Blog Tour: Whisper to Me (Between Breaths #3) by Christina Lee ~ Ava and Kat's Reviews + Paperback Giveaway
I’m going to say this now just in case (for some weird reason) you don’t read the rest of my review… If you haven’t read any of Christina’s books, you’re really missing out! I love the cleanliness of her writing style, the beauty of her storytelling, and her ability to pull you in from the very beginning. I love, LOVE her books! And you know what makes them even more enjoyable, other than all of her amazing author skills? Knowing what an absolute sweetheart she is, and that she truly appreciates her readers! I just love when authors take the time for saying “Thank you for reading”, and she always takes the time to engage her readers and it really means a lot.
Kai had loved Rachel for years. He watched the girl he loved change the true her for someone else and eventually watched her being crushed by that very same person. He then swooped in to take care of her in a friend’s only way, and eventually after high school they both went their separate ways. But the moment he saw her years later, he knew his love for her never died.
He kept tabs on her throughout college. He learned that she liked to use guys for sex. But now that they are back in the same town he is determined to make sure it’s him that she uses. No, he’s not a dick for thinking like that, he loves her and doesn’t want her to be with anyone else but him. Kai has his own issues. Rachel helps him see he doesn’t need to be dependant on his addictions, he can depend on her. They can use each other to make it through the tough times. And it is those times that brought them together and made them realise they belong together.
“The girl I ached for was finally noticing me in the same way… The girl of my fucking dreams”
I loved the slow build of their emotional connection, their hotter than now “secret” hook-ups (doing your best friends older brother without her knowing... scandalous!), all the little glimpses into the past and how it all started between the two of them are what made Kai and Rachel so special and unforgettable. Kai has the right amount of bad boy/protector/nurturer/holy hotness. He also has the piercings in all the right places, which by the way, is one of my new requirements for making it onto my book boyfriends laminated list. He will definitely make your heart skip a beat.
There were so many great scenes in this book, but the bathroom at the casino was one of my favourite hot moments. And the place she found her underwear afterword’s had me smiling. Smooth, Kai, very smooth.
Now the worst parts of these stories is the inevitable break-up. We always know it’s going to happen, and the reasons aren't always the same, but it’s the moment of how they come back together that makes the story. The moment they realise how stupid the reason for leaving was. Because what’s better than being with your one true love? Nothing, that’s what. And you know it’s special even when the people around you know, without you having to say a word. This is the "Are you gonna get the girl?" moment. That moment in the story where Rachel learns exactly when Kai fell in love with her. The moment he knew, the reason he stop being afraid and came back to her to make her see just how great they are together.
"Right in that instant-the second before you reached me? That's when I knew"
This was the best part of the story. The part where that little sob escapes your throat and you hope that there is no one around to witness your tears fall.
This is the third book in the series and my new favourite! You may also like to know that Bennett and Avery from the first book, All of You, make an ultra swoony appearance you won't want to miss!
“Having his strong arm around me made me feel protected. Safe. Like I was home.”
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
I had briefly met Rachel in the previous two books, not much about her character was given away so this book can be read as a standalone. Rachel is called home for the summer to help her mum with the family shop. Rachel had been avoiding home for the last three years after she suffered a fatal accident. She didn’t want to be seen as the pitied girl anymore. But that meant she left her best friends Dakota and Kai behind and it also meant she created a new persona at college. Rachel realised things had to change when her past and present self collided.
Kai had been there for Rachel all throughout her recovery. For him, his feelings morphed from caring for his little sister’s best friend to falling in love. But Rachel and Kai weren’t in the right state of mind and Kai escaped from his responsibilities and went off the rails just a smidge. On his return home and seeing Rachel back and under the same roof, it shakes his resolve and Kai knows he won’t be able to hide his feelings for a second time.
I think what surprised me most was Kai’s role in this story; I felt his point of view (which I loved) dominated Rachel’s and there was more of it. We got to know him better and even though Rachel had just as much as a journey to travel, Kai really let us in and I was drawn to his character more.
I do a have weakness for guys who lay it all on the line and with Kai and his secret love for Rachel, I hung on his every word and I adored his vulnerable side.
“If I was going to bury myself inside Rachel, the girl of my fucking dreams, I wanted it to be under different circumstances. I wanted to see something beyond lust in her eyes. I wanted her to really see me for who I was. I needed her to want every single piece of me, beyond the physical.”
If that wasn’t enough, Kai was one hot book boyfriend. He deserved a medal for holding back his true feelings from Rachel and his control was continually tested. It made for some hot scenes!
“Without any warning, I tugged her mouth up to mine and drove my tongue past her lips, deep and forceful. She grabbed my shoulders and whimpered against me. If I couldn’t bury myself inside her tonight. I’d fuck her with my tongue instead.”
This is my favourite Christina Lee book in the series so far, I think if you nail the connection between the characters then the rest falls into place, with Rachel and Kai having previous history this automatically deepened their connection and I was rooting for them from the start. Rachel was guarded and I didn’t get her like I did Kai, but this could have been due to her holding back from everyone. Kai was the star of the story and there were some lovely heartfelt passages throughout. My favourite scenes were when Kai and Rachel would spend time in Kai’s room just getting to know each other all over again, it strengthened their relationship. There was a great balance of sexual tension, tender moments and some real sweet romantic moments and that made for an enjoyable read.
“I watched her expression as the lights from the set illuminated her features, and I saw how lost she was in the moment. She was engrossed as I was, and it felt like something has shifted between us. I wasn’t ready to name it, nor did I want to. I just wanted to feel it, experience it, live it tonight-with this girl who meant the world to me.”
“His head swung down, his lips delicately hovering near mine. And it was the most delicious torment. Exhilarating and excruciating all at once. To wait for the love of your life to kiss you.”
I did feel the pace was uneven in the last few remaining chapters, there were a few time jumps to cover some of the events that took place and it slowed down the momentum somewhat. But what I did like was both Kai and Rachel taking responsibility for their lives and deciding how they wanted to proceed.
“When I neared him, he reached out his hand. “Grab it. I don’t want to lose you.” As soon as I gripped his fingers, I could breathe again. He was my anchor, my respite, my North Star. I don’t want to lose you either, Kai.”
I do love my epilogues but I am known to survive without them, I understand the series will continue so I didn’t necessarily need Kai and Rachel’s future all wrapped up but I felt their story ended mid scene and I was frantically swiping the last page looking for more. I’m greedy, I’ll admit and just wanted a little more of a concluding feel to their journey.
“I was desperate for him. Desperate to experience every single part of him. He nipped at my bottom lip, and I opened my mouth to allow him entrance. Into my heart. Into my world. Into my soul.”
Whisper To Me is a great addition to the Between Breaths series. I have no doubt Kai will sweep you off your feet as he did me, and I suggest you 1-click this today!
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys.
She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.
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