Title: Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters)
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Published: November 12th, 2012 by Cincinnatus Press
Book rating: 5 stars
Cover rating: 5 stars
Alex Thompson’s life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she’s focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.
Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he’s made of his life.
When Dylan and Alex are assigned to the same work study program and are forced to work side by side, they have to make new ground rules to keep from killing each other.
Only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.
The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.
I am absolutely convinced and positive that Charles is a phenomenal author. You can never truly be sure when you love just one book but after reading my second book by him I'm excited to read anything he writes. He truly has the talent to write an amazing contemporary romance. A Song for Julia, the other Thompson Sisters book, was amazing. I loved it, I loved the characters, and I loved the writing. I can say the exact same for Just Remember to Breathe. I can't tell you which I liked better because I loved both so much. I'm happy I read A Song for Julia first, I think it was cool to see Alex as a younger girl in that novel and then see her as a grown woman in this one even though this novel came out first. Just Remember to Breathe is another lovers reunited story, which I love because who doesn't?! Alex and Dylan are young lovers from completely different social backgrounds but that didn't matter to them and then one day their relationship just kind of went pop and disappeared. I loved how Charles gradually explained what happened between them, it really kept the suspense and I didn't really imagine it could be what it was. The story line picked right up from the beginning and I loved that, no screwing around to get to the weird but awesome tension between past lovers and seeing what happens.
Alex and Dylan, oh how I love you both. The characters in this book were phenomenal, including the supporting ones. Kelly Alex's best friend, Sherman Dylan's bestfriend, and Carrie Alex's older sister were all so hilarious and supporting of both Dylan and Alex! Alex is a very sweet girl who has very controlling parents. Whether she wanted to admit it or not she was still a hot mess from what happened between her and Dylan. She wanted to move on but she just couldn't. Dylan suffers from PTSD, I won't go into too much detail but he's an ex soldier so I'm sure you can imagine what he's been through. I felt awful for him, he had so much guilt and I just wanted to wrap him up in a big bear hug and let him know it was all going to be okay. Which I couldn't do because he's a fictional character but it felt like they were real, the writing was just that good. I love how the relationship between Alex and Dylan was built back up gradually, I love how it didn't go smoothly all the time, and I especially love how much Dylan cared for Alex and Alex for him. Dual point of view books for me are probably my favorite when it comes to contemporary romance novels. It's just so much better to know how both people are feeling instead of one.
Just Remember to Breathe was a beautiful story about coming together and helping one another out of pure love. I thoroughly enjoyed Just Remember to Breathe and will anxiously be waiting for the next book to come along in this series! I'm hoping he gives Sherman (Dylan's best friend) and Carrie a book because I loved Sherman!
"Sometimes, when she was busy poring over some obscure document, I'd casually.. not so much.. glance over and let my eyes rest on her."
Kelly, across the room from me, muttered, "Oh my God, what the hell is that?" then started snoring again.
That's when I realized I'd just been standing there, staring. For how long? I didn't know. Quite awhile. Was my tongue hanging out? Stop that, I thought. Bad Alex.
Crank was a perfect example of why admiration and desire are two very different emotions. How my sister managed sex with her husband without injuring herself was a complete mystery.
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