Thursday, July 11, 2013

Review & Playlist: JUST BREATHE by Rachel Brookes

Just Breathe (Breathe #1)

by: Rachel Brookes

A New Adult novel


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.

Want to read the Prologue and Chapter 1?  Click HERE!


Star Rating: 3 out of 5

Heat Rating: SPICY

What happens when the bad boy/player meets his match?    Tate Connors finds out when Savannah Rae moves from Australia to Los Angeles.  Can they put aside their love'em and leave'em ways or are some habits just too hard to break?

I enjoyed reading about a female character that wasn't pure, virginal or self-conscious;  Savannah is a naughty girl and she embraces her assets to get what she wants.  Rachel Brookes does a good job with the slow build up of tension between Tate and Savannah, you get to see them circling each other and gauging just how far they are willing to take their flirtation.   The dialogue was fun and flirty, Savannah being Australian was very entertaining, making for some comical moments with her word choices.  

New Adult is always an iffy genre for me, being in my thirties I sometimes expect the characters to act more grown up than what a typical 20-something may act, so that is my hang-up.  No two people read the same book,  read the prologue and first chapter I have linked above to see if this is something you would enjoy.  
Rachel Brookes is an author I will keep my eye on, curious what she will come up with next.


Author Info:

Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angst ridden love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance, a spoonful of sexiness and the main ingredient hot guys. 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 they are constantly writing together.  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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