Fading by E.K. Blair

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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?

(17+) This book contains mature subject matter that is not suitable for those under the age of 17


~~Nicole’s 4 Star Thoughts~~

Candace Parker: a fine arts major about to graduate with dreams of becoming a professional ballerina she struggles to be perfect in her mothers eyes. She is a strong hard working woman with her dream just within reach she decides to let to and have a little fun. Can a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing?
Ryan Campbell: owns a successful bar near the campus. He’s tall dark and handsome. Ryan is your typical player doesn’t seem to want to settle down until he see Candace he feels instantly connected to her but he’s has his own demons. At what point do secrets become lies ?
Jase : Candace’s best friend and I want him as my best friend ! He’s just that wonderful.

Wow! This was one heck of a roller coaster ride for me, One I was glad I went on. Right from the beginning this book started off with me wanting to scream weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! As I’m looking down as the roller coaster goes down the steep slope and your heart starts pumping(yeah like that). This is where we me meet Candace Parker fine arts student about to graduate doing what she loves to do which is dancing. With the strong disapproval from her mother about her major Candace fights for her dream to be a professional ballet dancer (Love this, who didn’t want to be a real ballerina when they were younger I know I did!). Fed up with fighting with her mom she decides to let lose and have some fun after all she is in college time of your life and all!
“My parents are more concerned about their social standing then my happiness so, having a daughter who wants to be a dancer and is unengaged is not a good look for them” ~Candace Parker Fading
And that quote to me sums up Candace’s relationship with her parents, now the going around a loop on the coaster. Candace gets attacked one night and this changes everything in her world!
“He took so much from me, he took everything that wasn’t his to take!” ~Candace Parker Fading
Cue the best friend !!!  Jase (at this point hands should be up screaming ready for the next fall) he was her rock and stod by her when she needed a friend. He was more her family then her own parents weren’t and this to me made a special place in my heart for jase as far as best book friends go !! He’s mine !! Just sayin lol. Even in the middle of this horrible situation he’s her rock that is until Ryan shows up, he’s the owner a successful bar and friends with Jase and Mark (mark is Jase’s boyfriend). Mark is in a band that plays at Ryan’s bar. And this is where the roller coaster stops real high at that certain point and everything stops for 2 seconds and feels like forever. They meet and they instantly become friends.
“I’ve only just meet you, but your pretty great from what I know so far” ~Ryan Campbell Fading
Swoon ……. He’s just so great and OMG he has quickly become one of my new favorite fictional boyfriends. He was so charming and sweet and caring. I can go on….. But what I loved about this book was his patience for her it was so heart warming. It was just what she needed. Be he has some demons of his own will love conquer all? Or will a guilty conscience keep wounds from healing. This was a fantastic read you fall in love with the characters!
Last quote but it’s my favorite !
“And though she be but little, she is fierce” ~William Shakespeare Fading