Author: Trisha Wolfe
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Source: ARC ebook
Publication Date: February 18th, 2015
(Can be read as a stand alone)
(Can be read as a stand alone)
SummaryLove means fading out so another shines brighter.
Right clothes. Right school. Right fiancé. As a Wyndemere, Arian's expected to abide by the rules. The most important: be perfect. But Arian's seemingly flawless life is far from it. An embarrassing expulsion from her parents' alma mater spirals an already unhealthy obsession out of control, exposing a dark truth.
Faced with having to attend a small private college after a stint in rehab, Arian's just ready to coast under the radar and repair some of the wreckage, but her father's looming control is like a vise choking off her air supply.
When a run-in with Braxton's beloved star quarterback, Ryder Nash, puts Arian squarely in the crosshairs of his devoted teammates, the last of her controlled, orderly world unhinges. As the pranks and paybacks escalate, Arian and Ryder's rivalry takes a passionate turn. And once Arian glimpses beneath the all-star-athlete exterior Ryder projects, she realizes he's far more than just a jock.
As their relationship intensifies, outside forces feel the threat. Outrunning their pasts doesn't mean history won't repeat itself, but Ryder can't let that happen. He's just one Championship game away from breaking the mold. Only one moment, one choice, might change everything.
Again, I love this cover. I can always really see the character in the covers of this series. Ryder is my favorite of all the male lead characters and DAMN I could not have pictured anyone sexier than that.
Since I am a big fan of the series I have began to expect the usual stay up all night to finish and crying thing. I didn't know what to expect about this novel being sports related though. Each novel had a certain theme. The Darkest Part was artistic, something I relate to. Losing Track was motorcycles and drugs which isn't something I know much about, but can imagine.
I hate football like a lot, but I would hands down become the Braxton's football team #1 fan. What I'm saying is you could hate sports and still fall in love with this novel. Arian is the least likely female lead I can connect with. She comes from a rich family but has a very serious food disorder due to dealing with so many anxiety and pressure to be a perfect Wyndemere. Fading Out made me feel like I could connect with her. Suddenly my social anxiety wasn't that much different from hers. I honestly see apart of myself in each of the female leads. I see my artistic side with Sam. I see my wild and free side with Melody. I see my determination to be the best with Arian. And again, I yelled at the book a lot. I was like get your crap together Arian! Ryder is my favorite so obviously I wanted them to be together sooner. I can not even fathom why she would ever in her life consider agreeing to an arranged marriage. I would elope with Ryder the first chance I got. He isn't your typical dumb jock. He is smart and knows there's more to life than football. He doesn't even like football! Just like every lead character in this series, he isn't perfect. They all have skeletons in their closet. What matters is that they are all perfect for each other. Sam and Melody make an appearance in the end to help Arian and Ryder through their problems. Just like Sam did for Melody, Melody explains the living heartwood to help Arian finally make the right decision. The ending was perfect. The novel begins and ends with carrot cake.
I strongly recommend this book if you enjoy a good contemporary romance and are ages 17 and up due to many steamy sex scenes. This series is a very good choice to read if you are looking for a new contemporary romance series.
My Final Thought-
The ending had a many years later chapter again! All the girls get together and you can see their beautiful friendship lasting a life time. Unfortunately, the next installment won't be out for a few months, so we won't see who the living heartwood affects this time until later.
5 out of 5 Haunted Roses
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