Freeing (The Fading Series #2)

Freeing (The Fading Series #2)

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by E.K. Blair
     
 

Knowing who you are and accepting who you are come at different prices.

Jase Kinrick grew up in your typical, all-American household. But after the death of his sister, his parents shut down, forcing him to deal with everything life throws his way alone. Terrified of the person he's discovering himself to be, Jase has his way with every willing girl to try…  See more details below

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Knowing who you are and accepting who you are come at different prices.

Jase Kinrick grew up in your typical, all-American household. But after the death of his sister, his parents shut down, forcing him to deal with everything life throws his way alone. Terrified of the person he's discovering himself to be, Jase has his way with every willing girl to try and rid himself of what he fears he is--gay.

Escaping California and moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, Jase frees himself to the reality that he likes men. Never staying with any guy long enough to get to know them, he doesn't realize that he's still hiding from who he is until he meets Mark. Scared of having real feelings for another guy stirs up the questions and fears he's fought hard to bury.

To strip away the barriers to the heart of what is real, and to be okay with what lies underneath, will be Jase's moment of truth. But he'll need Mark to lead him there.

**This is a companion novel to the USA Today Bestseller, FADING.**

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148395645
Publisher:
E.K. Blair LLC
Publication date:
08/26/2013
Series:
Fading , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
119,145
File size:
550 KB

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Freeing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons I find this book so touching is that it really puts a topic out there that isn't mainstream, but is absolutely beautiful. It tells the story you never would have guessed played out in the background of Fading. Jase is so solid, and strong for his best friend Candace. Unfortunately, he doesn't always have the strength to do what is right for himself. It takes another brave and lovely MAN to show him how to be who he was always meant to be, and accept the beauty in their love. Self-acceptance. How can you truly allow yourself to open up and love someone if you don't even know, or like, who you are? That is Jase's number one problem. The sad thing is, everyone can see how truly wonderful he is but himself. There are points in Freeing where you're going to want to shake Jase, or shove a mirror in his face, anything to make him see what a truly lovely person/friend/boyfriend he is. It's a long ride for him, but one with a lovely happily ever after. There are themes in this book that are important for anyone, not only people that are gay. I know that I'm lucky to have a family where I feel accepted for who I am but what if I didn't? How would that shape my outlook on future relationships, if I felt like my own family couldn't accept me? I feel every young adult can benefit from reading this, and accepting that you cannot change who you are. You're born the way you are, and being FREE to be that person without judgment or disdain should be a given. A right. I love that E.k. went there. Proud that she told the story that some writers touch on, but don't really delve into. It's easy to write the "gay best friend". But give him his own story? Not a lot of people will go there. So I'm very glad that this has the potential to touch a lot of the younger audiences, and maybe even influence some misconceptions or change some minds. Again E.k. has written a "taboo" subject, and done it honestly, with beautiful story telling and symbolism. This is definitely a 5 star.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best word to describe this book is 'beautiful'. Beautiful writing, beautiful story and beautiful characters. You simply cannot ask for more. I loved Falling, so I somehow knew to expect a similar quality in the writing. But used as I am to only reading heterosexual romance, I honestly did not think this story about Jase and Mark would be so touching. This author is indeed talented at crafting characters full of humanity and breaking down all walls raised by inhibitions, prejudice, fears, and pain. In the end, this is a story about love and acceptance, and, as a reader, you are quickly immersed and engaged by a depth of emotions that we all feel regardless of our sexuality and background. Simply beautiful.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
Emotional and Heartbreaking:  FREEING is the second storyline and companion novella to E.K. Blair’s FADING.  The story is told from Jase’s point of view and runs parallel with a three to fourth month period just prior to and after the attack against Jase’s best friend Candace.   Freeing is a storyline that allows the reader into the mind of one man struggling with his sexual identity as well as the rape and recovery of his best friend.  When his sister was killed in a car accident five years earlier, Jase’s parents shut down and forgot about their only son.  Lost in a world of one night stands and mindless sex, Jase will finally meet Mark-the man who will claim him body and soul-but before he does, Jase makes a mistake that may cost him the man that he loves. E.K. Blair pulls the reader into a story of a developing relationship between two people caught between both the private and public world of their own sexuality. The author handles the situation of coming out to parents and friends with finesse as one man discovers that you can only do so much when the people who are supposed to love you turn their backs and walk away. FREEING is a story of one man ‘freeing’ his heart and mind-allowing him to love without judgment; to live without fear; to grow up and take responsibility for his actions.  It is also a story about family and the struggles for acceptance in a judgmental world of bigotry.  One man must accept that he will always be the prodigal son and another accepts the prodigal son with open arms. E.K. Blair has written an emotional and sometimes heartbreaking storyline where preconceived and outdated notions can destroy a family and a life. Freeing is one man’s journey to uncover what it is in life he really wants and what he wants is the same as everyone else-to be loved for who he is. Copy supplied by the author.
Pinky47 More than 1 year ago
This was a tasteful novel dealing with a gay couple. It revealed all the struggles the main characters faced. One of the guy's best friend was a girl who understood him and loved her deeply as a sister!
tal19lean26 More than 1 year ago
You laugh, cry, smile, cringe and throughout the whole book you fall in love with the characters again and again.  After reading "Fading" I  couldn't wait for a new E.K. Blair book. and when I saw "Freeing" I jumped on it.  I dont even know where to start other than I LOVE Jase and Mark.  As a couple, as friends and as a real individuals going through such a trying time.  I cant wait to read more from E.K. Blair.  Thank you for such amazing reads!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“The first step to finding true love is loving yourself.” –Adam Lambert lovel¿vnoun: love; plural noun: loves1. ¿an intense feeling of deep affection.¿¿"babies fill parents with intense feelings of love"Synonyms: deep affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, attachment, endearmentcompassion, care, caring, regard, solicitude, concern, friendliness, friendship, kindness, ¿¿¿¿2. ¿a person or thing that one loves.¿¿"He was the love of his life"synonyms: beloved, loved one, love of one's life, dear, dearest, dear one, darling, sweetheart, sweet, 1. ¿feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone).¿¿"do you love me?" verb: love; 1. feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone).¿¿"Do you love me?"synonyms: care very much for, feel deep affection for, hold very dear, adore, think the world of, be devoted to, dote on, idolize, worship Freeing was a tale of love, forgiveness, and acceptance. E.K. Blair tells a story like no other author. She is a brilliant writer who creates characters that captivate you; break down your walls, and make you feel so deeply.  I was unsure about how I’d feel about a love story between two men, as I have never read one before. Well after reading Freeing, it opened my eyes to a beautiful relationship between Jase and Mark. The love that these characters shared was so deep.  I had met Jase while reading Fading, and fell in love with him from the very beginning. He is broken and has an extremely difficult time accepting the fact that he is gay. He wonders what he has done wrong and feels as if he is being punished. My heart broke for him as he tried to come to terms with his feelings and accept the life he is destined to live.  “I like Mark, there is no doubt about that, but the anxiety I’ve had since we started spending more time together is stirring up this shame I thought I had let go of.” I was waiting and praying Jase would be able to come to accept and love himself; he deserved to be loved. Mark…what can I say about Mark? He is kind, open, and honest and most of all, patient. He doesn’t pressure Jase into doing anything that he is not ready for. He helped “see” that love is not black or white. Love is something that everyone deserves and should experience.  “He runs his hand down my cheek and looks me in the eyes when he affirms, “I want to give you everything.” Those words are the only affirmation I need to know how he feels about me—about us—and I feel it too.” Mark is perfect. I love him and everything he does for Jase, everything he is for him. He teaches him how to love himself so that he is able to love in return.  E.K. Blair enraptured me and I was mesmerized with her words. She will leave you breathless and in love.  E.K.’s  is a gifted, passionate writer and I am anxiously awaiting her next book.
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Again another beautiful story with unbelievable writing !! Amazing
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Get this book, you wont regret it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Real good. Look forward to the next book.
bbb57 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the love story but am disappointed in the continuation of a story of a pathetic woman. I understand that rape is horrific and a life altering event. I understand the fear, but not making the woman out to be pathetic. I think women are must stronger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would totally reccomend this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Really gives you the perspective of all sides when coming out. Helpful for someone to read who is struggling to accept themselves or to accept someone they love who is coming out. Did not want the book to end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 but read the first book first, and Falling last!!!
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It is a nice series only i started to get tired of candace by the second book. Everything is a cry with her. Half way through the third book i started rolling my eyes at candace and her water works. I would recommend this series though. You do end up caring for the characters after hearing their personal stories
shadow24 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series, I love this author. Looking foward to more of her writing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the reasons I love romance novels is because of stories like this. It was so real yet such a fairytale to have that kind of love when you feel so damaged. It inspires hope!