Today is my stop on the Breathe Again tour! I am so excited for Rachel Brookes on the completion of her series! I have a review, excerpt, and giveaway!
Title: Breathe Again (Breathe #2)
Author: Rachel Brookes
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: March 11, 2014
For Savannah Rae, the thought of living in her picture-perfect world was almost too much to comprehend. With her dream job, a family she could finally call her own, and the beginnings of the best chapter of her life, she still couldn’t shake the unnerving feeling that it was all too good to be true.
The thought of a life without Savannah was incomprehensible to Tate Connors. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find his girl in the form of a sassy, stubborn, beautiful Australian. Finally he had the girl and life he so desperately wanted, but he still couldn’t ignore the fear that it would crash around him.
When Tate’s past becomes his present and Savannah’s present becomes her past, the possibility of a future together collides head-on with reality.
In her darkest days, the words Just Breathe provided a peaceful comfort to Savannah from the heavens above. Now as she and Tate go down the path of new beginnings, brutal endings, and the constant craving of a happily ever after, they are anxious to learn how to Breathe Again.
*I received an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Where to start with this review? I’m going to make this brief and to the point since I don’t want to spoil too much! Warning – if you HAVE NOT read the first two installments in this series then I recommend you turning away NOW!
Tate and Sav have a special place in my heart. They are two of the most passionate, wild, and stubborn characters I have ever come across. When I read Just Breathe a year ago, I was sucked in to their world and impressed with how real Tate and Savannah were. I’m sad that this was the final book in the series (but I’m seriously crossing my fingers for a possible Blake spin-off, please?) but I really enjoyed the ride from start to finish.
This book (much to my surprise and excitement!) was split into two parts. The first part finds Savannah returning to L.A. after an extended stay in New York City. Pregnant and heartbroken, Sav must decide whether she is willing to give Tate her heart again. Tate and Savannah must both deal with their insecurities and fears regarding their impending parenthood, as well.
Rachel Brookes has a real talent for writing an emotional and captivating story. I found myself laughing, crying, and feeling anger so potent someone might have thought I was experiencing the events firsthand. Her ability to not only write strong main characters but also a cast of extremely important and three-dimensional secondary characters is what makes this series so powerful. I LOVE Jack, Tanzi, Mr, Davenport, Blake, and little Max SO much! They aren’t just filler characters but feel real and important to the story. I was also impressed the Brookes tackled what comes after the baby is born. Pregnancy has become a popular theme in NA novels but usually it ends badly or the baby isn’t born until after the last book concludes. Not only did Savannah and Tate have to learn to deal with their relationship but also how to be parents. It was also nice to see that Max was a fleshed out character and not just the baby in the background.
My only complaint was that while I felt Tate really grew up in the second half of the book, Sav seemed to regress for the better part of it. I know it was important for the story-line but I was a bit disappointed that she lost some of the fire that made her who she was. This didn’t take away from the story because I was rooting for Sav the entire time, I just wish she wasn’t so stubborn in the first place! I was, however, impressed that overall Tate and Sav seemed to eventually find their way and grow as not only people but as parents, as well.I think this book offered a wonderful conclusion for Tate and Savannah and was a brilliant combination of angst, love, passion, despair, and shocking moments galore.
About The Author
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, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.
As a standoff of epic proportions began between Chelsea and me. My hackles rose, and I knew I would never back down from her. I wasn’t a revengeful person, but as soon as someone starts hurting the people I care about and throwing around half-arsed accusations, they will see the wrath of Savannah. This could be the very reason I chose to have limited female friends. It was easier than having to deal with the bullshit games girls were notorious for starting, and clearly this was why I never hid my intentions when it came to men in the past. Be clear as day and no feelings came to the surface. I felt Mr. Davenport sigh beside me and I swallowed hard. Professional, Savannah. For him.
I still didn’t back down as I spoke. “So I am assuming the—”
“Um, excuse me? I was told that I needed to be here.”
Our heads snapped to the door opening slowly, and I couldn’t believe who I was looking at, could this day get any weirder? Blake freaking Ryan had just walked through the door looking all rock star-ish. This was the first time we had seen each other since he had left New York for London.
His eyes widened to the size of saucers as he took everything in. Dressed head to toe in black, he was wearing a shirt that sat snug against his body, and his tattoos were glistening under the boardroom lights. He was born to be a rock star.
His eyes bounced between Tate and me and dropped to my hand gripped tightly in Tate’s and a smile tugged at his lips. Tate’s body stiffened against mine and his hand squeezed mine to the point of hurt like he was making his claim on me.
“Stop it,” I hissed and shot him a pleading look.
“Sorry, just habit,” he whispered then peppered my jaw with a kiss.
“Thanks for coming in, Blake.” Mr. Davenport shuffled papers on the large conference table and looked towards Blake, holding out a pen and what looked to be a contract. “So you have been booked for the shoot next week and we are now just finalizing details. Savannah will be running the shoot on behalf of Beautify and Chelsea will be the female model for the campaign. If you can just sign here, we are good to go.”
Blake shook his head and shot a disgusted look at Chelsea. “Are you serious? I can’t work with her.”
“See? I told you, Savannah. Even Blake doesn’t want to work with you in your pathetic little fairytale world you are supposedly living in,” Chelsea spat before she threw her straw-looking hair over her shoulder and strutted towards Blake. I watched Blake closely; the look sweeping over his face was priceless.
“I wasn’t talking about Savannah, you idiot. I cannot work with you, Chelsea. I tend to not want to associate with f-d-up, conniving bitches.”
I couldn’t hide the smile of victory tugging on my lips. Blake Ryan, you genius. The look of utter devastation Chelsea was wearing made me feel like a million bucks. I still had no clue of the history that Chelsea and Blake shared.
“Well isn’t this going to be a fun shoot,” Mr. Davenport mumbled under his breath.
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