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BOOK TOUR: Breathless (#1.5) – Rachel Brookes

Today is The Book Lovers stop on the Breathless tour. Check out my 5 STAR review

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One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.

From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.

Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.

When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.

4 out of 5 STARS!

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My Review

For those of you who have read Just Breathe, Breathless begins where JB finished and this novella is told in Tate’s POV. Rachel has done a fantastic job of delving into Tate’s head, giving us all he has and his inner thoughts on his relationship, on jellybean, on his past, his future and the present. Rachel is consistent in writing from a guys POV and she does a damn good job too!

In Just Breathe, Sav is off to spend a month in the New York office and that is exactly where Breathless starts, just in Tate’s POV instead of Savs. Rachel definitely makes you fall even harder for Tate, especially when he begins to think about Sav and Jellybean and how much they mean to him, how he cant live without them.

We see the alpha male make a comeback and he decides, on a whim, to go to New York and surpsie Sav. He can’t wait another second to be with her and Jellybean so with only his wallet, passport and the clothes on the back of him, he boards a plane and jets off.

I loved his nervousness on the flight, the romanticness (yes, I can make words up) of just upping and going to see the girl who stole his heart. We all know what Tate is like, but in this book, we really see all his different sides. His flirtiness, his cocky side but also he habours deep insecurities within and he is so afraid of things that just wont or havent happened yet that they cloud everything he does. You can see just how utterly in love he is with Sav, but he is so scared of her just leaving him and it doesnt help that he is so jealous that it is beginning to piss Sav off just a smidge. You can see he would do anything for her, but he really does need to sort out his issues and insecurities about his past before moving forward with Sav.

We see so much passion and love between Sav and Tate, I just hope that everything can be resolved after that BLOODY ENDING! I cant believe Rachel is evil enough to end like that, but I definitely showed us just how much Tate is not going to let Sav go and will do whatever he can to be with her. It really was emotional and I got angry and wound up and ended up screaming at my kindle.

It doesnt help that FUCKING CHELSEA is back. She can suck my massive dick for the shit she has done. Seriously, I wanted to just reach into my kindle and kick a bitch….okay, so much more than kick but I wont go into specifics. Just…you will hate her.

I definitely loved being a part of Tate’s head, his reasoning’s behind everything, knowing his anxitites, how scared he is but most of all, how infatuated he is with Sav, how really, she saved him and brought life back to him, brought a new hope and a new ray of sunshine from his darkened past.

I just hope Rachel is lovely and kind enough in Breathe Again to make sure everything is resolved and all the wankers can piss off and leave Sav, Tate and Jellybean be. I cant wait to see how Tate and Mr. D dotes on the little bean. Ohhh he’s gonna be an awesome baby daddy!

Give me Breathe Again now 😀

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rachelbrookesAbout Rachel

Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys.

Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing.

When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.

With her first novel, Just Breathe,  released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.

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Contact Rachel

Website/Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Goodreads

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Purchase Breathless

Amazon || Amazon UK || B&N

Just Breathe (Breathe #1)

Amazon || Amazon UK || iBooks || B&N || Kobo || Smashwords

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Giveaway

-$25 Amazon Gift Card
-Swag pack from Rachel Brookes
-eBook copy of Escaping Me by Elizabeth Lee
-eBook copy of Keep Me Still by Caisey Quinn
-eBook copy of The Broken by Ker Dukey
-eBook copy of Tears of Tess by Pepper Winters

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COVER REVEAL: Breathless – Rachel Brookes (Giveaway)

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Title: Breathless (Breathe #1.5)
Author: Rachel Brookes
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Expected Release: November 26, 2013
Hosted By: Romance Addict Book Blog – http://www.romanceaddictbookblog.com/
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Synopsis
One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.
From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.
Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.
When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.
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Just Breathe (Breathe #1) by Rachel Brookes
rachelbrookesRachel Brookes
Rachel Brookes is from a coastal town on the east coast of Australia where beaches, kangaroos and surfers roam free. She writes angsty love stories with a pinch of craziness, a dash of drama, a cup of romance and a spoonful of sexiness… oh and the main ingredient hot guys.
Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing.
When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.
With her first novel, Just Breathe, was released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book became reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.

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MANCANDY MONDAY!! It’s a Just Breathe kinda day.

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Every Monday, Blame It On The Book Lovers will be discussing their favourite book boyfriend of that week in a new meme called MANCANDY MONDAY!

We all love book boyfriends, so Man Candy Monday is all about sharing the love…and the hot guys around by letting everyone know the book boyfriend you have been swooning over this last week, and why!

Once you’ve posted your mancandy on your own blog, come back and post the link. We all want to know WHO your mancandy is this week and swoon right along with you.

This week The Book Lovers is featuring the man I LOVE SO MUCH, Mr Simon Davenport from Just Breathe – Rachel Brookes.

simon_baker_22_wenn2880530The beautiful man that is Simon Baker is MY Mr. Davenport.

Simon, or Mr. Davonport as Sav likes to call him, is my Mancandy Monday this week.

When writing Just Breathe, Rachel used to tease me with little teasers and when I read the first and second chapter she secretly sent me, there was just something about Mr. Davenport that i instantly liked. He’s the older man crush that you have (And i really do on Simon Baker….seriously, just look at him!), he’s there for Sav, gave her a job, took her away from everything to start a new life and she’s like a daughter to him.

Hes confident, cocky, suave, sexy. He’s protective and hes pushy but he does it for his love of Sav. He wants her to forget everything about her past life, her drinking and wild ways and one-night stands, and wants her to be a new her, someone who can be proud of herself because he is proud of her.

He comes out with brilliant lines such as: “For the last fucking time, please call me Simon. You make me sound like some kind of pimp when you call me Mr. Davenport”

and the sex appeal just oozes off him. He’s damn right swoon-worthy and that email that went around about him? I would have totally been the one to start it 😉

He takes everything with a pinch of salt…apart from when Sav is trying his patience, but you can see that she does it to wind him up and he just cant stay mad at her for too long.

He really is the one boss that you would love to have in your bed.

So this week, Simon Baker AKA Mr Davenport is MY mancandy monday.

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NOW go over to my Co-Blogger Laura’s blog and check out who she has picked to represent Tate Connors as her MANCANDY MONDAY ;)

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Join in with us and post your own mancandy monday then come back and share the link below 🙂

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BOOK TOUR: Just Breathe – Rachel Brookes

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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

5 /5 stars

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My Review

“Yes, I don’t own you, Savannah, but you know what? You fucking own me. You have since the first time I met you…”

I’ve known Rachel for a few months now, and I have been utterly peeing my pants over wanting to read Just Breathe, I even made her send me small teasers – okay, that’s a lie, she voluntarily sent me teasers in a DM during the countdown to me getting an ARC of Just Breathe. I’m such a lucky girly! I got more Tate 😉

I’m not sure if I should be telling you this but blah…a few days before I got my ARC, Rachel sent me the prologue and chapter 1 and 2 to tide me over until I got the little gem in my inbox. LIKE WHATTTT, I need more. But I didn’t get anything more. I was and still am under the Tate Connors effect and dear god, all you will too when you read Just Breathe. It’s hard to resist.

As a debut novel, Ms. Brookes has written a cracker of a book. Seriously, it is amazing, and if you haven’t yet downloaded it, I’d get right on it!! From the prologue you will become hooked. You may cry – I sure as hell did and you will swoon because the prologue is just so sweet. It pours with love and Rachel does a brilliant job of making you feel the emotions of the characters involved, especially Sav and Tate.

Rachel’s writing flows, the plot flows and once you start, you will neeeeed to get to the end, to see what happens. If there is a cliff-hanger or if it ends perfectly so book two will carry off from there? If you follow me on twitter, you will know from my posts how much I was loving this book, how much I was loving the characters and how every time I was reading in public, it was like Rachel knew I was surrounded by people so a sex scene had to come alone and get me all hot and bothered.

But because I love Rachel, I could let that go and just focus on the beauty of all the characters, the way they all love each other and of course, the love between Tate and Sav.

Savannah ‘Sav’ Rae hasn’t had the best life; it’s been hard to say the least. Losing her parents at a young age, and then being blamed for the suicide of her ex-boyfriend can turn anyone’s life upside down and so because of this tragedy so doesn’t want to give her heart away again, so she rebels, she becomes a player, she drinks away the pain and uses guys. That’s who Sav is now and it’s how she copes. But when an opportunity to leave Australia and start afresh in LA calls, she jumps at the chance to leave everything behind.

Tate Connors is the ultimate playboy. The ultimate bachelor who is completely content with his ways; booze, girls and wild nights. With one glance of those blue eyes and he can have girls dropping their panties in an instant. Then one spot of Sav and he knows shes a challenge. He wants her and it seems that from the looks of things, she wants him too.

But there’s more to them than meets the eye. What started as a challenge has turned into more, for both of them and with emotions and lines being crossed and tangled, one this is clear, they are more alike than either of them imagined.

Uhh Tate. The blue eyed sex-on-a-plate guy, who you would literally just want to devour, even if it was just for one night. You would definitely get a fix of him and one look and you will be under the Tate Connor’s effect and drop your panties and mumble incoherent words while he smoulders you with his eyes. NO, I am not overreacting, just you wait and see. Tate will surprise you throughout the book. He surprised me a hell of a lot and I loved that about him. He really is unpredictable. One minute hes douche then the next hes all lovely. Much like Sav, hes a broken man, his past still haunts him but he drinks and sleeps around as a persona, to hide away the pain. That is until Sav walks into his life. Once a to him, she switches him upside down until he doesn’t know what the hell he is doing, apart from wanting to be with Sav.

Despite his playboy nature at the beginning, you really do see Tate blossom. You see his protective side, his possessive side, his sweet side, his sexy side but also his vulnerable side, a painful side where we learn about his past too. We see him journey, from playboy to falling in love and it was so nice to see Tate find someone he could love so much and who reciprocated the feelings. He is a jealous boy and at times I wanted to smack him around the head because he was being a silly fool but he got there in the end and you just fall in love with him. Here is to book two and seeing how he and Sav progress with their relationship. DO NOT hurt my boy Rachel, or I will hunt you down in Aussieland and force you to change the book…but you already know this as I have told you I will do this!

Sav is such an awesome character too. Despite her past and her pain, she is strong. She has to be, she can’t let it get to her, so the drink and the partying and the guys become the norm for her.

She is the female equivalent of Tate and when she spots him, she notices all the moves he does, because she does them too. She sleeps with guys then leaves but something about Tate makes her insides fuzzy and she feels. She doesn’t want to though and not feeling helps her with to not deal with her past and the pain.

Despite her being a strong, independent character, you slowly watch Sav break – in a good way – and watch her develop feelings – for her best friends and for Tate. They scare her as she has never really had a girlfriend before and she doesn’t want to love after being told shes the reason her ex killed himself. But it was refreshing to see this side to her. The side where she was vulnerable to love and how her strong persona cracked a bit when a certain event happen on a day where it was such a big night for her.

Despite all this, Sav can really hold her own against everyone, especially Tate and I loved their bickering and banter and their fights. It all added into the sexual tension and the need for one another when they were resisting. But of course, with two gorgeous people wanting to jump one another, it was inevitable that it was going to happen sooner or later.

Tate and Sav have this connection. Like this super sexy and magnetic connection. It’s instant, the moment their eyes meet and you can see they are both affected by one another. Their sexual tension was just holy hell. Their chemistry was electric and you could literally feel it when you read about the two of them together. The banter they gave each other was hysterical, the cute moments were adorable and they were both just made for one another. They had both been dealt the same shitty cards in their life that together, they knew what the other was going through and could begin to help one another out. I loved Sav and Tate together.

I absolutely adore all the secondary characters. Seriously they are the bomb. The bond they have is just unbreakable. They are there for each other; they love one another unconditionally and have each other’s backs. I love friendship groups like this, who can just relax and make fun of each other and banter like hell. Tanzi, Jack, Lucas are just all brilliant and they welcome Sav with open arms.

Now, I can’t forget my love – Mr Davenport. He is swoon worthy and had me from the get go. I went a bit mad to Rachel over him when I first read him because he is bleeding awesome. This line from him just confirmed how bloody brilliant he is and I knew that my love for him would jus grow throughout the book and it did. Simon Baker is my Mr. Davenport.

For the last fucking time, please call me Simon. You make me sound like some kind of pimp when you call me Mr. Davenport”

Can you see how much I love this guy?! Just remember, I have dibs on him. Yupp, I really do.

Now, after my swooooooning, I have to talk about the sex. C’mon, would you expect anything less from me? No? That’s better. You all know I love sex in books, and by god, Rachel got me all hot and bothered with the sex scenes between Tate and Sav. There a quite a lot and by god, you literally lap them up. Rachel knows how to write a sex scene that is intense and steamy and wants you just want to fan yourself and then search for your own Tate to jump on. They sizzle, burn, pop and where they have sex is just another thing. I love water hahaahha 😉

As I’ve said, Just Breathe is an amazing book. Its full of banter and angst and heartache but its filled with love  and friendship and it was a great book to snuggle up in bed with and read on the way to work…baring in mind most of the sex scenes occurred on the way to work.

I would highly recommend Rachel’s book to you lovely lot, you will not be disappointed. I just wish book two was out now so I can carry on Tate and Sav’s journey.

Hurry up Aussie 😉

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In My Mailbox #11

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren, in which book bloggers post about the books they’ve bought, borrowed or received in the past week.

In my inbox:

More – Clare James

Just Human – Kerry Heavens

Just Breathe – Rachel Brookes

This week I bought:

Falling into Us – Jasinda Wilder

Killing Sarai – J.A Redmerski

Bad For Me – Dana Bowman

A Little Bit Crazy – A.E Murphy

Posted in Rachel Brookes, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday: Just Breathe – Rachel Brookes

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a weekly event that allows all us book bloggers and lovers to talk about what upcoming book we’re most looking forward to reading.

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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.

Release Date: July 5th 2013

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