Tuesday, November 6, 2012

BOOK REVIEW {Inhale (A Just Breathe Novel) by Kendall Grey}

Title: Inhale (A Just Breathe Novel #1)
Author: Kendall Grey
Publisher: Howling Mad Press
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
ISBN: 0984887806

Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…
After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.
Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

This book was incredibly written. Ms. Grey has a way with words. From the world building to the character building, it did not lack in the least. The only complaint I had with Inhale was how it started. It forces you to jump right into the double worlds of the Dreaming and Realis almost instantly. It left me quite confused for the first couple of chapters, but once it clicked, it all made sense.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Zoe and Gavin. They meet in the Dreaming and instantly fall for one another. Although, Zoe just thinks of him as a "dream guy" and doesn't believe that he really exists outside of the Dreaming. I wish they could have met in Realis sooner than they did but I completely understand the reasoning behind it not happening. I'll just have to read book two to dive into their relationship more!

I also loved reading so much about the wales. Zoe is a Whale Researcher, so Ms. Grey really dips into the whole marine life scene and it was interesting! Towards the end, there is one scene where Zoe actually talks with a wale ... and it talks back. That was a little overkill in my opinion, but it did fit the story. As for Gavin, yum. The way Gavin is described (rocker, tattoos, bad boy) allowed me to fill my imagination with my favorite guitarist. Now reading this book and picture him in my head the whole time ... perfection.

The Fyres (bad guys) do everything they can to destroy the relationship between Zoe and Gavin, but they always find their way back to each other. One way or another. Love conquers all right? I am so eager to get my hands on the next book! I can't wait to find out what happens next!!

FYI: This book does have lots of language and a couple of graphic sex scenes. So if that isn't your thing, you probably won't like this book. And I wouldn't recommend it to anyone under 18.

As a bonus, The author will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face.

*I purchased my e-copy from Amazon when it was on sale for FREE!! (Check it out, it may still be available!)


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