Still hooked on this series! I absolutely love when an author asks for a review of book one, and instead of moving on to the next book in my queue I one click the rest of the series. Kind of afraid of what Emersyn puts me my feels through with book 3, but we're about to find out after this nap!
The blurb doesn't do this book justice. It makes it sound solely dramatic, and sure there's plenty drama, but there's so much more. The witty banter, the cringeworthy bad comebacks at times, the pranks... This story was so much more than just a serious drama.
When I first started reading, I thought there were too many characters being introduced. Once I realized I was reading a series (I'm a bit slow on the obvious sometimes) the number of characters made sense, and I look forward to learning how each of their stories pans out.
Note: book provided in exchange for an honest review.
Author: Rebecca Donovan
Title: Reason to Breathe
Series: Breathing, #1
Genre: New Adult
Date published: June 4, 2013
Source: Kindle Unlimited
USA Today Bestselling Novel
"No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?"
In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.
One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.
I literally could not stop reading this story once I finished this book. I didn't even take a break before I dove into book 2. I don't do well with cliff hangers, and that particular one was hardcore intense.
The love story makes this book beautiful. The abuse makes it heart breaking, and incredibly difficult to read. From the realistic aspect, Emma's response to her abuse is unfortunately very typical, and I think that's what makes it so difficult to read. But you have to persevere, because the series is beautiful.