That’s all it takes to have everything ripped away from you.
No one knows this better than Adam Beckerson and River Ahlers.
Each is fighting a losing battle with the death of Bobby and the fallout it causes. Adam loses a brother; River her best friend.
And while Adam finds himself fading into the bottom of a bottle, River finds the only thing she can do is run away from everything-- including Adam.
Sometimes when you lose everything, you lose yourself. The important part is finding your way back again.
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Wow I just finish reading this book and if I felt in love with the first book in the series I felt more in love with this one. This book had me Mad, and Crying like a baby, I couldn't put the book down I wanted more, I love the characters but started to not like one of the character hope that one changes in the next book of the series, I am going to keep this short since I don't want to give anything away.
If you read the first book ( Flawed Perfection ) then you met River, Adam, Bobby and Tara.
The story pick up right where it left in the first book, after receiving the bad news about Bobby and Tara, River and Adam are trying to deal with everything that has going on, while River is worrying about everyone and everything else, Adam is getting worse by no knowing how to deal with the grieving. every day River gets herself up and tried to cope with her feeling and trying to be their for Adam. But Adam is gone so far with the drinking and always leaving her by herself, and to top it off Tara is taking his side. Months after the accident and seen how her life is River decided that it was time for a change and time to move out and move on. After getting a promotion on her job and moving to another place and trying new things she decide to get a tattoo that's where she meets the Sexy talented and famous artist West. What River was not expecting was for that to be the same person that her boss and new friend had warn her about staying away. what she was not expecting was for her life of being in the dark to start getting brighter cause of West.
I hated the way how Adam treated River at the begging of the book, but I am glad that it happened like that and she got to find her self again, I love how west and River are together, love it how West agreed to be just her friend to get to know her, and love it how that friendship grows to something more.
I really love and enjoy reading this book, Author Cassandra Giovanni THANK YOU once again for introducing me to this Awesome characters and this Wonderful Amazing book love it and CANT WAIT to read the final book in the series.
My body warmed as my chin trembled and I breathed in again.
There it was again.
Bobby. The room smelled like him.
My eyelashes fluttered against my cheeks as the scent encircled me. Bath and Body Works' Twilight Woods. The cologne we picked together when we were twelve. For fifteen years he'd worn it, even after Tara told him she hated it.
My eyes opened and moved to the hockey jersey hanging half out of a drawer--exactly where he left it that morning. My knees shook, and I found myself sitting on the bed staring at it. I reached forward, and the worn fabric embraced me as I brought it up to my chest. I pursed my lips together as the tears gathered and I pulled the jersey over my head, engulfing myself in his scent--it was embedded into this clothes despite constant washing. In my memories, his laughter carried through the room. It wasn't the first time I wore one of his jerseys. I closed my eyes and curled into a ball on his bed.
"So you remember it too?" Bobby's voice reached my ears, and the darkness behind my lids drifted away, parting until it was him and me in the tree house. I sat up on the bed, looking at him as he smirked at me from the edge of it. "See the thing is, I imagined it like this--you know? You practically naked;" his teeth ran over his bottom lip as his eyes ran up my legs, barely covered by my sleeping shorts. "in my jersey."
He moved forward and his hand cupped my chin as his thumb caught a tear. "You weren't crying in my fantasies, though. You cry so much now, Riv. I don't want you to cry."
I closed my eyes as my vision blurred from the weight of them, burdened by the false warmth of his touch.
"I've lost myself just as much as I've lost you," I whispered, trying to memorize the feeling of his soft hands against my skin. So caring and loving when everything seemed so cold now. "All my dreams are shattered without you."
Bobby's hands reached for my face, turning it, so I was looking at him. He was beginning to waiver in and out, and panic burned its way up my throat.
He was going to leave.
But this was so real.
"Please don't leave," I said, and the tears and clenching of my throat made the words as physically painful as they were emotional.
"I thought all my dreams shattered when I found out Adam was with you--and it was over for me--that I didn't have any more chances. My dreams realigned, though, Riv--they changed, refit into even better dreams. I expect you to do the same," he said, and he was fading faster; his body just a wisp and his touch a mere warmth with nothing substantial behind it.
"You'll figure out what to do, it might be hard, but in the end, it will work out. You and him are what's left of me. Remember that. Together you make me whole," he said, and his lips reached for my cheek, sending heat through my body as he disappeared.
"Bobby!" I yelled, and suddenly I was sitting straight up in the bed sobbing, the warmth of his lips against my cheek a stinging pain. I leaned back, pulling my knees to my chest and cried until the darkness consumed me.
This time, Bobby's warmth didn't return.
Cassandra Giovanni is published by Show n’ot Tell Publishing based out of Connecticut, USA
Connect with Cassandra on Facebook, Goodreads and Twitter. Learn more about her and her novels at her website, www.cgiovanniauthor.com and read the first ten chapters of each of her published novels through her Book Catalog.
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