Series: Between Breaths #3
Publisher: InterMix on May 20, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge, 2014 Standalone Reading Challenge
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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.
“The realization that I had fallen in love with Kai was so raw, so visceral, I felt it deep in my guy. It was so commanding that I pulled my knees toward my chest, my muscles stiff and aching from the effort. Kai was an essential part of my life. As central as the very air I breathed.”
I have enjoyed every single one of Christina Lee’s Between Breaths novels and this one was no exception. This novel follows Rachel as she ventures back to her hometown for break. What her friends in the other novels don’t know is that Rachel had an accident before she left for college—an accident that almost left her dead and left her boyfriend-less. But as break goes on, the secrets that Rachel has tried so hard to keep, including her friendship with her best friend’s brother, Kai, are close to being revealed.
This novel was different than the others because it involved some major secret keeping and it took place outside of the university that the main characters attend. This novel gave you the thrill of Rachel’s secret being kept and wondering just how long she would be able to keep it. These secrets, of course, also created some drama that kept the novel interesting. It was my favorite of the series (thus far) plot-wise. In addition to that, the novel had extraordinary wording and diction. Although this is present in all of Lee’s novels, it stood out even more so in this novel than the others.
Rachel was hiding a lot in this novel and not expecting it to all fall apart. This expectation was naïve to say the least. Rachel really didn’t have any regard on how feelings could be hurt while she kept these secrets. On the other hand, I can sympathize and understand why she kept them. She was a strong character who wanted to be seen for who she was, not the events that happened before college.
“We simple liked being around each other. Sure, it had transformed into something deeper on my end throughout her recovery. We’d grown so close during that time, speaking from our hearts, sharing our vulnerabilities.”
Kai was Rachel’s best friend’s brother and the guy who supported Rachel through her recovery. Kai was the “failure” of the family. I liked Kai. I liked the tortured hero vibe that he gave off. He was pretty playful and snarky even though he was fighting his own feelings of worthlessness. He wanted to do what was right for Rachel and I loved that about him. He was a pretty humble character.
“‘We’ll have more girl time late,’ Avery said. ‘Now go have fun with that gorgeous guy waiting on you.’ I nodded and turned back to Kai. When I neared him, he reached out his hand. ‘Grab it. I don’t want to lose you.’ As soon as I gripped his fingers, I could breathe again. He was my anchor, my respite, my North Star.”
The romance in this novel was full of tension. Rachel didn’t want to give into the attraction that had been building for years and Kai wasn’t really pushing her to. But when they finally got together, it was my favorite romance of the series thus far. They had a playful feel to them as they were best friends first. They knew each other like the back of their hand and that was very apparent when they were together.
Whisper to Me was another fabulous story told by Christina Lee. A very well-written novel about a girl hiding secrets and a guy wanting to find his place, Whisper to Me is a must-read for any and all contemporary lovers.