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Falling (The Fading Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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*The conclusion to the USA Today bestselling series.*
**This book can be read as the first in the series.

Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.

Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much...
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Falling (The Fading Series #3)

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Overview

*The conclusion to the USA Today bestselling series.*
**This book can be read as the first in the series.

Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.

Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much about others, Ryan creates a world in which he doesn’t have to feel.

When Ryan meets Candace Parker, all of his walls slowly begin to crumble. Not sure of the truth of who she is, he feels his mind is playing tricks on him. Unable to force out the thoughts that consume him, Ryan is haunted by visions that torment him every time he looks at her. He finds himself swallowed by guilt and blame, but he’s unwilling to turn his back on the one person that could possibly save him.

You’ve heard Candace’s story in Fading, now hear Ryan’s.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149016013
  • Publisher: E.K. Blair LLC
  • Publication date: 12/8/2013
  • Series: Fading Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 539
  • Sales rank: 6,865
  • File size: 917 KB

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

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     FALLING is the second full length storyline (and third instalme

     FALLING is the second full length storyline (and third instalment) in E.K.Blair’s new adult, contemporary Fading series focusing on Ryan Campbell, Candace Parker and the aftermath of a brutal attack that left Candace a virtual shell of her former self. The storyline is told from Ryan’s POV and follows parallel to the first book in the series Fading. Falling begins several years earlier with a flashback to Ryan’s younger years and then starts to mesh itself into the present timeline a few weeks before the attack. E.K. Blair will then fast forward five to six years and we see what has happened to Ryan and Candace in the ensuing time.
    FALLING allows the reader in to the mind of a man whose guilt rides him hard after discovering a man brutally raping a young woman behind his bar. Ryan holds himself partially responsible because he was too late onto the scene; his nightmares and constant thoughts of the beaten and abused woman becomes a living reality when he realizes that the woman he loves is the woman he was unable to save. The reader is pulled into Ryan’s story-friends, work and the people he loves and protects. We learn more about what drives Ryan at work and at play, but also the build up of a relationship between two people with more in common than they could possibly know.
    The storyline follows Ryan and Candace’s building relationship along the same timeline as Fading but we get an in depth look into the thoughts and feelings behind a man who is falling in love with a woman who hides a painful secret-one that Ryan is all too heartbreakingly aware. But everyone has secrets and Ryan’s family history will be revealed so that the reader will understand the demons that ride Ryan’s present.
    This is a story about rape and recovery but it is also a story about family and loss; forgiveness and moving on. Both Candace and Ryan’s dysfunctional family units are perfect fodder for psychological analysis and in this we see that sometimes asking for help is the only way to start on the road to recovery. As the recovery process begins to take hold, Candace will finally realize what it is she wants – and she wants the happiness that only family and Ryan Campbell can give.
    E.K.Blair has written about a difficult subject; you do not have to experience the heartbreaking sorrow and guilt to understand what everyone is feeling or how the attack has left the main characters numb and in pain. The characters are not perfect-they are flawed-they are imperfect humans living in an imperfect world but a world where there is also love and a happily ever after. Life is never easy but it is made more difficult by the vile and evil that lives next door or on the next street-we are the only ones who can move forward; no one can tell us how to feel; and in the end we have to take responsibility for our own recovery so that the future will be open to the possibility of moving forward and letting go.
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  • Posted December 10, 2013

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    Star rating: 5 stars! Heat Rating: Simmering to Sizzle I have b

    Star rating: 5 stars!
    Heat Rating: Simmering to Sizzle

    I have been sitting, trying to write this review for a couple of days now.  Why?  Two reasons:  1.  I am afraid if I write this review then the series will really be over and will have to let go of Ryan, Jase, Candace and Mark  2. I don't know how to write a review on a book (series, really) that touched me so profoundly that I can't talk about it without getting choked up.  Not a bad problem to have really, unless you have a review blog :)

    Falling is book two in the Fading series and to really get into the heads of all the characters I recommend that you read Fading first (then Freeing, Jase's story) before getting into Ryan's side of things.  Yes, you could start with Falling and have a great read, but if you start at the beginning of this series you will have a much deeper connection to this story and see why this series makes my top 5 best books I have ever read list.

    E.K. Blair has a gift.  She can write a story and then give the reader two different versions of the same story (Fading and Falling) that are both unique, fascinating and heart-wrenchingly beautiful.  I was afraid to read Falling (at first) because I was afraid that it would be too similar to Fading (which I adored), but I shouldn't have worried.  Falling is very much its own story.  Getting to see this story from Ryan's perspective was almost like reading an entirely different story.  Ryan's side of the story seemed to be more emotional and heart-achingly beautiful than when I read Candace's side of things in Fading.  I think tapping in to the thoughts and feelings of Ryan versus being with Candace through the trauma made a huge difference in its emotional impact on me (plus who wouldn't want to hear about how their man loves them as unconditionally as that?).  I got caught up in the story all over again and then was a sobbing mess from being inside of Ryan's head and heart.  Goosebumps.  This series was so well written, so genuine that I had goosebumps the entire time I was reading it.

    Falling was not easy to read, my heart knew what was coming and getting things from Ryan's side, just shattered me all over again before patching my heart back together.  Before you wave off this story as just a re-telling let me tell you it is not a re-telling.  We get to see different things in Falling than we did in Fading, we get to learn about Ryan and the last 20% is all new content where the story keeps going past the ending in Fading.  I cried (sobbed really) throughout the last few pages, it was so amazing that I have actually gone back to re-read it part of this story again and again (and I am not a re-reader).  I am still having a hard time "closing" this series in my heart.  I loved Candace, Ryan, Jase and Mark and books (characters, really) that come after this series are going to have a LOT to live up to, the bar has been set pretty high.

    I don't know what else to say about Falling and this series but this:  You MUST read this series.  You will be deeply connected to the characters, you will lose yourself in the touching stories and you will be left with this wonderful gift E.K Blair has given the world; the story of Ryan and Candace and how things sometimes have to fade before they can fall.  

    E.K Blair, thank you for sharing your stories with us, they touched my heart and will stay with me for a long time to come.  I can't wait to see what you come up with next!

    I ABSOLUTELY think everyone who loves to read about love, NEEDS to read this series.  Give yourself the gift of the best series I have read in 2013 and buy up the Fading series.  

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Hey im sexy donut

    Advice goes "My Milkshakes"

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    My NEW favorite!!!

    This book overall was soo amazing. The story line is perfect, you never get lost and feel like your missing something. The best thing about this specific series is the connections between so many different people it makes you want to keep reading. This isnt your typical love story is way BEYOND that! Great job E.K!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2014

    Beautiful

    Loved reading Ryan's pov. Great ending to the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Fantastic!

    There is something very special about the way this author writes that simply hypnotizes you into the story and sucks you in. Then there is the marvellous characters she has developed. I don't think you could find more flawed characters, yet they are developed into a story so emotionally deep and pure that their humanity and heart shine. I need to read all the books in the series again. I am just too attached to these characters to simply let them go. What an amazing series and what a talented writer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    6+++ Stars!! I can not tell you how many times I have sat down t

    6+++ Stars!!
    I can not tell you how many times I have sat down to write this review.  This book is just so amazing there are no words to describe it to you.  It is everything.  You'd think that after reading the same story for the third time it would start to feel old and completely overdone.  Absolutely not the case.  If I wouldn't have known that it was the third POV of this story I would have never known even having read the other books.  It was a completely new story.  It was totally Ryan's story and how it interwove with Candace and Jase's not their story from Ryan's POV.

    I have so many feelings about this book.  I literally could not put it down.  When I received my ARC I closed the book I was reading and started it, as I had been anticipating it since I had finished Freeing.  Then I could not put it down.  This book, the entire series, will stay with me forever.  It is one of those series that I foresee myself re-reading until I know the entire thing by heart and then I will reread it just to see if there is anything that I forgot.

    Ryan's own story is completely tragic.  The pain that you can feel radiating off of him is so strong.  There is no way that most people could have dealt with the things that he did and came out on the other side as well as he did.  He is just SO strong.  It is this strength that makes him exactly perfect for Candace.  He doesn't know that he possesses this strength though.  He has relegated himself to never having a relationship because of things in his past.

    While we know that Ryan was the one who found Candace after her attack, and the subsequent fallout when he figures it out, I was glad to know how much the knowledge and the consequences destroyed him.  It was so sad to watch, as painful as it was for Candace the desolation that he feels was so much harder for me.

    I am happy that we ended this series with Ryan's POV.  I think that getting to know the characters, more personally, in the order we did made each book more powerful.  We got to see the path of destruction that one tragedy can reek in so many lives and how the people living those lives have to help one another pick up the pieces to become whole again.

    If a gun were to my head and I had to pick a favorite book from this series, I would say that this is it.  Each book was better than the last and built more layers on the complexity of the story we already knew.  This is, hands down, my favorite series of the year.  Which would make Falling my favorite book of the year.  If you haven't picked this series up yet, do yourself a favor and do.  (Pick up up a case of tissues as well.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    WOW!! You wouldn't think that there would be so much that we did

    WOW!! You wouldn't think that there would be so much that we didn't get from Fading, considering it's length and detail, but you guys HAVE to read this book. Five stars, I would give it more if I could.

    In the beginning we're introduced to Ryan, the Ryan we didn't know in Fading. There was a theme in a lot of the reviews of Fading: readers just didn't understand what Ryan saw in Candace. Once you really understand him as a character, before and then after meeting Candace, it won't be a mystery any longer. He was so alone, but by his own design. He didn't want to invite people in, afraid that he would only disappoint, or have nothing to offer. It's truly amazing how what he witnesses, not so much the meeting of Candace, effects him. I think readers didn't pick up on how traumatizing that would be from his perspective, and I always felt sorry for that. I guess if I had to stress the importance of one thing in the book, it would be that. The change that he goes through after witnessing her rape, opens him to the idea of deeper relationships. He had lived a very shallow, superfluous life. Something about witnessing what he did removes the veil that he had been viewing life through for a very long time.

    This is the same story, but oh so much more. I'm glad we get all of the major events that happen in Falling, but Ek did a really great job of adding things we hadn't experienced before. There are some shockers sprinkled here and there, and they're good little nuggets that make you cheer for Ryan. Who DOESN'T want to see the fight scene from his POV?!!

    Some of the best parts in the book happen after the conclusion to Fading. Obviously, I won't go into those since you haven't read it yet. But, it was concluded in a way that I think will leave everyone satisfied.

    DO NOT miss out on this book. It truly is the best of the bunch.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Anonymous

    Loved the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    The Absolute Best

    Love the series and especially this book!





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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Of the 3 stories, this one was by far my favorite. I love being

    Of the 3 stories, this one was by far my favorite. I love being inside Ryan's head to see how he dealt with Candace's demons. I like how this story wrapped everything up. At the end of  Fading, you are left wondering "Now what?" Falling was a great conclusion to the series. I have read 3 times. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Wow!

    This series is sooooo good! Highly recomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2014

    Better of the 3 books.

    Didn't realize all three books were the same story from different perspectives! Just read this one and you,ll understand everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Great series

    What a wonderful ending to a great group of characters. This was a different way of reading books for me, I am used to series continuing on. This carried on but was also one of the mains characters take on events, very clever. Very good writer, I felt pulled into the story and cried when they did. Great series and wonderful read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Excellent

    All I can say is this book was excellent in every way. It broke my heart and warmed my heart. The characters were so real and beliveable. I could not put the book down. I have read the whole series and found them all so well written the series just pulled me in from the very first book. I look forward to reading more from e.k. blair very soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Sunset

    The she pads in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Can i see fallen

    Dark male cat with saphire eyes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Ghost

    Thank you. Do you need a mate?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Blackwood

    "I am Blackwood, what is yours?

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