Wednesday, August 20, 2014

REVIEW: Breathe into Me by Sara Fawkes


How did my life get so broken? It's a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker ex-boyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.

And then she meets Everett, whose presence changes her entire existence.

Everett is an outsider to her small community, in town for the summer housesitting one of the grand mansions off the Mississippi coast. When he saves her in a bar one night, she's grateful but wary of his intentions. Lacey doesn't trust most men in her life, but for reasons Lacey can't understand, Everett is completely captivated by her. He's determined to show her that life can offer more than she'd ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. As she works with him to free herself, Lacey desperately yearns to trust him, to move on and perhaps start fresh.

But what happens when she finds out that everything he's told her about himself was a lie?

Title:  Breathe into Me
Series:  N/A
Book #: N/A
Author:  Sara Fawkes
Approximate Book Length:  215 Pages
Recommended Reader Age:  18+
Sexual Content:  Moderate


This story is a little on the dark side. Not as dark as some, but the characters’ pasts/present are pretty sad and depressing. They’ve both been through some really harsh stuff. It was a tough read, but worth it. It was all very dramatic and the resolutions are great because they felt very realistic.

I will say that while the story was good, the writing could be better. There were two instances where I noticed it. The fake ID and the condom are both mentioned so late in their respective scenes that they’re more of an afterthought; it looks to me like the author realized during editing that the obvious need for a fake ID and the very important need for a condom at their age were missing so she threw a line in to make it better.

That being said, it was a compelling read that I enjoyed with an ending that I really appreciated for its justice and reality.

Bottom Line:

Breathe into Me is an emotionally charged story about growing up, gaining independence and responsibility, and has a little romance tossed in for good measure. Definitely worth the time and emotional effort to read!



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