By: E.K. Blair
Series: Fading #1
My Copy: Ebook from Netgalley
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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?
I am hopping off the rollercoaster ride that I was just on while reading Fading. Blair does not shy away from the harsh event and seriously had me from the first chapter with Candace’s attack and how she suffers through the physical, emotional, and mental hardships that followed. Right along with Candace, I experienced her pain and rooted for that moment of where the weight would be lifted off her shoulders.
I found myself loving Jase, Mark, and Ryan. The only reason she survived her attack was because of these three men and their want to pick up her broken pieces and glue her back together; Ryan being a huge part in it. His patience, kindness, and love towards her helps eventually bring her back among the living.
The only problems (and super minor) were that sometimes Candace was just too emotional for me and her retreat from her best friend and roommate Kimber. To have a best friend that means so much to Candace, Kimber was quickly kicked out of her life and was left in the dark.