Thursday, June 16, 2016

Amie's Review of Weightless by Kandi Steiner ~ RELEASE DAY BLITZ ~

Title: Weightless
Author: Kandi Steiner
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 16, 2016
I remember the lights.

I remember I wanted to photograph them, the way the red and blue splashed across his cold, emotionless face. But I knew even if my feet could move from the place where they had cemented themselves to the ground and I could run for my camera, I wouldn’t be able to capture that moment.

I had trusted him, I had loved him, and even though my body had changed that summer, he’d made sure to help me hold on to who I was inside, regardless of how the exterior altered.

But then everything changed.

He stole my innocence. He scarred my heart. He took everything I thought I knew about my life and fast-pitched it out the window, shattering the glass that held my world together in the process.

I remember the lights.

The passionate, desperate, hot strikes of red. The harsh, cruel, icy bolts of blue.

They symbolized everything I endured that summer.

And everything I would never face again.
“I just don’t understand,” he said as he began rolling the ball up my calf. I moaned out loud, realizing that area was packed with trigger points, as he had called them.
“Don’t understand what?” I asked, still holding my breath as he rolled over my other calf. I leaned up on my elbows and turned my head back to meet his eyes.
He paused, holding the ball in place as he gazed back at me. “How could I never have noticed you before?”
I swallowed, almost more afraid of the brief tenderness I caught in his eyes in that moment than the usual hardness that existed there.
Shrugging, I answered his question just above a whisper. “I’m easy to miss.”
I held his eyes for a moment more before laying my chest back to the ground, resting my head on my arms. He started rolling the ball up my hamstrings and I closed my eyes tight. I thought I might explode from the mixture of pain and pleasure that rocked through my body. After a few moments, he spoke again.
“Maybe I just wasn’t looking.”
"Kandi Steiner takes words and creates magic. A million stars aren't enough. Weightless left me breathless." - Brittainy C. Cherry, Amazon #1 Bestselling Author
"Weightless is so full of heart, it'll spill off the pages and into your soul. One of my favorite contemporary romances of 2016." - Bestselling Author Staci Hart
"Weightless is a book of FEELS. From the first to the last page, it'll wrap you in emotion and hold you captive. Between the writing, the story, and the characters, it was simply unforgettable. A favorite read of 2016 for me." - Angie, Angie's Dreamy Reads
"Flawless. Phenomenal. Breathtaking. Weightless will undoubtedly be my top read of the year." - Erin, Southern Belle Book Blog
"Weightless left me challenged and breathless. It's an emotionally-charged story that carved a place in my soul. I knew Kandi could write, but this book takes it to a whole new level." - Tina, Typical Distractions Book Blog


STUNNING COVER , intriguing synop and having read and loved Kandi before I didn't have any doubts despite the different feel of this. I will admit I assumed a few things due to the synop BUT regardless this was a beautiful read about finding yourself - not just due to body image - but also due to letting go of the past , embracing the future , and stepping outside of what you know to achieve goals and dreams you assumed you couldn't go for. 

You feel for Natalie right away - she is the larger friend - long term boyfriend just broke up with her for skinny girl - step dad owns the town - she is the girl everyone expects things from - etc etc. A lot of weight on her shoulders never mind her own insecurities about her body image and failed love life. As if it isn't bad enough her mother seems a bit oblivious and her ex's new girl has a knack for pointing out some horrible and untruthful things. Natalie may not want the same things as her mom BUT she does take her advice and once Natalie starts her training her life starts to evolve into more than she thought. Rhodes may be the bad boy of town , the unknown , the moody and untouchable BUT something about Nat/Bug breaks down his walls. OK so not easily and not completely but we do get glimpses of his pain and his heart. His current lifestyle is not one that I expected and his past , his story is agonizing and I cannot even imagine how he has come this far on his own with that grief. 

Their story is so deep , more so than any review can justify and also not something I would ever want to spoil. There are some major twists in this story - unexpected and horrifying. There is heartache , heartbreak yet healing and beauty. The build up has you hooked and I may have been saving my tears for my youngest and her 5th grade graduation BUT I am sure at any other time I would have lost my crap reading this !! Buy it , read it , enjoy it and REVIEW it !! 

Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa with her husband. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.

Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her "freedom of press." She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).

When Kandi isn't working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine - not necessarily in that order. 

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