Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

From the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable and Black Iris comes a new, sexy romantic suspense novel about two best friends who are torn apart by a life-shattering accident…and the secrets left behind.

Vada Bergen is broke, the black sheep of her family, and moving a thousand miles away from home for grad school, but she’s got the two things she loves most: her art and her best friend—and sometimes more—Ellis Carraway. Ellis and Vada have a friendship so consuming it’s hard to tell where one girl ends and the other begins. It’s intense. It’s a little codependent. And nothing can tear them apart.

Until an accident on an icy winter road changes everything.

Vada is left deeply scarred, both emotionally and physically. Her once-promising art career is cut short. And Ellis pulls away, unwilling to talk about that night. Everything Vada loved is gone.

She’s got nothing left to lose.

So when she meets some smooth-talking entrepreneurs who offer to set her up as a cam girl, she can’t say no. All Vada has to do is spend a couple hours each night stripping on webcam, and the “tips” come pouring in.

It’s just a kinky escape from reality until a client gets serious. “Blue” is mysterious, alluring, and more interested in Vada’s life than her body. Online, they chat intimately. Blue helps her heal. And he pays well, but he wants her all to himself. No more cam shows. It’s an easy decision: she’s starting to fall for him. But the steamier it gets, the more she craves the real man behind the keyboard. So Vada pops the question:

Can we meet IRL?

Blue agrees, on one condition. A condition that will bring back a ghost from her past.

Now Vada must confront what she’s been running from. A past full of devastating secrets—those of others and those she’s been keeping from herself…

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the story of Vada and her struggle to deal with her complicated relationship with her best friend/lover Ellis, her own sexuality, and life in the aftermath of a car accident. There are also several mysteries going on that kept the story moving along.

Cam Girl is a beautifully written book. The author's use of words, colour, and art created lovely images. Vada's life and relationships are complicated and as I followed her story I wasn't sure where her happiness was going to come from as this story has a lot of grey. I liked that. I liked the originality of this story and of Vada's journey.

This is an emotional story and the issues around sexual identity are powerful and the author treats them with the respect they deserve. I cried reading Ms. Raeder's acknowledgements at the end of the book where she shares a slice of her personal story. Great reading.

I found this to be a really good read – although it did take me a while to get into it. If you start to flag, have faith that it is going to be worth it – and really, it absolutely is. It is one of those books with lots of different levels of engagement, and when sometimes one level seems too much, another will draw you along until you return to the first one again. I sort of felt I knew what was happening a lot of the time, and often was pretty much on track, but then there would be a mini twist... It is by turns shocking, romantic, sexy, slightly sleazy, loving, painful, funny, uplifting, and sad.

What I am trying to say is that you should read this book, and persist to the end, even if you have moments of doubt – because possibly that is exactly what this is about ... doubt, confusion, indecision and uncertainty ... and yet a desire to carry on and to experience and understand ... and to at the least try and live.

My compliments Ms. Raeder, your work will stick in my mind for a very long time – and probably be reread to get even more of the nuance sometime in the future.

Leah Raeder is the author of Unteachable, Black Iris, and the forthcoming Cam Girl. Aside from reading her brains out, she enjoys graphic design, video games, fine whiskey, and the art of self-deprecation. She lives with her very own manic pixie dream boy in Chicago.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Cam Girl by Leah Raeder to read and review.

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