Blog Tour! Tamie Reviews: Before You Break by Christina Lee + Awesome Giveaway and Excerpt!

The synopsis:

A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.

*A companion novel to ALL OF YOU*

My review:

As much as I loved All of You which is the first book in the series with it’s super yummy Bennett, I loved Before You Break even more. For me, Quinn rocked my world even harder.

Quinn is living his life for someone else because of the guilt he carries for a tragic accident. To the outside world it seems like a pretty good life, but it keeps him from really, truly living. He’s deemed himself unworthy of experiencing any real joy. It also keeps him from getting close to anybody which broke my heart for him several times. He’s also hot, gorgeous and totally swoonerific.

“I know I need to put my mouth on those pretty lips and kiss you,” he said with so much conviction, it felt like a swarm of butterflies had been let loose in my stomach. “Do you know that, too?”

Ella has a tragedy in her past as well, and she seems to have dealt with her issues in a much healthier way. She’s giving and caring and wants to make a difference in the lives of those who feel  hopelessness so deeply that they find life itself to be too painful. I’m normally all about the guy in the book but Ella is a heroine that I came to love, admire and wish I could hang out with.

“Neither one of us will ever know if our actions would have produced a different result. Or maybe delayed the inevitable,’ I said. ‘We’ll never know. And we need to learn how to live with that.”

I love how Christina wrote the duality of their relationship. I won’t go into that any deeper because it’s something I really think the reader needs to experience for themselves, but it added to the story in many ways for me.

I enjoyed the slow growth of their relationship as a couple even tho I’m a pretty impatient person as far as that goes, but it made sense especially where Quinn was concerned. It’s an emotional journey to watch them as they   move past perceived guilt, and to fully grieve those they each loved and lost. To finally move on to hope and love is the gift that Christina bestows upon her readers.

The chemistry between these two is steamy and sexy, and can I just say UNF! to the love scenes?!? Yes, yes I can 😉

“The day I can finally bury myself inside you is the day I know for sure that you’re mine. All mine. Only mine, And anything other than that isn’t good enough.”

I have to give a high five for the secondary characters who add to the story. The Five Finger Game is hilarious, insightful and fun. I loved seeing Bennett and Avery in the story as well as the others in their circle.

I’m giving this book a high recommendation. As it says in the synopsis it is a companion novel and therefore can be read as a stand alone. I would urge you to read the first book not because you have to but because I think your enjoyment of this book will be even greater.

My rating for Before You Break by Christina Lee:

5 big, fat loved it hearts!

This book releases on February 18th.

**I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I think you’ll fall in love with it and the author as much as I did**

Here’s an excerpt for you:

At the theater, we bought popcorn, Milk Duds, and large sodas. After we settled in our seats in the crowded room, I opened the box of chocolate caramel confections and dumped them in the large tub.
“Um,” Quinn said, scratching his chin.
“Sweet and salty—it’s a must-have for movie watching.”
“Seriously?”
“Yes, seriously.” I picked up a Milk Dud, flanked it with two pieces of popcorn, and then brought it to his lips. “Here. I guarantee you’ll fall in love. You’ll never watch a movie without them again.”
“If you say so. . . .” He dragged the sweet and salty mixture into his mouth but kept my fingers enclosed between his lips. I held in a gasp while he ran his tongue over my thumb and then sucked on my forefinger before releasing my hand and chewing what remained.
“Agree,” he said around a mouthful of popcorn. “Wouldn’t want to be without them ever again.”
Quinn’s gaze latched on to mine. It felt like a bundle of feathers had been let loose in my stomach. “Guess you’ll have to come to every movie from now on. So I don’t forget.”
Speechless wasn’t even the word for what I felt in that moment. Dumbfounded might have been more like it, or maybe just struck stupid, because I couldn’t even move my lips to form any coherent words.
When the movie previews began, he turned toward the screen and reached for my fingers, interlacing our hands. Then he leaned close to my ear and said, “I expect you to feed me just like that the entire movie.”

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