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Lighter (Begin Again Duet Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Real, Raw, emotional and beautiful!!! - Romance Bytes
Gia writes her characters with so much heart and she makes the characters come to life. - Kylie's Fiction Addiction
I LOVED that it dealt with real life issues and dealt with them head on. - Book Lover's Obsession
This is a 5 star, must read story. - Author Groupies
I loved the characters and their chemistry! - Kristi's Book Cellar
- ASIN : B00TP2I2Z4
- Publication date : February 15, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 1382 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 311 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #859,634 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Find out in Gia Riley's first book in the Begin Again Series - Lighter. Filled with Romance, Angst, and Edginess in a New Adult Setting.
The story follows Sophie as she starts her junior year as a transfer student on a gymnastics scholarship at her dream college. She doesn't expect to fall for her roommate's older brother Kipton. As Sophie strives for perfection past demons begin to resurface and she secretly slips back into old behaviors that take a dangerous toll on her body and mind.
This is my first Gia Riley book and I really enjoyed it. All the characters were very likeable and relatable. The side characters, Cara and Drew, brought moments of humor to a story that dealt with so much heavy subject matter. I loved how supportive everybody was - especially Kipton - as Sophie struggled with her issues.
I also really appreciate the fact that this is a complete story even though it's part one of a duet. So many authors will just chop a story in half and separately release the two incomplete parts calling it a duet, but neither part can stand on its own. That's not the case here. This is a complete book with a full story arc, climax, resolution - and yes, there is a happy ending. There is no cliffhanger, but there's enough intrigue remaining to keep one wanting to read more.
Lighter was heartbreaking, angsty, sweet and romantic. A beautiful story about the power of love.
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.
Top reviews from other countries
It was heartbreaking, touching and emotional in every way. It was packed full of angst, twists and turns. It really was such a captivating read that blew me away and I can’t wait to read the second.