Every Breath A BBBC Review

August 4, 2013 / 0 comments

Every Breath A BBBC ReviewEvery Breath by Tasha Ivey
Series: Every Life #1
Published by Self-Published on August 4, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC
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How does someone give their heart away when they don’t have all of the pieces?

Not that Makenna really wants a second chance at love anyway. She is stuck in her tragic past, secretly living every day for her deceased fiancé, while her new boyfriend, Drew, is gently nudging her into the present.

Desperate to appear normal again, she slaps on a happy face and goes through the motions of a normal, healthy relationship—but with the exception of even a single kiss. And she’s okay with pretending, but Drew needs more than she’s willing to give.

Surprisingly, it’s an innocent letter from a soldier halfway around the world that has her seeing life differently. Sawyer is at his breaking point, and his depression sucks him in deeper every day. Makenna becomes his only lifeline to home, and he’s hanging on by a very weak thread.

By helping him, Makenna learns to let go of grief before she’s left with only a ghost of the woman she once was, finally freeing her from guilt and showing her that it is possible to love again. But when she discovers that both of the men in her life are hiding something, she makes two shocking revelations.
One of them is insanely in love with her, and one of them destroyed her happy ever after.

Even though a fairytale ending does await her, is she willing to face her own demons to fight for it?

Liezel’s Thoughts:

My treasure. My heart. My soul. My love.

How do you move on after watching the man you love die? Her closest have been encouraging her that it’s time to let go. With much encouragement from her best friend Callie, she agrees to go out with her school’s football coach – Drew.

Weeks pass as they continue dating but for some reason she can not fully let Drew in. It just does not feel right. At the same time, she’s has been corresponding with  Sawyer, a soldier in Afghanistan.  She’s never meet him in person but the connection between them is immediate.

When Sawyer comes home from the war one of his first things he does is see Makenna. Just when we thought that their connection couldn’t get any closer it is even that much more intense. Drew knows he can no longer compete with what they have but he isn’t willing to give her up. He thinks that after all the time he’s invested in their relationship that he owns her. He will literally do anything to keep her.

“I’ve never met anyone like you. I’ve never cared before what a woman thought of me. I never wanted to better myself just to be worthy of someone’s friendship. And I’m sure as hell never caught myself daydreaming about a future with anyone before. Not until you. You’ve broken some walls down and that I didn’t even know existed. It’s only been a couple of months since I met you, but I can’t imagine a single day that doesn’t have you in it.”

This book was so much more than  I expected.  It was an “everything happens for a reason” story. And also a story about picking up the pieces and moving on. To me what really made this story was the characters.

I thought that Sawyer’s character was amazing. He was so romantic. Talk about swoon- worthy! His childhood was horrific but instead of following in his parent’s footsteps he took it upon himself to become more. He matures into this caring and passionate man. His compassion almost destroys him but Makenna pulls him away from the edge. I found that Sawyer not only helps Makenna move on but she helps him heal as well.

Reading about Makenna was painful. The author was just able to describe that pain she was going through in great detail that I felt my heart breaking for her. You can tell how much she struggled with moving on and while it takes her awhile to do so, in my opinion, she was just waiting for the right person – Sawyer. I thought they were the perfect fit. Their lives were so much more intertwined than I expected and that made me even more impressed with the authors’ creativity and imagination.

Loved this one. It was smooth and well delivered. The pacing was also perfect. It’s uniquely intense and emotionally charged, it’s unpredictable and it kept me on my toes guessing. A definite solid 5 stars from me.

The Verdict:


Book Casting:

MakennaMinka Kelly

Drew:   Will Grant

Sawyer:  Jon Doliana


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About Tasha Ivey

Tasha Ivey is a literature fanatic, whose love for the written word fostered her development into the writer she has become. A lover of an extremely erratic mixture of literature, she has been influenced by authors from Jane Austen and E.M. Forster to Charlaine Harris and Alyson Noel. But her biggest influence and literary hero? Nicholas Sparks. Aside from writing, since she doesn’t have anything other than a shriveled up prune on the left side of her brain, she prefers to spend her time being creative in other ways like painting, cake decorating, and various types of crafts. That is, if the constant voices streaming through her head allow her to stop making up stories for a while. Lucky for her, she has a huge supportive family, including her amazing husband and two kids, who doesn’t complain too much when she hangs out with her characters more than she does with them. Sophie, the dog, however . . . she does complain. A lot.

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