Title: Barely breathing
Author: Rebecca Donovan
Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Shelves: Contemporary; Romance; Angst;
Format: Kindle (385 pages)
The first part of the “Breathing” series left me breathless! I was devastated and it was brutal. I thought of how horrible Emma’s aunt was, but that is not fully the extent of my imagination. At least we now get rid of her and hope for a better world, right? Well, not so much because when one show drop, we wait for the other, and boy how loud was that dropping sound.
“I breathed for you… I begged for you to breathe with every breath I gave to you. I kept pleading for you to breathe over and over again. And then… then you did. ~ Evan”
I remember how emotional I was after finishing these 2 books so quickly, starved to know what happens next, that I forgot to take care of myself in the meantime, because this series do leaves you emotionally spent. I spent some days before reviewing this, but I still feel the weight of it all.
I don’t recall reading a more intense romantic book so far, maybe except for the “Indebted” series by Pepper Winters, but that was more on the paranormal side, or more fictional, than the reality of the “Breathing” series.
The sequel continues Emma’ story after the incident with her aunt, which thankfully is now in jail, but now Emma decided to move in with her mother Rachel and start her life again. While recuperating, her soul was still damaged and she did not connect with Evan the way I would have expected, but actually she started to bear her heart out to her mother’s boyfriend. That was a major “WHAT TF?” moment for me.
After this all went downhill, and of course everything that can be worst, happens to Emma. The perplex fact is that Jonathan was not actually a bad guy, but his past and his loss, is what draw Emma out. All of this has left me a little raw and emotionally drained, especially when I don’t know what happens with her and Evan.
“Sometimes people hurt more than they can handle… And sometimes they don’t know how to ask for help. They’re so caught up in their own pain, they end up hurting everyone around them.”
The ending doesn’t come with a big cliffhanger but it definitely leaves you craving for more. This book has been an epic ride.
“Barely breathing” is the second book of the “Breathing” Series. Here you can see the reading order.