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Lighter (Begin Again Duet Book 1) by [Riley, Gia]
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Gia did an amazing job with bringing light and compassion to a very sensitive topic. - Sugar Shack Book Blog
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

The author's writing was superb. She knows how to take something ugly, and turn it into something truly inspiring. - Reader's Candy
I love when I find books that have a deep message to them, and are a different storyline than what I normally read. - Read and Share Book Reviews

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  • File Size: 1847 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
  • Publication Date: February 15, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00TP2I2Z4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,377 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wow, just finished this great story. I heard so many great things about this book while I was reading the first two books she had written. I am so damn glad I got this and read it.

This story has so many layers that make it great. Sophie is a girl that has priority in her gymnastics and moves to a new college on a scholarship and to work under a coach she has always dreamed to work under. She joins the team and thinks all her dreams have been answered. She has a strict schedule and doesn't want to indulge in her college life.
Her roommate Cara is just the breath of fresh air she needs in her life. She makes her laugh and pulls her out of her tight shell.
Kipton is a charming hot wrestler that also happens to be Cara's older brother. You can't help but absolutely adore him.
Will he light the fire in Sophie she needs but denies? Her past is not so smooth and makes her nervous to be accepted.

Many things are peeled back for Sophie during her time spent with Cara and Kipton.

Ugh I don't want to give anything away and it makes writing this review that much more difficult. You will enjoy this love story. It will make you laugh, tear up, love and swoon. You may want to kick some butt too lol.
Highly recommend this read and cannot wait to see what Gia has up her sleeve next!!
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Thank you to Author Gia Riley for supplying a copy of the book for an honest review.

I love when I find books that have a deep message to them and that are a different storyline than what I normally read. In this books case, it found me and I am happy it did. Lighter is a heartbreaking story. I’m not going to lie my chest literally hurt at times throughout this book.

Sophia is a broken girl, she had a rough life growing up and has never really felt loved. In order to get through life she has found a way to cope with things but as everyone knows sometimes the things that help us cope are not the things that are good for us. Starting fresh at college she meets her roommate, Cara who turns out to be a wonderful friend. Will this new start help Sophia finally begin to heal?

Kipton is Cara’s brother and is just amazing throughout this book. I loved him right from the beginning and didn’t stop the entire time I was reading this book. He is the popular, good looking guy that all the girls on campus want. He is smitten with Sophia immediately but he also isn’t aware of all the secrets she is hiding. Will he be the one that can save her?

This story was beautifully written and it will touch your heart in many different places. Although it is heartbreaking at times it is also an amazing story about the power of love and how it can heal. Lighter will having you wanting to reach in it and hug the characters. It will having you feeling so much sympathy for them and you will think how much more can one person take but then it will start to mend your heart and put it back together and when this happens it is truly a beautiful feeling.
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I was in the mood for some college aged drama and angst so luckily for me this series came around and sucked me in. I enjoyed it from the start and the characters we met were great and totally fit their parts. My only issue was that as much as I loved Sophie I wanted to strangle her too. Ok so this isn't an uncommon thing and not even a bad thing BUT with all her past and present issues it made me feel horrible that I just wanted to physically harm her for some of her actions !!

AFter a heartbreaking intro we find Sophie has finally made it on the gymnastics team at her college of choice. Transferring in as a junior isn't an easy thing and on top of that she has a stack of baggage that hinders her personality and ability to have relationships friendly or other. Thankfully she ends up with the bubbly and very funny Cara for a roommate. Not only is she a barrel of fun she also has a super hot brother that immediately has his sights set on Sophie. Kipton tries pretty hard to get Sophie to hang with him but she is determined to stick to her regimen of all work no play. It is easy to see she does not take good care of herself. Never eating , always working out or in the gym for gymnastics practice. The one time she decides to let loose she ends up in a world of hurt and it sets the wheels in motion for the horror that becomes her huge setback. The journey is hard and long. Despite the new friendships and support Sophie finds ways to continue on struggling and making poor choices. UGHHHH will this girl ever smarten up and help herself !! Luckily you get that answer and then some !! Of course we also have a whole second book , this kind of frightens me but I am going to jump right in !!

A little sidenote...
KIPTON IS HOT AS SIN AND I WISH I MET HIM IN COLLEGE !! OMG he is amazing and yummy and just yes I am a total cougar in love with a college boy !!
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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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