Review: Breathe by Abbi Glines

Publication Date: May 16th, 2011
Wild Child Publishing
Format: Kindle Copy
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s 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 surprised 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. Relationship’s never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie.

But can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? Or will they have to learn how to without each other breathe again?

To be released on 12/13

Believe it or not,  I read this right after The Vincent Boys. So naturally, I have not quite come down from the scintillating high of reading such an awesome book. Breathe was Abbi Glines’ first published work. I’d recommend reading this first before The Vincent Boys. The stories are not related in any way; I just think that this book is a good introduction to Abbi’s works. After reading both of Gline’s books, I can honestly say that I’m looking  forward to  Existence’s release. 

Abbi Glines’ debut featured a sort of  rags-to-riches story about a girl who lived her whole life poor. Sadie’s mother seemed to be reluctant to grow up so she’d had to be the one to take care of her. Her life lessons include being smart about boys and keeping people far away enough so she’d never have to depend on anyone but herself.  With her mother being pregnant, Sadie had no choice but to take over her mother’s job of a housekeeper for the rich. When she found out who her employer was, she needed to reiterate to herself  that food, rent, and a sibling on the way was more important than to be caught up in Jax Stone’s world. Unfortunately, being involved with Jax proved to be inevitable.

This was such a sweet story; with believable characters and albeit, predictable plot. I’m not going to take anything away from Abbi’s writing; I thought she did a marvellous job, considering this was her debut.

My grievance was the less than impressive Jax Stone. He certainly didn’t fit the rockstar typecast. I expected a bit more angst from this guy, perhaps some moody tantrum throwing. But this guy was zen as zen can be. So much so that he felt underdeveloped. I guess it’s difficult to bring more personality into a cast when the book is being narrated by another. Also, some of his dialogues were…a bit cheesy. Perhaps it was the song writer in him, but I found myself cringing at some of the stuff he’d said and his song lyrics were just as fromage heavy.

I’m also disappointed with the resolution of the conflict. It felt a bit rushed to me. I’ve always been fond of grovelling males in a novel and had expected one here. Sadly, Sadie accepted Jax’s reappearance in her life quite easily.

I think this is still a good read for those looking for contemporary romance. If you can get over the cheese, you’ll definitely enjoy this.

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