Series: Between Breaths #3
Published by: Intermix on May 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…
Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.
Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
One Line: A strong set of determined characters and a steamy romance makes this a great read!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
Whisper to Me is a pretty decent read. I loved that not only do we get a steamy and sexy romance, we also get two strong-willed, determined characters who are both trying to let go of their pasts and figure out their lives. As much as I love the romance, I love it when a romance book is so much more than that. The book starts off pretty slow and focuses more on the main characters individually, but it definitely wasn’t unbearable. I never felt bored. The second half does get more steamy and the pacing quickens, but you still get everything you need to fully appreciate their story.
Aside from how hesitant Rachel is with Kai, I really enjoyed her character. She has a pretty traumatic thing happen to her and it was interesting seeing how she finally let it all go and rediscover who she really is. This really felt more like her story of self-discovery, as well as Kai’s story, than it did about them falling in love. While that was different and unexpected, I liked it. You see more of Rachel dealing with what happened to her, her ex, and learning not to hide her true self; then you get a mix of Kai and their romance. I also really liked Kai. He’s your typical hottie with a soft spot, sure, but I also liked his history with Rachel, how close they are, and the fact that he wasn’t all hot and cold like guys tend to be in books like these.
I think the only thing that really bugged me was how the characters, especially Rachel, kept pausing/stuttering in their dialogue. I get the need for emphasis, but when every other sentence that comes out of a character’s mouth looks like “blah blah…blah”, it gets to be too much. But maybe that’s just me nitpicking.
Regardless, I really enjoyed Rachel and Kai’s story and Lee’s writing is very entertaining. I seriously need to go back and read the second book in the series (although you don’t need to read any of these in order) because I really like her characters and her love stories. I’m glad there are two more books in this series and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.