Lighter (Begin Again #1) by Gia Riley (Review by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)


Title: Lighter (Begin Again #1

Author: Gia Riley

Published Date: February 15th 2015

Genre: New Adult, 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.


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***Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph’s  Review***

“Beneath the surface, I’m scarred and broken; a much darker version of the girl I once was.” – This quote is just one of many that Sophie has throughout the story. It is one that makes the reader gasp, become emotional and want to save Sophie right through the pages/screen of the book. Author Gia Riley has done an amazing job with this story – this is my first book by her, but it is far from the last that I will read.  She has taken some cringe-worthy topics and made them into an emotional, breath taking, roller coaster of a ride. She opens the readers eyes to topics that are difficult and painful but real – Sophie could be anyone that we know and that is what makes this book so much more real to the reader.

The author weaves a plot so tight and so thick that the reader just can’t catch their breath.  Every time the reader feels like they have a grasp on things, the author throws another twist, turn, loop or curve straight into the path causing it to veer in ways you never thought possible. There is no predicting what happens next, as this is one wild ride from start to finish.  The topics are hard, the characters are realistic and the plot is outstanding.  The reader instantly falls in love with Sophie, Kipton and Cara.  They seem become the readers friends as they go through the story with them.  Kipton and Sophie have a ton of baggage and Cara, Kipton’s sister, is the light throughout the dark as she injects some humor into an otherwise serious book.

This book will take the readers emotions on a journey like never before – you will laugh, cry, yell, scream and at times gasp for air as you read.  There will be characters that you once loved and by the end you despise….and most importantly you will be shocked! This book has it all!

The author did an amazing job with the entire book and I am looking forward to reading the next one to see what happens to Sophie, Cara, Drew and Kipton.  Make sure you add this to your TBR list as you won’t want to miss out on this amazing book, journey or ride that the author will take you on!  Enjoy, but be prepared and have some tissues nearby – you may need them (and when I say may, I mean you WILL!

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