I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Whisper to Me by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #3
Published by Penguin Group (USA) on May 20, 2014
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A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…
At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…
Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.
Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.
The third book in the Between Breaths series, Whisper to Me, was an highly enjoyable read. I loved it! I think it fits in nicely with the first two books in this series. A series that is one of my favorites!
These characters were rich with emotions. I fell in love with the hero right away. There was just something about Kai that made me swoon. And Rachel. She has been a secondary character in the first two books. I was really happy when I learned we were getting her story.
Kai, his sister Dakota, and Rachel have been best friends since childhood. Kai was there for Rachel at a point in her life when her ex-boyfriend walked away from her after a tragic accident in high school. Not only is he extremely loyal, he’s also secretly in love with her. Unbeknownst to him Rachel is in love with him too. I really liked that there wasn’t insta-love between these characters. Their feelings for one another grew slowly overtime and that made their love truly believable.
I think it was interesting to watch them tip toe around each other. While they did a little messing around here and there, things stayed pretty tame throughout the book. They tried really hard to keep their attraction hidden from others so there was a lot of sneaking around. I’m not sure they did as good of job as they thought though.
Overall, I loved Whisper to Me. It captured my attention right away and held it until the end. I didn’t find myself skimming pages. The story just flowed smoothly and I just couldn’t put it down.
If you’ve yet to read the Between Breaths series you are seriously missing out. It’s a truly enjoyable New Adult Contemporary series that offers unique story lines, interesting characters, and happily ever afters.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All of You by Christina Lee
Published by Penguin Group (USA) on September 17, 2013
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Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He's irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.
Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she's perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother's bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.
When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won't accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.
Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.
So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.
I loved this one. The synopsis grabbed my attention and I couldn’t wait to start reading.
Avery and Bennett are alike in some ways and different in others. Both have had shitty home life’s. Their mothers weren’t very good role models, but what makes them different is how they handle themselves. Where Avery has to be in control of all aspects of her life including sexual partners, Bennett doesn’t have sex. Period. He’s a virgin and is holding out for love. I’m thinking this is the first story I’ve read where the hero is a virgin. This aspect drew me in and I wanted to find out why he was in fact still a virgin.
Avery takes a guy home for the night of sex and then quickly boots them out the door after. She doesn’t form attachments. Her mother taught her that. Her mom goes through guys like she drinks water. Always looking for another guy to hang on too. Not Avery though. She’s not the relationship / commitment type.
The mutual attraction between these two is strong when they first meet each other. Avery wants Bennett, but Bennett isn’t going to just hop into bed with her. As the story progresses the tension between these two get stronger and stronger. I wanted them to come together, but I wanted it to happen because they both wanted more than just a sexual fling. I think in a lot of ways these two were good for each other.
The author adds a little bit of suspense to this story. I’m surprised I didn’t figure it out before all was revealed. I usually pretty good at figuring things out, but I was so focused on Bennett and Avery that it sort of took a back seat.
Even though Avery and Bennett don’t have sex things do get heated between them. I’m not saying that they eventually don’t have sex, but the foreplay is pretty steamy. 🙂
Overall, I loved this one. There is going to be a book two, but don’t worry this one doesn’t end on a cliffhanger. You’ll get to read Ella’s story next. I’m hoping Rachel will get her own story as well.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.True by Erin McCarthy
Published by Penguin Group (USA) on May 7, 2013
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When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.
Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…
Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…
I really enjoyed reading this one. I loved both Rory and Tyler from the beginning. These two are completely different. Rory is pretty much a book nerd. She’s attending college to become a coroner. She’s never been in a relationship before. She’s a virgin and she’s just…different.
Tyler’s a bad boy or at least that’s what he seems to be at first. He’s attending the same college but he’s in the EMT program because he needs a guaranteed job after he graduates. His home life is hard. His mother’s a drug addict and he’s working a crap job at a convenience store so he along with his older brother Riley can take care of their two younger brothers.
Even though they are nothing alike they are good together. Even though Tyler’s had a rough life Rory doesn’t treat him any different then she would anyone else. She doesn’t look down upon him. She treats him likes he’s her equal and I really liked that about her.
The sexual scenes within True are pretty mainstream. They aren’t overly explicit in nature. The secondary characters were all really interesting, and I enjoyed getting to know them.
True sort of ends abruptly. It’s one of those “Are you serious” type endings. 🙂 So of course I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in this series to see what happens next. Book two is expected to release in November of this year.