Released: May 20th, 2014
At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she'd had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who'd driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson--except one person... Ever since he helped nurse his sister's feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can't risk letting Rachel know the truth--especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel's ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.
Shaken by her ex's return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along...
Whisper to Me is the third New Adult book in Christina Lee's Between Breaths series and focuses on Rachel and Kai. Like the other novels in the series it's well-written and engaging, though still not quite as good as All of You. Still, I liked it and will continue to read anything written by this author!
Rachel has known Kai for a long time, and reconnects with him after her ex comes back on the scene. Rachel and her ex were involved in a motorcycle crash years before that almost left her permanently brain damaged, and Kai is the one who helped nurse her back to health. Both are still harbouring strong feelings for each other, but who will be first to admit them?
Rachel and Kai have great chemistry, making them a believable romantic match and even better friends. They take a long time to get their feelings in order and actually admit their involvement, which did at times become frustrating. Kai didn't sweep me off my feet like Lee's previous book boys, but that's ok - I can't love them all! He's a good character with a flawed past as seems to be the case in all NA novels, though he works through it and ends up all the better for it. He's good for Rachel and what she needs, and she's good for him too. Together they help each other heal and move on, which is all they can ever hope for.
As a whole I've really enjoyed this series so far and look forward to each new book. Although Whisper to Me is my least favourite instalment so far, it's still a fun read and has further cemented Christina Lee as one of my favourite NA authors. Her characters are always so complicated and real that it's hard not to like them, and I can't wait to see who we're introduced to in book four. I'm already looking forward to Promise Me This - I hope there isn't too long to wait until publication!
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