Just Breathe, Rachel Brookes
For Savannah Rae, living life without her parents was unimaginable. But being blamed for her first love’s suicide? That destroyed every part of who she was.
Gone were the days of innocence, happiness, and dreams. Now her days simply meant attempting to survive. In her mind, her only means for that was replacing her grief with men, booze and the fast life. And for five years, it worked.
When an opportunity to leave the nightmares of her past in Australia opens up, she takes it. Los Angeles beckons – with hopes of late nights, new beginnings, and the promise of a string of endless men to distract her, she can’t wait to dive in.
One thing she didn’t count on was meeting her match.
In the eyes of outsiders, Tate Connors has it all; the ultimate LA bachelor who is content with his lifestyle of wild nights, women and one night stands. He’s Mr. Unpredictable with looks that could destroy any woman with one glance.
The craziness of Los Angeles throws them into the chaotic path of each other. Savannah becomes the perfect game, and Tate becomes the ultimate prey. Lines are crossed, emotions are smashed, and the idea of who they truly are begins to be tangled.
However, one thing will become clear.
They are more alike than either one could ever have imagined.
My Review (no spoilers)
The Prologue was just about the sweetest thing I have ever read, and when I had read the whole book I Tweeted the lovely Rachel Brookes and said “Wow, just Wow”. Because that’s how I felt! The story was real and not overdone, the characters could all be someone we know and I think we all have friends that are like them a little bit, maybe not as hot and gorgeous but like them all the same. Tanzi (Sav’s BFF) & Jack (Tanzi’s boyfriend) are adorably funny.
Savannah is a feisty, gorgeous Australian in LA, perhaps a little off the rails due to the ghosts of her past, but I loved her for her sassy, smart mouth.
But holy hell when she lays eyes on Tate Connors for the very first time you know sparks are going to fly:
“He was what I liked to call my perfect prey. And he ticked all the right boxes: dark brown, scruffy just had a wild time in bed hair – check; piercing blue eyes, - check; eyelashes that lasted for days – check; and a set of lips that were begging to be bitten - check” (Savannah)
“I watched his lips closely as they made their way toward me in all their pink pouty glory, that bottom lip…god, I’d love to bite it” (Savannah)
Yes me too!
Well I have to say I was practically salivating by now, and completely sold on Tate Connors too. Who gives a damn if he’s a player, notorious for his womanizing and partying, I wanted his ass right there and then and so did Savannah! Soon she was falling victim to the “Tate Connors effect”. The banter between them was laugh out loud funny and sexy as hell in equal measures. And yes it was very steamy in places, in fact it was sizzling right off the page.
Savannah and Tate both have ghosts from their pasts that continue to haunt them to this day and that was never going to make this relationship all plain sailing, but the twists and turns this story took me on broke my heart more than a few times and I really wanted them to get their happy ever after.
“What are you doing to me, Sav? he asked breathlessly
This book is not the end of Savannah & Tate’s story, and I can’t wait to see where Ms Brookes is going to take them next.
As a debut book, Rachel Brookes has done real good, this girl is going places, and I will be following, I’m sure you will be too.