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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.

Review:

There are books you read that are great and then leave you a few hours later, this is not one of those. Fading is phenomenal. It pulls every emotion you possibly have and lets it pour out of you. I could not put this story down. It was so amazing. The story starts with Candace, she is a senior in college and about to embark on her last year and a chance to make it to a major ballet company. One night she is brutally date raped. E.K Blair does a fabulous job with her writing in this part of the story. She has you feel exactly the pain and heartbreak Candace goes through. Candace not only deals with the rape but she also pushes her best friend away because she is embarrassed about what she has gone through. Not only dealing with this but she has her parents who think she is a disgrace because she want to pursue a career in ballet, which she is great at.

In walks Ryan. Ryan is older and friends with a few of her other friends. He knows she has wall put up and is not 100% sure why. They form a bond and friendship. The both start to have feelings for each other. Except there is a secret that can tear them apart. I love the patience Ryan shows through the story and the rock he becomes for Candace when she really needs it.

As a debut book E.K Blair has done an AMAZING job. Book 2 Falling which will be told I Ryan’s POV is out a little later this year. That is  the one thing this story lacked so I am thrilled we will be able to see his side through all of this.

If I could give this story more than 5 stars I would. The storyline and writing were wonderful.

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