Today marks Day 30 of 31 Days of #BookLove. Rather than review all 323 books I read year, I decided to share one of my favorites. I meant to wrap this up in December, but I got hit with the plague. So…the #BookLove continues into 2014.

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REASON TO BREATHE by Rebecca Donovan

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Indie 

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

“No one tried to get involved with me, and I kept to myself. This was the place where everything was supposed to be safe and easy. How could Evan Mathews unravel my constant universe in just one day?”

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection—pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth―at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

One girl’s story of life-changing love, unspeakable cruelty, and her precarious grasp of hope: Reason to Breathe is the first installment of the acclaimed Breathing Series.

 

What I Liked:

This book – this entire series – will shred you. Emma hides the abuse and neglect she’s suffering at the hands of her aunt, which is progressively getting worse. She’s afraid, but counting the days until she’ll be free. In the meantime, she mostly keeps to herself, trying to avoid the questions people would ask if they saw her injuries. Then she meets a boy who makes her want more and puts her plan in danger when he begins to notice things. And that’s just the first book. Emma is such a strong girl trying to survive a terrible situation. You feel for her even if you wish she would tell someone what is happening. And seeing what she and Evan go through over the course of the series will gut you. Highly recommend this series.

Like the sound of REASON TO BREATHE? Give the author a little #BookLove. Rebecca Donovan tweets @BeccaDonovan.

BONUS: There are sequels to this story! BARELY BREATHING and OUT OF BREATH get progressively more heartbreaking. In fact, BARELY BREATHING leaves you more than a little depressed. But hang in there. There’s a lot of good in OUT OF BREATH that makes it all worth it, and I loved seeing how much the characters changed after everything they’ve experienced. See the series here.

 

Buy:

Amazon | Goodreads

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The 31 Days of #BookLove

Day 1: BULLY by Penelope Douglas
Day 2: THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay
Day 3: TANGLED by Emma Chase
Day 4: UNSPOKEN by Jen Frederick
Day 5: PLAYING FOR KEEPS by R.L. Mathewson
Day 6: ONE WEEK GIRLFRIEND by Monica Murphy
Day 7: WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn
Day 8: SIGNIFICANCE by Shelly Crane
Day 9: FALLEN CREST HIGH by Tijan
Day 10: HER BEST WORST MISTAKE by Sarah Mayberry
Day 11: CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn
Day 12: THE COINCIDENCE OF CALLIE AND KAYDEN by Jessica Sorensen
Day 13: HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover
Day 14: SEDUCING MR. KNIGHTLY by Maya Rodale
Day 15: MY UNEXPECTED FOREVER by Heidi McLaughlin
Day 16: BREAKING NOVA by Jessica Sorensen
Day 17: RULE by Jay Crownover
Day 18: DEEPER WE FALL by Chelsea M. Cameron
Day 19: THE BOY WHO SNEAKS IN MY BEDROOM WINDOW by Kirsty Moseley
Day 20: WIFE FOR A WEEK by Kelly Hunter
Day 21: REAL by Katy Evans
Day 22: CARTER REED by Tijan
Day 23: ON DUBLIN STREET by Samantha Young
Day 24: BREAKING BEAUTIFUL by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Day 25: BROKEN AND SCREWED by Tijan
Day 26: WALLBANGER by Alice Clayton
Day 27: INTO THE DEEP by Samantha Young
Day 28: OFF COURSE by Sawyer Bennett
Day 29: FALLING INTO YOU by Jasinda Wilder