by Rose J. Bell
New Adult Romance
Published October 1, 2013
*Ebook Obtained Directly From The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Some truths can leave you breathless...
Two years ago Ree Coleman’s life imploded, when her life was taken away from her. Now Ree is a "living dead girl", trying to survive each day, when it’s just a struggle to breathe.
After the unexpected death of her father, Ree and her family lose everything. As they are forced to leave the rich Upper East Side, they find themselves living in the slums of Bronx. Ree must figure out ways for her family to get by, and she tries to accept her father’s death. However, his death prompts many questions, including what really happened to him.
Meanwhile she meets Logan Marquez, a boy with a dangerous reputation. Knowing that boys are dangerous, Ree tries to stay away from him, but Logan insists on trying to earn her trust and friendship.
Soon, dark and dangerous secrets are revealed, and one explosive secret will shatter both their worlds.
Due to heavy subject matter, graphic scenes and sexual content this book is intended for mature readers
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Wow... Breathless was a very emotional novel with very damaged characters. For such a young author, Rose did an amazing job building her characters and the angst in the story. I loved Ree & Logan. I wanted life to be better for them but every time I expected something to FINALLY go their way, another lie would be exposed or some other horrible memory would come up.
Ree was so much stronger than she felt. She lived through, what felt like to me, the worst experience ever possible. Reliving her memories HURT to read. I would nearly crumble in on myself when she would flash back to her time when she was held captive, raped and beaten.
Watching Logan try to help pick her back up and teach her how to live again was beautiful. I enjoyed watching Ree come out of her shell because of Logan.
The mystery keeps you on your toes. I kept thinking I might know what was going on but as soon as I was hit with the truth, I felt...well, I don't really know. I don't want to give out to much information but the story unfolding took me by surprise.
Overall, Breathless had a great plot but nearly painful to read because of how you're affected while seeing things & experiencing things through Ree's eyes.
I hurt, teared up, cringed, gasped, and nearly broke down FOR her while reading through this one. Breathless - perfect title.
Although I enjoyed the story in this odd, self-torture sort of way, I wasn't bouncing up and down. I feel like there are others out there that will love this story more than I did. The writing, at times, need a little polishing and fine tuning. A few moments were a tad awkward.
Overall Rating: 3.5
Cover Rating: 4 Stars
Characters: 3.5 Stars
Plot: 3.5 Stars
Ending: 4 Stars
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