Monday, November 9, 2015

{GIVEAWAY & REVIEW} 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…





There is only one way to describe the writings and musings of Leah Raeder. Only one. And that is INTENSE.

Cam Girl is the story about Vada, our heroine who has hit the bottom following an accident that seemingly has taken everything from her. With her confidant and strength, Ellis, it is hard to see the division between these two intense and dark characters.

Enter the mysterious Blue. You want to love them. But you can't figure out who they are. You have this sneaking suspicion but nothing is ever as it seems in a Leah Raedar book. 

I didn't necessarily relate to any of the characters in this book, but I did fall in love with them non the less. I think the sexuality in this book and how to define it were a bit of a hard point for me, but I think that was ultimately one of the goals of Leah Raeder, was to get you to question everything that you thought you knew.

I don't want to give too much away because everything that's in this book, made it that more intense and it's something that should be read and witnessed first hand. I will say this, Leah Raeder writes darker, and that may not be for everyone. It's a darkness and intenseness that will steal your mind & heart. 

The writing in this book was once again flawless, same as Black Iris & Unteachable (which happens to still be one of my favorite books of all time). Leah Raeder portrays such amazing broken characters. You want to heal their flaws and ride along on their intense (see their's that word again) journey. This is definitely one of this book that can capture and not let you go.

I don't think there is anyway Leah can write a book to top the ones she has previously released but I am so excited to see what she unleashes next. 

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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