Monday, May 19, 2014

Before You Break (Between Breaths, #3) by Christina Lee ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

*A companion novel to ALL OF YOU

My Thoughts:

5 stars - Don't Miss This One!

Here's the deal, peeps.  Suicide is a tough subject and one I normally avoid.  It hits a little too close to home and if I know about it before hand, I tend to avoid the book.  But I loved ALL OF YOU so much that I just had to read this one.  I did put it off for a while but I'm so glad I read this book.

Quinn is broken.  His past is haunting him and he doesn't feel like he deserves to live his dreams.  So he's living someone else dream and pretending to be fine.  Quiet and shutoff, he does the minimum amount of appearances for his frat.  He studies.  He plays ball.  He doesn't have a girl.  He hooks up once in a while but only with the locals, never with the college girls.  They expect something of him, something he can't give.

Ella has a horrible boyfriend.  Clearly, Joel needs a fist to the jaw.  He's a jerk - cheating on her and treating her bad.  It was clearly over but neither of them could manage to end it.  So when she's attracted to Quinn, I'm yelling go for it girl!  Ella has an understanding heart and some pain of her own.  She's just what Quinn needs to find hope.

Hope.  That's the important message here.  Finding the hope to deal with your pain.  No amount of effort can make someone seek healing without some hope that it will work.  Quinn has no hope.  Ella is his hope.  I loved that.

I was very grateful that this book shed some light on the pain of depression and suicide.  I'm glad that the hotline was part of the story.  It's not a last resort but a life line.  People are there to talk to you and find you help.  That was important to me.

This story was so good.  I figured things out a little ahead but not much.  There was even one little thing that surprised me.  But best of all was that emotionally, I handled it.  So much of the book was them getting to know each other and trust each other.  The point of unknown wasn't long and I was so glad.  There's enough emotion in this book that I appreciated the angst being low.

The heat is scorching hot.  Quinn loves to touch, lick and kiss.  They spend a lot of time doing that and it's very satisfying to read.  There was a part that Quinn held back until he was sure.  I was so impressed with that.  Made me love him more.

If you love new adult with a little more depth, then this is a perfect read.  While I loved ALL OF YOU a lot, you can enjoy BEFORE YOU BREAK without having read the first one.

Don't miss this one!

The series...

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About the author:

Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a fashion stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.

Now I live in my hometown of Cleveland, with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I’ve always been an avid reader—reading was actually my favorite time of day when I taught second and third grade.  

But it wasn’t until I became a local newspaper columnist that something clicked. I finally realized I could turn my love of words into my dream of writing fiction.


  1. Thank you so much for the review!!!!
    Another one to my TBR list!!!! hahaha

  2. I love this series! It is just so good. Quinn and Ella's story broke my heart but I loved it all the same. Great review!

  3. I didn't think about this one being tough for you! I'm so glad BYB had such a positive impact on you, pal. Lee did an excellent job with this subject. Great review!

  4. This story was very emotional for me to read. I agree with you that this book was about hope. I liked that the hotline, and shedding light on depression was a significant part of the story as well. Very thoughtful review!