Author: Leah Raeder
Published by: Atria Books
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
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
I swear, Leah Raeder’s writing fucks with my emotions. It’s extremely hard for me to express my feelings, especially when it comes to something I connect with so deeply with. All of her books have hit me in some very profound way, and I get this huge churning storm of feelings and emotions that I struggle to let out. It’s just easier for me to swallow them and keep them hidden away. I also feel like whatever I say won’t come anywhere near what I truly feel, because a pathetic “I love it” just won’t do.
Listen, Cam Girl isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. In order to get to the light, Raeder takes her characters through the gritty darkness. I love every minute of it!
Leah Reader is without a doubt an artist. I think there are authors who write amazing books, but then there are those who genuinely make it into a piece of art. Her writing is gorgeous. And the way she incorporated Vada’s artwork was done beautifully.
While her books take place in the same universe that have connecting characters, they all have a different feel to them. I get super giddy seeing certain characters from previous books appear or get mentioned.
There’s some suspense and mystery that had me totally intrigued and wondering what was really going on. Raeder brings it all together wonderfully though.
Gah! Raeder’s books do this to me every time. There’s so, so much to love about Cam Girl, but I can’t seem to form coherent thoughts. So just know that it is an absolutely stunning read!
My love is savage and rapacious. It isn’t content to touch. It wants to be inside, crawl into the marrow, caress each vein until the cells are all mixed up and there is no you and me anymore, no secrets or shadows sliding between our skin. Only this endless devouring of each other.