Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Lighter by Gia Riley Review

What do you do when you can't save the one you love?

Sophie can’t survive without control. Growing up with an alcoholic father, she craves the discipline of gymnastics. Feeling lost on a brand new college campus, she lets loose for the first time in her life. But with freedom comes consequences. Is one night everything she hopes? Or will she become her own worst nightmare?

Kipton's one year away from graduation. He's never thought beyond a one night stand until meeting his sister’s new roommate. Finally setting his sights on the girl he can't resist, he's more determined than ever when she won't give in to his persuasions. He's always gotten the girl, and he's not about to give up without a fight.

Will Sophie be able to salvage her dreams and wage a war against her own vices? Can she finally let love in? Or will history repeat itself causing her to self-destruct?

Lighter isn't your typical college romance. Darkness suffocates, dreams are dashed, and battles are lost. Love takes on a whole new meaning.

4/5 Stars
Lighter was a unique read with a mixture of light and dark... It wasn't a sexual/murder/mind f dark, but a deep set emotional dark. Sophie has been through a lot. Her life has been a struggle and gymnastics has always been her escape. When she moves for college to follow her dreams, life seems to look up, but the darkness quickly consumes her and she falls back into her old ways. Sickness overtakes her body and mind... It takes the one and only hotty, Kipton to pull her into the light and show her what it is to be loved.
Lighter was fast paced with lots of angst. It had sweet, romantic parts, but it's main focus was on a push and pull relationship. Sophie wants to trust, but her past holds her back. She has a wall built up and slowly, but surely it comes caving in. Secrets are revealed and lies threaten to destroy. It takes time, thought, and lots of tears to put everything back together, but the Author does give us an HEA.
What I enjoyed about this book is that it was unique. The story is a typical college age romance, but with so many one of a kind aspects. You will never guess what's to come and Sophie's big issue will make you take a step back to think.
The reason why I gave it a 4 and not a 5 is because the storyline wasn't really my style. It was a book that pulled you in and kept you interested, but Sophie is enough to drive someone slightly nuts. I know that her issues were very real and very scary, but at times I just couldn't wrap my brain around it all.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The Author's writing was superb and that is what kept me reading... She knows how to take something ugly, and turn it into something truly inspiring.

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