Review: Lighter by Gia Riley

Review: Lighter by Gia RileyLighter by Gia Riley
Series: Begin Again
Publication Date: February 16, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.

My Review

“Hope. One simple word with so many possibilities.  I like the sound of it.”

Lighter by Gia Riley was such a beautiful read. At first glance, Lighter may have seemed to be a light-hearted read, and in many aspects it was truly that. But, this book struck a certain note of remembrance for me that had me grabbing my box of tissues and cuddling up for a fantastic and emotional ride that satisfied all of the my book cravings.

“I melt like ice cream on the fourth of July. Take my man card, universe, it’s all yours.”

You come across characters in books sometimes to whom you have an instant connection. I really liked Sophie. But, I instantly connected with Kipton. The fact that he was the roommate’s brother, his sexy description ogled to us by Sophie, and the way he talked made me gravitate to him. Reading his point of view in the story that told of his own desires and feelings for Sophie made me feel giddy.  He was such a smooth talker and his spontaneity was awesome. 

“You’ll never be worthless, Sophie. I may be too far gone to turn it around, but you’re bound to be a star.”

As the story progressed though, I felt a stronger connection with Sophie that went outside of the hot guy. My heart ached for her as, time after time, we were told of tragedies that she went through or had to overcome. But, the one secret that she held from everyone was what really consumed me.  I could only imagine that this was very difficult for Gia Riley to research and write about.  It needed to be presented in a way that would show Sophie’s vulnerability, but also her strength in fighting and overcoming.  It also had to be written with care and sympathy, as it is a real-life issue that many teenage and young adult females face.  The author accomplished all of this, and did in such a manner that enhanced the story plot. I look forward to the next book in this series and to more of Sophie and Kipton’s story.

“Don’t fear the light.  Just go with it.”

4.5 Stars

About Gia Riley

Gia Riley is a New Adult and Contemporary Romance author from the small but mighty state of Delaware. She’s a lover of all things romance and a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Gia takes pride in creating characters who are real, personable, and entertaining.
Mother and wife by day, writer by night –she’s having a blast living her dream. When she’s not writing, you can find her roaming the isles of Kirkland’s or up to her elbows in Play-doh.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
Happy Reading

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