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28 March 2015

Book Review | 'Breathe' (Sea Breeze #1) By Abbi Glines

Dino's Beauty Diary - Book Review - Breathe By Abbi Glines - Sea Breeze Book #1

 Sadie White's job isn't going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mothers increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother's job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is suprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star.

Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax, but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more.

But by the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can't breathe without Sadie.

     - From Abbi Gline's Website.
Dino's Beauty Diary - Book Review - Breathe By Abbi Glines - Sea Breeze Book #1
The previous two covers.
When I first got introduced to the world of the Kindle, I was amazed at how many new authors and books had been opened up to me. One of the first books I discovered was this one, 'Breathe' by Abbi Glines, as the original cover appealed to me and the plot sounded like one of those immediate 'pick me up' types. And who doesn't love a little feel good romance? Since Abbi's debut with Breathe (from Sadie's POV) the book has gone through a rewrite, now including Jax's POV and a few, ahem, steamier scenes. Bonus ;)

The book starts with Sadie, who in standard main character form cannot see how 'beautiful and interesting' she really is. This is mainly due to Jessica, her mother, taking little digs at her - which is just one of the reasons I dislike her mother so much. The other is that she just seems so lazy and beyond help, and is rather selfish in relying upon Sadie to do everything. As a result of this, the poor girl has had to grow up quite quick and figure her own way through the world.

As a result of her mothers inability to pick decent men, Sadie is wary when it comes to the opposite sex, and whilst Jessica struggles through her pregnancy it's left to Sadie to go out and work so they can keep a roof over their heads. It's through this that she meets some characters of later books (Marcus, Jason etc), and of course the world famous rock star Jax Stone.

Dino's Beauty Diary - Book Review - Breathe By Abbi Glines - Sea Breeze Book #1

"If you were mine, I would never let you go."

Straight away they're drawn to each other, and after Jax discovers she's not a crazy fan and hasn't really listened to his work, he becomes more intrigued by her. The romance does start quite quick in my opinion, and Sadie realises she is in love with him a lot quicker than I would have thought possible personally. But after he makes a young fans dream come true by giving her front row seats and backstage passes to his concert, it's not hard to see why Sadie fell for him so quick. It practically tugged at my heart and made me swoon!

Having now read the rewritten version, I'm glad to say I'm really happy with the improvements! I love that we have more of a background to Sadie, and seeing Jax's side of the story is quite refreshing.

Dino's Beauty Diary - Book Review - Breathe By Abbi Glines - Sea Breeze Book #1

"I might never breathe again once he walked away from me."

Abbi has this amazing ability to write romance that makes you think about it long after you've finished reading. The romance between Jax and Sadie is so uplifting, that when the inevitable mid-book conflict arises, you can't help but feel sorry for Sadie. And after a horrible accident, it's difficult to see any hope of happiness. But thankfully, this book is like a modern day Cinderella retelling, so of course Jax arrives with a HEA for them both.

My only issues with this book was how easily Jax ups and leaves Sadie to pick up the pieces when everything goes downhill. It's quite bad that as much as he professes his love for her, he leaves her alone to deal with the mess that the spotlight from their relationship throws on her. 

Dino's Beauty Diary - Book Review - Breathe By Abbi Glines - Sea Breeze Book #1

Overall I'd give this book 3 stars out of 5 - there's some room for improvement sure, but as a first novel I can't fault it. Some of the other novels in the 'Sea Breeze' series do top this in my opinion - such as 'Just For now' which is my personal favourite! Also, I'd say this book fell more into the category of YA, unlike the others which seem more NA to me.

You can purchase the new and improved version of Breathe for the Kindle here for £3.99.

Have you read any of Abbi Gline's books? If so, which one is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below! 
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