Fading (The Fading Series #1)

Fading (The Fading Series #1)

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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


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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E.K. Blair LLC
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Fading Series , #1
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Fading 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 283 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BookLover1420 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book definitely sucked me in! Highly recommended!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would have been a better book, but the protagonist cried ALL THE TIME. I prefer my leading ladies with a bit more backbone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
amazing, definitely a book that keeps you up all night! love it!! e.k blair needs to come out with more novels soon!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. This was a really emotional book. She did a great job with a difficult subject matter. Definitely worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All though it was slow to start I found myself unable to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very impressed with this author. Can't wait to read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really amazing book! I would recommend it! Its about letting go, moving on and allowing yourself to feel everything that scares you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Cherry5 More than 1 year ago
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.
LaurieLou85 More than 1 year ago
I read the first three chapters of this book and wanted to bang my head against the wall. I'm shocked that it has earned a 4.5 star rating from other readers. My two biggest complaints: 1) Everything about everyone is given away all up front. I don't think there's anything wrong with a little mystery and slowly working your way into telling your character's backgrounds and stories. 2) EVERYTHING is described in annoying detail. I mean, EVERYTHING! I'm all for detail, since this is how an author paints a picture for their readers, but who cares about every little thing that they do? I'm surprised that they didn't describe the protagonist's bathroom breaks in step-by-step detail. If it adds to the story, then by all means, describe it, but if its just filler words, it's annoying and pointless. Wish I could get a refund!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished this book quickly. As others have said, it's hard to put down. That being said though, I would have loved the story a lot more if the main character didn't have such severe codependency issues. It made the book less enjoyable because my respect for the main character decreased throughout the story which is why I only gave it three stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I generally don't write reviews but I had to for this book. I was very disappointed by it seeing that it got so many good reivews. The story line is a good one but there was way too much useless information. I ended up skimming a lot of it. And to piggy back on a couple other reviews, I wish Ryan's secret wasn't revealed in the prologue. The only reason I continued reading was to get to the part where he revealed himself. That and Candace was absolutely a whiner. I understand that something terrible happened to her but did it have to go on for 300+ pages?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of 2013. Be prepared though, it's an extremely emotional story to read. (I don't think I've ever cried more reading a book!) The writing is so excellent you feel like you're experiencing everything Candace experiences. I loved it! It's been along time since I've read a book that really "swept me away". Cannot wait for the next one in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book would have been a million times better if ryans secret was not revealed in the prologue. It was basically a bunch of pointless waiting until his secret was revealed to Candace. I felt like i was reading the same thing over and over again. The premise of the story was great and i think the message was very important but this book was entirely too long and nothing shocked me. I was frankly happy to be done with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can really connect with Candace. I love that she isn't just fine after she is attacked, and that the healing and recovery process does take so long for her. Watching someone close to me go through what Candace goes through makes this book even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult topic, lots of crying, too much sadness, depression. Still great love story and healing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nothing like the review stated. not sure if I want to finish the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters. Great story. EK really pulls you in to the hearts and minds -- ok, who am I kidding...the very souls -- of her characters. Thank you, EK Blair.