Review & Giveaway: Before You Break (Between Breaths #2) by Christina Lee

Posted February 27, 2014 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, Giveaway / 0 Comments

Review & Giveaway: Before You Break (Between Breaths #2) by Christina LeeTitle: Before You Break
Author: Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #2
Published by Intermix
Release Date February 18, 2014
Genres: New Adult Romance
Pages: 226
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A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

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Excerpt

At the theater, we bought popcorn, Milk Duds, and large sodas. After we settled in our seats in the crowded room, I opened the box of chocolate caramel confections and dumped them in the large tub.
“Um,” Quinn said, scratching his chin.
“Sweet and salty—it’s a must-have for movie watching.”
“Seriously?”
“Yes, seriously.” I picked up a Milk Dud, flanked it with two pieces of popcorn, and then brought it to his lips. “Here. I guarantee you’ll fall in love. You’ll never watch a movie without them again.”
“If you say so. . . .” He dragged the sweet and salty mixture into his mouth but kept my fingers enclosed between his lips. I held in a gasp while he ran his tongue over my thumb and then sucked on my forefinger before releasing my hand and chewing what remained.
“Agree,” he said around a mouthful of popcorn. “Wouldn’t want to be without them ever again.”
Quinn’s gaze latched on to mine. It felt like a bundle of feathers had been let loose in my stomach. “Guess you’ll have to come to every movie from now on. So I don’t forget.”
Speechless wasn’t even the word for what I felt in that moment. Dumbfounded might have been more like it, or maybe just struck stupid, because I couldn’t even move my lips to form any coherent words.
When the movie previews began, he turned toward the screen and reached for my fingers, interlacing our hands. Then he leaned close to my ear and said, “I expect you to feed me just like that the entire movie.”
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My Review:

Quinn and Ella. Oh how very rare it is to be utterly captivated with two characters from the very first page. I absolutely love when authors allow us to experience dual POV’s, and Christina Lee’s Before You Break did not disappoint. These characters were real. They portrayed emotion that just flitted across the pages. Their sorrow and heartache was raw and ripped through me as only good books can. I was with them in every step of their journey as they grew into themselves and recognized love and forgiveness.

But for this singular, mesmerizing moment, as the moonlight filtered through the gleaming pine needles, I wanted-I needed-this final, toe-curling kiss.

Quinn is a new character to this series, but Ella was Avery’s best friend from the author’s debut novel, All For You. Keep in mind now; All For You was one of my top reads last year so I had high expectations coming into this book. I put it on the proverbial pedestal and by the end, that’s exactly where it deserved to be. Ella’s character just had so much love to give. Though she was confident, her love was wasted on the wrong person and it was a joy to watch her realize that she was okay just being her. Too often we watch characters struggle with self doubt and low self worth, but not Ella. Here was a girl who was curvy, unashamed of her feelings, and fought for what she wanted, consequences be damned.

Getting to know Quinn was just as equally exhilarating. Even more than dual POV’s, I love being able to get into the mind of men. I love when they aren’t afraid to show or talk about what they are feeling. I love that Quinn went through the struggles that he did because I truly believe it only made him a stronger person. People can tell you until they are blue in the face what they think you should already know, but until you figure it out for yourself, you will never believe it. This was never truer than with Quinn. He had to come to some hard realizations before he could truly grow up and give all his love to another. And though at times the wait was painful, the payoff more than made up for it.

Kissing Ella was like coming home.

In my opinion, this was a stellar book, and another notch to add to Lee’s ever growing belt of accomplishments. She truly hit this one out of the park, and Quinn and Ella are characters that won’t be vacating my heart any time soon!

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Giveaway

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All of You ~ Book One

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Avery has just met her hot upstairs neighbor. He’s irresistible. Tattooed. And a virgin.

Nursing student Avery Michaels wants nothing to do with dating—she’s perfectly happy single. Privy to too many of her mother’s bad decisions and even worse taste in boyfriends, all Avery can handle is a string of uncomplicated hookups whenever the mood strikes.

When she meets smoking hot tattoo artist Bennett, she wants him—for just one night. But he won’t accept a no-strings-attached arrangement. He lives by a straight-laced code of values based on his own troubled upbringing.

Bennett sees something special in Avery and he wants more from her. Way more. As Avery wrestles with her emotions for Bennett, danger and tragedy force them to open up to each other. And Avery must face the terrifying realization that she wants more from him, too.

So she needs to make a choice—let Bennett go or finally let him in.

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Whisper to Me ~ Book Three (May 20, 2014)

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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.

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About Christina Lee

Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a fashion stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.

Now I live in my hometown of Cleveland, with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve always been an avid reader—reading was actually my favorite time of day when I taught second and third grade.

But it wasn’t until I became a local newspaper columnist that something clicked. I finally realized I could turn my love of words into my dream of writing fiction.

I write Young Adult and New Adult fiction. I am represented by Sara Megibow of the Nelson Literary Agency

So, what did you think? :-)