This is the first time I am actually reviewing a series together. Feels kind of good to do so but at the same time, it’s like you can’t go on this journey with me. I know most people don’t like to read one then wait months, sometimes years to read the next book so for those of you that fall into that category, you’re welcome.
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem—she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless façade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by…him.
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before—only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realize life is worth living?
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Review: I didn’t know what to really do with the first book, Live Me. I went through a variety of emotions reading it. Confusion and anger seemed to top the list. The story deals with the very touchy topic of rape so if this bothers you, skip this series altogether. Evangelina “Eva” is a hard heroine to love let alone like. I empathized with the character because I’ve never been through what she had, and I appreciate the author showing her struggle with trying to be a “normal” college girl. However, she grated on my nerves WAAAYYY too often. Then I found myself feeling guilty AF for wanting her to put on her big girl panties and deal with some things like an adult. Blake, the hero, on the other hand, is the man. I loved his strength and tenacity. His playfulness and ability to love her regardless of her issues (I refuse to say broken, I swear authors wear this word out). He honestly was the reason I kept reading this book and found myself skimming often (so much freaking poetry) until the last 20-25% of the book. When I say, I didn’t see that coming. I. DIDN’T. SEE. THAT. COMING. I mean the cliffy was a major WTF moment which made rolling into book 2, Breathe You easy.
Breathe You was easier to read. Not because the subject matter changed but because now the story is getting really good. We know whodunnit, now we wait and see how he’s gonna get what’s coming to him. I love that Ms. Grande gave this story a twist and took her time with telling it (even though I feel like book 1 could’ve been 100 pages shorter), especially with the delicate subject matter. I can’t go too deep into book 2 without ruining it. This is definitely the stronger of the two novels. I’m glad I got to read these back to back or I am sure I wouldn’t have given book 2 a second glance…that’s not true it just wouldn’t have been a priority but I would’ve gotten to it eventually. 3.5 stars for the series as a whole.
*** Please be advised that this story deals with a sensitive subject matter and may not be suitable for all***
When past and present collide…
And second chances aren’t promised.
Evangelina and Blake shared a fiery, heart-pounding, live-beneath-your-skin kind of love. Until her demons came to find her, ripping him from her life. Alone once again, Evangelina tries to pick up the pieces that remain.
But one missing piece is irreplaceable.
Blake is struggling without his Angel, and every turn is a reminder of a love lost. When the burden becomes too much to handle, he decides to salvage what’s left of him—to walk away.
Hidden truths come to light.
Secrets are revealed.
And the battle of Evangelina’s life is on.
The fight for her freedom.
For her light.
For true love.
But when family is your nightmare, and the demons follow your sins, how do you climb back from the darkness?
You find your strength.
You discover your purpose.
And most important…
You remember to breathe.
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