Monday, March 31, 2014

Before You Break by Christina Lee - Blitz with Giveaway, Excerpt, and Review

Before You Break by Christina Lee
(Between Breaths #2)
Published by: Intermix (Penguin)
Publication date: February 18th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

*A companion novel to ALL OF YOU

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“My mom likes you,” I said, biting my lip. “I can tell.”
“Yeah?” He turned to face me, his voice softening. “You think she can tell that I like her daughter?”
My breath caught in the back of my throat. Something had shifted in the air between us. It was heavy and heated. Something so commanding I felt it down to my toes. My heart was thrashing so loudly against my chest, I was sure he could hear it.
He moved closer than any two friends should rightfully stand and his spicy scent enveloped me. Oh Lord, if I didn’t get a taste of those full lips I would die on this very spot.
Right this very instant.
When I looked up into his face, his eyes had become hooded.
Words were shouting inside my skull. And then they worked their way onto my lips. They were hanging there, dangling for dear life.
Just take a chance, damn it. Take a gamble, Quinn.
Kiss me and let’s find out what this magic is between us.
But he’d been the one who’d held back that other night, so the ball was in his court.
“It’s not just me who feels this, right?” Quinn mumbled. His fingers curled around my neck, his thumb mapping patterns in the hollow of my throat. “I’m not crazy?”
The words that had been so readily available just moments before had flitted away on the wind. I’d wanted this moment for days. Weeks. Maybe even years.
“There’s something here, Ella. Between us,” he whispered. His lips were a breath away and I momentarily shut my eyes to gain control of my erratic breathing.
“I don’t know what this is or what the hell might happen,” he said, rubbing his finger along the edge of my earlobe. “But I do know one thing.”
Still, I couldn’t move or even speak. I was motionless—hypnotized by his eyes, his lips, his words.
Finally, my hands became unstuck and I slid them up his chest to his shoulders as he shuddered against my touch.
“I know I need to put my mouth on those pretty lips and kiss you,” he said with so much conviction, it felt like a swarm of butterflies had been let loose in my stomach. “Do you know that, too?”
His eyes now held me prisoner and all I could do was mouth the word Yes.

My Thoughts:  I loved All Of You, the first book in this series, and totally fell for Bennett.  I couldn't wait to read more from Christina Lee in this companion novel, to see what she had in store for her readers next.  

Before You Break is Ella and Quinn's story.  We met Ella in All Of You.  She was Avery's best friend.  Ella is in a relationship with a real loser, but has been afraid to cut ties, a fear which stems from a tragedy in her past.  All that changes when she has a little too much to drink and winds up on the bathroom floor with none other than the mysterious and broody Quinn taking care of her.  Quinn carries his own grief and pain, which threatens to consume him.  He doesn't think he deserves anyone, especially Ella, but boy does he want her. Ella AKA Gabriella, works at a Crisis Hot Line, which Quinn AKA Daniel, calls in to distraught, broken, and ridden with self-imposed guilt.  Daniel and Gabby form one type of relationship, while Ella and Quinn form another.  When all the pieces meld together and the truth becomes clear, will they be able to hold things together, or will everything they have break apart?

I did enjoy both of these characters, though Bennett and Avery are still my favorites, at least at this point. Ella is a bit insecure of herself, the way she looks, and the like, and has let circumstances and insecurity influence her, justifying her relationship with frat boy jerk Joel - even though her friends have tried to get her to see the truth about him.  Quinn sees her for the beautiful person she is and wants her to know this completely.  He is wonderful with her, even though he is battling his own demons.  The romance was sweet and sexy.  I am reminded of when Bennett told Avery in All Of You that he was a virgin, not a saint. That said, though neither Quinn or Ella are virgins, there is a lot build-up before they actually do the deed, and it is really hot.  The story also deals with some serious subject matter related to death, grief, and suicide, as well as learning to come to terms with and cope with the consequences of both.  

Overall, I enjoyed Before You Break and would recommend it to fans of New Adult Contemporary Romance.  
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives in the Midwest with her husband and son--her two favorite guys. She's addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything.

She believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.

She also owns her own jewelry business, called Tags-n-Stones(dot com), where she hand-stamps meaningful words or letters onto silver for her customers.

She loves to hear from her readers. You can find her on her WEBSITE: From there you can link to her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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  1. Looks like this will be another good one! Thanks for sharing the excerpt with us and your review! :)

  2. Thank you!!! This sounds amazing!!! Thanks for sharing! In the rafflecopter, I pasted the wrong thing in :( I meant for my goodreads profile but I was too fast with the contrl c and return. Sorry!

  3. I really loved Lee's first book and have been meaning to give this one a read, too. It sucks that you didn't like Q&E as much as B&A, but glad you still enjoyed the story.

  4. I so loved book one. I need to get to this one. Interesting about the phone relationship. I wonder if I'll like it. Great review.

  5. I loved the build-up in this story. I like Bennett and Avery, but I adored Quinn and Ella.
    Nice review!

  6. I love this series! I just got the next book in the series from NetGalley, and can't wait to read it!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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