Review: Breathe Me 4

Breathe Me by Alexia PurdyTitle: Breathe Me
Author: Alexia Purdy
Publisher: Lyrical Lit. Publishing
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Sometimes the one who broke your heart is the one who needs saving the most.

Piper Sandervale never thought she’d ever see Sasha Koval again, not since he’d taken her heart, ripped it out and obliterated it. Now six years have passed, and she has run into him once more at the local fairgrounds in Las Vegas. He desperately wants another chance, and he’s willing to do anything to get her back. She’s not willing to give him anything but a taste of his own medicine, and this may be her chance for payback. But is she only getting in way over her head? 

Even as she plots her revenge, Piper discovers that something has changed with Sasha, and she finds herself struggling to justify holding on to past hurts as he continues his quest for atonement.

Who needs saving now?

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My Review:

Breathe Me was a story about second chances. Piper had her heart ripped out and left to pieces a long time ago and now this person is trying to come back into her life. Would you give someone a second chance after ripping your heart apart in the past? Would you ever be able to trust that person again? Would you really be able to forgive completely?

Sasha had to make a decision years ago between breaking the love of his life’s heart and ruining her chances of a better future and he chose to break her heart – and his in the process. Now he has been given a chance to get her back and make it up to her. Would you do everything and anything to make sure you do it right the second time? How far are you willing to go to not lose her again?

I loved what the story was about – second chances. It’s something I, myself, haven’t learned to give to anyone yet – not that I’ve had to. For a book that’s an easy and light read, it sure made me think about a lot of things. Deep thoughts and deep emotions. I also loved the times they were people-watching.

“You can’t hold on to demons like this. Let it go. The past doesn’t define me. It’s just a place I’ve been.”

Piper was shy and lonely. She was living an average mediocre life, always playing safe. I liked how she tried so hard not to let her feelings for Sasha take over. She really did try – she even had anxiety attacks. How can you resist a love like that though? There really are times, I guess, when it’s okay to have the bad stuff back just so you can have the good as well.

He was a different kind of poison. The slow, scorching, addictive kind.

“You smell good. It’s…it’s nice to breathe you in again. I missed it,” she said.”

Sasha wasn’t the perfect guy or a complete hottie. I loved what happened in his life after he broke Piper’s heart – I know I wasn’t supposed to but it made the story believable. I loved how much devotion he showed to making it right. I really felt like he was sorry.

“Just don’t lean forward too much. It’s meant for people to sit back, hold onto each other and relax. The lover’s ride.”

“Piper, I want another chance. I’ll make it right, I swear. You’ll never be sorry if you give me another chance to love you the way you deserve. I won’t be the fool this time. I’ll be there, no matter what the cost. I swear it.”

There were only a few things I didn’t love about the book. First one was what happened to Joss – that was just tragic and I didn’t think it was necessary. Next was Sasha’s brother’s issue – I hated Sasha for leaving… again! Also, I felt like it was incomplete, like there was something missing. It was probably just me but I felt like there could have been more, just a little bit more would have been better.

Aside from those, it was definitely a good read. It was light and interesting and I felt so much for the characters. I could relate to them and they felt so real. I felt like I knew them. I recommend this to those who are looking for a light summer read.

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Books and Bindings was given a copy of Breathe Me in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence or alter the thoughts and opinions of this review in any way.


Discussion Questions:

  1. How do you feel about my review? Do you agree or disagree with it? Would you read it, if you haven’t yet, basing from the review?
  2. What did you think of the book? How would you rate it from scale 1 to 5 (5 being the highest).
  3. How do you feel about the main characters? Did you like them, hate them, relate to them?
  4. Would you recommend it to others?
  5. What other books would you recommend I read that’s similar to this one?

4 thoughts on “Review: Breathe Me

  1. Reply Book Blather Jun 25,2013 8:12 am

    Sounds like you’re conflicted about this one and based on that, despite Sasha’s hotness, I probably won’t read it. I like the cover though. I found it interesting that the theme of second chances attracted you to this book, when Piper’s apparent bitterness suggests she’s not that open to them! Great review. 🙂

    • Reply Andrea K. Jun 25,2013 8:17 am

      I am very conflicted. There were some parts that I didn’t really like that much. Also, I’m someone who doesn’t believe in second chances… but this book made me think about that and really reflect on it. It touched me and struck me deep.

      And I thought that, too, about Piper at first. 😉 Thanks for reading my review.

  2. Reply Julie @ Knitting and Sundries Jun 26,2013 7:50 am

    This sounds like a great summer read for a teen (or a wanna-be-teen like me) Thanks for the review!

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