Review: Whisper to Me by Christina Lee

16th Jun 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Whisper to Me by Christina LeeWhisper to Me by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #3
Published by InterMix
Pub Date: May 20th 2014
Pages: 262
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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4 Stars

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.

 

Whisper to Me is one sexy book! Rachel and Kai have this longing for each other that really burned up the pages it’s sexual tension.

Now, should you be expecting something different than other New Adult books out there? Probably not. They both have their angsty pasts and current issues, but it wasn’t overly dramatic, which I appreciate. Rachel shed her high school self when she started college because of the big moment that changed her life and ultimately broke her heart. Kai, on the other hand, has never found his place in this world and his family doesn’t take him seriously. Oh, also? He’s been in love with Rachel since high school, which really messes with his head.

Now it’s Summer and these two are spending it at the same house. The tension and sparks pretty much fly from the get-go. They have this sort of secret relationship which only adds to the deliciousness of it all. Their road to happiness is certainly not easy, and it’s even a little emotional, but it completely works.

I very much enjoyed Christina Lee’s third book in this Between Breaths series, and that was surprising to me because Rachel has been my least favorite character the last two books. She just has a potty mouth I can’t seem to appreciate, but it’s really toned down in Whisper to Me. It probably has to do with her pretending to be a person she isn’t, and we get to see the real Rachel in this book.

I definitely recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for something to take to the beach with you this Summer. :)

 

 

About Christina Lee

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: Before You Break by Christina Lee

17th Feb 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Before You Break by Christina LeeBefore You Break by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #2
Published by InterMix
Pub Date: February 18th 2014
Pages: 226
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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4 Stars

A college baseball star isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there's something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them--something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working a suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can't ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn's physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him--or to stop herself from falling too far...

 

Before You Break is the second book in the Between Breaths series by Christina Lee. I haven’t found many New Adult genre books that I’ve liked, but I enjoyed the first book, All of You, so I wanted to continue it. Before You Break is not a sequel. In All of You we met Avery and her two friends, Ella and Rachel. This one is about Ella.

I think I liked Ella the most when I first met all the girls, but I had no idea her story was that emotional though. She lost her brother to suicide and has been working through her grief and loss for more than a year when she’s reintroduced in this book. Then we meet Quinn, who isn’t actually Ella’s boyfriend whom we met in All of You. So, interesting already…lets see where this is going.

Quinn is suffering from an incredible amount of guilt and grief. We’re not immediately told the reasons for this, but he’s so distraught that he calls the college’s Suicide Hotline for help. Ella happens to answer and she introduces herself by her full name: Gabriella. Quinn, in turn, tells her his name is Daniel, which is his first name, and only his family calls him by that name. This is important to note because these two characters know each other. They’re not, like, best friends or anything, but they hang in the same circle. At this point, I’m super intrigued and am finding it hard to set the book down.

As the story evolves and these two characters get closer in person and on the phone, as their connection and attraction sizzles, I realize I’m really liking the way it’s all being handled by Christina Lee. There’s no cheating, and there’s no over-dramatic scenes…just real, emotional, honest portrayals. I loved that these two don’t jump into bed the moment they’re able to. They make out a lot! And they take their time discovering each other’s bodies. It was really delicious. :)

I appreciated that, while Ella unknowingly was helping Quinn work out his issues, Quinn never relied on her to fix him. He never sought that out from her. He helped himself with the help of Ella’s care.

I think the only thing that really bothered me is still the same thing that bothered me in All of You, and that’s the way the girls – Avery, Ella, and Rachel – will every now and then call each other “bitch” in that way some girls talk to one another. I just don’t get it, and I know it happens in real life, but since “So, what’s going on, bitch?” is not something I’m likely to say, I cringed every time I read it. Maybe I’m showing my age. *shrugs*

The ending, where they each finally find out who the other has been this whole time, is done really well. Sure, there’s heightened emotions, but no unreasonable dramatics, which I again appreciated. I was left feeling that these two have something lasting and real. I definitely recommend this to fans of New Adult and to those people, who like me, have had a hard time finding one that’s good. :)

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About Christina Lee

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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Review: All of You by Christina Lee

30th Jan 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: All of You by Christina LeeAll of You by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #1
Published by InterMix
Pub Date: September 17th 2013
Pages: 219
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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3.5 Stars

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’ll admit I wanted to read All of You after reading the synopsis and seeing that the male lead was a virgin. In a New Adult/college setting, this is definitely not the norm, so I wanted to see how it would all play out.

When I started reading All of You, I was a little apprehensive about Avery. From the dialogue between her and her friends, they seemed a little of the top and I was afraid I’d dislike her from the get go. While I did grow to like Avery over the course of the story, the dialogue between her and her friends never improved for me. You know those girls that call each other bitch, hoe, slut, etcetera, in conversation? That was them and I just found it annoying. But away from them, Avery was a pretty cool chick and she definitely didn’t talk that way around other people. She was smart, kind, and funny. Huge relief because it helped me continue reading.

Bennett was pretty much the epitome of hotness. Not only was he an artist who was so sweet, he was also a tattooist. He has his reasons for waiting to have sex and Avery is the complete opposite. So even though they have this instant attraction, they know they would be totally wrong for each other and so this great longing and lusting thing begins between the two of them. The tension was palpable, and it wasn’t very angsty, which was refreshing. They do form this close friendship before anything happens between them, but I was very happy when they finally give in to each other’s feelings. I think Christina Lee did a great job in all the sexual situations in this book. She didn’t cheapen Bennett’s feelings which I really appreciated.

Both Avery and Bennett have families back home with similar issues. Their mothers haven’t been the greatest and they have siblings they’re both taking care of in some way or another. While Avery’s situation caused her a little more “damage,” Bennett’s really shaped his decisions, so they’re both affected but not broken, which helps set this New Adult novel apart from the rest. ALSO! They actually talk about college things, like classes and stuff, so that’s cool too.

I enjoyed this New Adult book and I think it sets itself apart from others I’ve read in a very good way.

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About Christina Lee

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son–her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

Author of the Between Breaths series from Penguin. ALL OF YOU, BEFORE YOU BREAK and WHISPER TO ME available now, PROMISE ME THIS on October 7th, 2014.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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