Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Review: Fading Out by Trisha Wolfe

Cover coming 2/11

Fading Out (Living Heartwood #3) by Trisha Wolfe
Love 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.
Told from both Arian's and Ryder's POV. New Adult Contemporary Romance intended for readers 17 years of age and older.
Publishes in US: February 18th 2015
Genre: NA contemp
Source: author
Series? Living Heartwood #3

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    Was so excited when I got the ARC email because I adore Trisha, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first two companion novels of the Living Heartwood series. 

   My heart went out to Arian. She has low self esteem but feels such pressure from her parents to look, act and portray herself in a certain way. Her depression and eating disorders stem from this, and it is a cycle for her, do well, feel the stress, pressure and anxiety-- purge and feel the calm and control and energy. I think that she was really well crafted and from someone who's suffered some with eating disorders and especially realizing more and more the link to anxiety, she was realistic. 

    I always enjoy the dual perspective and this was no exception. Ryder has some of his own issues of course, and when he sees Arian he is reminded of Alyssa, and it throws him off balance.  And dang at the banter. So full of tension and they both gave it out. Hard. There was the under current of pain. Something about the other besides the obvious chemistry and physical tension triggered a defense and a loss of a filter when they are interacting.

    Ryder's past was rough but he has come so far to overcome it. He is still dealing with a sick mom and the issues with his brother and the guilt and other feelings attached to Alyssa. His backstory was well done, but I appreciated the place of strength that he was at, because even though he had some things to work out and realize for himself, he needed to be strong for Ari, and to realize when she needed a bit of space and the converse when she needed someone more than she would ever admit. 

   I really enjoyed how some of the previous characters were worked into this one and it was natural. But the contrast with Mel and Ari, their perspective strengths and weaknesses, really complemented each other. There was a new character as well, Ari's new roomie Vee. She is a sweet and forgiving person, and it was neat that she helped Ari out in so many ways, drawing her out of her shell, and helping her to be more social. She has a crush on Gavin, one of Ryder's teammates, and that helped to put and keep her on Ari's radar, and both of them to be around the boys. 

   The ending was perfect and I loved the growth that I saw in Ari especially, realizing how to stand up for herself and still manage not to estrange her family. Ryder recognized many things about himself, learned to let some guilt from the past go, and made his own decisions about his future--learning that he had to make his own choices, and make sure that he was playing ball for the right reasons. 

Bottom Line: Great romantic tension/banter and deals well with tough issues.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Did you ever feel pressure for upholding family name like Arian or a position like Ryder with sports?


  1. Great review!

    I actually haven't read many books by Trisha, but I do need to pick this series up. It sounds like one I would really enjoy, especially the characters!

  2. This is one author I've been meaning to read for ages!

  3. I don't know these! I'm glad you liked the latest release.


  4. Arian sounds like she's under a lot of pressure, and to break from those provides a great premise for a story. That's a LOT and I'm sure it'll touch any reader on multiple levels.

  5. What!? No cover yet? I need to see the shiny! The evolution of a character is always one of the high notes of a series for me, and Arian's obviously come a really long way since book 1 which is wonderful to hear. I used to feel pressure about upholding the family name, but I've accepted that it's ok to do my own thing.

    Carmel @ Rabid Reads

  6. Its not out yet, I know, I know. I updated with a teaser pic. Cover reveal is on 11th

  7. Trisha is so good at crafting characters

  8. sound like a good book, I will add this series to my TBR :) Lovely review

  9. Oh this sounds good Brandi and I like the sound of Ali and Ryder.

  10. I've really enjoyed several of Wolfe's SFF books, but I've been hesitant to try any contemporary b/c bad experiences with crossover lately. BUT. I'm thinking maybe this series might be an exception. Great review!

  11. I haven't read anything by this author yet, I'm sure I have one of her books though. Sounds like you really enjoyed this one, will have a look at book 1 in the series :)

  12. This sounds great. I love when the characters feel real, and I agree with dual perspective. I like seeing the story from the two main characters' eyes. It makes for a lot of dramatic irony, but that is one thing I love when it comes to reading about characters' growing relationships. Lovely review!

  13. This sounds good, does it matter that you haven't read the other two?

  14. I'm happy to see you loved Fading Out, Brandi. I'm getting ready to read it! :)

  15. I really do need to start this series :) Lovely review! It makes me want to pick up the series right now!


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