FREEING: a companion novel to the USA Today bestseller, Fading.
Knowing who you are and accepting who you are come at different prices.
Jase Kinrick grew up in your typical, all-American household. But after the death of his sister, his parents shut down, forcing him to deal with everything life throws his way alone. Terrified of the person he’s discovering himself to be, Jase has his way with every willing girl to try and rid himself of what he fears he is—gay.
Escaping California and moving to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, Jase frees himself to the reality that he likes men. Never staying with any guy long enough to get to know them, he doesn’t realize that he’s still hiding from who he is until he meets Mark. Scared of having real feelings for another guy stirs up the questions and fears he’s fought hard to bury.
To strip away the barriers to the heart of what is real, and to be okay with what lies underneath, will be Jase’s moment of truth. But he’ll need Mark to lead him there.
Coming of Age
Sept 13, 2013
**THIS IS A FULL-LENGTH COMPANION NOVEL TO FADING**
Okay bear with me here. This book was AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. I'm gonna be honest, I wasn't sure I really wanted to read it. I have zero problems with anyone being gay, but I read books with the fantasy that I'm having hot sex every other page (I do this in real life too, don't worry), so reading about characters who clearly don't care if I'm in the room with them.....I just wasn't sure I'd connect.
But this book is SOOO much more than...I guess whatever I thought. It was heart wrenching and emotional and gripping. It's about friendship and love and family. Acceptance. And amazing people.
Honestly and beautifully written. I highly, highly recommend you read this. 5 stars.
Freeing was so much more than what I initially expected. Nevertheless, the name of the book says it all! It is not a sequel to Fading but more of a companion novel, giving us unlimited access to Jase (who I happen to LOVE) forms his POV. We learn about all of his personal demons that still haunt him, how he truly feels about himself, and more about his shitty history with his family.
Jase definitely has some issues regarding insecurities, acceptance, and love. Fuuuuuck me… .Jase’s journey to discover love with not only Mark, but more important HIMSELF, is brutal, painfully raw and real. It made my heart hurt. We also get to experience a different side of Jase. He was a rock for Candice (at least on the outside) but In Freeing we see how vulnerable and scared he really is when his self-imposed walls finally come tumbling down. Get out your economy size Puff’s, cause you’ll need them!!!
EK Blair is brilliant. Freeing is written abso-fuckin-lutely beautifully! This is an amazing story of absolute friendship, unconditional love, and the cruel fucked up world we live in.
Go and one click this 5 star book now!!!!! However, I recommend reading Fading first.
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