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Just Remember to Breathe (edition 2012)

by Charles Sheehan-Miles

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Title:Just Remember to Breathe
Authors:Charles Sheehan-Miles
Info:Cincinnatus Press (2012), Paperback, 290 pages
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Where to begin? I am a sucker for love rekindled stories. Add in a wounded man, and a huge misunderstanding? I am hooked! This is the first book I have read by CSM, and it blew me away. I instantly fell in love with the Thompson sisters and wanted to know more. And who couldn't love Dylan? There are many twists and turns and you will be gripped from the first page to the last. ( )
  BooksToBreathe | Jul 2, 2014 |
If your looking for a book with a lot of Hot Steamy Sex this is not that book.
However it is a wonderful Love story which as we all know is still Lady Porn!

Lots of Misunderstandings and assumptions were made as well as not truly being able to express their love for each other. This all makes for an up and down of Joy and heart break then throw some outside threat and you got a sweet love story.
I was not even half way through and things seemed to fall in place and were going to work out for Alex and Dylan so I knew it wasn't going to be that simple and of course it wasn't.
Great ending.

Quotes:

"You still smell like strawberries, and it's breaking my heart."

"Only because it looks like you and hormone girl are back together."

"I'd say you're worth falling in love with twice." ( )
  iloveladyporn | Dec 6, 2013 |
This book took me forever to read.. it was a short, touching story that had every component to make it a great emotional book. Something about it had me feeling detached. I don't know if it was the characters or how the story itself unfolded. Overall, I liked the book but it didn't capture my attention. I am sure that others will disagree. ( )
  asgwilli | Dec 2, 2013 |
Just Remember To Breathe is a poignant love story about second chances that simply takes your breath away.

Alexandra "Alex" Thompson and Dylan Paris met three years ago on an exchange student program trip to Israel. There was a mutual attraction at first sight even though they come from very different backgrounds and opposite sides of the country, but the trip would forever change their lives. For two years they had an on/off long distance relationship that encompassed Alex's senior year in high school and first year of college at Columbia University, and Dylan serving in the Army in Afghanistan. During Alex's first year at Columbia University, a misunderstanding occurs between Alex and Dylan during their Skype date, and it results in a break up that leaves both of them heartbroken and shattered. When the new school year starts, Dylan is a wounded veteran registered at Coulmbia, he and Alex unexpectedly meet again at a work study assignment, they try to avoid one another but they are still drawn to each other. With an intense past relationship that ended with two broken hearts, and personal demons between them, can Alex and Dylan find a way to give their love another chance?

Author Charles Sheehan-Miles weaves an emotionally intense and gut wrenching love story that pulls at the heartstrings. Written in the first person narrative in the present time with flashbacks to the past; with chapters alternating between the point of view of Alex Thompson and Dylan Paris; and richly descriptive settings in Israel, New York, Afghanistan and San Francisco; the reader gets swept away in a powerfully intense and palpable story about the complicated love relationship between two young adults from very different worlds.

This intriguing story flows seamlessly as the reader connects with both Alex and Dylan as their story unfolds. You can't help but get drawn into their lives as Alex and Dylan gives the reader their perspective on the ups and downs of their relationship. This multi-layered storyline has enough drama, emotion, twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged and turning the pages. I loved that the storyline has Alex and Dylan dealing with various issues in their relationship: opposite attraction; different upbringing / rich v poor; alcoholism, drugs, rape; and devastating war injuries including PTSD and Brain Injury. The author does a wonderful job of providing flashbacks into their past history along with the present and other events that eventually lead up to a satisfying and sweet romantic ending.

With a cast of characters who are realistic, flawed, and easy to relate to; a mixture of humorous and heart wrenching dialogue and interactions; and a storyline with enough emotional pull that you can feel the intensity of Alex and Dylan's love and agonizing turmoil in their relationship; Just Remember To Breathe is a wonderful love story that makes you believe in the power and beauty of second chances.

Just Remember To Breathe is the first book in the Thompson Sisters series. While this book can be a stand alone read, to fully appreciate the Thompson sisters' stories, I would suggest you read the series in sequential order.

Disclaimer: I received the book from the author / AToMR Tours in exchange for my honest review.

http://jerseygirlbookreviews.blogspot.com/2013/04/just-remember-to-breathe-by-ch... ( )
  JerseyGirlBookReview | Apr 9, 2013 |
Alex and Dylan have a three year complicated relationship.. complications and doubts.. betrayals and misunderstandings. But they're meant to be together... they always have been. After a giant misunderstanding Alex and Dylan lose contact with one another for months.. until Dylan shows up at Alex's school.. but he's not the same person.. he's been through so much.. lost too much. He injured and has problems but Alex doesn't care.. she loves him despite it all.. but is love enough.. can Dylan face his fears and tell Alex how he truly feels?

"If you really want to know what it was like, walk into your kitchen right now. Grab a handful of sand. Close your eyes, stick you hand in the garbage disposal, and turn it on. That should give you a pretty good idea of what Afghanistan is like." -Dylan

"... because the one person in the world I didn't want to see, the one person I wanted to see the most, all at the same time..." -Dylan

"Because sitting in front of me was the boy who'd broken my heart." -Alex

"I finally looked up.. that was a mistake. Her green eyes, which has always caught me like a whirlpool, were huge, like pools. The faintest scent of strawberries drifted from her, making me lightheaded.." -Dylan

"Oh God, I was a mess. I was a mess because of his impossibly blue eyes, because of how his arms and chest had become... so developed. He smelled the same as always, and being around him was impossible. Sometimes when he was close to me I couldn't even breathe." -Alex

"Listen, I know we're only here for a few weeks. And that's it. Nothing could ever work between us. But... I'm really, really attracted to you. And I'd like to know if you feel the same." -Dylan

"I fell for him, I fell of a cliff. And I still haven't recovered." -Alex

"He almost growled in frustration. 'To.. go back.. go back and prevent that from happening to you. To protect you.'" -Dylan

"Because she was just as beautiful as ever." -Dylan

"'Dylan... do you ever think..' I couldn't finish the question. He kept looking at the table, and then replied, so quietly I almost couldn't hear him. 'Always,' he said." -Alex

"It was my fault. I'd left her unprotected. I'd put the woman I loved more than life itself at risk." -Dylan

"I loved her, but honestly, part of me hated her too." -Dylan

"Dylan, please stop! Please don't hurt yourself! I love you!" -Alex

"'I never stopped loving you,' he whispered. 'Not even for a second. Even when I hated you.'" -Dylan

"... but for the first time in two years, I felt whole with his arms wrapped around me." -Alex

"... I began to feel hope. Hope, because of the women curled up against my side. And that was something worth fighting for." -Dylan

"She looked at me, her eyes stealing away my breathe." -Dylan

"'Do you love me? Really? Still?' I pulled her closer, and said, quietly, 'More than life itself.'" -Alex & Dylan

"We get to fall in love all over again, for the second time." -Dylan

"I'd say you're worth falling in love with twice." -Alex

"Alex... I love you. I'll go where you lead me. I won't ask for more." -Dylan

"We were made for each other." -Alex

"I took a deep shuddering breathe, knowing that somehow life had given me another chance. Somehow she has given me another chance. This time I couldn't blow it." -Dylan

"She was Drill Sergeant. I'm gonna get her back. I plan to marry her." -Dylan

"As always, her proximity took my breath away." -Dylan

"Alex was everything to me." -Dylan

"I love him, Carrie. More than you can imagine. I want to spend my life with him." -Alex

"He sighed and whispered, 'I don't deserve you, Alex'" -Dylan

"Killing was easy. Living with it was difficult." -Dylan

"..run back to her and throw my arms around her, protect her, love her, take care of her forever." -Dylan

"Knowing that it was a matter of minutes before I was going to lose her forever, I tried to memorize Alex's voice, her hair, her scent, everything about her." -Dylan

"But it was too late for that. Love meant a lot. It meant everything, and it meant nothing." -Dylan

"And I knew exactly what I wanted. I wanted her. Nothing else." -Dylan

"You make me feel alive, Alex. We fit together in ways that I didn't imagine were possible." -Dylan

"You don't just complete me. You make me a better person. When I'm with you, every single moment, I want to work to become someone you look up to, someone you admire, someone you can love." -Dylan

"Alex, with you by my side, I'm ready for anything." -Dylan

"I'd rather die than lose you again." -Dylan ( )
  saders18 | Nov 7, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0988273608, Paperback)

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. 

The only problem is, they keep breaking the rules. 

The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.

The Thompson Sisters

Just Remember to Breathe is part of a series of novels centering around the Thompson sisters. Though the books center on the same family, they are standalone novels and can be read in any order. 

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