Review & Giveaway: Catch Me by Claire Contreras

Posted December 4, 2013 by bookstobreathe in Book Review, Giveaway / 0 Comments

Review & Giveaway: Catch Me by Claire ContrerasTitle: Catch Me
Author: Claire Contreras
Published by Self-Published
Release Date November 17, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 361
More Info: Goodreads
Purchase From: Amazon US
Purchase From: Barnes & Noble
five-stars
In the past, I've always been given everything I've wanted, but nothing that I truly needed. I've experienced a lot of things in my twenty-five years, everything except the one thing I want. It's the one thing that can’t be bought. It can't even be taken, it has to be given. And nobody has ever given it to me, not really anyway.

Not until him.

Music is the center of both our lives, but as he found his place in it, I lost my way. He soared, while I spiraled down a destructive path.
I lost myself in more ways than I can count.

The ironic thing is that I didn’t realize how lost I was until he found me.

And now that he has, I have to wonder if he'll stay around long enough to catch me.

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Review: 

I can’t help but wonder: if your heart is in LA, how could your home be in Manhattan? And where is min? I seem to have misplaced my heart so long ago and I don’t know where to even begin looking for it.

Let me start out by saying that I don’t think it’s possible for Claire Contreras to write something I WON’T read. She has an amazing ability to literally pull you in from page one. You are instantaneously engrossed in the characters and find it impossible to believe you haven’t know them your entire life. This continues page to page until the very last work is read, and you are left bereft, wondering how you will continue on with your life without these characters being in it. But then you realize something: they’ve been there all along and never really left. Characters this well written truly never leave you.

I don’t know what it is about him that makes me want to grab his face in place so that he’ll never look at anything but me. I’m not sure what bothers me more: the realization or the fact that I can’t remember feeling this way about anybody before him.

Catch Me is the journey of Brooklyn Harmon. We begin the story with a bang that leaves us questioning everything and everyone. You are given bits and pieces along the way, but until you learn the absolute truth, you truly never know the levels of betrayal and despair that Brooklyn feels and goes through. This girl purely and uninhabitably broke my heart. It is rare for a character to affect me the way she did, but it was there nonetheless. I could not believe the people in her life and how horrible they were, yet she seemed to not be too jaded about it all. I wanted to fight FOR her, hell, I wanted someone to fight FOR her!

My breaths are coming in short spurts; that’s the kind of need I feel for him. I need him to kiss me. I need it so much more than the damn oxygen I’m lacking in my lungs right now. I need it more than I need this plane to land. That’s how his warm touch on m face makes me feel. I feel like I’ll die if he doesn’t kiss me, but at the same time my heart might explode if he does.

Enter Nick Wilde. Whew……what a scorcher of a man! The chemistry between these two was instant, but not in a insta-love kind of way. Purely two souls seeing each other for the first time and reveling in the knowledge that they truly belonged. I LOVED their interactions and they way that they tested each other. Their humor and wit, their sexual energy (of which there is plenty), and their inane ability to just let each other BE. The knowledge that they were perfect just the way they were, and didn’t have to change for anyone. The confidence Nick instilled within her made me love him all the more.

That’s how this kiss makes me feel. Like I’m freefalling, like I’m dying, like I’m breathing for the first time. Like I’m high on ecstasy and a million expert hands are massaging me. This kiss is my life.

Forewarned reader, you will not come out of this experience unscathed. There are some real emotions and situations in this book, that aren’t too often talked about. Claire has a way of making it relatable, of making is understandable. Most definitely a 5 star read for me!!

“You weren’t meant to be more to me,” I say, my voice wavering. “But that doesn’t mean you haven’t been enough.”

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About Claire Contreras

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones or ones that will scare the daylights out of her and have her looking over her shoulder at every turn. Like I said, she’s very random.

So, what did you think? :-)