Breathless (Breathe #1.5) by Rachel Brookes Blog Tour – Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway

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One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall. From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken.  He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected. Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves. When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.

*I received and eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
WARNING: There are spoilers for book 1 in this review!
I’m going to start this review by saying that Tate and Savannah frustrate  me beyond belief! Truth be told I kinda love it but it doesn’t make it any less frustrating. These two are a train wreck of emotions sometimes but watching them find their path in life together is so much fun. Sometimes it’s agonizing fun but overall, it’s still fun.
Breathless is told from Tate’s point of view which is kind of intense and sometimes insane but it totally works. Tate went from resident womanizing, bad boy to loyal boyfriend and daddy-to-be almost overnight in Just Breathe, leading to some pretty turbulent emotions for him. I was nervous about how he was going to take Sav’s sudden (but somewhat brief) departure so I was a bit nervous to read what was in store for him. I wasn’t disappointed. Tate and Sav, albeit slowly, are learning about each other and themselves while they somewhat flounder around in their blooming relationship. It isn’t without many bumps and roadblocks popping up all over the place, either. Between an unexpected pregnancy, crazy exes, and a whole lot of stubborn thrown around, Breathless was full of all kinds of drama.
I enjoyed seeing Tate’s perspective, especially what he thought of Savannah and their relationship. I especially found it endearing that he referred to their baby as “JellyBean”. I was also glad we didn’t lose any of my favorite secondary characters. Yes, Tanzi, Jack, and Mr. Davenport were along for the ride. Tate is learning to grow up and face his past and I’m excited to see what happens in the next installment of this series. Especially after such a rough ending! (I’m looking at you, Rachel) Anyways, Breathless was packed with a punch and Rachel Brookes definitely delivered with that title…this book literally left me breathless.
I refused to take one step away from my spot on the sidewalk because moving would mean that she wasn’t coming back. My mind was racing at a million miles an hour, trying so desperately to process everything that had happened over the past couple of weeks. I would never deny that I was a selfish prick, and I wasn’t afraid to admit that I needed her here with me in Los Angeles, not thousands of miles away in New York City. My dependence on her scared me. Our lives had changed forever when she spoke those three words: I am pregnant. ‘Tate Connors’ and ‘father’ were words I never could have ever fathomed being spoken together. Fatherhood was not something I had ever wanted until Sav said those three words to me.

A relationship, falling in love, and a baby were not what I had in mind when Tanzi had told me about her new Aussie friend. This stranger wasn’t meant to be this person. She wasn’t meant to be the person who allowed me to love again, and she certainly wasn’t meant to be the person who made me crave something so strongly. She was meant to be a simple fuck, my own personal conquest that would end in one night of incredibly crazy sex with that hot body being on top of me, under me and around me. But the universe clearly had other ideas. One night hadn’t been enough for me—it would never be enough. She was the perfect drug to me. She gave me the hit I needed and kept me craving for more. She would forever be the person who threw me on my ass and made me take the shaky steps to become whole again— slightly fractured but still as close to being whole as I had been for so many years.

“Tate, are you okay?” As I turned at the sound of my name, my thoughts were shattered by the soft-spoken voice of Tanzi asking the question I couldn’t even attempt to answer. With a shaky hand, she softly touched my arm, and my shoulders slumped in defeat.

“Yeah, I’m fine,” I lied, shooting a piss poor excuse of a smile at her. “It just sucks, Tanzi.” Looking at my other half with hooded eyes, I let out a God-almighty sigh. Tanzi was my absolute world, and I knew she would be feeling as shattered as I was. Being a twin means we have an unbreakable bond, a connection that no one else would have. We knew when the other was hurting. A constant smile was on our faces when  we knew the other was happy, and we’d cry with each other in our darkest days. I couldn’t have survived the past four years if it weren’t for Tanzi. She was without a doubt my saving grace. We were on this crazy ride of life together, through heartbreak, love, loneliness and new beginnings.

“Twin time?” Tanzi asked softly, her blue eyes shooting hope at me.


Just Breathe (Breathe #1) by Rachel Brookes

Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys.

Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing.

When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.

With her first novel, Just Breathe, was released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book became reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.

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