WHISPER TO ME (Between Breaths #3) by Christina Lee
New Adult Romance
262 pages, ebook
Available May 20, 2014
Review copy provided by publisher for honest review
At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…
Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.
Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.
I know! A New Adult book, right? I know there’s a rabid following out there but I just haven’t fallen under its spell…yet. But WHISPER TO ME was a pretty good read.
Sure, it has those NA cliches with the tattooed and pierced bad boy (who’s also a musician) and the (relatively) good girl. And, of course, the bad boy really has a marshmallow heart. Those, I can handle and even really enjoy, as long as I don’t read too many books like this in the same vein. But I liked Kai. He is sweet, he’s kind and, damn, that boy has some dirty talk in his romance-the-girl repertoire.
Kai and Rachel have strong chemistry and a connection that practically sizzles off the page. He’s her rock while she recovers from injuries she received from a motorcycle crash (lesson: never ride a bike without a helmet, even if your jerk of a boyfriend is driving and says it’s going to be fine. Just don’t.). He was her rock when said boyfriend abandoned her. And he fell hard for her. Unfortunately, she decided that she needed to get away from her small town and reinvent herself, leaving Kai in the lurch. Until, three years later when they’re both back in the same town.
There’s a bit too much miscommunication and issues left unresolved for too long. With just a couple of sit-down, no-sex conversations, these issues could be resolved but they’re not quite enough mature to do that in a timely manner. The ending’s also a bit rushed, with everything getting solved for the HEA. I guess I wanted a little more time with the couple once they finally got together for-real-for-real and not just as an experiment or for smexy times. A solid three-star read for me.
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