Publisher: Howling Mad Press
Release Date: May 1st,
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Just Breathe #1
Source: From the author in exchange for an honest review.
Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…
After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.
Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.
*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 whale education.
Alright, so…writing this review is going to be hard. I knew it would be, because writing reviews for books you love is extremely difficult. Writing reviews for books you adore is damn near impossible. I cannot imagine covering in words all the things I want to say or all the things this book made me feel. It just was everything I hoped it was going to be, everything I thought it was going to be, and then some.
The characters were just brilliant. Basically you have five main characters. Zoe Morgan is the MAIN main character. But then there is also Gavin, Scarlet,Yileen, and to a lesser extent, Sinnder. He may not be in the book as much, but he makes a HUGE impact on the scenes he was in. So let’s talk. Zoe was awesome. She’s a fighter with a bad-ass attitude. She doesn’t take lip from anybody and she totally stands up for what she believes in. She loves whales. It’s more than love. It’s passion. An obsession. And then there’s Gavin. Total hottie rockstar with a protective streak. But he’s also sensitive and Australian. Oh yes. Australian. With black spiky hair, tattoos, and a lip ring. He’s a sentinel, and has been assigned to protect Zoe. They meet in Zoe’s dreams and they get to know each other. Very well. Yileen was Gavin’s mentor. He was also just a really great character. I loved that he had his own dialect, and he just felt very different from any other character in the book. He also had some really great lines. Then there’s Scarlet. I don’t think I am giving you any spoilers by telling you that she’s the villain. She’s also a redhead with a bitch attitude, and she wants Gavin. Badly. Finally, Sinnder. I don’t know what the heck was going on with Sinnder, but I want more. Lots more. He was sooo hot. I suppose that Sinnder could make women drop their panties with just a look if he wanted to. Ha. He and Scarlet are Fire Elementals, and Fire Elementals are all about desires and human instincts. Therefore, they tend to be violent. And they like to have sex. Lots of sex. Maybe you can get the gist of why I like Sinnder so much. 🙂
Incidentally, there is sex in this book. I don’t want to ruin it for you by telling you where, who, or why, just know that the scenes are hot. Very hot. And let’s be honest. There are two more books in this series, and I can only imagine the steamy scenes will get hotter and more creative. The author certainly knows how to make women swoon and want to get some. And I’m going to move on and leave it at that.
This is the type of book you read to escape in. The world-building was awesome and blew me away. I think the way the author wove in elementals with whales and a dream world was just fabulous. For me, the level of creativity in this book sets the bar for any other books I will read this year. Meet it and you will go into my 5 star hall of fame. Anything that doesn’t live up to the level of this book just won’t have the same impact or affect me as much as this book did. I could talk about it and give you details, but really more than anything, I just want you to experience it for yourself. I couldn’t put it down. I haven’t been connecting to most of the books I have been reading lately, and I was beginning to wonder if it was me. It’s not. Because this book proved that it wasn’t. There’s just a lot of mediocre literature out there right now. You won’t find it here.
In this book you will find brilliant writing (and I mean it, Kendall can really write). It flows so well and the way she describes things, and places and people…just so vivid. Some of the scenes will really stick out in my mind for a long time. And the relationships. The tension, sexual and otherwise, was really off the charts. The hatred Scarlet has for Zoe really works. Scarlet doesn’t really feel like JUST a villain. I’m truly scared for Zoe. I want to punch Randy in the face for being such a douchebag and a perv. Seriously a perv. This book sent my emotions off the charts and I just wanted to keep reading and reading and reading. And the thing is is I usually take notes when I am reading so I have topics to talk about while I am writing my review, but for some reason I could not put this book down to write notes. I just could not stop reading and ruin the environment and escape I was feeling. You know that is a GOOD book when that happens.
So, I usually write down a quote. But this time I don’t have one for you. And it’s not because there weren’t any quotes I wanted to steal for my review, it’s just that this is the type of book that flows and moves fast and anything I would have wrote down might have been spoilery. But I can promise you that the dialogue and writing is fabulous. There were some pretty funny moments in this book too. It’s just a really great book and world to escape into. It’s exactly what I was looking for in a book when I opened it up. And it blew me away.
I recommend this book for adults who like young adult, urban fantasy, or any type of romance novel. There are love scenes. And they are hot. So I won’t recommend it for teens. But I know you will sneak and read it anyway, and you should. And that’s all I am going to say. If you don’t normally read these types of genres but are thinking about branching out into urban fantasy, this is a perfect book for you as well. It’s just so good it is impossible not to enjoy no matter what your tastes are.
As soon as buying links are available, I will add them here. For now, just know that this book…