Review of Exhale by Kendall Grey

Posted June 11, 2012 by Kara in Uncategorized / 10 Comments

Publisher: Howling Mad Press
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Pages: NA, I read a Kindle copy.
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: Just Breathe Trilogy #2
Source: ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb: 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.

Review: Wow, wow, wow. That sounds so cliche but it’s true. I really enjoyed Exhale. I am so invested in the trilogy at this point that the characters could probably dance and play tag for 300 pages and I would love it, but that is beside the point. Kendall Grey is a fantastic writer and she knows how to weave a story better than almost anyone I know. I’ll be honest and say I didn’t like Exhale quite as much as Inhale, but it was still a fantastic book. I did give this a 5 star rating, but in the interest of full disclosure, that last star was kind of a bonus star BECAUSE I am so emotionally attached to this story. If I wasn’t so invested, I would probably have given it 4 stars. But my emotions are clouded. 

Seriously. I don’t even know where to start. Okay, let me just go ahead and get the negative out of the way right off the bat that way I can move on to the gushing and fainting. For me the beginning was a little slowly paced. I just wanted more plot. There was a lot of romance in the beginning, and while I love the romance between Zoe and Gavin, I think I am more invested in the whales and the elementals and all of that than anything else. But once it got going, man it was good. Oh, and the sexual tension? 

Yeah. There were times when I wish I had/was able to read this book in a cold shower. Well done, Kendall. If you like hawt sexytimes, this is the book for you. Good lord. 

If you thought Scarlet was evil in Inhale, you haven’t seen anything yet. She was even more ruthless, scarier, and horrifying than ever before. Just when I thought she couldn’t get any worse, I was proven wrong, time and time again. She is the villain you love to hate. But in all my years of reading, I’m not sure I have hated a villain quite as much as her. I want her to die a million different ways, if possible. I hope the author gives her a horrible, HORRIBLE death. 

I loved the addition of a few new characters. They were all wonderfully developed and brought new levels to the story that I really enjoyed. I’d talk about them but I really don’t want to spoil it because I think it’s something that needs to be experienced going in blindly without any outside information.  And that’s another thing that’s important to mention. These characters go through SO much. Especially Zoe and Gavin. And I think the author does a really great job of bringing their stories to life and developing the characters. The story ARC is amazing. It’s part of the reason why I enjoy Kendall’s writing so much. 

For anyone that is reading this review without any knowledge of the first book, I would highly recommend this series. It’s easy to get attached to these characters. I’ve fallen in love with the whales and the way this amazing fantasy world is developed. Yes, there’s sort of a cliffhanger at the end of this book, but it’s not as bad as I thought it was going to be, and the thing is, the last book in the trilogy will be out shortly so you don’t have to wait that long. So if you can’t handle cliffhangers, then just wait another 2 months and you can read them back to back. 

It’s definitely a series worth investing your time in. I REALLY think it brings something new to the table. It’s original and there’s not anything quite like it out there. I will be reading this author’s books as long as she keeps writing them. I know I didn’t talk much about the plot, but I don’t want to spoil anything for new readers. Give it a chance. These books might be indie published, but you would never be able to tell. They are edited just as good, if not better, than most traditionally published books out there. Definitely one of my favorite books of 2012.

To purchase a copy of Exhale from, click here: Exhale (Just Breathe). Kindle copies are only 2.99! If you have not started this trilogy yet, you can purchase book one, Inhale, from Amazon here for only $0.99. 

10 responses to “Review of Exhale by Kendall Grey

  1. I am currently reading EXHALE and MAY DIE from the chemistry between Gavin and Zoe. Kendall is one of THE most gifted authors I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I wish I could shove this series in the face of every reader. Phenomenal.

    • Me too, Andrea! Me too! She’s a fantastic writer. She’ll get the recognition she deserves. It just takes time to build when you are an unknown. I recommend it to everyone I meet.

  2. Amy

    Love your review!! I freaking died at that last GIF!! I don’t think I could possibly hate Scarlet more than I do now either!! I was getting all stabby feeling towards her throughout the book!! Kendall is just so amazong with her writing. This is for sure one of my favorite series I have read. I am just dying to read Just Breathe.

    • Ugh. Scarlet, was just AWFUL and VILE in this book. I can’t say anything without revealing spoilers. But NO! I want her to burn, burn, BURN!!!!

      I adore this series. I’m really read to read an ARC of the next one already. So I hope it’s done soon. LOL.

  3. I totally need to read this. Anywho, Scarley, ugh. I love the My Little Pony image. So you. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be ready to bitchslap Scarlet across the dreamworld and then again in Realis.

    • She’s awful in this book. AWFUL. If you thought she was bad in Inhale, just wait.

      Everyone loves the pony GIF. I will totally have to use more of those. Challenge accepted!

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