Title: Inhale, Exhale
Author: Sarah M Ross
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 4 May 2013
Source: Review Copy – Ebook
Synopsis from Amazon
**Warning: Contains very strong language, and sexual situations.**
Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain.
Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams came true.
But things never go according to plan.
When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other.
The book starts with a very powerful prologue that really grips your attention and makes compulsive page turning necessity in order to try to match the rest of the story to the prologue.
Told in dual first person narrative (my favorite as I can get inside the head of both characters). Jillian is a little bit of a daydreamer but a truly nice person, she is very family orientated and a wonderfully loyal friend. However, she does tend to see her boyfriend, Christian, through rose colored glasses justifying their relationship even though she feels they are drawing apart. Grant is responsible, having been forced to grow-up quickly following his mothers death. He has terrific values even if they do get slightly warped with the plan he has for himself in his head.
There is an instant attraction between Grand and Jillian even though they both try to fight it. The intensity of their attraction both frightens and exhilarates them. they have so much in common and interact so well the idea of soul-mates blossoms within the imagination. Don'[t get me wrong this isn’t a case of insta-love more like insta-lust that develops into love.
As their friendship develops we get to see more of Grant’s romantic side that even he didn’t know existed providing some very swoon-worthy moments. The story is quite fast paced and gripping. It is a really quick read while still providing a connection to the characters that stays with you after the last page.
There are a number of surprise events that add tension to the story. Yet aid the realization that you can’t plan all of your life, sometimes life throws you off the path you have set in order to put you on the path you need to be on. Sometimes it is easy to forget what is truly important in life and events seemingly throw a spanner in the works actually lead us to where we should be. Once that happens all the pieces fall into place. It was a joy to follow the pieces falling into place for Grant and Jillian.
Inhale, Exhale is a great starter for those dipping their toes into New Adult Romance; quick, fast paced and yet utterly romantic.