(Breathe, Novella 1.5)
One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.
From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.
Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.
When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.
“I was completely breathless at the sight of her.”
I just want to start off by saying that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE male POVs!! So, I was beyond excited when I found out Breathless was going to be narrated from TATE’S point of view! Squeee!!! And boy oh boy, I was NOT disappointed. In fact, Rachel Brookes managed to make me fall even more in love with him! I, once again, fell victim to the #TateConnorsEffect.
“If it was the last thing I did on this planet I would make sure Savannah knew I was hers and hers only.”
This novella picked up the storyline right where Just Breathe left off. If you haven’t read book one, I suggest you stop reading this review and hop to it. It’s truly AMAZING and you have to read it before this one.
Rachel Brookes kicked things off with quite a devastated Tate. He was trying to get through his days while missing his newly pregnant girlfriend. Sav, had left for NY where she would spend the next month working. The time difference between LA and NY and their busy work schedules made it nearly impossible for Tate and Sav to be able to communicate properly. They barely even texted…and that did NOT sit well with Tate. So being the wonderful boyfriend that he is, he hoped on a plane and surprised Sav in NY.
“I never knew a love like this could exist.”
You would think things would go smoothly for them. But no. Even though they had a lot going for them, they had a lot against them, too. Their insecurities and doubts still had power over them. Tate, especially, was scared shitless at the thought of being the type of father his dad was or rather, wasn’t. He simply couldn’t bear to do that to Sav or their baby. He felt like he needed to try and fix some issues from his past, in order to have a bright and secure future alongside Sav and their Jellybean. This idea did not sit well with everyone. After all, the past was already making its presence known in their lives, so why go digging into it and making things worse, right?
“You are everything to me, Sav, and if it takes me until my last breath, I will prove to you what you mean to me.”
“You are so worth all of this, Sav. Every mile I travel. Every penny I spend, every hour of sleep I lose, and every moment you leave me breathless. You make everything worth it.”
I LOVE angst in books, and Rachel sure did an amazing job writing some angst-driven scenes!!! Which brings me to me next point. Chelsea. Grrrrr!!! What a PSYCHO!!! I swear, this girl had NO SHAME! Couldn’t she take a hint??? Geez!! If Rachel wants to write a scene in book three about Chelsea falling down an elevator shaft, I wouldn’t object! Hell, I’d celebrate! I’m telling you, anyone in their right state mind would celebrate with me! Well, anyway…moving along now.
This was a fantastic sequel! There was a smokin’ hot romance, passion, angst, humor, and finally, heartbreak (hint! hint!). Basically, what is there NOT to love about Breathless? It had a little bit of everything that makes up a phenomenal read! Personally, I absolutely adored it! Tate and Sav are one of my favorite book couples!!
“You are my future, Savannah Rae.”
I’m very much looking forward to book three, Breathe Again, and it isn’t coming soon enough!! I already have a few theories regarding certain things left unanswered (plot-wise) and I can’t wait to see how they play out. Rachel is one of my favorite authors so, I’m excited (and way too curious for my own well-being) to see what she has up her sleeves! She IS sneaky, after all. ;)
“I knew she was mine, but the idea of making her fall in love with me time and time again was what I lived for.”
Oh, and Rachel, PLEASE write a Jack and Tanzi novella!!!??!!! Please!!? *puppy eyes*
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The Breathe Series
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.
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About the Author:
Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing.
When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.
With her first novel, Just Breathe, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.
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