Genre: Coming of Age, New Adult
Release date: September 13, 2013
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.
**This is a Full-length companion to Fading**
Freeing by E.K. Blair
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Conflicted, unsure, rejection, self-hating, ashamed, defined, confusion, choices -not really, realization, forgiveness, love, acceptance is ---FREEING!
I was so excited to read this story not only because I really liked Jase in Fading , but because I happen to enjoy a good M/M romance. And let me tell you... Freeing did not disappoint. E.K. Blair took me through so many phases of self-discovery in a way that I have not seen done before. I was shown raw emotions through these events that were not in any way melodramatic. They were so impactful and read so true and real. There is so much LOVE in this story but done in a such a beautiful way. Not overly done and in your face. It's a supportive type of love that endures and carries your pain for you. It allows you to put down those walls you've been holding up and open yourself up and embrace it. It was just a beautiful thing.
"I need to free my mind of the constant taunting. I just need to be free to find myself."
This story needs to be read after reading Fading . The two stories are interwoven but very different. In Freeing you get to see a real perspective into the helplessness that others feel when dealing with people who have suffered such a traumatic event, such as the one that Candace did in Fading . The love and support that Jase and Candace have for each other, and we saw from them in Fading is magnified with Jase's POV in Freeing .
If you have never read a M/M romance before Freeing is the perfect book to start with. You will feel so connected to Jase and Mark's story. They show you what love is all about.
I feel like E.K. Blair laid a piece of her heart in the pages of Freeing for us to find. I have to say I found it and I will forever treasure it. I can't even begin to know how emotional it must have been to write this story. But thank you from the bottom of my heart E.K. for doing so.
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~Scene in alternate POV~
(Mark catches Jase and Kyle)
Picking up my cell, I quickly call Kyle.
"Hey, man," he answers.
"Hey. Jase is on his way over. I'm running late, but heading home now. I should be there in fifteen or so," I tell him.
"Yeah," he says before hanging up.
Traffic is backed up as I make my way home. Something about knowing that Jase is at my place waiting on me causes my heart beat a little quicker, but that's nothing new. I really like this guy. I could tell he was hesitant with me the other night, but the fact that he didn't skip a beat when I asked him to hit the gym with me today reassures me that maybe I was just being paranoid.
Pulling next to his car in my drive, I park and hop out. When I walk in and toss my keys onto the bar, I turn around. My beating heart wanes.
"What the fuck are you doing?"
Jase is on top of Kyle, tongue shoved in his mouth, before Kyle jumps off the couch from underneath him.
"Shit, man," Kyle pants out, and I can't even focus on him as I'm watching Jase, disengaged from the scene playing out in my living room. Completely void of emotion, he walks to grab his keys, and his demeanor is irritating.
"You're not gonna say anything?" I snap, and he doesn't as much as look my way.
"Jase! What the hell, man?"
He walks past me and out the door. I should have trusted my gut when I first saw him. I knew about him. How he hops from bed to bed. But something about him, something I should have been more cautious of, told me that he felt differently with me. Who the hell am I kidding? I barely know him at all.
"Dude, I'm sorry," Kyle says and when I turn around, I let my frustration play out on him.
"What's your problem, man?"
"He said you guys weren't anything, so I..."
"So you what? Forget it. You know what? I don't give a shit. You're just like him, always dragging ass in and out of here," I sling at him as I start making my way to my room.
"Don't be a fucking bitch, Mark."
Turning around, I throw back at him, "Fuck you, Kyle. Just get your shit and get the fuck out."
He laughs, as if I'm kidding.
"Serious. I want you out."
Slamming my door, I'm beyond pissed. I don't even know how this guy, in a brief period of time was able to get underneath my skin the way he had. Foolish of me to think that I could have had feelings for him, but I do. Shit.
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