Fading (The Fading Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Fading (The Fading Series #1)

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016740089
  • Publisher: E.K. Blair LLC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2013
  • Series: Fading , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 2,954
  • File size: 775 KB

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    WOW!  Bravo E.K! Where do I begin. This book is an intense read.

    WOW!  Bravo E.K! Where do I begin. This book is an intense read. I was captured from the start and never wanted it to end. I felt, I mean FELT, every emotion. The writing was brilliant and the author did an exceptional job with  connecting you to these characters. This is a intense read, and E.K. takes you to some dark places, but she shows you love. I mean a real love story. It's beautiful in a tortured way. By far, the BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! Stunning. Amazing!  

    30 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    There have been a lot of wonderful books that have come out late

    There have been a lot of wonderful books that have come out lately that are deep, and entertaining. This one is definitely both, plus it has a truly important message.

    E.k. Blair takes her readers on a highly emotional ride from, no joke, the very beginning of the book to the very end. I haven't read a book that did that in a long time, and this is her first novel! It has an intense subject matter (E.k did not shy away from the hard stuff) that anyone should be able to place themselves in since it's been done so realistically. I think I went through the entire emotional spectrum when I read this book, not a lot of books can do that.

    The characters are so strong. Even when Candace is truly broken the reader can find things to admire about her strength, and I think that's the most important part of the book. She's really actually fierce, it just takes her a bit to see it again. If a super heroine isn't enough, there is also very hot man. Ryan is mighty fine. Both of them together is touching, fun and sexy.

    I cannot wait to see what's next from my new favorite indie author. This one is definitely five stars.

    20 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    I read the reviews and bought this based on the high praise. Whe

    I read the reviews and bought this based on the high praise. Whenever I see a book that has 139 5 stars and less than 30 3 stars or less, I figure it most be first rate. I hate to be disappointed. But I was. I gave it 2 stars because it has promise.
    The plot could be well done. The characters and writing have promise. But this is not a book ready for publication. It's like a first draft. I really think, with some editing and some professional advice from a ballerina, rape conselors, rape survivors, esp. the spouses, friends and partners, it could be first rate. Here's what I mean:

    It rambled, and at just over 350 pages, 200 of them could be cut and replaced. We don't need EVERY detail (ex: I pushed back the sheets, got out of bed, walked to the bathroom, etc.); half the details did nothing to further the plot or show a reader the character-- did we really need to know she pushed back the sheets and walked to the bathroom? Just say, "I got up". There's no sense of place-- I wasn't sure where it took place. There's no 'writing with all your senses': I couldn't SEE these characters, FEEL for them, HEAR them, TASTE the food they did or SMELL the things they did. I was never transported into their world. What color was her bedroom? What was on her walls? What did her room mate look like? She works in a coffee shop-- what does it smell like? Replace half the 'daily life' descriptions with what REALLY makes me see, feel, hear, smell and taste this story.

    The heroine does come off helpless & whiny at times-- something a writer NEVER wants their heroine to be. She's a dancer-- yet she drinks A LOT (one scene had her doing 2 shots & 4 beers--yet she says she'd never been drunk & she's in training for her huge senior performance-- would she be drinking like that?). In the attack, not once did she use the muscles & skills a ballerina HAS to have for the style of dance to fend the attacker off. The attack itself is confusing-- she's running & then her face is on the pavement. Wouldn't she have felt him knock her down? Where her her arms and legs in the attack? He had his hand over her mouth, but she had 4 limbs-- where were they? Had he somehow subdued her? I'm not 'blaming' her, just saying as written the attack makes it seem she just lay there motionless, and that doesn't seem to be something she would have done, since she was screaming. Later, she says 'why did I lay there', but I don't FEEL it in the attack. A reader wants to FEEL what she does, to scream with her and cry and want to murder the attacker-- and I didn't. Also, in the investigation, it's usually a female cop who interviews, not a man. When her best friend comes, she has no hesitation letting him hug and touch her-- wouldn't she have been hesitate about ANY man touching her, even her friend? There's no description of her injuries-- and she would have been sore and had many.

    I hate to sound harsh, but I think this book is like a cake: it's not baked enough, and with a bit of work, some icing and decorations, it could be brilliant and delicious.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Wow. Just wow

    This book has you pulled in from the very beginning. I couldnt put it down for the life of me. I have read some emotional books, but this, this book really had me on the edge of my seat, emotionally invested in the characters. This book tore my heart into a million pieces but eventually picked up every piece and carefully put it back together. If you are debating to read it or not, my answer to you is yes! Read it, you will not be sorry.

    I CANT WAIT FOR FALLING TO COME OUT!

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Speachless

    All I have to say is THANK YOU E.K.! This book was fantastic. I found myself lost night after night in your words. Ryan and Candice posessed the perfect traits for one another. Through their journey and your words, I felt myself getting "knotted up" with emotion. I am truly looking forward to "Falling"!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Love it!

    This book definitely sucked me in! Highly recommended!!!


    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    WOW

    I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this book is. I couldn't put it down. I felt every emotion as I read this book. E.K. Blair did an amazing job. This is truly an emotional roller coaster.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Wow. This was a really emotional book. She did a great job wit

    Wow. This was a really emotional book. She did a great job with a difficult subject matter. Definitely worth reading.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    Seriously?

    Why do people think this book is good? Candice is a whiny little girl that has no guts. Get real! IT is just a whining, predictable story..so no..it is NOT good!

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Too much crying!

    This would have been a better book, but the protagonist cried ALL THE TIME. I prefer my leading ladies with a bit more backbone.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    amazing, definitely a book that keeps you up all night! love it!

    amazing, definitely a book that keeps you up all night! love it!!
    e.k blair needs to come out with more novels soon!!!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2013

    Wow what a read!

    I just finished this wonderful story. It was drama packed!! The nook had 356 pages. Lots of romance, I thought the sex scenes we're pretty mild- no more than a PG13 or R rated movie would have going on. I loved the writing style, I was hooked right from the beginning. And not so shabby for 99 cents!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Amazing story!

    Very impressed with this author. Can't wait to read more.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2013

    Bad

    I can't believe all the good reviews. I hated this book. The main character was so annoying. There were a lot of unnecessary info. Blah blah blah!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Unrealistic sob story

    The rape was tragic but highly unlikely by the person who did it
    And she never sees him around for the rest of the story?? Read
    About her sobbing and sleeping with her gay friend for 200 pages
    instead
    Of calling the police or her wealthy, cold parents who "do not
    Understand her" etc etc

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Could not put it down

    All though it was slow to start I found myself unable to put it down.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Love!

    Really amazing book! I would recommend it! Its about letting go, moving on and allowing yourself to feel everything that scares you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2013

    5

    Loved this story! What an accurate portrayal of what it's like to be a victim of a violent crime. And the statistics are bang on. I know because I lived them, and I didn't even go as far as the main protag. I was scared and I just wanted to leave. And like the main protag, I blamed myself.

    Having said that, I would've preferred a different ending to the violent crime( not spoiling it), even though this was true to life and very well written. I just think it would help women going through this find strength and comfort.

    Also, I loved the love story throughout the story. What a powerful story about love and healing!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I am sorry I bought the second book without reading this one thr

    I am sorry I bought the second book without reading this one through. It started off good and then never went anywhere. I read tons of pages about how she cuddles with her 'best gay friend" day after day after day...yawn! She is weak and pathetic. The author wrote a story about a women raped, that NEVER reported her rapist because she was scared and embarrassed. Shouldn't we be encouraging women to report stuff like this and being strong enough to press charges and say "this is not ok and it was not my fault". E.K Blair clearly knows nothing about being a women in 2014. This book was lame.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2014

    not recommended

    nothing like the review stated. not sure if I want to finish the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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