Friday, February 14, 2014

Book Review: Before You Break (Between Breaths #2) by: Christina Lee

Release Date: February 18, 2014
from Intermix
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

*A companion novel to ALL OF YOU"

My Thoughts:

I’m not really sure how to write a review for this one because it deals with some very heavy issues and it is one of those books that makes you want to fix the characters in any way you can, but they are fictional and therefore you can’t and it makes you feel helpless. It took me a while to get through this one, not because I didn’t like it, because I really did, but because it was heavy and my heart could only take so much at once.

Ella was my favorite secondary character in All Of You, so I was really excited to see that it was her who would be our heroine in Before You Break. She was such a good friend to Avery and I really wanted to see her get her happily ever after, even if it took some pain to get there. Ella has had a rough past, but what makes Ella stand out is that she has moved past it. Sure it’s still there, but it’s not eating her from the inside out anymore and she has grown from it unlike a lot of other New Adult heroines we encounter. I really admired Ella and her character, even if she was a bit na├»ve when it came to certain things.

Our hero Quinn however, is a different story. Quinn is living with an incredible amount of guilt because of something that happened in high school. He is so weighed down by this guilt that he questions if his life is worth living. Our first introduction to Quinn is during a call to a suicide hotline and if that doesn’t break your heart I don’t know what will. Quinn is such a wonderful guy and it really hurts that he can’t see how wonderful he is.

I thought Quinn and Ella made a great pair. They truly understand one another and connect with each other on a very deep level. They make a great pair and they have an insane amount of chemistry. I loved watching their interactions with one another and watching them slowly open up to each other was wonderful.

What I really loved about this book was that it had plenty of steamy moments while still balancing the darker undertone of the story. Ella and Quinn’s relationship is very physical, mostly because it is hard for them to communicate how they feel about one another so instead they show it. But even with all of these steamy moments, the more important aspect still remains Quinn’s journey. It is still very much about Quinn learning to open up, trust, and let someone in.

Before You Break is a very emotional but very good read. It really makes you think and while some of the aspects follow what you could call “typical New Adult”, I personally have never seen this topic touched on before in New Adult and I thought it was done tactfully and made for a very good read.


  1. Great Review Teresa! I loved Ella in, All of You, also! This sounds like a great story. I think that it will be neat reading about Quinn's journey. I enjoy books that deal with topics, but like you said, it can be a bit difficult, and take a little longer to get through.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  2. Wow that does sound intense! I really haven't read much in the new adult genre and need to! Great review!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  3. They did make such a great pair, I loved reading this one and can't wait to hear Rachels story

  4. Good review. Been curious about this one so maybe I'll pick up the first book soon.

  5. I'm taking an NA break right now because I think I overdosed on it last year :) but this is on my list to read. I liked the first book and glad to see you liked this too.

  6. So what you're saying is that I'm gonna need some virtual hand holding through this one, huh? Might hit you up.

  7. I adored this too, Teresa. And I especially love how Christina handled depression and suicide. This is a great review, Teresa!

  8. Great review! I love emotional books.. And I just do love the sound of the characters in this one! It sounds like it'll just pull me in! :D

  9. Sounds like this is a book that kinda punches you in the gut...I love emotional reads, Teresa. But I have to prepare myself so I understand your need to work your way through it slowly. Excellent review and since I haven't yet read this series, I'm adding it to my tbr. :)

  10. Great review, I can tell the story really touch you! But this is the kind of novel I stay away from. I'm always a mess after and it's not a pretty sight LOL

  11. Excellent review Teresa. I completely agree- this book was difficult to get through emotionally. I flew through it, but I couldn't help the heaviness my heart felt for Quinn. I loved how sweet Ella was and how they were such a good pairing. I like that this was a slow burn too because it made their relationship so much more special!

    1. I loved it but it was so emotionally draining that I had to take my time with it


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