Fading Out: A Living Heartwood Novel

Fading Out: A Living Heartwood Novel

by Trisha Wolfe


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Contemporary Romance intended for adult audiences. Told from dual point of view, this novel can be read as a standalone or as part of the Living Heartwood series.

Love means fading out so another shines brighter.

Right clothes. Right school. Right fiancé. As a Wyndemere, Arian's expected to abide by the rules. The most important: be perfect. But Arian's seemingly flawless life is far from it. An embarrassing expulsion from her parents' alma mater spirals an already unhealthy obsession out of control, exposing a dark truth.

Faced with having to attend a small private college after a stint in rehab, Arian's ready to coast under the radar and repair some of the wreckage, but her father's looming control is like a vise choking off her air supply.

When a run-in with Braxton's beloved star quarterback, Ryder Nash, puts Arian squarely in the crosshairs of his devoted teammates, the last of her controlled, orderly world unhinges. As the pranks and paybacks escalate, Arian and Ryder's rivalry takes a passionate turn. And once Arian glimpses beneath the all-star-athlete exterior Ryder projects, she realizes he's far more than just a jock.

As their relationship intensifies, outside forces feel the threat. Outrunning their pasts doesn't mean history won't repeat itself, but Ryder can't let that happen. He's just one Championship game away from breaking the mold. Only one moment, one choice, might change everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507596777
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/10/2015
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

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Fading Out: A Living Heartwood Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
foxreads11 More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read this series after I read the first book, I was addicted. But, I wasn’t interested by the cover and the blurb. Then when I started it anyway, I wasn’t sure I could keep reading it. It was dark and awful and I have never lived in that world or wanted to. The drug addiction and slang and MC’s and bars was way too much for me. The everyday struggle was overwhelming. It was written with so much clarity that I could see and feel it all. It was real and raw. The craving for drugs and what Mel would do to get them was portrayed so vividly. Her struggle in rehab and her desire to do whatever they said to get out and go back to what her life was making me crazy. Anyway, I just wasn’t sure I could finish it. I think when an author can write things that make you feel and understand so much it is definitely a book to be read! I trudged on with the hope that Mel would turn her life around. Then in walks Boone and you knew he was broken and he had a secret that he wasn’t sharing. He was torturing himself over his secret. But he was immediately attracted to Melody when he saw her at rehab where he speaks often. Melody was attracted to him too but she wasn’t going there and she thought he had an “I can fix you” attitude. I immediately wanted the two together!  If you read the first book “The Darkest Part” you learned about Sam and her analogy with trees and I will forever remember that. Well in the end, Mel goes back to see Sam to talk to her to get her opinion because she didn’t know which way to go and Sam uses the analogy with Mel and I cried like a baby! This book is so emotional that I just can’t describe it! It leaves you stripped naked. The two are so similar and yet so different. When you find out what Boone’s secret is, oh my gosh, it just tugs your heart strings for him! I never got why others used; what they sacrifice; what they want in life. Is it really living? Yet Mel feels and she cares and she has guilt. Don’t read it if you can’t handle the ugly realities of this type of life and their daily struggles before and after rehab. Yet, if you want to read a story of overcoming , finding love and hope , overcoming guilt and forgiving yourself and moving on one day at a time than this story Is for you. This story is a five deeply utterly overwhelming stars that I can’t even write how emotionally it affected me!
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
Fading Out is a story that speaks to your heart. And it spoke to mine. “This girl has a livewire  buried just beneath her surface. And vigor that radiates off her at a high volume...I need the silence to hear what she’s not voicing with words.” Arian (Ari) Wyndemere is expected to be perfect. Her parents have complete control over her. That is until, one event changes her life causing her to finish college at a small private school. Away from her parents. Enter Ryder Nash. He is everything Ari should stay away from. He’s the same type of guy that ruined her perfection. Yet she feels a pull towards him. With Ryder’s past, he should stay away from her. But it’s impossible. When your heart beats for another person, you feel it. Words are not needed. This was the case for Ari and Ryder. “I’ll take a running leap off the edge, right now, for you.” “Why?” “Because it’s the first time I’ve ever been inspired.” With the pressure from her parents, Ari struggles to regain the perfection she once had in her life. Ryder threatens the order she vows to have. But more than she cares to admit, Ryder becomes everything she needs and more. He inspires her to let go and be herself. He pushes her. He reminds her that she is and will always be enough. And Ari? She challenges Ryder on everything. Even love. And he loves her harder because of it.  “When you’re broken, your other half makes it their purpose to fix you.” Fading Out is not your average love story. It isn’t easy. Both Ari and Ryder harbor pasts that connect them on such a deep level. To explain would be a disservice to the reader. Their story is to simply be experienced. You watch two people with painful pasts fall for each other. You feel the moment when they recognize their soul in the other. You see their light, darkness is no more for them.  “...but our love means never having to dim; we burn for each other.” This story is told in dual pov and the author seamlessly transitions between both Ari and Ryder. This allows the reader to not only understand the characters, but it adds so much depth to the story. The chemistry is off the charts for Ari and Ryder and you immediately feel their connection. Their banter will have you laughing. The raw emotion will have you feeling everything. Fading Out is the epitome of learning to love another with your entire being while also accepting love that you deserve. 
AmyBosica More than 1 year ago
"I'm fading away. Just.....fading out of existence. If I ever existed at all. Who I am isn't as instrumental as what I am. A Wyndemere who will carry on this fabrication of reality. So me? All on my own? I'm no one Ryder" she sweeps a hand through the air, indicating her life. "And, God, but when you stumbled right into my little bubble, you burst the damn thing open" She shakes her head. " I wanted you so badly. I wanted to be someone with you. But that was the biggest lie of all, wasn't it?" Perfection. What is perfection? Is it having the right clothes, going to the right school, marrying the perfect guy? What lengths will one go to, to achieve the impossibility of perfection? In Arian's case she doesn't have much of a choice. "Being a Wyndemere means perfection-socially, economically, physically". Arian is expected to follow the rules no matter what and not tarnish the family name. Unfortunately for Ari, an explosion from her parent's alma mater will make everything spiral out of control, exposing a very dark truth.  After attending rehab, Ari is sent off to a private school, given her last chance. All she wants to do is fade into the background. But, that is just something that's not going to happen. After a run-in with Ryder, the school's quarterback, Ari's world gets turned upside down. Pranks are played and paybacks are sought. The last thing Ari or Ryder planned was to fall for one another. As time goes on and their relationship takes a more serious turn, outside threats are coming to surface and threaten to ruin everything. Does their relationship stand a chance? Will Ari be able to live up to her parent's expectations? Will one moment have the power to change everything? I really enjoyed Fading Out. The writing pulled me in from the very first page. I thought the story was captivating and just had to read more. The characters were so real and flawed. And both had very difficult issues to deal with. It wasn't always easy and their road to HEA was definitely a hard one, but was so worth it in the end. I loved that there was so much more to Ryder than what meets the eye. He's from the wrong side of town and doesn't have a lot of money. But, don't let that fool you, he's no dumb jock. I loved his confidence and his cocky attitude. I liked that he had to work for Ari to give him a chance. Like I said, it wasn't easy. But, aren't all great things worth the time and effort? Ryder and Arian had great chemistry from the moment they met. I loved watching them fight and challenge one another. I just knew what was developing between them was going to be amazing. And Arian. My heart just went out to her. The way she dealt with her stress...Ugh. I just wanted to give her a hug and make it all better. I wanted to tell her that it was ok to not be perfect. She's so complex. On the outside she looks like she's got it all together, but on the inside, she's freaking out. And that made her character that much more real for me. Her character was on that I really enjoyed watching grow.  Fading Out was a quick and easy read for me. It had everything that I was looking for and more. I loved the characters and the story-line. And the ending left me with the biggest smile on my face. *I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
"He found me. He chose me. When I was fading, his love shone bright enough to chase away my darkness." The previous two novels in this series are very emotional books, and while Trish strived to make this one lighter, it does still have a very poignant storyline that tackles some very difficult issues. I love that this one is set on a college campus though and that football is such a big theme. (What can I say? I live in the land of the SEC people!) There is also a lot of character development and growth with the main character, which is something I love to see in books. Fading Out will hurt your heart, but the romance between Ari and Ryder is definitely one that sizzles! Having briefly met Ari in the previous novel, Losing Track, we now get her story as she has just transferred to a new school and must deal with the aftereffects of what happened at her previous one. My heart ached for Ari. For so long her parents have held her to extreme standards and everything is about appearance and reputation. Ari is a Wyndemere, which means she cannot be anything less than perfect. Where most people would scorn their families or tell them where to shove their expectations, it is not that simple for Ari. Already dealing with so much and having extreme self-image issues, Ari can't risk losing the one thing that defines her- her name. She doesn't know who she is, but she knows she is a Wyndemere and she can't risk losing that, else she be left with nothing. Meeting Ryder challenges everything Ari has ever known. The two do NOT get off to a very good start, as Ryder has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth and Ari can overreact to his wording. I am all for the hate turned love romances, so I liked this one even though I wanted to punch Ryder in the throat early on for a few comments made at Ari's expense. He's not a bad guy though. He can be defensive and I don't blame him after seeing how he was treated in high school. He refuses to be that beat down, nobody kid again and Ari initially makes him feel that way, thus causing problems between them. Ryder is one persistent guy and I adored that about him. He fought for Ari and refused to let her dismiss him so easily. He loves her spunk and admires her ability to stand up and not take crap from anyone. However, Ari and Ryder have some very real challenges ahead of them. Both are harboring secrets that the other deserves to know, so naturally when they come out, all hell breaks loose. Past demons will come to haunt the couple as well as future ones, so they have to decide whether or not the other is worth fighting for. I loved the secondary characters in this one. Vee and Gavin are great additions and our favorite motorcycle girl shows up, which made me very happy. I love how blunt Mel is and her appearance was much needed for Ryder to get his act together. And the epilogue? I adored it. I loved seeing the story come full circle and how much Ari has healed throughout the book. With the help of her good friends, the love of a good man, and the desire to get better herself, she really owns who she is and finds her own happiness. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this third installment of the Living Heartwood series. Trish writes with such passion and raw emotion that I can't help but lose myself in her words and her characters. I can't wait to see what she does next! "And it's the imperfection that makes you, you. Don't kill off your heartwood- the imperfect, flawed, dark part of you... because even a tree needs its heart to live, Ari. Without it, it would just be a hollow shell."
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
This book begins and ends with carrot cake. I love that. This is the second book in this series that I've read (They can all be read stand alone) and I've noticed something important about the way this author writes New Adult books. Her books always deal with strong issues. These are the hard things that new adults face and are so much more than sexy times between college classes. I love that about these books. They feel so much more real to me. Both Ryder and Ari have issues. Their lives aren't their own. They have let others take it over and both are unhappy at heart. And seeing each other and getting to know each other didn't fix everything. They didn't fall into each others arms and yell, "FINALLY"! No they argued and resisted. Both are used to keeping others away. And that tension between them was so fun. I laughed and gasped a few times as they tried to push and pull at each other. They seriously take that fighting as foreplay thing to a whole new level. I loved some of the secondary characters and really disliked others, on purpose I'm sure. Vee is one of my favorites. She's desperately in love with Gavin and willing to do anything to get his attention. Her desire to have that leads to some really...um...interesting situations. Love both of them and hope to see them again. So not a fan of Ryder's brother and Ari's parents. They're the string pullers and I wanted to slap them. But it wasn't me who needed to. I was so happy to see the growth that both Ryder and Ari went through to take control of their own lives. I was so proud of both of them. Carrot cake aside, this book has a way of dealing with each secret and problem along the way carefully. The secrets came out slowly and they were balanced with the story so that it felt natural and real. I was always wondering what would happen to fix this issue or that secret. There was never that point where I could say that I knew what was coming next. Even something in the epilogue surprised me. This isn't an easy thing to do to someone like me who reads so much. And it was part of why I was smiling when I finished this one. Relationships that feel real and complex drive this emotional ride to a wonderful ending that had me smiling. If you love the sexy times mixed with real new adult issues, then make sure you pick this one up.
LittlePiecesofImagination More than 1 year ago
Alright, so I had a Word doc with a little over 500 words with bullet points of things I liked and disliked. I hope this doesn’t end up being a thousand words essay, but if it does, pardon my ramblings :) Let’s do ittt! I’ll start with the likes. I loved the chemistry between the protagonists. They were really freaking hot together. I had occasional butterflies in my stomach and the writing was smooth and beautiful. If you have read some of Trish’s previous work, you can see how much Trish has grown as a writer: her world building (there is world building in contemporary novels!), characterization and scenery descriptions were on point! I appreciated that by the end of this novel the characters had grown and had a better grasp on the future they wished for themselves. I loved that it featured an important topic such as eating disorders and some of the parts where it was heavily featured made me a little nauseous which shows that Trisha did a good job portraying that. Oh, and it has a slow burn romance! Always a fan of those. The dislikes. I didn’t appreciate some of the comments these characters made. The male lead was a bit offensive with some of his comments early on in the book and the other male characters were pretty insensitive at times. While I love a good slow burn, after some time I got tired of the constant back and forth between the main characters. Zoe Hart in a recent HoD episode said the said it perfectly: when one of them is on one page, the other is on another page, and vice versa; and it goes on throughout most of the novel which got a little repetitive at one point. Oh, I just remembered one more like! While the epilogue was a tad too cheesy for me personally (I’m just not a fan of epilogues; you can rarely get it right to adjust it to my taste, so the following is a huge compliment for an author), everything didn’t end up being absolutely amazing in absolutely every aspect—things were still realistic which is how I like them. As a whole, I enjoyed this book. Maybe not as much as I thought I would end up liking it while I was at ~40%, but it was still a good read. It may seem from the review that there were more things I disliked than I liked, but it’s not so. I just felt very strongly about some things, so I felt the need to speak about them. I’d definitely recommend this one if you want a quick read for the weekend or steamy, flirtatious beach day read. Thank you to Trisha for kindly providing me an ARC for review. My opinions are my own and in no way did this review copy affect my thoughts.