The Breathe Series (Just Breathe #1, Breathless #1.5, Breathe Again, #2 an ARC) by Rachel Brookes (Reviewed by Stephenee – #NerdGirlSteph)

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Title: Just Breathe (Breathe #1)

    Author: Rachel Brookes

    Published Date: July 3, 2013

    Genre:  Romance

    Rating:

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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   ***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

   Synopsis

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.

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

paragraph divider 18***Stephenee, #NerdGirlSteph’s Review***

I wasn’t sure that I was going to enjoy the story in the beginning, the Australian phrases, the references, etc were not something that I usually read, but once I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I was hooked. I fell victim to the “Tate Conners Effect”, I fell in love with both the major and minor characters and wondered where the journey would take them all.

I was hooked by the cliffhanging ending and immediately had to get the next book….and admittedly I am now waiting for the 2nd (full length) to come out. You can’t help but to get sucked into the lives of Tanzi, Tate, Sav, Jack, Lucas and Ali. You want to root for them and you feel their pain as things don’t go according to plan….but there is also that part of you that agrees that Tate is an “arsehole”….it’s all about the R….

I wasn’t a fan of Rachel Brookes, but I am now and I am looking forward to reading all that she writes, this was a good story, with great characters and just enough drama (Blake & Chelsea) to make it more than a typical “romance” book….it contained a ton more!

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Title: Breathless (Breathe #1.5)

    Author: Rachel Brookes

    Published Date: November 26, 2013

    Genre:  Romance

    Rating:

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   Synopsis

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.

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

 paragraph divider 18***Stephenee, #NerdGirlSteph’s Review***

The book starts out from the POV of Tate Conners….yep, the Tate Conners that makes all women who cross his path swoon…Tate is working on getting things straight in his life so that he can make a good life with Sav….but things go wrong almost from the start…this “novella” is the story as he tells it and of course it was much too short!

I liked the characters even more as they developed throughout this story and I enjoyed the way that the relationships continued to grow for all of the characters. It was so well written that I felt like I was there with them, and that I could picture everything as it happened.

I am looking forward to book 2 so that I can see where the story heads, it is left a hot mess at the end of this one and I am not sure that the author will be able to make things go back to the beginning of the relationship…Tate and Sav are just so damaged by their pasts and by one another…

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Title: Breathe Again (Breathe #2)

    Author: Rachel Brookes

    Published Date: March 10, 2014

    Genre:  Romance, Adult Fiction

    Rating:

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   Synopsis

For Savannah Rae, the thought of living in her picture-perfect world was almost too much to comprehend. With her dream job, a family she could finally call her own, and the beginnings of the best chapter of her life, she still couldn’t shake the unnerving feeling that it was all too good to be true.

The thought of a life without Savannah was incomprehensible to Tate Connors. Never in his wildest dreams did he think he would find his girl in the form of a sassy, stubborn, beautiful Australian. Finally he had the girl and life he so desperately wanted, but he still couldn’t ignore the fear that it would crash around him.

When Tate’s past becomes his present and Savannah’s present becomes her past, the possibility of a future together collides head-on with reality.

In her darkest days, the words Just Breathe provided a peaceful comfort to Savannah from the heavens above. Now as she and Tate go down the path of new beginnings, brutal endings, and the constant craving of a happily ever after, they are anxious to learn how to Breathe Again.

 ***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***

 paragraph divider 18***Stephenee, #NerdGirlSteph’s Review***

From the first book in the series to the last you will root for Sav and Tate the whole time, you just can’t help but want to see it work for them! I honestly wasn’t sure where the story was going, it was so unpredictable, and I honestly didn’t know until the very end if there was even going to be a Sav & Tate or if they just couldn’t make it work no matter how much they loved each other.

There were times I wanted to throw the book (well kindle), times I was almost crying with the characters and times when I was just laughing out loud. The writer has evolved almost as much as her characters throughout this series and I love it! I love the way the characters are all there for each other, the angst of them, the joy they bring each other and of course the swoon worthy day dreams involving the “Tate Conners Effect”. The story pieced together 6 people (main characters) who all had a back story and made them into a family. It gave hope to those out there that blood doesn’t make a family, that love, perseverance, encouragement and friendship create a family.

The flow of the story was great, it was well written and you felt like you stepped into the California cities right along with them. The details were amazing and it made you actually feel as if you were there. I can’t wait to read another book by this author, as she has made her way onto my list of favorites! Make sure you read this series, as it is one that cannot be missed, it is just that amazing!!

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