Author: Alexia Purdy
Series: Stand Alone
Publication Date: May 27, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: e-ARC (Provided by Author)
Description from Goodreads:
Sometimes the one who broke your heart is the one who needs saving the most.
Piper Sandervale never thought she’d ever see Sasha Koval again, not since he'd taken her heart, ripped it out and obliterated it. Now six years have passed, and she has run into him once more at the local fairgrounds in Las Vegas. He desperately wants another chance, and he’s willing to do anything to get her back. She’s not willing to give him anything but a taste of his own medicine, and this may be her chance for payback. But is she only getting in way over her head?
Even as she plots her revenge, Piper discovers that something has changed with Sasha, and she finds herself struggling to justify holding on to past hurts as he continues his quest for atonement.
Who needs saving now?
He'd been the one to break my heart. He'd been the one afraid of commitment and true love, not me.
The story begins with Piper and Sasha being girlfriend and boyfriend. They are happy with each other, but out of a sudden Sasha ends their relationship. And let me just say that he ends the relationship in a very cruel way. At first I thought what a freaking a-hole.
It was there that I gave away my heart, before all the wrong snaked into our lives back home.
But then I read Sasha's POV and I understood his actions, but still a very a-hole way to end a relationship. Sasha's character does develop from the foolish college boy, who let's his one true love escape from his grasp. After six years he encounters Piper in the Ferris Wheel, and he is a mature, grown-up man who is ready to fight for the love of his life.
I was determined to salvage our hearts. It was the only way either of us could really live again.
Sasha's character is very different to what I have been currently reading. His character is sweet, caring, humble, modest, and he is willing to do anything in his power to get Piper's love and trust back. After reading Breathe Me I realized that I also have a weakness for the nice guy, because
Sasha just stands out from all the other nice guy character's I've read about.
Every time someone looked helpless or in need, I was there, picking up the pieces, making it all right.
Now, I had a few problems with Piper's character. I loved that she was a caring and loving character. The two things I hated was her stubbornness and her indecisiveness. These two characteristics are what keep her from accepting that Sasha is a changed man, and that he truly loves her. I seriously experienced a few moments of wanting to jump in the book and slapping some sense into her. But her character does develop throughout the story.
He'd be sorry he'd let me go all those years ago, more so than he'd admitted on the Ferris Wheel.
Instead of a romantic reunion, Piper and Sasha experience a really awkward one. Piper is still very hurt by the way Sasha broke up with her in College. So she decides that their finding each other again after six years is her opportunity to get revenge of him. But Piper does not know what she is getting herself into. Sasha is a changed man and she can not help but notice the difference. Their love towards each other will break the walls Piper has put up, and in the end they will not know who is saving who.
It reminded me why I had to cherish each moment as it came, live with an open heart and forgive readily.
Breathe Me by Alexia Purdy was a sweet and an emotional romance. There is betrayal, forgiveness, life-changing experiences, romance, and we learn how two people save each other without realizing that they both were lost in the world. I truly enjoyed reading Breathe Me, because there are some life experiences that everyone can relate to. The characters and the entire story feel so organic.
Final Verdict: 4.5 Stars
The only reason I didn't give Breathe Me 5 stars was because Piper's character was annoying a few times in the story. But I am sure some people will think otherwise and will probably love her character. But other than that Breathe Me is a sweet romance and an enjoyable read.
*I received an e-ARC from the author for my honest opinion.
Sasha was the epitome of the "don't look because you'll be caught like a deer in headlights" type of guy.
"Just don't lean forward too much. It's meant for people to sit back, hold onto each other and relax. The lover's ride."
Funny how the little things we don't think much about are the things we miss the most.
"You smell good. It's...it's nice to breathe you in again. I missed it," she said.