Title – Breathe
Author – Abbi Glines
Series – Sea Breeze, #1
In the shore town of Sea Breeze, Sadie discovers that fame is nothing in the face of passion. A steamy read from bestselling author Abbi Glines.
Sadie White’s summer job is at the beach, but she won’t be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island.
When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal—if she hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house—maybe she’d be excited about working for a rock star. But she’s not.
Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax, but he fights his attraction: Relationships never work in his world, and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. Yet as the summer stretches on, Jax’s passion leaves him breathless—and Sadie feels like the only source of oxygen.
Can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? One breath at a time, they’re going to find out…
The best part of a reading challenge has to be the fact that it gives you an excuse to read books that may have been on your Kindle forever but just kept getting pushed to the bottom of your TBR. For me, Breathe by Abbi Glines was one of these novels and I’m ecstatic that I decided to partake in this challenge and read the debut novel by a popular author. I loved getting a glimpse into where this author came from and how far she has grown from the first characters she brought to readers.
“Your eyes hold the key to my soul. Your hands heal all my pain, and you’re everything that makes this boy whole.”
I really appreciated being able to see Abbi Glines’ quintessential style throughout Breathe. It showed me that while she has grown and finessed her talent, the raw pieces that make up her writing have always been present. She has expanded on and learned to hone her gift, but from the ideas, to the characters, to the swoon worthy factor, I could pretty easily guess it was an Abbi Glines novel if it were handed to me as a mystery. Breathe was so interesting because it was slightly more raw than the Rosemary Beach novels, which I read religiously; I didn’t feel like there was an abundance of character development, but Glines surely has a knack for her storytelling. She is able to suck you into the story and forget the real world for a few hours, and I love that about her writing.
“Don’t cry. I’m not that strong. I can’t stand here when your heart is broken. How I long to be all you need. But instead, I’m everything that’s wrong.”
Glines very clearly likes telling stories about a big wig hero with a heroine who is feisty and fierce, but not without her complications. Jax was a character I instantly took a liking to. He was level-headed, down to earth, and in a world filled with players and greed, it was refreshing to see some normalcy. He fought his conscience, and those little bits of his point of view were perfection. However, Sadie is the character who stole the show for me. I understand all too well about having a mom who acts more like the child, so as we got more into her background and history, I couldn’t not form an instant bond with her. I wanted to be her friend, her shoulder to lean on, and the mother to pull her out of that. However, I loved that Glines built each of these things into characters in the book. It made me relate to it on a deeper level and gripped me that much harder.
“The day you walked into my life, I knew it was no sacrifice to let you in. I wanted nothing more than to win your heart.”
Abbi Glines is a go-to author for me, and Breathe only reaffirmed why that is. She writes these beautiful, fun love stories that you can’t help but want more from. As soon as I closed the book, I was already so excited to dive into the rest of the Sea Breeze series. I just love the non-angsty drama that provides for a lighter read, but never feeling like it’s flat. Plus, I look forward to seeing where this clan ends up down the road. I only wish that I hadn’t waited so long to read them because I was so clearly missing out!
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Don’t Miss the Rest of the Series!
Because of Low (Sea Breeze, #2)
While It Lasts (Sea Breeze, #3)
Just For Now (Sea Breeze, #4)
Sometimes It Lasts (Sea Breeze, #5)
Misbehaving (Sea Breeze, #6)
Bad For You (Sea Breeze, #7)
Hold on Tight (Sea Breeze, #8)
Until the End (Sea Breeze, #9)
Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Field Party, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.