Review: Lighter by Gia Riley

23491333ABOUT THE BOOK: 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.

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REVIEW: This story is about a woman named Sophie who wants to leave the harshness of her life behind and begin with a fresh start. She decides to move away for college on a Gymnastics scholarship since the sport is what she feels is the only thing that saved her from her misery at home. She meets Cara, Kipton, and Drew when she arrives and they become friends quickly. With her being new to relationships, she is afraid to let herself continue letting them in, afraid of allowing her heart to trust these new friends of hers. She must make that choice one way or another as her past comes barreling back, threatening to take her to that dark and awful place where love was completely obsolete. Cara’s character was my favorite because, even though the story is not centered around her, she brings some fresh new perspective to Sophie’s life. While Cara is wild and open sometimes, coming from a wealthy southern family, they shares a lot of common interests that draws Sophie in. Drew is the resident adviser and Kipton is Cara’s brother. I really liked reading about both men because their mannerisms and gentleness are a little contradictory to some of the other men that both women run into on campus. Overall, I found that this story was very compelling and I enjoyed reading it. Some of the emotional struggles are a little difficult to read due to the content; however, back-stories are always a must in my opinion. It allows the reader to fully understand or comprehend what the author is trying to convey with the character’s lives. I recommend this novel, but feel that it targets women more than men since the read is emotional and deals with Sophie finding herself. I give this story five stars because it is well written, creative and I love stories that I can relate to.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Author Gia Riley has been in love with writing romance since high school when she took her very first creative writing class. From the small but mighty state of Delaware, she’s a country girl at heart, traveling back to her roots in Pennsylvania as often as she can.

While New Adult and Contemporary romance have been her passion, she’s dabbled with more erotic plot lines lately, enjoying discovering the sexier side of love with each story she pens. After all, she’s a lover of all things romance – a firm believer that everyone deserves their
happily ever after no matter what it takes to get there.

When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the aisles of Kirkland’s, up to her elbows in Play-doh, or trying to hunt down spoilers for her favorite reality television show.

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