This is the third book in E.K. Blair’s The Fading Series and I read it without having read the first two books. I found the book did well as a stand-alone novel and did not feel deprived by not reading the first two in the series.
This book is one that tugs on the emotional heartstrings as you become submerged in the emotional journey of healing that Ryan and Candace embark on together. Told in the first person from Ryan’s perspective, Blair is masterful at taking a deplorable character and redeeming him before our very eyes. The love story develops slowly and patiently, rewarding us with a sweet connection as we witness the rollercoaster ride of Ryan and Candace struggling to push through the tragic circumstances of their pasts to reach a healthy and happy future together.
The beauty of the story is in the characterization, as the plot is very predictable and simple. Some of the scenes become repetitive and monotonous in the latter half of the book and you may find yourself wondering towards the end why the story hasn’t been wrapped up more succinctly. Blair’s switch to first person from Candace’s perspective in a few chapters toward the end of the book was jarring and unwelcomed.
Despite this, the strength of the love story carries you through and leads to an enjoyable reading experience.