Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: Exhale (Just Breathe #2) by Kendall Grey

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  • Publisher: Kendall Grey
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Source: eARC provided by the author for review
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Overview

Her dreams brought them together, but reality could tear them apart…

The man of Zoe Morgan’s dreams isn’t only real, he’s interested. In her. But her boss wants her too, and is leveraging his unsolicited advances with the threat of blocking the huge promotion she's after. When he places a spy on her research team, the intense stranger discovers more than he should, and Zoe fears hiding a relationship with Gavin Cassidy from her boss is the least of her worries. The whale she must protect has been marked for death, and Zoe's old enemy Scarlet is eager to deliver the killing blow. To both of them.

Australia’s Sentinels must find and lock the door into the Dreaming before Fyre Elementals launch another attack on innocent dreamers. But corruption and distrust abound, and Gavin believes someone on the Sentinel council is in league with the Fyres. As he reluctantly embraces his new role as council leader, Gavin must not only keep Zoe safe from Scarlet's vengeful clutches, but organize a Sentinel defense strong enough to prevent a full-blown Elemental war—with a traitor fighting by his side.

*This book contains graphic language, sex, and some violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.

**The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face.


My Thoughts

Wow!! Okay, where to start. This is seriously a super hard review to write because I totally freaking loved this book and don't even know what to say to express how amazing I think it is. I have started this review numerous times and ended up deleting it over and over. This book picks up right where Inhale ended and it couldn't have been a more perfect start. The whole feel of this one is totally different than Inhale, but in a great way. There is a lot more emotion, more tension, and a lot of OMG moments!! I kid you not. This book is made of awesome!! 

Zoe is one bad ass chick, we already know that. She is also very fragile and a lot of that really comes out. Before Gavin was just Mr. Perfect in her dreams, now he is real and is persuing her very insistently. She is totally hot for him of course, but she has worked so hard to get where she is and doesn't need any distractions from her work. She thinks he is on the complete opposite side of the dating spectrum and that there is no way it could ever work with them anyways. Let me tell you, she has a hell of a lot more self control than I would. Gavin is practically throwing himself at her and she keeps shooting him down. I kept wanting to be like "WTF is wrong with you?!! He is smoking hot and if dream sex is any indication of what you could have with him, you are INSANE for not wanting that!!" Moving on....Zoe does come to her senses, but there are many more complications to deal with. 

Do I have to mention how much I love Gavin? Oh man, he is delicious!! I need a Gavin!! He will do anything to convince Zoe that they should be together. Besides his need to protect her, he really does care about her. I was a puddle of goo every time he would make his advances on her, whether verbal or physical. That boy has my heart for sure!! He goes through so much in this book. I totally feel for him. I was hoping for the best the whole time. Wanting, no needing for him to to be happy. Between his Sentinel duties, trying to protect Zoe, and finding a way to prevent the war that is looming, he is just knocked down over and over again. 
  
The story gets really intense in this one. Way more than in the first book. Now Zoe has to be careful in real life too, not just in Dreaming. Scarlet knows where to find her in Realis and she does. She is a constant threat to Zoe. Popping up here and there. As if I didn't despise Scarlet enough in Inhale, I absolutely can't stand her in Exhale. OMG!! I had a freak the eff out moment while reading this book because of a Scarlet situation. I wanted to throw my nook across the room, scream, cry, something!! I was cursing Kendall for being so evil, but loving her at the same time for being able to bring out such intense emotion!!

So I know that I haven't said much about the book really, but I feel like if I start to say anything I will say too much. This book was just amazing for me. My heart was pounding out of my chest at some points. I felt overwhelmed with emotions throughout so much of this book. Once I started reading this, I felt like I had to finish it before I could do anything else. I needed this to keep going like I need air to breathe. It was totally engaging and addicting. And the ending!!! OMG!! I was DYING!! Seriously, I felt like I would die. I love a cliffhanger so it was amazing to me, but I also feel like my heart may not start beating again until I have Just Breathe in my hands!! 5 out of 5 stars. 

11 comments:

  1. Haha it sounds like when I was writing my review for Bastion. I started it like 3 times. Lol I can't believe she shoots him down!! HE IS A GOD!! TAKE IT!! >.< This sounds like a totally awesome sequel and freaking intense I can't wait to read it!! I can't wait to see what that cliffy is too. I secretly love them and hate them at the same time haha. Then we can die together!! :D

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    1. It's a cliffhanger, but it isn't. It's hard to explain, but it leaves you needing the next one! I can't wait to see how Kendall Wraps it all up.

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  2. Duuude. I plan to read Exhale this weekend. I am dying to see what happens next. But I'm also scared b/c Kendall keeps warning me!

    I am so happy you loved Exhale. I know I will too b/c we always agree and Kendall is a genius!

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    1. Oh I think that a certain thing is going to have you a bit freaking out! I know I was. :) I can't wait to hear what you think.

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  3. You are SO getting me excited to read this series and thanks to you I get to!! YAY!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Yay!! I am so excited to hear what you think of Inhale. I love that you were a winner!! :)

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  4. I can't read this yet because I don't want to spoil myself. I've started the book but have barely had the time to dive into it. I am SO stoked, however, because this world is one I cannot get enough of!

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    1. Kendall really has created such and awesome world to get lost in. I can't get enough either. Now I am totally pining for Just Breathe.

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    2. That should say such an awesome, not and lol!!

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  5. Awww, so glad you loved it! Me too. I haven't written my review yet (tonight maybe?) but I loved it almost as much as you did. I'm a bigger fan of Inhale still but I did love this book and I am totally invested in these characters. Lovely review.

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    1. I love it when I get really connected to the characters. It makes me love a story!! Kendall has created an awesome world and characters that you can emotionally connect to for sure!!

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