Fading (Fading #1)
by E.K. Blair
Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?
Fine arts major, Candace Parker, grew up with a mother who thinks image is everything, and her daughter’s perfection will never be good enough. About to graduate college and pursue her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina, Candace decides it’s time to let go and have a little fun. But fun is short-lived when a brutal attack leaves her completely shattered.
The memories that consume and torment Candace are starting to destroy her when she meets Ryan Campbell, a successful bar owner. He feels instantly connected and tries to show her that hope is worth fighting for. But is Ryan harboring his own demons? As walls slowly begin to chip away, the secrets that are held within start to become painful burdens.
At what point do secrets become lies?
(17+) This book contains mature subject matter that is not suitable for those under the age of 17.
Candace is about to start her senior year at the University of Washington. She has spent her college years being very focused and somewhat conservative. She is a fine arts major and has her sites set on become a professional dancer. So, when her friends encourage her to let loose and live a little, she decides to listen.
This is when things go horribly wrong. One night all of her dreams turn into nightmares.
Candace is left reeling. She turns to one of her best friends and shuts everyone else out. She leans on him to help her through but even he can’t save her from herself.
Candace finds herself shutting down and being afraid of everything. She has chronic nightmares and can’t sleep alone. Her best friend Jase and his new boyfriend Mark become her only source of security.
One day at work a mysterious man walks in. Later she meets him again with Jase and Mark. Ryan owns a local bar and has a history with women a mile long. He has never been a one woman man but something about Candace screams to him to protect her.
Candace finds herself slowly opening up to him and trusting him. She allows him to get close and eventually she finds herself relying on him.
Candace soon discovers that Ryan may not have been all she thought he was.
The dramatic ending…
So here were my problems with this book:
1) The entire first 30-35% of the book focused on the trauma. While I get that the trauma was a huge part of the story, this is a romance.
2) The ending. I won’t spoil it for you, but really… I didn’t get it. (Maybe if this was a Hallmark movie it would work.)
3) There were a TON of detail in this book that didn’t seem to add to the story. I don’t need to know what pair of pants she chose to wear unless it is relevant to the story. Edit. Edit. Edit.
4) Through all of the trauma and drama, Candace still maintains a 4.o GPA. Really???
5) The therapist… I always cringe when authors write out therapy scenes. Being a therapist myself, I can be a little critical of the therapist-client dialogue.
Things I liked:
1) Ryan. He was hot and amazingly patient.
2) Jase and Mark. Swoon worthy couple who are NOTHING but supportive.
3) Ryan’s mother. What a great woman.
4) The author was brave to tackle this big subject. She did an amazing job with the feelings that Candace went through.
I struggled with how to rate this book. I wanted to give it four stars and I wanted to give it three stars. I know lots of people LOVED this book.
Perhaps it was just me, but I just liked this one. I didn’t love it. Three Stars for me.