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I Belong


Review: Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes

Breathe Into MeTitle: Breath Into Me

Author: Sara Fawkes

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Format: eBook, 288 Pages

ISBN-10: 1466849533 (St. Martin’s Press)

ISBN-13: 978-1466849532 (St. Martin’s Press)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

How did my life get so broken?  It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker exboyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.

And then she meets Everett, whose presence changes her entire existence.

Everett is an outsider to her small community, in town for the summer housesitting one of the grand mansions off the Mississippi coast. When he saves her in a bar one night, she’s grateful but wary of his intentions. Lacey doesn’t trust most men in her life, but for reasons Lacey can’t understand, Everett is completely captivated by her. He’s determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. As she works with him to free herself, Lacey desperately yearns to trust him, to move on and perhaps start fresh.

But what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her about himself was a lie?

Quick & Dirty: Steamy new adult book full of heartache, romance, and forgiveness. It had some frustrating moments but overall it was a good read.

Opening Sentence: A handsome boy was lying in bed behind me, but the condescending leer on his face made me want to run away.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Lacey St. James feels stuck. She is stuck living in a crappy trailer, in a gossipy small town, working at a dead end job. But she doesn’t know how to get out. She didn’t graduate from high school and if she left who would look after her little brother? Certainly not her drunk mother or her abusive grandmother. No, Lacey will just have to make do with what she has, but then Everett walks into her life.

Everett isn’t from her small town and he doesn’t know about Lacey’s past. He is just visiting for the summer and for an unknown reason he seems to be interested in Lacey. But Lacey doesn’t trust men, they are only looking for one thing and there are no exceptions. But every time she is around Everett he is a complete gentleman and Lacey is starting to wonder if he could really be different. Then she learns about his secrets and maybe he is just as terrible as everyone else in her life.

I had very mixed feelings about Lace. There were parts that I loved about her and other parts that frustrated me. She has been both physically and mentally abused for the last few years of her life but instead of rising above it she has let it crush her. She lets everyone treat her like dirt and she does nothing to stand up for herself. I understand to some extent that she is damaged but I guess it is hard for me to relate to her because of how she handled everything. I guess I just couldn’t ever see myself letting others treat me like that so from a personal stand point it was really hard for me to connect with or respect Lacey. But on the flip side of things I felt that she stayed very true to the type of character she was designed to be. Lacey is a very cautious person and even though she lets people use her she doesn’t really let them into her heart. In so many books I have read girls like Lacey will just throw out common sense and give their heart away to the first guy that asks for it. I was so happy that Lacey made Everett work for her. She keeps him at a distance for quite a while and their relationship developed slowly. That made it so much more believable and helped me to like Lacey a little bit more. Overall, I would say Lacey was a good character, I just didn’t love her as much as I would have liked.

My feelings for Everett were the total opposite, I absolutely adored the guy. I felt like I completely understood him and everything he did made sense to me. Because of that, I developed a much deeper connection with his character. Also, I have a thing for a hot guy that knows how to be a gentleman and can show respect for a girl. Even though he really likes Lacey he never in anyway pushes her to do anything she doesn’t want. But he is always there for her even if it is just as a friend. Sure he has a gorgeous face and a charming personality, but what really made him sexy was how he treated Lacey with respect. I thought he was a fantastic love interest and he really improved the story.

Breathe Into Me was an emotional read full of passion, heartache, and forgiveness. While I obviously didn’t love everything about this book it was still a very good read that I did enjoy. The plot was extremely predictable and unfortunately it was very similar to a lot of other new adult books I have read. That doesn’t mean it was a bad read it just didn’t really bring anything new to the genre like I was hoping it would. I did like the romance, it was steamy and sweet at the same time. I enjoyed Fawkes writing and would read other works by her. Overall, this was a good read and if you like new adult romance books, I would suggest you give this one a try.

Notable Scene:

< Maybe. >

It was all I could commit to at this point. While I could talk to him via text, I couldn’t bring myself to trust anyone just yet.

Especially a boy.

The reply came almost immediately.

< Just tell me when and where, and I’ll be there. >

I read the text several times, trying to see what the ulterior motive could be with this boy. Was he being nice just to get close to me? And if so, why? There was only one reason in my mind why a boy like that would want to get close to a girl like me, and I was tired of that.

Because you’re the most interesting person I’ve met since coming here.”

I wanted to believe him, but couldn’t afford to be wrong again.

FTC Advisory: St. Martin’s Press/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Breathe Into Me.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

 

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