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Scarlet Toys

Book Review - SCARLET TOYS by S.M. SHADE

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Hilarious, if you’re after a laugh out loud read you can’t go past this book. Had me laughing right from the start, Cass is one funny as hell chick with quick witted humour that will have you in fits of laughter. Honestly every character in this book will, absolutely loved it.


A laugh out loud, pee your pants kinda Book! First off, I am in absolute love with Cassidy. The girl has such a sense of humor that is 9 out of 10 times in the gutter (my kinda girl). I was laughing at her craziness more times than not and just totally fell in love with her. I could see her being my crazy best friend. Secondly, Wyatt is just so damn hot and I need him in my life too! A man from money who doesn’t let the money dictate his life and actually uses it to benefit others. Just totally swoon worthy. Wyatt and Cassidy meet when she is applying for a job at the new store in town. Little to Cassidy’s surprise she is offered a position to be the Manager of Wyatt’s newest Sex Toy store. What ensues from her acceptance of the job to the end is lots of funny @ss moments and drama between themselves and the small town. At the end of the day this story was one of the top funniest books I’ve read in a long time. Not only was Scarlet Toys funny but it also carried a message that at the end of the day it isn’t t necessarily about the money but those who get you for you and will stick by you and do just about anything to help. S.M. Shade said it perfectly “Money, education, and high-class upbringing doesn’t instill the most important things a person needs in life; compassion, love, and a sense of community.” S.M. Shade definitely does not disappoint with this book and it is a definite must read in my opinion. Not for vanilla folks though...lots of boobie and d!ck talk in the book. And OMG...the bounce house scene - S.M. Shade I almost fell off the couch while reading that part - absolute #pricelessness!!!!! P.S. I kinda want to move to Violent Circle now!


This was FANTASTIC! I laughed so hard at all the nonsense and hilarious dialogue. Cass was one of the most adorable characters I have read in a long time, I’ve never related so hard to such an accident prone mess. Wyatt was funny and sexy and holy smokes I’ll take TWO! The VioleNt Circle was like watching a train wreck, when everything would go up in flames you just couldn’t look away. Basically if you are looking for some sweet romance, sexy bits, and laughs you need to check this book out.


Rom com has moved to my favorite genre. Nothing better that a laugh out loud book that just brings smiles and tears to your eyes. This book has it all. The folks at Violent Circle are rip roaringly hilarious and since this is book one in the series, I will be waiting impatiently for each installment like a kid a Christmas. A sex toy shop in small town America may not be the best choice, but then again sometime the kink runs strong where you least expect it. The hysterical predicaments that Wyatt and Cass find themselves in keep you rollicking, the chemistry between the two is smoldering. Throw in all the secondary characters and you got a few hours of fun. Couldn't put this book down.


Holy ****!!!! What a fricking amazing read! Absolutely had me in stitches. Only this author can come up with a storyline that leaves you peeing yourself with laughter. I have fell in love with this book and i hope there is many more to come. Just amazing!!


What can I say about this book that hasn’t already been said. Firstly the characters in this story were on point. I don’t think I have laughed so hard at the antics of a bunch of fictional characters in a long time. Cassidy has just lost her job. Not only that, but everyone else she had worked with is in the same boat. She does land an interview and falls a bit hard for the guy who’s interviewing her. Wyatt is new in town and just wants to get his business up and running who hires Cassidy to manage his new store. The crazy bunch of people in this fictional masterpiece by SM. Shade are funny, out there and sometimes freaky characters but I wouldn’t expect anything less from Viole(n)t Circle. If you need a laugh then this book is definitely one you should read.


Laugh out loud.... that's definitely the best way to describe this book. I fell in love with the characters and I don't think I've laughed so much at a book since Worth It - coincidentally co-written by this author! A definite must read!


If you are looking for a book to read that will suck you into the story and make you laugh at the same time, look no further!! Scarlet Toys is filled with many hilarious scenes and humorous banter. The main characters, Cassidy and Wyatt, did not run in the same social circles or even state but Wyatt's bet with his dad lead him to the town of Morganville. What can I say about Wyatt? (sigh) Who doesn't love a man that knows what he wants (Cassidy) and doesn't hold back his attraction or feelings. Cassidy is smart, feisty and seems more mature than her 21 years of age but considering she's been on her own for awhile, I understand why. Their relationship made sense. The Violet Circle neighbors may not be all there in the head but they looked out for each other while gossiping on the steps. What a fantastic, funny, and light-hearted book!


I have laughed so, so much with this story. My sides freaking hurt with how much I've laughed. This story was hilariously epic. I loved Cass and Wyatt. They were the best characters. I wish the story had been a duo point of view, only because I'd have love to see what was in Wyatt's head. That aside I couldn't get enough of this story. It was an easy read. The characters were amazing, both leads and supporting characters. I could just picture "Violent Circle" and laugh at the craziness the author described. This is most definitely a feel-good read.


Not only do I love this author’s writing but I also lover her ablilyy to write unique story’s that draw me in. So many different plot lines can feel the same but for me, she put a whole new spin in a rich guy. Wyatt may be rolling in the money but he’s a really good guy. He has a big heart and just wants an easy life that he can enjoy. Cassidy was great. No only because she accepted those around her but she was really fun and down to earth. This new series seems like it’s just going to get better and better. I’m not even sure how to properly talk about it with out giving to much away, but it’s funny with some crazy humor at times, but it has these characters that draw you in and addict you to this apartment complex. They are off the wall but I can think of a few people that I can’t wait to get their books.


I loved this book because it made me laugh out loud and I couldn't stop giggling. The people who live on Violent Circle are a unique and interesting group of characters. They have bonfires and block parties where you never know what will happen. The neighbors have loud throw things out the window fights only to make up the next day. After the factory where Cass worked closed she applied at a business call Scarlet Toys the adult store Wyatt is the owner. The funny things that keep happening through the book keeps you hooked and not able to put it down. The quick and witty banter will keep you giggling. The crazy situations that Cass and Wyatt get into will make you laugh. I can't wait to read more about the other characters on the circle


I loved and adored this book! I read it while I was in a book funk and it definitely brought me out of it. It was refreshing, funny, cute and just an all around good book. Cassidy and Wyatt are the best! S.M didn’t disappoint! If you’re in need for something different and need a good laugh, you won’t be disappointed! This book has been added to my collection!!


Let me start off with if you are someone that is doesn't have a good perverted sense of humor, then this book is not for you. Now with that being said let me see if I can get this review done without giving any spoilers... Holy h**l this was one of those books that had me laughing my ass off. I mean laughing so hard that I had tears coming out of my eyes at time, that I had to stop reading long enought for me to get, myself under control. The characters are perfect, and the banter between each of them is something that keeps you sucked in so that you just want more. When you think that something sweet and loving is going to happen, bam you are hit with something that will have you loosing it. S.M. Shade keeps the perfect ballance with her characters and the story line that there wasnt a time that I didn't find myself getting bored with this one. And as a former "Porn Pusher" myself I found the situations at the store with protesters some of the funniest and most relatable situations. Not the Dino Suite wearing protestor part, but the funny things that come from people that act like they need a good time themselves.


Well what can I say about this book. A great laugh out loud romantic comedy. S M Shades writing and humour all come out within the pages of this fantastic read. It had me giggling at inappropriate times, snorting at some of the one liners and waking those within my house in the early hours because of my laughter. The characters in this book are all unique and I would love to live there with all the fun they have. Wyatt was just adorable as the supposidly stuck up suit but he soon showed his worth and that he could be one of the residents of the circle. Cassie, oh I loved Cassie, scooby doo theme tune will forever make me snort when I hear it in future. This is a book I will forever reread when I need a laugh. I can't wait for any other books that come out in this series. I voluntarily reviewed this book as an advanced reader copy.


Scarlet Toys is a sexy Rom Com that will make you laugh out loud and smile constantly until both your sides and your face hurt. Shannon Shade's brand of comedy had me in hysterics. This cast of characters and the neighborhood they lived in was straight out of a comedy sitcom. A cross between Friends, Modern Family and maybe some SNL. I almost wonder how Shannon made it through even writing this book. I would legit have spit coffee and or food all over my computer. Let's hope she wasn't eating or drinking while writing. Which leads me to my warning. Don't eat or drink while reading this. Wyatt and Cassidy seem like a very unlikely couple, she's struggling to get by and he's a successful business man. However these two have a chemistry and those moments are hot as well as funny. Whether it's Cassidy's thoughts running through her head or the fact that Wyatt finds a way to fit into her neighborhood so well, this story just has something that will make your heart happy. It's such a feel good book. I absolutely can't wait for more from this series. I highly recommend this for those days where you are in the mood for a funny, light hearted romance that will just make you smile.


Meet Wyatt Lawson and Cassidy West.

Living on Violet Circle, a place that’s less of a neighborhood and more of an insane asylum poured into the street, I thought I was prepared for anything. After you’ve seen a woman strip down at the laundry room to wash the clothes she’s wearing, then saunter across the street naked, you’ve seen it all, right?

How naïve I was.

After the factory closed, leaving me and a good portion of the town unemployed, I took a job managing Scarlet Toys. I knew it wouldn’t be a typical work environment, selling adult toys in a town more uptight than a constipated nun, but some things you just never see coming.

Like the protesters covered in poison ivy, screaming about smut peddlers.

Or a dancing dinosaur named Fappy.

Or the allure of the man standing in the center of all the chaos.

Wyatt Lawson, a six foot, four inch heap of muscle with a quick smile, ignited my interest in more than the available manager position. Like the missionary one. Or the rodeo. Maybe the side rider. What can I say? I’m an overachiever.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t scare too easily.


I can’t believe I’m sexting in a shoe store bathroom. A funny thought occurs to me. Since we’re going for a wax at the day spa next, I could do a little before and after picture. Jani was right when she said I’ve never sent nudes before. It’s time to live a little.

As quietly as possible, I put my shirt back on and slip off my panties, leaving my skirt on. Hmm…I’m not sure about the best way to do this.

I’m not going to squat down in here. I finally decide to put one foot on the toilet seat and then shove the camera under my skirt. The first picture is out of focus and with the light filtering through my green skirt, it looks more like a stepped on tennis ball than a vagina. Fine, the skirt has to come off too.

It joins my panties, hanging on the toilet paper dispenser. I’ve never felt so classy.

Naked from the waist down, I put my foot on the seat again, and focus on getting the perfect shot. The next one is pretty good and I send it, but I decide to take one more.

Why did I decide to take one more?

Just as I hit the button, the toilet seat slides to the side and the plastic bolts in the back holding it on both snap. The seat clatters to the floor, and my foot slides right into the toilet with a splash they probably heard on the sales floor. Thinking I’m going to fall, I panic and grab at the wall, dropping my phone, which slides out of the stall and toward the sinks.

So, there I am in all my glory. Naked, with a broken toilet seat looped around one foot while my other foot rests ankle deep in blue toilet water. No way this can get worse, right?


As I’m trying to extricate myself, I hear a small voice ask, “Mommy, what’s that?”

“The lady dropped her phone, Justin. Just put it on the sink for her.”

Oh god.

Oh no.

“But what is that? It’s weird and…hairy.”

Somebody please shoot me now. Where is a nice stroke or heart attack when you need one? Behind the door, a small boy is getting a look at his first vagina.

My vagina.

The toilet flushes and I hear his mother gasp when she takes the phone from him.

Yeah, I’m not coming out of here. Somebody is going to have to deliver my food because I’m never leaving this stall again.

“What is it?” he repeats.

“It’s just, um, a close up picture,” she stumbles, grasping for an explanation that isn’t some stranger’s vagina.

“Close up of what?” he insists.

“A…mouth. It’s just a blurry picture.” I hear the click of plastic against porcelain as she places the phone on the sink and says, “Wash your hands again.”

“But I already—”

“Again, Justin!”

Justin isn’t finished asking questions though. Through the running water, I hear, “It had a moustache though. And four lips! Do some guys have extra lips? Am I gonna get more lips? Ohh! Is it an alien? Aliens can have extra lips.”

His voice fades as they leave, and I rush through the stall door to grab my phone, one shoe sloshing and leaving blue puddles across the floor. Of course, they had to have blue water. I pop off my shoe and stuff it with paper towels to mop up the bulk of the water.

That is how Jani and Emily find me a few seconds later.

About the Author

I'm 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 I sounded out my first word, I started writing as a teenager and rediscovered my love of writing as an adult. Originally from Indianapolis, I now live in a small Kentucky town with my teenage son. I love to hear from readers so please feel free to contact me or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

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