Monday, November 2, 2015

Blog Tour: Cam Girl by Leah Raeder

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…




My Review
I really liked this book. It was nothing like I had thought it would be and that is something that I have come to expect from Leah Raeder. Because what Leah gives us is so much better. There is so many hot topics that this book touches on. Things that are very relevant to what is going on in our society right now and I cannot help but feel like this book is perfect. I think that it is easy to get caught up in what you have been taught to believe and accept instead of taking a step back and removing all the labels and gender expectations and just looking at the person as whole without a label.

I have always thought myself to be pretty liberal, be who you are, love who you love. But this book made me realize that in some ways I was still conforming to prior teachings about male and female without even realizing it and that makes me sad. The things in this book broke my heart and yet put it all back together. I really hope that people start seeing each other as people and not with labels. 

I loved how lyrical the writing is and descriptive. It is one of my favorite things about reading a Leah Raeder book. I know that the words are going to come across poetically and flow across the page and capture my attention and that is exactly what happened. I loved "seeing" the world through Vada's eyes as well. I loved each of the characters, even when I didn't love their actions and lies.And there is a ton of lies. By the end I understood it all. I wanted to be mad at a certain character but I couldn't find it in myself to be mad because on some level I think I understand why they did what they did. 

I don't want to give anything else away. I liked going into the book off the blurb itself. Though I do encourage you to read the acknowledgments at the end of the book. I know some people don't but I think it's important to do so. 

5 stars!

***ARC provided from the Publisher in exchange for my HONEST review. Thank you!!***

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Leah Raeder is a writer and unabashed nerd. She is also the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable and Black Iris. 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. Visit her at


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