Title: Just Remember to Breathe
Author: Charles Sheehan-Miles
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
Publication Date: August 30th 2012 (eBook), November 12th 2012 (paperback)
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Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions.
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.
Just Remember to Breathe is a new adult romance book, which means the main character are in college, or at least college-aged. I haven’t read a lot of NA books yet (I read more YA books), but this book intrigued me from the moment I read the synopsis. What’s not to like about a war vet who got severely injured in war, who then decides to go to college, and there meets up with his ex-girlfriend, who happened to be the love of his life?
So I started reading this book, and it didn’t dissapoint. Dylan Paris, the male lead, is one of the most complex, multi-dimensional characters I’ve ever read about. Coming from a lower class background, with a miserable childhood, he constantly feels unworthy. Add his guilt for his best friend’s death in Afghanistan on top of that, and you end up with a character that faces a lot of challenges, and somehow must get through them all. Alex, the female lead, lived a pretty sheltered life up till now, as the daughter of an Ambassador. Although her controlling parents try to take over each aspect of her life, she won’t let them, and she deserves kudos for that as well.
When Dylan goes to college, he stumbles upon Alex, after not seeing her for about a year. The two of them are forced to work together, and that’s where the story starts. Along the way, they each must deal with their own problems, and each others, if they’re ever going to make it.
As you’d probably guessed by now, I loved the characters, but the plot was great as well. It’s hardly as cliché as it sounds. Trust me, there are enough plot twists and turns in this book to get you on the edge of your seat while you read. And what I thought was the most interesting, was how real the character’s love felt. It was truly heartwarming.