Synopsis:Tatum Elliot is a successful writer on a hit television show, lives in an Upper East Side apartment and loves her life. She wouldn’t change a thing. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have a choice. She's losing her sight. Tripping over her tongue and her heels, Tatum all too quickly realizes that the things which appeared so important before are slowly slipping away leaving room for what really matters. With the support of her best friends, family and colleagues, she begins to see that there’s much more to life… and herself. When Ben Harris enters her life as her new personal assistant, she can’t tell if it’s his good looks and charm that are working on her libido, or his kind and helpful nature working on her heart? Whatever it is, neither one of them can resist it. As her vision fades out, a world of love and happiness just might…Fade In. Fade In is a contemporary-romance novel about laughing through your tears and telling life to, quite frankly, “Suck it.” This novel contains sexual situations that the author may or may not have tried at home… for your safety, of course. Research is research.
"Tatum." Hearing my name cross his lips in that sultry voice is more of a turn-on than I could have ever imagined and I need to shut it down. "You looked really pretty this morning."
"Yep. And I bet you look even better right now in bed."
My pulse races. How does he know I'm in bed?
He yawns, and that makes me yawn too, even though now I'm wide awake.
"Thanks. You weren't that bad to look at yourself. What makes you think I'm in bed?"
"I don't know. I was just guessing. It is the middle of the night." He pauses before adding, "And that's where I've been picturing you."
I blush. "You're picturing me? What am I wearing?" I laugh to myself, thinking that the cliché question is suppose to be "What are you wearing?" But we're in his imagination and I'm eager to know what he keeps there.
He makes a humming sound that vibrates all the way through me. "You really want to know?"
"Yes." My one-word answer comes out slowly and wavers in and out, sounding like a question.
I hear the air hiss through his teeth before he says, "It isn't much. Sleep well. I'll see you in the morning." Then he's gone before I even say goodnight or talk him further into a pay-by-the-minute type of conversation.
I won't bore you with the details, but my faithful device, Mr. Right, just didn't cut it tonight. Maybe it's time for a new one.
Or new lots of things.
Author Bio:M. Mabie lives in Illinois, NOT Chicago, with her rock-star husband. (True story.) She loves writing for Fifty5Cents Book Blog, which she owns and operates- at the moment quite poorly. She's a proud member of the Indie Author Romance Author Chicks writing group where she maintains a high standard of professionalism and lady-like maturity- or not. She cares about politics, but won’t discuss them in public. She uses the same fork at every meal, watches Wayne’s World while cleaning, and lets her dog sleep on her head. M. Mabie has never been accused of being tight lipped or shy. She’s THAT girl. (She doesn't usually speak in third-person, but surprisingly does when weirded-out about writing her bio.)
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This book is AMAZING!!! AH-MAY-ZING! Tatum is a riot, I love her to pieces. She's such a smartass! Underneath that tough outer shell is a woman who's scared. She doesn't want to be a burden to anyone and the last thing she wants to do is fall in love, especially after the last disaster of a boyfriend. Speaking of the last boyfriend, M. Mabie has written what has to be the BEST breakup scene in the written language. I laughed until I cried. Don't worry, you don't have to wait long, it happens fairly early in the book. To say it was epic would be an understatement. I have no shame in recommending this book based on that scene alone-seriously, it's awesome.
Every character in this book is worthy of their own story. They get in your head and your heart and you love every one of them.
Tatum is the friend you need to have in your life. She's the girl that speaks before she thinks, doesn't care what people say, and the one you know you can trust everything with. And there is so much more to her than she shows everyone. She reserves that side for those closest to her. And you better hope you stay on her good side!
Ben Harris is sex on legs. I am convinced we all need a personal assistant named Ben now. You know there is something he isn't telling Tatum but you love him anyway. And when his secret comes out, you can't hate him for it, you just want to hug him and do all sorts of other things at the same time.
Aside from the light moments in the book, of which there are a ton, the heavy stuff is...well, gut-wrenching. Tatum's inner turmoil about losing her sight brings tears to your eyes. Ben's ability to always know just what she wants warms your heart. Every woman should try to be like Tatum and every guy should be a little more like Ben.
This book definitely had it's tear jerker moments, the closet scene?? *sigh* You'll have to just read it to see if Ben gets the same break up treatment the other jerk does. Love the book, love Tatum and Ben, and love the message that the book conveys- As her vision fades out, a world of love and happiness just might…Fade In.