Just Breathe (Breathe #1) by Rachel Brookes

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For Savannah Rae, living life without her parents was unimaginable. But being blamed for her first love’s suicide? That destroyed every part of who she was. 

Gone were the days of innocence, happiness, and dreams. Now her days simply meant attempting to survive. In her mind, her only means for that was replacing her grief with men, booze and the fast life. And for five years, it worked.

When an opportunity to leave the nightmares of her past in Australia opens up, she takes it. Los Angeles beckons - with hopes of late nights, new beginnings, and the promise of a string of endless men to distract her, she can’t wait to dive in.

One thing she didn’t count on was meeting her match.

In the eyes of outsiders, Tate Connors has it all; the ultimate LA bachelor who is content with his lifestyle of wild nights, women and one night stands. He's Mr. Unpredictable with looks that could destroy any woman with one glance.

The craziness of Los Angeles throws them into the chaotic path of each other. Savannah becomes the perfect game, and Tate becomes the ultimate prey. Lines are crossed, emotions are smashed, and the idea of who they truly are begins to be tangled.

However, one thing will become clear.

They are more alike than either one could ever have imagined.


Just Breathe. Another not great read. The writing just didn't work for me. I know what the author was trying to get across, but it didn't come across that way. It just didn't work. 

Through the story Savannah came across to me as this normal girl who likes to party a lot and sleep with lots of guys. She is supposed to be broken. She is supposed to have issues with her parents death and subsequent suicide of her first boyfriend (that everyone blames her for). She is supposed to be using alcohol and boys as a way to stay numb and not think about what happened. As a way to stay detached, which I get. I can understand that, only Savannah wasn't written like she was really broken. Like she was really using these things to hide away from herself. She just seemed like a party girl...

She was also a bit all over the place. She would think about how hot Tate is, how he could be perfect for her game, but then no, she can't do anything with him! He is her new friends brother! But he is so hot! He would be perfect for me...but no! I can't! And on and on like that. It was very repetitive and I really didn't like it. You are told the same thing over and over and over again, but it was not backed up with showing you whatever was happening. I didn't feel like the story showed me that Savannah was broken, that she had issues, that there were problems, but it sure told me often enough. 

Savannah also acts like she is two constantly. Always throwing hissy fits, even at work. She storms out of the office, keeps slamming doors and desk drawers all day, just acting like a child. And no one says anything about it. Like it is normal for someone to be that way. Really? Or she gets super angry when Tate mentions she is a game at first even though she just thought how he would be perfect for her game. It is just like her being what?!?! I am NOT a game!!!! It made no sense. He would say or do the exact same thing that she just thought, but she would get angry with him for it. Not good. 

The story was also too descriptive at times for me in odd ways. For example:

 "I continued my verbal assault of flirting with Blake." 

What? That just sounds odd to me. I don't know. Or how someone's eyes were devastating her every two seconds. It was just a bit odd and a bit much.

So what about Tate? Well I don't think I really got to know him that well. He seemed a lot like Savannah, but not as whiny, but with some anger management issues. He is way too jealous and not cool with Savannah talking to other guys. Specifically her friend Lucas. He also has his own issue, and while I did see it a bit more than with Savannah, I still didn't believe it. And it ends with a bit of an open ending, a to be continued, but I didn't really care enough about either character to read more. Really I can just imagine the next book will be Tate being jealous, especially since Savannah is on the other side of the country for a few weeks, them both being upset with the other and things not working out, then everything getting fixed once again. I just...It is not my thing. On to something else.

Rating: ★ ★


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