Aliens live among us. Their purpose: to protect and nurture their greatest mistake - mankind. Caeden Frey doesn't believe humans will evolve to see the magic, much less control it. Even so, he has two months to marry a human or face the wrath of the High Council. Bitter about a responsibility he thinks prevents him marrying for love, he figures any human girl will do. He's ready to propose when his soul mate stumbles into - and right out of - his arms.
Human Ryanne Killian might be Caedan's one shot at happiness while still fulfilling his duty. Unfortunately, she guards a dark secret. She's determined to push Caedan away to protect him from her past. Caedan must convince her she's worthy of his love before a rival family puts an end to his wedding plans. If she can see her own worth, she just might save herself and his people.
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Fade Into Me by Charity Bradford, read by Tia Sorensen, published Independently (2015) / Length: 6hrs
This book is standalone and no sequels are currently planned.
Some information about Ryanne's "secret" was given early in the book, and I really wanted to stop reading because of the callous way her "best friend" acted about it. But I kept reading, and I am not sorry I did.
The central romance was cute & sweet while, magical soulmates with extreme wealth aside, managing to not be too unrealistic.
More information about what happens to Ryanne comes at the end. I found it very devastating and won't be listening to any of the parts about it ever again.
Ryanne: She has some serious issues, which are totally understandable. But she manages to find her strength.
Caedan: I don't like his habit of manipulating human emotions for his own convenience; even if he doesn't believe he is causing any harm, it isn't right. I also don't like that he didn't respect her refusal to dance. However, he is not a typical bad boy jerk. He wants to make their relationship work, he just doesn't have a clue how to do that.
HIGHLIGHTS / CAUTIONS:
- I love the realistic emphasize on the fact that just because you find your soulmate doesn’t guarantee an instant HEA. It is made clear that any relationship requires work, care, and openness.
- And Caedan's mother calls him out for behavior that is all too typical in YA literature:
All you've done is tell her what to do. What do you know about her as a person?
CAUTIONS: As stated above, Ryanne's "secret" is devastating. The incident itself is never fully described; but nevertheless I was disturbed for days, especially by the final revelation. As the author relates, in the bonus interview, this was based on a friends real life experience, which only makes it worse. Anyone who might have sexual assault triggers should approach this book with care.
This audiobook has very long “chapters.” That can make it difficult to find something you are looking for. / Her voice is nice. She doesn’t do a lot of emoting or differentiating of voices, which doesn’t bother me but some people might not like. A bit more problematic is the pacing of the non-dialogue parts which doesn’t vary much. / I listened on 1.25 speed (my usual)
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Bonus Author Interview
Tell us something about your lead character(s) that we don't already know. [Exclusive]
Ryan's emotions and self esteem issues are all based on a dear friend of mine who was date raped at age 14. Some readers complained that her reactions were not realistic, but sadly they are completely real. This friend and I worked and cried together over many of Ryan's sections.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character(s)?
I searched all through Imdb back in 2013 to find the answer to this question. I'd love the younger Jessie Cave in this picture (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm399484851...). In my mind, this is exactly what Ryanne looks like. I like Matthew Atkinson (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3339705/?ref_=nv_sr_1) for Caedan.
What is the hardest thing about writing? The easiest?
The hardest thing is juggling my imaginary world and my real life as a mom. It's easy for me to get lost in that other world. It makes it hard to focus on what's real. Often the characters become more real to me than the people I pass every day. The second hardest thing is making all the stuff in my head make sense on paper. I don't know that any of it is easy, but my favorite part of writing is my "dream time." Every night before I drift off to sleep I imagine the scene I want to write the next day. I let it play out in my mind several different ways until I find what feels right.
For more information:And, here's the link to my website. It has a longer bio and people can read the first chapter of all my novels--including the new one coming out in August. http://charitywrites.com
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