Star Review - 5 Stars
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?
I absolutely loved this book!!! It was amazing, gut wrenching, intense, powerful, heartbreaking....aahhhh the list could go on!! Thank you E.K. Blair for this great read!
"And though she be but little, she is fierce." - William Shakespeare
Candace, a college senior, has spent the last four years at the University of Washington working on her lifelong dream of becoming a ballerina. Her friends tell her she needs to get out and live life
"You take life too seriously, you know? You need to let loose and have some fun. You're never going to get this back Candace. Just enjoy it. Be young and carefree."
This is when things go horribly wrong...
She experiences a girls worst nightmare, she is raped and sexually abused. The pain and suffering she goes through is so heartbreaking. She struggles to get over and forget what happened to her that awful night.
"I lie against his chest and just cry. I cry like a baby-helpless. I'm so desperate for someone to save me. To make it all go away."
Ryan Campbell is a successful bar/club owner who is sweet ,caring, patient,...HOT, and everything Candace needs. With his own ugly past and issues, his pull to Candace is something he has never experienced before, he is sooo patient and supportive of her. He helps Candace come out of herself more and they fall deeply in love, she trusts him, depends on him and gives herself to him in a way she has never done with anyone else before, but when a secret is revealed it leaves Candace completely shattered.
This book is very sad and frustrating at times, but it captivates you. It moves slow and steady...it allows you to fall in love with the characters and feel their pain. This is the first of 3 books, BUT NO CLIFFHANGER!...book 2 is Ryan's story and I can't wait to read it! I WANT MORE of Ryan and Candace...I want to see their HEA!