Sometimes it takes someone else to show us what we are truly capable of becoming.
Suffering from years of violent abuse, Ryan Campbell has learned how to keep people from getting too close. But when you shut yourself off, people get hurt along the way. Never caring much about others, Ryan creates a
world in which he doesn’t have to feel.
When Ryan meets Candace Parker, all of his walls slowly begin to crumble. Not sure of the truth of who she is, he feels his mind is playing tricks on him. Unable to force out the thoughts that consume him, Ryan is haunted by visions that torment him every time he looks at her. He finds himself swallowed by guilt and blame, but he’s unwilling to turn his back on the one person that could possibly save him.
You’ve heard Candace’s story in Fading, now hear Ryan’s.
Well, this was an emotional book! I finished this book yesterday, but I have to tell you that I still feel a bit unprepared to sit down and write this review. There is so much to take in, and so much to think about…it’s a whopper.
Falling tells the same story as Fading, but from Ryan’s POV. Ryan is an abuse survivor, and he has closed himself off to any kind of connection with people. He has lived through and seen some truly horrifying things, so I understand where he’s coming from. The man just doesn’t want to put himself in a position to feel anything at all. Until he meets Candace. She takes his carefully crafted existence and spins it on its head. Their relationship is full of a lot of guilt and shame on his part (as you read, you’ll know why, but I don’t want to ruin it here), but he fights through it to try and be there for the person that he feels may truly be able to understand him.
So, I have to start with Ryan – he is one complicated man! He’s got such a tortured past, but when he meets Candace it’s like he can’t not fall in love with her. He is the epitome of every tortured soul book boyfriend I have ever read about. He and Candace ultimately save one another, though not without a lot of struggle and strife on Ryan’s part. There will be parts of this book where you want to punch him, there will be parts of this book that will make you cry the ugly cry…but I have to tell you, it’s absolutely worth it.
The cornerstone of this entire book is the fact that it’s absolutely a well-crafted, well-written and superbly told tale. The themes of this book aren’t new; the romance between the characters is nothing new either. But the passion and the language and just the overall tone of the story is so fluid and encompassing that you can’t help but love and appreciate it. And the ending is about as perfect as any ending for any book I’ve ever read.
Bottom line, I’m not sure how anyone could give this book less than 5 stars. It’s a journey, but you can tell that it was painstakingly crafted and made by someone with passion and talent for storytelling. Buy it!
I drop my head in my hands and let it out. It’s a haze of unrecognizable emotions beating through me. To look past this and let her continue to sit and do nothing is something that I don’t think I’m capable of. But Jase is right. My girl is so damn fragile even though she’s so damn strong. It’s a paradox that’s hard to deal with. She’s gonna break one way or another.
Irritation boils inside, and the longer I sit here it starts to eat away at me until it takes over and I stand up, kicking over the stool, screaming, and smashing my glass against the brick wall behind the bar followed next by the bottle. The blast of glass shattering and sprinkling to the floor is all I hear through the ringing in my head. I grab my keys, leaving the mess, and head to my jeep.
I drive. Making my way back to my loft and upstairs to find Candace standing in my closet, slipping on a sweater.
“Why didn’t you do anything?” I ask, unable to control my frustration.
She turns to look at me, confused, when she asks, “What are you talking about?”
“Don’t make me say it.”
“Ryan, please. Don’t,” she says and then walks past me to sit on the edge of the bed.
“Who is he?” I press, emotions getting the best of me.
She keeps her chin tucked down. Avoiding.
“Candace, tell me his fuckin’ name!”
USA Today bestselling author and International Amazon bestselling author, E.K. Blair takes her readers on an emotional roller coaster with her FADING series. A former first
grade teacher with an imagination that runs wild. Daydreaming and zoning out is how she was often found in high school. Blair tends to drift towards everything dark and moody. Give her a character and she will take pleasure in breaking them down, digging into their core to find what lies underneath.
Aside from writing, E.K. Blair finds pleasure in music, drinking her Starbucks in peace, and spending time with her friends. She’s a thinker, an artist, a wife, a mom, and everything in between.
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