Breathe into Me. Sara Fawkes
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
So, I’ve read some cracking NA romances recently and the bar is set high. This time I did enjoy this book but though I anticipated a high rating it didn’t quite make it to the top. I’m not sure why, Lacey was a great female lead, and Everett a good male one but I just couldn’t seem to relate to them or their problems.
Lacey seems to be hit from all sides, her past, her family, her user friends, her jobs and her so so boyfriend -he’s an awful player/manipulator, playing on her feelings of worthlessness. Throw in some asthma attacks, and I was so glad when she met Everett and he managed to overcome her cautions and gradually insinuate himself into her life. I’d kind of guessed a bit about Everett, but when the secrets and dirt came out and the S-hit hit the fan I was gob-smacked, didn’t see that coming and didn’t see how Lacey could get past it. But all clever authors have a plan, and of course Sara had it all worked out to perfection. It explained so much, about his past, and how and why he acted as he did in the present.
I think maybe for me there was just a bit too much drama in Lacey’s life, and it took the focus away from her relationship with Everett. I love drama, lots of it, deep and dark, and then some great highs make a book for me. Somehow though there were so many awful things going on simultaneously to Lacey that it didn’t really hit just how awful some of them were. Sort of like a drama fatigue, when the brain just switches off after so much, can’t take in any more. One of those situations where for me Less is More.
Stars: Three and a half, its better than just a “good” but not quite a four for me.
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