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Fading Out

(Living Heartwood #3)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Love means fading out so another shines brighter.

Right clothes. Right school. Right fiancé. As a Wyndemere, Arian’s expected to abide by the rules. The most important: be perfect. But Arian’s seemingly flawless life is far from it. An embarrassing expulsion from her parents’ alma mater spirals an already unhealthy obsession out of control, exposing a dark truth.

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Published February 18th 2015
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Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book begins and ends with carrot cake. I love that.

This is the second book in this series that I've read (They can all be read stand alone) and I've noticed something important about the way this author writes New Adult books. Her books always deal with strong issues. These are the hard things that new adults face and are so much more than sexy times between college classes. I love that about these books. They feel so much more real to me.

Both Ryder and Ari have issu
Siiri (Little Pieces of Imagination)
Alright, so I had a Word doc with a little over 500 words with bullet points of things I liked and disliked. I hope this doesn’t end up being a thousand words essay, but if it does, pardon my ramblings :) Let’s do ittt!

I’ll start with the likes. I loved the chemistry between the protagonists. They were really freaking hot together. I had occasional butterflies in my stomach and the writing was smooth and beautiful. If you have read some of Trish’s previous work, you can see how much Trish has gro
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Was so excited when I got the ARC email because I adore Trisha, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first two companion novels of the Living Heartwood series.

My heart went out to Arian. She has low self esteem but feels such pressure from her parents to look, act and portray herself in a certain way. Her depression and eating disorders stem from this, and it is a cycle for her, do well, feel the stress, pressure and anxiety-- purge and feel the calm and control and energy. I think that she was reall
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, new-adult
"He found me. He chose me. When I was fading, his love shone bright enough to chase away my darkness."

The previous two novels in this series are very emotional books, and while Trish strived to make this one lighter, it does still have a very poignant storyline that tackles some very difficult issues. I love that this one is set on a college campus though and that football is such a big theme. (What can I say? I live in the land of the SEC people!) There is also a lot of character development and grow
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books, 2015
"I'm fading away. Just.....fading out of existence. If I ever existed at all. Who I am isn't as instrumental as what I am. A Wyndemere who will carry on this fabrication of reality. So me? All on my own? I'm no one Ryder" she sweeps a hand through the air, indicating her life. "And, God, but when you stumbled right into my little bubble, you burst the damn thing open" She shakes her head. " I wanted you so badly. I wanted to be someone with you. But that was the biggest lie of all, wasn't it?" ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
Fading Out is another incredible installment in the Living Heartwood series. Wolfe is adept at creating these layered, flawed characters that you can't help but root for. Fading Out is a story where
"'Every protagonist has to make a choice, right?' He looks down at me, his lips spreading into a beautiful smile. 'As long as they can justify their motivation.'" -Ryder
and I was pulling for both Ari and Ryder.

We met Arian "Ari" Wyndemere in Losing Track where she was Mel's roomie i
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lindy's Thoughts:

The Living Heartwood Series has been one filled with heartbreak, angst, life lessons, love, and healing. It is a series based on realistic characters, and plot themes. Yet, each story has a spark of hope, and the message that we can improve our lives. Healing comes from the love of those special people we surround ourselves with, and the courage to make a change.

In Fading Out, we get Arian "Ari" and Ryder's story, told from their alternating perspectives.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it liked it
What could have been a very cliché read when a Quarterback falls for the shy girl; Fading Out added depth and tossed out stereotypes. The tale is told in dual perspectives as we get to know both Arian and Ryder. Wolfe did a lovely job of fleshing them out and slowly revealing their pasts, hang-ups and fears. The chemistry was delightful with plenty of banter and snark. Friends, and Ryder't football team engaged with them allowing for some hilarious moments as well as touching one. Only a few of ...more
Beyond Book'd
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read-list
Two college students and their struggles as they try to regain power in their lives.
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-na-wishlist
Going off tangent to begin, I have to say Trish captures the way in which different socio-economic classes use different methods of control to cope with the stresses of the life they lead. Having worked within a school environment for the past 5 years, in two very different socio-economic areas I have witnessed the truth behind the portrayal first hand. I know this is a generalisation, but that doesn’t prevent it from being the truth for the majority; poorer areas and families tend to resort to ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Original Review @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

The previous two books in the Living Heartwood series have been dark and ripped my soul to shreds, so it was kind of nice to pick up the next book in the series which had a lighter feel to it. Fading Out features Ari, who I met in Losing Track, and it focuses on her life now that she is out of rehab.

Ari was really a fun and feisty character to read about. Sure, she has her demons, but I just loved her kick-butt attitude in Fading Out! At t
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fading Out is the third book in the Living Heartwood series and the third book I've read by Trisha Wolfe. I've been all in since the very beginning -- which is saying something because I'm notorious for not seeing things through to the end.

What I like so much about these books is that yes, they are a series, but no - they don't have to be read AS a series. Make sense? There are characters that carry over from previous books, and characters that show up in future books, but they're no
Michelle (Adventure in Bookland)
Fading Out is the third book in the Heartwood Series and again it did not disappoint!!! So far, I have read three of Trisha Wolfe’s books and I can’t get enough of them. She is able to tell such emotional heart wrenching stories that I can’t get enough of!
I think Trisha made Ari a character that most people can relate to, even if they do not have an eating disorder. Ari wanted to please her father and through that she developed an anxiety, it also seemed as though she was a bit depressed.
Feb 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
New adult books are famous for being full of angst. This author kicks that up a notch in this series by touching on the subjects of psychosis, drug addiction and in the case of this book anxiety and eating disorders. As all of those things are real issues in today world it makes the stories she writes seem more real and at times close to home depending on your life experiences.

Arian Wyndemere suffers from an anxiety disorder which feeds her eating disorder. I don’t know if many peopl
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, blog-reads
Fading Out by Trisha Wolfe is the third book in the Living Heartwood series. Each book in the series can be read as a standalone.

These books are not quick, easy, romantic reads. These books are cry your eyes out with ugly tears, worry your having a heart attack your chest is squeezing so tight, empty the box of tissues type of books. So far Mental health and loss have been dealt with along with addiction issues. This book tackles eating disorders. Each of Trisha's books in this series carries a strong message a
3.5 stars
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I really like this author's writing style even though her stories seem a bit dragged out to me, I still enjoy them.
Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose)
Cover Thoughts-
Again, I love this cover. I can always really see the character in the covers of this series. Ryder is my favorite of all the male lead characters and DAMN I could not have pictured anyone sexier than that.

First Thought-
Since I am a big fan of the series I have began to expect the usual stay up all night to finish and crying thing. I didn't know what to expect about this novel being sports related though. Each novel had a certain theme. The Darkest Part was
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Fading Out is a story that speaks to your heart. And it spoke to mine.

“This girl has a livewire buried just beneath her surface. And vigor that radiates off her at a high volume...I need the silence to hear what she’s not voicing with words.”

Arian (Ari) Wyndemere is expected to be perfect. Her parents have complete control over her. That is until, one event changes her life causing her to finish college at a small private scho/>“This
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this series after I read the first book, I was addicted. But, I wasn’t interested by the cover and the blurb. Then when I started it anyway, I wasn’t sure I could keep reading it. It was dark and awful and I have never lived in that world or wanted to. The drug addiction and slang and MC’s and bars was way too much for me. The everyday struggle was overwhelming. It was written with so much clarity that I could see and feel it all. It was real and raw. The craving for drugs and w ...more
Flirty Reader
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I read all three of Trisha Wolfe's book in the last week. I really devoured them. She's an excellent writer with a strong knack of character development and great editing. In her first book in the series The Darkest Part dealt with some pretty heavy themes: mental illness and death. Wolfe told a very gripping story about Sam and Holden. While I wasn't as involved with their story, it changed by book two with the story of Melody and Boone. In Losing Track, this book also dealt with darker themes: ...more
Risa Lynn
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Arian is a passive college student who is just trying to live her life before she is forced to marry someone of her father’s choosing. Ryder Nash is a star football player who started life with nothing but is on track to be a pro. The two meet, and while that may have some attraction to one another, they fight like they hate each other. This goes on until they finally give into the sexual tension and attraction.

Ari is secretly dealing with an eating disorder. She just got released fr
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-na, arc, contemporary
Fading Out had a strong start--it hooked me from the first few pages--and a nice finish. The middle wavered a bit, but not enough to truly detract from my enjoyment of the story overall. This was my first book from the author, and I'd definitely read another based on this experience.

Ari and Ryder were sympathetic characters. I really liked the chemistry between them, especially early on when they were at odds with one another. It made for some humorous--and hot--scenes. It was easy to r
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a wonderful NA novel!!! This was the third book in Trisha's Living Heartwood Series. All of the books can be read as standalones. Again, As in the two previous novels, Trisha deals with hard issues. Issues that so many people face, especially young adults and she does it so well. Kudos girl!!

Both main characters are struggling to overcome the expectations that their parents have forced upon them and in doing so have lost their way and their own identity. While both H/h struggle
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
This past December, I fell in love with The Darkest Part. Holden and Sam were fantastic, and Trisha Wolfe's writing was amazing. A couple days ago, I picked up the third book in the Living Heartwood series, and yet again Trisha has blown me away. This book, y'all... the things it does to my heart. It's beautiful.

Ryder and Ari are both far from perfect. Ari has issue upon issue, and it was incredibly compelling to witness her dealing--and NOT dealing--with all of them. But beyond that
Maryam Dinzly
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
ACK. I don't know how many times I've said this, but I am totally in love with this series. Really. I think a good book is written when it can make you literally feel every emotion. And reading this book has got me on an emotion overload, lately. There are times when I would laugh and there are times when I break down and cry, for real. Basically, this third book is about Arian. You would recognise her from the second book as she was Mel's rehab buddy. It was also known that she was placed in re ...more
ByoBook Club
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

Really enjoyed this book, read it as a stand alone! This is written in dual perspective which is my favorite and added to the enjoyment of this book for me. Arian suffers from low self-esteem and an eating disorder due to pressure from her parents, specifically her step-mother. She’s been trained to always portray herself as perfect and to always be a perfect size 2. She uses her eating disorder to deal with the stress put on her from her step-mother always criticizing her body. I think the auth
Danielle from Short and Sassy
3 stars

Carrot Cake. 2 words, one cake, life changes that easily.
Arian is at a new school. She just wants to lay low. Stay off everyone's radar. She is trying to get over a lot of things in her past and doesn't want all attention on her. She has had enough attention in the past. For once she just wants to be normal.

Too bad a run in over carrot cake with the school's start QB, Braxton has changed her entire life. He is instantly attracted to her because she looks like someone in his past. That
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*sigh* so much love for this book!

UPDATE: (As seen on FMR Book Grind)

Wow. Just…wow. I’ve read Trisha’s work before, and I knew she was a fantastic author. But these characters, this story, I can hardly even put into words how well written this book is. The way Ari’s issues were dealt with was both honest and tasteful. And watching Ari and Ryder fall in love will give you ALL the feels. Seriously, I felt bad for my family while I was reading it late into the night, because
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review
I love romance books...can you tell!? I especially enjoy romance books that have characters with lots and lots of flaws. This book has a heroine and hero both epically flawed from the beginning. Arian, our heroine, looks for approval in others, more specifically her family; and Ryder, our hero, takes responsibility for his brother's mistakes and is living a life he never wanted. Both are so consumed with their own problems, finding one another is almost like a relief.
Having another person in yo
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USA Today bestselling romantic thriller author. From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fictional worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fictional worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself.


Other books in the series

Living Heartwood (4 books)
  • The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood, #1)
  • Losing Track (Living Heartwood, #2)
  • Bad Road (Living Heartwood, #4)