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.
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.
This books is seriously on of the most epic, amazing, beautiful, heartbreaking, undeniably outstanding love stories of 2013. It's one of those books that takes your heart, breaks it, and gives it back to you and it's bigger and better than before. Saying it's a 5 star read is doing this book a huge injustice. It's not just 5 it's 10, hell, 20 hearts. Let me back up. If you have read Fading and Freeing, you know what the center of this book is. But it's not just about what happened to Candace, it's soo much more. It's about what happened to Ryan. It's about his childhood and how it made him become the man he is. It's about how that childhood holds him back from what he can be. It's about how a love so deep can heal the worst parts of you and give you something you didn't know you needed. It's about how a tragic event can weave two people together so close, there's no knowing how one can live without the other. But it's also about heartbreak, and tragedy, and pain, and regret. And I don't just mean pain physically, I mean emotionally. Pain inflicted by people who are supposed to love you. But finding a way through that all to the light at the end of the tunnel. I think this story made me love Ryan more than I did after reading Fading. Not only because of Candace but because of Max, Mel and Tori too. You get to see so much more of him, and he truly is a great guy. Candace is his other half. It's because of her he evolves into this amazing,honorable man. It's for her he makes these changes and doesn't even notice, doesn't even look back. Okay maybe Gavin makes him look back but he has no regrets. Not when his choices brought him Candace. Okay, I'm wrong he has one regret. But so does Candace. A burden, blame, that they both carry. But it makes them so human. And I love that this book gives you a look at all the characters we love for such a longer period of time. You get to see the happiness in all their lives. You get to see how much they all deserve it. But most of all you see how much family isn't just about blood, it's about the people who have your back no matter what. And how love, love truly heals all. I really do give this book more stars that I can think. It's infinite. That's how good it is.