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Synopsis:

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

Jenn’s Review of Fading
I wasn’t sure what to think about this book after reading the synopsis.  I was expecting to be emotionally wrecked after reading this one, but honestly that wasn’t the case.  I have to admit that I did cry around 11-12% into this book and it was really emotional.  After that their was a large section of the book that just didn’t do it for me at all.  At the halfway point of the book it picked back up again when Ryan entered the picture…   
So let’s talk about Candace our heroine. I have to say that I wasn’t fond of her character. Yes I understand that she has had a tough life and her family sucks. Hands down probably some of the worst ever… Candace is studying the Arts and wants to be a professional ballerina which her family feels is a terrible career choice (they are rich and pretentious).  They even try to force her hand at a different path, which doesn’t go over well.  What I didn’t like here was that she seemed to use this dysfunctional family life as a crutch to her problems in establishing relationships.  It just didn’t fit. She had such loving relationships with Jase, Mark and Kimber, so it sort of didn’t make sense when she kept telling Ryan she didn’t know what she was doing.  It confused me.  I’m not sure that I ever felt that she truly healed from everything that she went through.  I felt like the last 50% she was trying but not sure she ever got to that point. I didn’t like that she turned away from the girl that she considered to be like a sister.   When you go through something traumatic like she did, wouldn’t you embrace the person that you felt closest too? I loved Kimber from the beginning and I was really sad to see how little she was mentioned in the rest of the book.  

What I did like about Candace was the way she embraced Ryan. Even though she was terrified, when she fell for him she fell hard and it was consuming, which is how love should feel…   


Ryan is a sweetheart and though it was predictable who Ryan was, I was totally shocked at how loving and tender his character was.  He was the biggest and most welcome surprise for me in this story.  Ryan had a horrible background and he had some demons that he faced.  Despite his issues growing up Ryan really made something of himself.  He is a successful bar owner and he really has grown into a good man.  I loved Ryan’s family, even with the issues of the past his mother came out on top and she was so caring.  They invited Candace in with open arms.  When Ryan opens up and exposes all his demons to Candace I wanted for her too come forward at that time with her own.  I so desperately wanted her to open up and be honest with him so he could help her move past her fears.  He was there for the long haul that was obvious.  He loved her almost from the moment he laid eyes on her.

Their was a lot of detail that surrounded the ballet part of the story, though that was an important part of her life, it was described a few times in detail and it was a bit redundant.  The details sometimes distracted from the main focus of the book.

The supporting cast Jase, Mark and even Roxy were great.  I loved that they were so supportive of Candace, and did everything they could to help her.  They were true friends that stand by you through anything, even bad decisions.  

There are some really beautiful moments in this story, I can’t give away too much detail but when you read it I think you will recognize them.  Ryan’s tenderness and loving touch, were enough to pull it around in the end… That last 50% really did make me happy… 


I sort of wished that this book would have been written in alternating POV.  Since the prolog started out from Ryan’s POV I was hoping that it was going to continue to be that way… That prolog will grip you and suck you in. 

Overall the story was really well written, and the editing was really good, which is sometimes rare for a first time author… E.K. Blair did her homework where that was concerned.  I am giving this one 3.5 stars, for a first novel it’s a great effort! I really like her writing style and I really loved Ryan a lot.  



EXCERPT FROM FADING

I had a bunch of experts to pick from and this happened to be included.  This was one of those scenes that was highly emotionally charged and happened to be one of the scenes I really liked a lot.  Enjoy! ~ Jenn

Candace in the Rain

As I drive, reality slowly starts creeping back in, and the weight in my chest returns. The thunder continues to rumble, and I feel like the weather fits my mood perfectly. The clouds open, and the rain begins to crash down on my windshield. I turn my wipers on high, but I struggle to see the road ahead. I pull into one of the empty parking lots on campus to wait until the rain lightens up. While sitting in the car, I listen to the rain beating violently against the steel.

For some reason, I get the urge to get out of my car. I open the door and step out into the rain. Closing the door, I lean against the car, and within seconds, I’m drenched. The beating of the raindrops against my delicate skin feels good, almost painful in a way—but good. I lean my head back and feel the pellets as they strike my face. I enjoy the biting sensation. With my eyes closed, I just stand there, wishing I could live here, in this vacant lot, alone, focusing on nothing more than the stinging pleasure of the storm as it batters me. Knowing that this will soon end, that the sun is lingering behind the clouds and I will be faced with the hell that is my life, my body slides down the side of my car, and I sit in a puddle of water on the dirty ground and cry.

Why didn’t I fight more?


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