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
5 of 5 Fading
Fading what to say about Fading.... I don't know because I have so many things I want to say that my thoughts are jumbled. First thing that comes to mind is this story and series is F^&*(%$ AMAZING! Man this story right from the first page hooks you in and you can't help but be pulled into a world where privilege does not save you from the bad of the world. It is about survival and what you have to do to get there and stay there. It is about one girls fight to not let life hold her down. It is about one guys daily fight to stay afloat and not lose his mind. I can't say enough about this story and I am not going to give spoilers because this is one of those books that has to be read to fully appreciate everything that happens and where the characters go and how they move on even in the face of disaster.
Candace Parker has it all. She is almost done with college and she is going to fulfill her dreams of being a ballerina. That is until one night she is out and something tragic happens to her. She is left devastated and broken. She will have to pick up the pieces by herself and move on. But what happens when the hurt is to much? What happens when you meet someone you want to open up to but you are afraid? Well when Candace meets Ryan Campbell a bar owner and one SWOON worthy man she will change all of that.
But with good comes the ugly and Ryan has secrets and demons of his own.Can Ryan heal Candace and can Candace heal Ryan? This is one story you have to read because it is just simply amazing and I need more. I need book two like ASAP because I was left wanting and needing more than any book I have read in a long time. Dam E.K.what did you do to me!
Jack and Candace at Remedy
Jack leans in close to my ear and whispers, “You wanna dance?”
Taking my hand in his, he helps me off the barstool, and we make our way to the crowded dance floor. I start to move to the beat of the music that blasts throughout the club. ‘Push It’ by Garbage is playing, and I lose myself in the sea of people dancing around me along with the flashing lights and loud music.
Jack is behind me, and I feel his arms as they slide across my stomach, underneath the hem of my top. He moves in sync with me as I dance to the rhythm of the song. I can already feel drops of sweat trickling down my spine, and it must be the tequila that is making me feel bold when I reach up behind me and wrap my hand around the back of his neck. I feel the stubble on his jaw as he glides his chin along my damp neck and takes a soft bite. Shit, that’s hot.
Turning me around in his arms, I can see the heat in his darkening eyes. I rake my fingers through the hair on the back of his head as he pulls my hips tight against him, and he leans down and covers my mouth with his.
I’m not sure what has come over me. Since my conversation with Roxy, I have been a little bit bolder with myself. But here, in the middle of this dance floor, kissing Jack, is pretty damn bold for me.
The xx Concert
Leaning forward, resting my elbows on the bookcase, Ryan lowers himself next to me, and I instantly feel Jase’s protective hand on my back. Standing here, next to Ryan, we listen to The xx play an extended version of ‘Intro.’ The languid plucks of the guitar are soon interlaced with the ever thumping of the bass drum. The song begins to intensify into a fusion of haunting and seductive sounds. I push back off the bookcase while Ryan remains leaning on his elbows. I watch him. I shouldn’t be, but I am. His hair is a rich dark brown that falls slightly over his ears. He has a strong, well-defined jaw and a muscular frame that is evident through his dark grey shirt. Looking back at me over his shoulder, a small lock of his hair falls over his forehead. What am I doing? I take a step back as he pushes himself off the bookcase and looks at me. Turning around quickly to walk away, I run smack into Mark’s chest.
Tripping over my own feet, he catches me and asks, “Whoa, everything okay?”
“I wanna go,” I say softly so that no one can hear me but him.
PLAYLIST for Fading by E.K. Blair
Candace’s Solo Music
‘Lux Aeterna’ by Clint Mansell
Barre exercises after fight with mother
‘Comptine d’un autre ètè’ by Yann Tiersen
Candace and Kimber getting ready
‘The Edge of Glory’ by Lady Gaga
Candace and Jack at Remedy
‘Push It’ by Garbage
“God, is this happening?”
‘Fantasy’ by The xx
Shower Scene (Jase and Candace)
‘The Funeral’ by Serena Ryder and the Beauties
“Why didn’t I fight?”
‘Into Dust’ by Mazzy Star
The xx Concert
‘Shelter’ by The xx
‘Infinity’ by The xx
‘Intro’ by The xx
“That’s all I can really do—just try.”
‘Try’ by Nelly Furtado
‘Something In The Way’ by Nirvana
“You’re not gonna lose me.”
‘Hardliners’ by Holcombe Waller
“Tell me you want this.”
‘All Around Me’ (acoustic) by Flyleaf
‘Angels’ by The xx
“I swear I didn’t Know” (Ryan’s Song)
‘Missing’ by The xx
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