Breathless by Rose J. Bell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
3.5 Breathless Stars
Ree Coleman grew up privileged, with a father who adores her, a little brother she loves, and a distant mother. Two years ago, her life changed. She was abducted. Tortured. Raped. She escaped. She survived. Sometimes, it feels like thats all she is doing. Surviving. She doesn’t really live anymore. She has her dad, her brother, her best friend Remy, but her life is just hollow.
She is trying though. Day by day, she lives, tries to breathe, survives. As if her life hasn’t been bad enough, she loses one of the only people in her life who truly get her, love her, tries to understand her. Her father. Her life is turned upside down once again. Going from a life of privilege, to living in a not so ideal neighborhood working two jobs to support her little brother an comatose mother, Ree is struggling.
There is only one positive thing in her life right now. Her neighbor, Logan. Logan is a special guy. He sees something in Ree. He wants to help her, to have her open up to him. He has his issues too, but he is living, breathing and wants her to be able to do the same.
‘When you’re broken, you can see when another person is broken too.’
‘You’re not the only one with scars.’
The more time Ree spends with Logan, the more her walls start to come down... little by little. They develop a friendship. Logan causes her to break her rules, and for once, she is okay with that.
Logan Marquez makes me break the most important rules in my life. And I need to confess that I like it.
Logan teaches Ree that it’s okay to be a little broken, that her scars are beautiful because she survived. They made her who she is today.
‘I love each one of your scars. And do you know why? Because they’re a part of you, Ree.’
Eventually, their friendship starts to develop into something more, something deeper. I can’t tell you how much I loved Logan. He was the sweetest guy. He had his own problems, but all he wanted was to be there for Ree, to get her to open up. Ree was such a broken soul, but Logan was able to get her to open up in ways she hadn’t done in years. I loved watching their relationship blossom.
‘I want to fulfill you. I want you inside and out. I want to breathe you. I want to live you. I want to hear your smile, knowing that I made you laugh. I want to be your friend. I want to be the boy you fall in love with. I want to be worth your time and trust. I want everything with you. And most of all- I want to be worth your love.’
‘Thank you for helping me breathe again.’
I don’t want to go too much into the story, but there is A LOT going on... Ree and Logan are connected in ways they never thought possible. There is mystery, suspense, and drama along with this broken love story. The closer they get to each other, the more they find out. Will Logan be the one to save Ree, piece her back together? Or will the secrets she finds connecting them tear her down even further?
This one kept me on the edge of my seat. It was an emotional and beautiful read. I really liked both of the main characters, along with Ree's little brother Sam. The storyline was fast paced and there was never a dull moment.
So, why wasn’t it five stars for me- The dialogue wasn’t always fluid, seemed unnatural at times. Also, the lack of contractions were distracting. A few grammatical errors, and sometimes I felt like there was a little too much going on and that took away from some of the more powerful Ree and Logan moments.
Overall, I did enjoy reading it!
***ARC kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review***
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