Title: Breathless (Chasing Hearts, Book 2)
Author: Vanessa Marie
Published Date: Expected November 2011
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
For once in Charlie’s life, she has something she’d never allowed herself to have before.
All because of Sam’s love.
He fought for her. No matter the cost.
He loved her even when she couldn’t allow herself to feel loved.
Now, when things feel like they might go smoothly for once in her life…
The unexpected happens. Her fate. Her constant date with Death.
A reality that completely blindsides her when life once again rears it’s ugly head.
Shattering any sense of a future she ever felt she could grasp, even if only for a second.
Will she give in and surrender to her fate?
Will she retreat, pushing away everyone she loves to hold onto her secrets?
Or will she fight? Fight for Sam, fight for their love, the way he’s always fought for her?
Holy book hangover! This second book in Vanessa Marie’s Chasing Hearts Series blew me away! I loved the first book, Heartless, but Breathless is very aptly named as it stole my breath. You continue with Sam and Charlie (Charlotte) and their relationship. In this book, everyone faces the hard truth that Charlie needs a heart transplant but she needs help getting there. She needs to have a procedure done to help ensure she lives long enough to get a new heart. Then…life happens and Charlie finds herself in a situation she never thought she’d be in. Charlie goes on an incredible and emotional journey to find the truth about her mother and her family that will make you cry, scream, shout and want to smack someone. You’ll also laugh at Jules and his attempt to be funny at the most inappropriate times, as well as love how Sam wants to take care of Charlie. This book takes you on an amazing ride that will definitely leave you breathless.
Let’s talk about the plot. It’s perfect. It picks up from the first book wonderfully and doesn’t leave any holes or any unanswered questions. You get more growth in the story and find out all sorts of yummy details about Charlie’s mother and her past. There were twists and turns that made me want to just devour the book. It was a serious struggle to stop reading to eat, clean, sleep and whatever else I had to do. I wanted to know more.
What about the characters? In the first book they grew, but in this book it felt like they grew even more. Charlie learned to let people in instead of doing things on her own. Now whether or not she did that all the time, well, read the book to find out. That girl is as stubborn as a mule and I love it. Sam also grows even more. He goes through a period where he feels that Charlie turns to Jules more than him, and his jealousy teaches him that there will be times that she needs to do that. Jules also grows and learns that Charlie needs Sam just as much, if not more, than himself but that doesn’t change their friendship.
The end of the book isn’t a cliffhanger, but I sense there is potential hopefully for a third book…or maybe I just really want there to be more books because I love this series and Vanessa Marie. You do need to read Heartless first in order to understand this book. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing it, so check out my review for the first book as well. Pick up both books and make sure you have plenty of solitude and nothing to do but read.
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