Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review: Just Remember to Breathe ( Thompson Sisters #2 ) by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Just Remember to Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles
Excerpt

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.


Genre

Contemporary

Review

This Book 2 of Thompson Sisters can work as a standalone without reading Book 1. 

Just Remember to Breathe started with Alex and Dylan already broke up due to the classic long distance relationship gone wrong. The distance, miscommunication and stress. We were treated to some flashback scene to witness how their young relationship begun during their student exchange program in Middle East and their subsequent struggle to stay together despite the distance.

Alex Thompson is from an over-privileged family background with an US Ambassador as her father. She had lost contact with Dylan for six months and decided to move on with her life. The last thing she expect was to see him turn up in the same college and working with her on the same assignment.

Dylan came back to the States to continue schooling after being discharge from the army. His leg and brain was injured and he now suffered from PTSD. He hope to finish his studies and vowed never to see Alex, the girl who broke his heart again. 

"You still smell like strawberries, and its breaking my heart."

Due to the circumstance, Alex and Dylan had to be in each other company to complete the assignment and slowly they started to communicate and found out the reason that causes them to broke apart. Despite Dylan initial reluctance to open up, Alex was able to slowly worm her way into his heart again.

"Some things never change."
"Yeah, well, it's hard to improve on near-perfection."


Although the plot line of this NA was quite simply and straight forward, there was a lot of depth into this story. They were both struggling to be perfect for each other. Dylan always thought he didn't deserve Alex and now with his injuries and trauma he was not a person she could rely on. It breaks my heart to see him feeling less than. He tried to push her away to protect her from himself. But his confession in the ending was absolutely beautiful.

"When I'm ninety, I want you to tell me that it's my turn to ask you a question, and if that miracle happens, then my question is going to be, 'Do you still love me?' and I hope the answer will still be yes."

Is ironic that the reason I started this series was due to the rave reviews of Book 3 The Last Hour. But now that I have finished Book 1 and 2, I decided I rather not read Book 3. I wanted my last impression of Carrie and Ray was with him going over to meet up with her at Rice and they then live happily ever after.

Rating 4/5

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