Fading Out by Trisha Wolfe

April 15th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 56 Comments

15th Apr
Fading Out by Trisha Wolfe
Fading Out
by Trisha Wolfe
Series: Living Heartwood #3
Published by: Self-published
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

Fading Out is the third book in the Living Heartwood series by Trisha Wolfe. Even though I did not read the first two books I chose to dive in when the author assured me it worked as a standalone. Fading Out shares the romance that develops between Arian and Ryder. It isn’t an easy journey but they both find themselves through the other. Hot and heartfelt I quickly devoured this one.

What could have been a very cliché read when a Quarterback falls for the shy girl; Fading Out added depth and tossed out stereotypes. The tale is told in dual perspectives as we get to know both Arian and Ryder. Wolfe did a lovely job of fleshing them out and slowly revealing their pasts, hang-ups and fears. The chemistry was delightful with plenty of banter and snark. Friends, and Ryder’t football team engaged with them allowing for some hilarious moments as well as touching one. Only a few of the secondary characters had substance, but were unique enough to identify and their roles suited the overall plot.

In Fading Out, Wolfe touches on some heavy topics from family expectations to a serious eating disorder. While she does not dive deeply into details regarding the disease, she does address getting the right help and support. Despite all that happens Wolfe kept the angst low while giving us all the feels. The dual perspective allowed a connection to form with them. Ryder was swoon-worthy despite his sometimes-clumsy attempts. His background was one I am sure many young men and women face. I loved how despite issues with family he gave his strength to Arian putting her first when she needed him to be strong.

“I’ll take a running leap off the edge, right now, for you.”

“Why?”

“Because it’s the first time I’ve ever been inspired.”

For those who love their endings wrapped in a bow, we get a delightful epilogue with all the wonderful deets.

If you are looking for a quick escape with all the feels then Fading Out is the perfect fit.

“He found me. He chose me. When I was fading, his love shone bright enough to chase away my darkness.”

About Trisha Wolfe

From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.

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56 Responses to “Fading Out by Trisha Wolfe”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I haven’t in a while Melliane and it was good to see proper help suggested.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah..they were a bunch of pranksters..but all good fun.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yep, not your thing, but it was fun Linda. I love to mix it up

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL..spoken like an addict and I feel your pain. *eyes tbr pile*

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Now I need to eventually go back and read the first ones..lol So many books, so little time

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was Paji, thanks its good to see you, I was on vacation forever and missed chatting 🙂

  1. Ramona

    I do love an author who takes stereotypes and makes them into something more, something memorable. The book merits attention for this reason alone, although, apparently there are many other reasons to pick it up. Which I intend to do 🙂 A compelling and passionate review, just the way you like to write them, Kimba.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I like when they break them as well. Thanks Ramona.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      They are on my list *eyes tbr pile mounds* Thanks Brandee

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I do too..when they bring out the best in each other and make the other more confident..yes please

  2. Heidi

    I didn’t know this author was branching out. I have always heard good things about her YA books. I am happy that you were able to dive in and not be lost. I also likes that it deals with eating disorders well.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, I have a list of authors I am challenging myself to try this year..and this was good.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes it really wrapped their story up for the reader.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You will enjoy the ending Melissa..everything a reader could ask for

  3. Candace

    This is an author I’ve been meaning to read for a long time but I’m not sure if I would start with this one. Even though you liked it I’m just not feeling it. I have some of her others on my WL though!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah I like these series that work as standalone..each with its own romance

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I did like that things came together without a lot of drama..lol

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I enjoyed this Lauren and plan to go back to the beginning

  4. Michelle

    Looks like an interesting read however, I have an OCD about reading out of order. But I am happy that even without reading the other you were able to get into this one. I haven’t read a good ContempRomance in a while. Great Review Kimba!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I suffered from that particular ailment for 40 years so don’t feel bad. Even when I do it now my stomach flip-flops but I am finding that with companion series types it doesn’t matter.

  5. Sarah

    Here lately I have been reading books so out of the norm for me. I am so looking forward the HEA-esque romances I need to read this week. Sometimes a book is amazing without a happy ending, but as a romance junkie I start to expect them! Guess when you deviate from the genre you realize most books don’t end that way. I hope to pick up this series sometime soon. Thanks for sharing another wonderful review, kim 😀

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah if it is in the romantic genre I expect some sort of HEA.