June 19, 2013
Synopsis: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?
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.
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I am not sure where to start on this review, because my mind is all over the place. It is on the floor with my heart, stuck in the book still with Ryan and Candace, smiling (though I know I shouldn’t be) about what happens to Jack, jumping up and down about Jase and Mark, and rejoicing about Kimber and Candace. With every scenario that happened, every situation she was put in, every battle she had to encounter, I seriously felt like I was there with her. I can’t tell you how well this book was written, I seriously can not put it into words—which is HARD for me! The characters, each and every one of them, are incredible. Realistic. Normal. LOVING. I love them ALL. Well, minus Jack.
There are so many different things going on in this book with Candace. Her ballet and her parents. God, talk about irritation. As a parent, I don’t understand this. It makes me mad people can act like this. As a daughter, my heart broke. Literally, I wanted to go to her house and cuddle her. On top of everything she was dealing with, this would have broke me. This just goes to prove to you what a strong character she is. How this was almost taken from her, her love, her future, almost taken from her, but she fights to get it back.
And Ryan, Ryan Ryan. I know he makes a mistake. I know this. I understand this. But I could not wrap my mind around it. I was so torn on his struggle. Does he say something and tell her? Or does he not say something? If he tells her, how do you word this!?!! How do you tell someone you know their darkest secret and biggest demon, before they are ready to tell you? Let alone when you are head over heels in love with them? HEART. BREAK. God, then her reaction. I was so heart broken. SO heart broken. SO Torn. But this was my battle with the book. Everything Candace goes through, every emotional struggle, every fight, I swear to you I felt it. The words on the pages, were like a pipeline to my emotions. I cried when I read this book, more than once, I smiled, I laughed, I swooned. I know normally I add GIF’s or pics to a review to help express how I felt. But this book doesn’t need that. Its too emotional, it’s too heavy, it’s too amazing. I can’t rate this high enough. You want my suggestion? Read it.
I give this book 5 heart wrenching, pull it out of my chest, break it and put it back together, hearts.
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