A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…
A college baseball star isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them–something that makes him want to open up.
Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working a suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.
Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him–or to stop herself from falling too far…
Title: Before You Break (Between Breaths #2)
Author: Christina Lee
Release Date: February 18th, 2014
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4 star review!
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**
I fell in love with Before You Break almost as much as I loved All Of You. The story was intriguing, fast-paced, and in my opinion – an easy read.
Ella has had to deal with a terrible loss in her life and still struggles to comprehend how something so horrifying could happen without any signs. I definitely felt for her and was drawn to the way that Christina describe her loss. Due to the events that occurred, she now volunteers at a suicide prevention hotline in order to help those that are willing to seek help from their inner turmoil. She soon gets a call from a mysterious boy that triggers her instinct to help him.
Quinn is hiding a secret that is slowly eating him up inside. He hides behind the persona of carefree baseball player but he is anything but happy. While his depression slowly consumes his ability to continue fighting, he allows Ella into his life and she is the first sign of light in his ever-present darkness. What Quinn doesn’t realise is that Ella is a part of his life in more ways than one.
This book was everything I expected it to be; it was sweet, all-consuming and climactic. Not only was it easy to connect with the story, but the flow that was presented in the writing was continuous and didn’t falter as you became more and more consumed by Ella and Quinn’s story.
I adored this book and would recommend it to anyone that is looking for an easy and fast-paced read without the commitment of having to read an entire series as this book can be read as a standalone. Though I do recommend that you read All Of You first because it is such an amazing book and shouldn’t be disregarded when starting to read Christina’s books.
At the theater, we bought popcorn, Milk Duds, and large sodas. After we settled in our seats in the crowded room, I opened the box of chocolate caramel confections and dumped them in the large tub.
“Um,” Quinn said, scratching his chin.
“Sweet and salty—it’s a must-have for movie watching.”
“Yes, seriously.” I picked up a Milk Dud, flanked it with two pieces of popcorn, and then brought it to his lips. “Here. I guarantee you’ll fall in love. You’ll never watch a movie without them again.”
“If you say so. . . .” He dragged the sweet and salty mixture into his mouth but kept my fingers enclosed between his lips. I held in a gasp while he ran his tongue over my thumb and then sucked on my forefinger before releasing my hand and chewing what remained.
“Agree,” he said around a mouthful of popcorn. “Wouldn’t want to be without them ever again.”
Quinn’s gaze latched on to mine. It felt like a bundle of feathers had been let loose in my stomach. “Guess you’ll have to come to every movie from now on. So I don’t forget.”
Speechless wasn’t even the word for what I felt in that moment. Dumbfounded might have been more like it, or maybe just struck stupid, because I couldn’t even move my lips to form any coherent words.
When the movie previews began, he turned toward the screen and reached for my fingers, interlacing our hands. Then he leaned close to my ear and said, “I expect you to feed me just like that the entire movie.”
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