Published by Enchanted Publications on July 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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From the bestselling author of Songbird comes a story that will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the power of second chances.
Carrie Malone has seen enough heartbreak to last a lifetime.
Her family’s demons gave Carrie the courage to move away from home and leave her past behind. Now a college senior, she stays busy with her classes and her job at the diner. It may sound boring to some, but to Carrie, the very best thing about her new life is that every day is calm and blissfully uneventful.
That all changes the night Josh Bennett walks into her diner.
With his dirty designer suit and mud-caked shoes, Carrie’s not sure what to think about the broken man sitting at her counter. She’s even more confused when he doesn’t touch his coffee . . . and leaves his Rolex watch as a tip.
Josh Bennett has nothing to live for.
Starved for affection and deep in despair, he’s looking for a tender touch. A kind word. A giving heart.
A shattered and broken Josh finds himself standing on a city bridge, looking down into the freezing river that will undoubtedly bring an end to his pain.
He’s prepared to jump.
He’s prepared to die.
He’s not prepared for the pretty waitress who finds him there by the water’s edge.
When two lost souls find each other in the dark of the night, can they give each other a reason to breathe again?
With a story that’s just over one hundred pages long, you need to use the time and space wisely, which is exactly what Sydney did. She hooks you immediately. She not only piques your interest and gives you questions but then introduces some likeable characters and one hell of a memorable twist right off the bat. I gasped, which quickly turned into surprised laugher and an “Oh girl, no he didn’t!” Finger raised in the air. I was loving this story instantly. The best thing that Sydney could have done with these characters and this story was be precise and she nailed it. Her characters are to the point, they say what they want, when they want, and deal with issues head on. I FLOVED THIS! How often these days do you read stories where the characters talk in circles or take chapters upon chapters to work out their issues? All the time, that’s how often. Carrie and Josh on the other hand are awesome. Just saying.
“Let me take you to dinner.” I smirk. “We just ate.”
“I have a night class.”
“Lunch? Breakfast? Mid-day snack? I don’t care. I just . . . I just want to see you.”
While this story deals with some difficult issues, it doesn’t have an overly heavy connotation which I appreciated. This will hit you right in the feels, but then it’ll make you smile, make you laugh and make you comfortable. This is a feel good kind of story, like hot chocolate on a cold winter day.
The feels! Oh the FEELS! Ahhhhhhhh. So cute. Not only is there some major heartstring tugging, but the romantic feels too. I swoon for Josh and I’m not even sorry. He’s adorable, he says the right things and does the right things and just generally makes my heart melt.
I bow my head, but he refuses to let me hide. Instead, he places his finger beneath my chin and gently lifts my face toward his, tenderly kissing my tear-stained cheek. “Don’t, Josh.”
“Don’t love me.”
He closes his eyes. When they open again, they burn with emotion. “Too late.”
I loved the flirty and kind of fun encounters that these two had. Breathe Again has you experiencing those feelings that you get at the beginning of a new relationship; the giddiness, the butterflies, the warm fuzzies. Once you start it, you won’t put it down.
“I have a confession, too.”
“I met your sister.”
He stops chewing. “You met Sonia?”
“She came to the diner.”
“I’m sorry, Carrie. I told her not to do that.”
“It’s okay. She’s really sweet. She wants to take me to dinner.”
“I’m going to be really pissed if my sister takes you out on a date before I do.”
I’m a chapter reader. By that I mean that when I start a new chapter, it bothers me to no end if I’m not able to finish said chapter before having to put the book down. My biggest problem with this style is the fact that Sydney throws in twists, surprises or gasp worthy moments at the end of her chapters, leaving you guessing at what may happen next. Because of this little sorcery trick, if I needed to put it down to (heaven forbid) get back to work, I couldn’t because I’d HAVE to start the next one NOW! I was obsessed, once I started, there was no way I could’ve stopped reading. Someone would’ve had to pry it out of my hands for me to even contemplate putting it down.
Did I mention this has all the feels?! The happy feels, the sad feels, the angry and confused and hurt feels, the ‘What now’ feels. Everything. This book gives you everything.
It’s the strangest thing. We aren’t angry. We aren’t fighting. Our voices are soft and quiet. Mutual sounds of sorrowful acceptance and unbelievable hurt.
“Then why are you here, Josh?”
“Because I can’t stay away from you.”
“You need to try harder.”
“Because you’re gonna break my heart.”
Carrie quite literally changed the path of Josh’s life, and in turn, he did the same for hers. I loved the theme of second chances that was worked into Breathe Again in a few different ways. Not only with the MC relationship, but other relationships, new outlooks, new chances. You can find a reason to fight in the most unexpected places and these two found it in each other, one winter evening while standing on a bridge.
“Our circumstances couldn’t have been more different, but that night, we’d been just the same. Two lost, heartbroken souls, desperate for salvation.
It was one moment in time, and in that split second, our lives changed forever.
I’m learning that life is full of those little moments. Joyful moments. Heartbreaking moments. Moments that are inconsequential. And others that take your breath away. Some moments you create. Others just find you.
In a greasy diner.
On a snowy bridge.”
Breathe Again is a short and fast paced story that deals with love, loss, grief and second chances. It shows you how to breathe new life into what seems like a hopeless situation and how one person is all it can take to change your life. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, one click!! I dare you to try and put this book down once you’ve started it.
“I love you because you’ve given me something to live for. You’ve given me a reason to wake up every morning. You’ve given me a reason to breathe again.”
*An ARC was received from the author and InkSlinger PR in exchange for an honest review.
Cold November air nips at my bare fingers, and I mutter a curse. Leaving my gloves at home isn’t the dumbest thing I’ve done lately, but it’s close.
You should’ve let Tony drive you home.
Pulling my jacket tighter around me, I quicken my pace. It’s just a few blocks between the diner and my apartment, but the cold air makes it feel like miles.
Flurries start to swirl, prompting me to walk a little faster. I’m just making my way across the Hart Street Bridge when something catches my eye.
A man’s standing next to the concrete barrier, looking down into the frigid water below.
Without a backwards glance, he places one leg over the edge.
My heart pounds in my chest. “No!”
His head jerks up, and there, under the lights of the city, my eyes lock with the man who left his watch on my counter.
So is he.
People keep walking. Cars keep moving. But my eyes remain fixed on the man straddling the concrete barrier—the only thing that’s keeping him from plunging into the icy river below us. I don’t know his name. I don’t know why he’s dressed like a beggar, and I certainly don’t know why he left his Rolex on my counter.
But in this moment, none of that matters.
I make sure the street is clear before walking across, keeping my movements slow as I approach him. The last thing I want to do is freak him out. For now, one leg is still on this side of the barrier, giving me hope that maybe he doesn’t really want to die tonight. Needing the support it provides, I hold onto the cold concrete and pray I say the right thing.
“What are you—”
“Leave me alone, Carrie.”
The fact that he’s coherent enough to remember my name gives me even more hope. But his voice . . . it’s raw and tinged with so much sadness that it nearly breaks my heart.
“What are you doing?”
“It’s none of your business. Go away.”
His eyes flash with anger.
“Don’t jump and maybe I’ll let you.”
It’s a ridiculous thing to say, but I’m desperate. He’d never survive the fall, and I already have enough guilt in my heart to last a lifetime. I don’t need this on my conscience, too.
The man blinks rapidly, as if he’s trying to comprehend what I said.
“Tempting, but trust me. I’m not worth saving.”
“I don’t believe that.”
“Believe it,” he whispers. “Please, Carrie. Just . . . go.”
I shake my head and take a step closer.
Keep him talking.
“I don’t even know your name. You know mine. That’s not fair.”
He looks surprised. “You don’t recognize me?”
“Wow. That’s . . . refreshing, actually.”
I glance around. Surely someone has noticed us and called the cops by now. But I don’t hear sirens, so I keep talking, hoping the man will come to his senses.
I offer him my hand. “My name is Carrie Malone. What’s yours?”
The name sounds vaguely familiar.
“Nice to meet you, Josh. Now, would you please place both legs on this side of the barrier before I have a heart attack?”
Josh looks down into the river.
“Please? Let me call your family.”
It’s the wrong thing to say.
“My family’s dead, which is exactly what I should be. What I want to be.”
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