but they are blessed with neighbors who are more like family than just neighbors.

    Clean Start is Neal and Veronica’s story. Both are single parents who have put their personal happiness on hold while putting their children first (bothbring the only parent in their child’s lives). Neal is raising his daughter Bailey while Veronica is raising her son Aiden and trust me when I say the kids will steal your heart and have you smiling and laughing at their antics. As for Neal and Veronica, they are great friends who are secretly attracted to each other. However both are afraid to act on it or say anything for numerous reason (sorry you’ll just have to read the book and check out their “Logic”). But when the community center has a kids lock-in night, and Veronica and Neal are left alone with no kids for the first time in years, not to mention the Kegger set up in the park, all bets are off on the outcome.

    This is one hilarious series and Clean Start is no exception. From sex toys, to pranks, to a butt joke telling kid to extremely embarrassing moments (such as going out the window in chocolate and whipped cream white boxers – causing one to look like they messed their pants), you won’t be able to keep the smile off your face or the laughter held inside. Kudos to the author for a job well done and 2 Thumbs Up for a fantastic book/series that I highly recommend reading. You won’t be sorry you did, it’s just that dang funny and good.


    Meet the Author

    S.M. Shade:

    S.M. Shade is a homeschooling mom hopelessly addicted to Dr. Pepper, love stories, sunshine, and men with full sexy lips, though not necessarily in that order. A voracious reader since she sounded out her first word, she started writing as a teenager and rediscovered her love of writing as an adult. Originally from Indianapolis, S.M. now lives in a small Kentucky town with her teenage son.

    She loves to hear from readers so please feel free to contact her or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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