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Fading | [E. K. Blair]

Fading

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.
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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?

©2013 E.K. Blair (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    JCarlene 08-07-14
    JCarlene 08-07-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved all the relationships"
    What made the experience of listening to Fading the most enjoyable?

    Piper Goodeye did an absolute amazing job!


    Would you recommend Fading to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'm not sure because although I really did enjoyed this story, it was the extra fluff that I didn't like so much and I'm not sure how others would like it.


    What does Piper Goodeve bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings the story alive and all the characters. She made me feel the story.


    Any additional comments?

    3.5 StarsI have to say that I really liked this story and look forward to continuing the series. I especially enjoyed the slow build to Ryan and Candice’s relationship and then just completely and utterly fell in love with their connection. Now I appreciate when an author gives as much detail as possible because it really helps to get to know the characters and that’s what I want but the one thing I didn’t like about this one is the fluff, the filler parts that I just didn’t think were needed. I felt as though there were a lot of similar parts repeated. Shout out to Piper Goodeye who did an amazing job narrating this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 07-28-14
    The Elf in the Kitchen Madison, MS USA 07-28-14 Member Since 2012

    passionate reader and vegan

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    "Don't Fade Away from Fading"

    This is a book I have read on my Kindle a year or so ago; it's not the best book I've ever read but it's a pretty strong story with a female lead (Candace) who, for pretty good reasons, cries and sobs most of the book. I got tired of that. However, Piper Goodeve so brought her to life for me that the audio version was a standout. Candace, the victim of a horrific incident, is plagued with self-doubt and insecurity. Enter Ryan who slowly wins her trust and eventually, her love UNTIL she discovers information that he has withheld from her. The book is primarily Candace's struggle to work through, process, deny, hide from and otherwise NOT deal with what happened to her and Ryan's efforts to bring her to life. I was so impressed by Ms Goodeve's interpretation of all the characters, her nuanced reading of the dialogue and her emotional connection with both Candace and Ryan that really made this listen a worthy one. No amount of great narration could help with a rather rushed ending but I can live with it. Now on the the second book in the series...I sure hope it's as well done as Fading and I have NOT read this one (Falling).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Estela Garcia 05-04-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Intriguing !!"

    I loved how the narrator told the story. How she put so much emotion into it. Ryan was so wonderful and understanding of the whole situation he fell in love with her so deeply. I was so taken by this story, I loved it.

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    Billie-J 03-30-15
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    "No Fading cant end!"

    This story rock me from the bottom up, it been a while since a book hit me so hard. I just loved it!

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    Angelique White-Miller 02-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    I have trouble with stories with this subject matter, but it was so good and I loved the end! I cried last 75% of the book

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    C. Ogle Tennessee 09-22-14
    C. Ogle Tennessee 09-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Passed the point of return"
    Would you try another book from E. K. Blair and/or Piper Goodeve?

    Maybe


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something so much better than this


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not a fighter, one that expects everyone else to fight her battles.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fading?

    I would rewrite the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sucked in, but seriously this book makes me want to go deaf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jargerich Los Angeles, CA, USA 09-11-14
    jargerich Los Angeles, CA, USA 09-11-14

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    "Great Book until the last few chapters"
    Would you try another book from E. K. Blair and/or Piper Goodeve?

    The performance of the book was fine, it was very well read.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very dissapointed, the book and story had a lot of potentioal to have this character build into someone who really overcomes her fears and obstacles. Instead the author decided to throw in so much fluff that it made me gag. (and I like fluff!!)


    Any additional comments?

    The ending of this book made me so angry, the character could have developed into such a strong model especially for rape victims but instead she threw away everything. it was stupid and ridiculous.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M_M 4 1979 ARLINGTON, TX, US 09-09-14
    M_M 4 1979 ARLINGTON, TX, US 09-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great, believable story."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I don't normally go for this type of book, but decided to give it a try. Good story. Very believable. Tear jerker. I totally felt in tune with the main character. Very emotional book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fading?

    I can't tell you this, it'll spoil the story! I can say I love the character Ryan.


    Have you listened to any of Piper Goodeve’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. This was my first one.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    ?


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    Sandra LI New York 07-20-14
    Sandra LI New York 07-20-14 Member Since 2013

    Bookworm

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    "ME ME ME"

    Clearly, this is a story that can only be enjoyed by a teenager. I found the narrator to be very annoying. I've never met any adult who says, 'did ent', or, 'would ent,'etc.' It was very distracting. I need to understand or even empathise with the main character; but I found nothing with this character. She seemed to be obsessed with herself and extremely, clingy. Even with a possevive mother and a wimp of a father; she kept lamenting about their failure to support her in her dream of becoming a dancer. And, yet, she allowed herself to be financially supported by them as she lived comfortably away from them. She made all the wrong choices in her personal life and was shocked with the outcome.She gave mixed signals to her date when she allowed herself to be fondled and moaned when he kissed her. At a social gathering, she was aware that he was innebriated and out of control. But, she allowed herself to be dangerously compromised and became a victim of rape. Against everyone's advice, she chose not to bring her attacker to justice. Instead, she clung to others to lead her about like the weak-minded, spoiled child she appeared to be. Nowhere did she actually stand up for herself and express her outrage and frustration until it was too late. Was there a better need for this woman to seek psychiatric help? I did not return this book because I wanted to stick with it, wanting to believe that she would eventually find her own power to control her life. She didn't. Instead, she kept whining about her 'pitiful life,' throughout.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Fading into obscurity"

    The story starts off well - tension, anticipation - it's all there. As it unfolds, it loses some pace.

    There are many, many books just like this out there. Beyond patches of brilliant writing, the rest is flat. The opportunity to really delve into a rape victim's pain isn't fully explored and the love interest (I've already forgotten his name) is wooden and one dimensional. Even the 'betrayal' is inconsequential, its only purpose appearing to be the opportunity to write about the make up sex.

    Overall, it is entertaining but really, there are better books out there if you're looking for mild, bland erotica. If you're looking for drama and angst promised by the rape victim, you'll get some, but not enough to make you snivel, let alone have a good cry.

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