Series: Between Breaths #2
Published by Penguin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Romance
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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.
This is book three in Lee’s Between Breaths series, and I remember reading book 1 and I remember liking Lee’s writing style and the story overall, so when the chance to read this book came up, I jumped at it, and I am so glad I did. For me, I felt Whisper to Me blew All of You out of the water, okay that may be an overstatement, but I absolutely loved this book and if Lee keeps writing like this then she has a fan for life.
Lee’s first book, All of You, was a really good debut novel in my opinion, and I love reading authors as they evolve, the writing almost always gets better, and Lee proved that to be true with Whisper to Me. I feel in love with this book, hook, line, and sinker. I loved the characters, I loved the baggage that they carried, I loved her descriptions, I loved the setting, I loved the family dynamics that Lee set up, the whole thing just worked for me.
So character wise I loved Kai in this book, I can’t really put a finger on why I liked him so much in the book. I liked his personality so much, he was there for Rachel when no one else really understood her or pitied her, he just accepted her. He also has that kind of cool, loner guy vibe, which I’ve always been a fan of. I normally don’t find any description of a guy wearing skinny jeans as attractive, but it worked for him.
Rachel has a lot of stuff she was trying to overcome, she had this terrible event happen to her in high school and then decided when she went away to college to just become someone else. When these two worlds start collide over the summer, she finally has to face the past. I like her dynamic with Kai too. They have this great sexual chemistry, and yet the two of them kind of fight it a lot, and neither one of them really knows how to tell the other one how they really feel about each other, it’s fun watching them kind of dance around the whole thing (especially since they are keeping it secret from everyone, including Kai’s sister who also happens to be Rachel’s best friend).
There are a lot of secondary people in this book that play a big role in Rachel and Kai’s life. Kai’s family is a great in this book, I love the teasing dynamic between Kai and his sister Dakota. And I also thought the whole relationship between Kai and his parents was fantastic, his dad constantly wanting Kai to get his life together and trying to be stern, while his mother being the more understand force for Kai. The whole family dynamic just read as authentic to me, which is always impressive to me.
I think one of my favorite things about this book was just the quality of the writing. The book switches between Rachel and Kai’s POVs and I thought Lee did a great job helping the reader to get into the character’s head and motivation, the quality of the writing made it so easy for me to really identify with the characters and be invested in them and their futures. Also the romantic/sex scenes in the book were written really well, some people aren’t all that great at it, but Lee is really good.
Overall I would hands down recommend this book to anyone who likes romance or who likes the new adult genre. It’s a fantastic read, and I seriously can’t wait to read the next book that Lee writes, she definitely got herself a fan with this book.