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In the shore town of Sea Breeze, Sadie discovers that fame is nothing in the face of passion. A steamy read from bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Sadie White?s summer job is at the beach, but she won?t be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that ...

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Overview

In the shore town of Sea Breeze, Sadie discovers that fame is nothing in the face of passion. A steamy read from bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Sadie White’s summer job is at the beach, but she won’t be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal—if she hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house—maybe she’d be excited about working for a rock star. But she’s not.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax, but he fights his attraction: Relationships never work in his world, and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. Yet as the summer stretches on, Jax’s passion leaves him breathless—and Sadie feels like the only source of oxygen.

Can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? One breath at a time, they’re going to find out…

For ages 17 and up.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - AnjeanetteAlexander-Smith
Sadie has no time for superficial love. Experience has taught her that it will only result in babies and strife. Her mother, who is pregnant with her second child, is proof of that. She trades roles with Sadie and becomes the child. With a third mouth to feed, Sadie has to take over her mother's new cleaning job. When she runs through the housekeeper's gauntlet, Sadie begins work for one of the sexiest teenage heartthrobs in the music industry. She is unimpressed until she meets Jax. His charismatic, caring personality robs Sadie of her common sense. Jax has never met anyone like Sadie. She is not your average teenage girl. The true reason behind her working as a domestic for his family intrigues him. He abandons his no-strings-attached philosophy, but two people may have something to say about this union: Marcus, another housekeeper, and Star, an old fling. Glines's use of Jax and Sadie as narrators allows the reader to delve deeper into the people behind this budding romance. The novel treads upon the boundaries of new adult romance due to its steamy scenes and Jax's age. Adolescent girls will connect with the undeniable attraction that brews between the young lovers. This novel would work well as an independent reading selection in high school classrooms. Libraries could include it in the young adult romance section and in themed collections that revolve around single-parent homes and the class divide. Reviewer: AnjeanetteAlexander-Smith
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442488700
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Sea Breeze Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 182,868
  • Age range: 16 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted book lover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found at Facebook.com/AbbiGlinesAuthor and AbbiGlines.com.

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Breathe


  • This was it. Finally. The last stop on my tour. I shoved open the door to my private suite, and Kane, my bodyguard, closed it firmly behind me. The screaming on the other side of the door had only made my head hurt. This had been fun once. Now all I could think about was getting away from it. The girls. The relentless schedule. The lack of sleep and the pressure. I wanted to be someone else. Anywhere else.

The door opened and quickly closed behind me. I sank down onto the black leather sectional sofa and watched my younger brother, Jason, as he grinned at me with two beers in his hands.

“It’s over,” he announced. Only Jason understood my feelings lately. He’d been with me through this crazy ride. He saw my parents’ need to push me and my need to push back. He was my best friend. My only friend, really. I gave up trying to figure out who liked me for my money and fame a long time ago. It was pointless.

Jason handed me a beer and sat down on the sofa. “You killed it out there. The place was insane. No one would ever guess you were looking forward to running off to Alabama in the morning to hide away all summer.”

My agent, Marco, had told my parents about the private island on the Alabama coast. They were so ready to have somewhere other than our house in LA that they’d jumped at the idea.

Going back to my hometown—Austin, Texas—hadn’t been something they wanted to do. Too many people knew who we were.

The security Sea Breeze offered had always allowed me the freedom I’d lost when the world had embraced me. For a few weeks every summer we were a family again. I was just another guy, and I could walk out to the water and enjoy it without cameras and fans. No autographs. Just peace. Tomorrow we were headed back there. It was our summer break. But this year I was staying the whole damn summer. I didn’t care what my mother or my agent thought I should do. I was hiding out for three months, and they could all kiss Marco’s ass. What had started as my mother’s insistence that we spend the summers together in Alabama had become mine. I needed time with just them. I rarely saw them the rest of the year. It was the only house we had to call ours. I had my house in LA, and my parents and Jason had theirs.

“You’re coming down, right?” I asked him.

Jason nodded. “Yeah. I’ll be there, but not tomorrow. I need a few days. Mom and I had an argument about college. I want to give it a few days before I face her again. She’s driving me crazy.”

Our mother was a micromanager when it came to our lives. “Good idea. I’ll talk to her. Maybe I can get her to back off.”

Jason laid his head back on the leather. “Good luck. She’s on a mission to make me miserable.”

Lately I felt like she was doing the same to me. I no longer lived with her. I lived independently. I was the one who paid her bills. Why she thought she could still tell me what to do was beyond me. But she did. She always thought she knew what was best. I was done with that, and so was Jason. I’d talk to her, all right. She needed to remember who was actually in control here and back off.

“Take a few days. Enjoy yourself. Let me prep Mom for the fact that I’m not going to allow her to control your life. Then come south,” I told him before taking a long drink of my beer.

“Mom, are you going to work today?” I rolled my eyes at my very pregnant mother, who lay sprawled out on her bed in her panties and bra. Pregnancy made Jessica an even bigger drama queen than before having unsafe sex with another loser.

She moaned and covered her head with a pillow. “I feel awful, Sadie. You just go on without me.”

I’d seen this coming a mile away before school even let out. The last day of school landed yesterday, but instead of being able to go out and be a normal teenager, I was expected to make the money for us. It was almost as if Jessica had planned on me working in her place all along.

“I can’t just go to your workplace and take your position. Haven’t you explained the situation to them? They won’t be okay with your seventeen-year-old daughter doing your job.”

She pulled the pillow from her face and tossed me a sulk she’d perfected years ago. “Sadie, I can’t continue cleaning house with my stomach the size of a beach ball. I’m so hot and tired. I need you to help me. You can do it. You always figure stuff out.”

I walked over to the air conditioner and turned it off. “If you’d stop running it at a continuous sixty-eight degrees, we might be able to get by on less money. Do you have any idea how much it costs to run a window unit all day long?” I knew she didn’t know, nor did she care, but I still asked.

She grimaced and sat up. “Do you have any idea how hot I am with all this extra weight?” she shot back at me.

It took all my restraint to keep from reminding her that she got this way because she hadn’t used a condom. I bought them for her and made sure her purse always contained several. I even reminded her before she went out on dates.

Remembering who the adult was in our relationship could be difficult at times. Most of the time it seemed to me our roles were reversed. Being the adult, however, did not mean she made smart decisions, because Jessica simply did not know how to be responsible.

“I know you’re hot, but we can’t spend every dime we make on the air conditioner,” I reminded her.

She sighed and flopped back down on the bed. “Whatever,” she grumbled.

I walked over to her purse and opened it up. “All right, I’m going to go to your job today, by myself, and I hope they allow me inside the gate. If this doesn’t work, don’t say I didn’t warn you. All I am qualified for is minimum-wage jobs, which won’t pay our bills. If you would come with me, I would have a better chance of landing this position.” I knew as I spoke the words that I’d already been tuned out. At least she had managed to keep the job for two months.

“Sadie, you and I both know you can handle it by yourself.”

I sighed in defeat and left her there. She would go back to sleep as soon as I left. I wanted to be mad at her, but seeing her so big made me pity her instead. She wasn’t the best mom in the world, but she did belong to me. After I got my clothes on, I walked past her room and peeked through the door. She softly snored with the window unit once again cranked to sixty-eight degrees. I thought about turning it off, but changed my mind. The apartment already felt warm, and the day would only get hotter.

I stepped outside and got on my bike. It took me thirty minutes to get to the bridge. The bridge would take me from Sea Breeze, Alabama, onto the exclusive island that was connected to it. The island wasn’t where the locals lived, but where the wealthy came for the summer. Jessica had managed to snag a job as a domestic servant at one of the houses that employed full staffs. The pay was twelve dollars an hour. I prayed I would be able to take over her position without a hitch.

I found the address on her employee card I’d retrieved from her purse. My chances of getting this job were slim. The farther I pedaled onto the island, the larger and more extravagant the houses became. The address of my mother’s place of employment was coming up. She, of course, had to work at the most extravagant house on the block, not to mention the very last one before the beach. I pulled up to a large ornate iron gate and handed Jessica’s ID card to the guy working admittance. He frowned and gazed down at me. I handed him my driver’s license.

“I’m Jessica’s White’s daughter. She’s sick, and I’m supposed to work for her today.”

He continued to frown while he picked up a phone and called someone. That wasn’t a good thing, considering no one here knew I was coming in her place. For good. Two large men appeared and walked up to me. Both sported dark sunglasses and looked like they should be wearing football uniforms and playing on NFL teams instead of black suits.

“Miss White, can we see your bag, please,” one of them said, rather than asked, while the other one took it off my shoulder.

I swallowed and fought the urge to shudder. They were big and intimidating and didn’t appear to trust me. I wondered if I seemed dangerous to them, all five feet six inches of me. I glanced down at my skimpy white shorts and purple tank top and wondered if they’d considered the fact that it would be impossible to hide weapons in this outfit. I thought it somewhat strange that the two big guys were reluctant to let me in. Even if I happened to be a threat, I do believe either one of them could have taken me blindfolded with his hands tied behind his back. The image popped into my mind and made me want to laugh. I bit my bottom lip and waited to see if dangerous little me would be allowed entrance through the bigger-than-life iron gates.

“You’re free to enter, Miss White. Please take the servants’ entrance to the left of the stone wall and report to the kitchen, where you will be instructed how to proceed.”

Who were these people who needed two men the size of Goliath to guard their entrance? I got back on my bike and rode through the now open gates. Once I made it around the corner, past lush palm trees and tropical gardens, I saw the house. It reminded me of houses on MTV Cribs. I never would’ve guessed houses like this even existed in Alabama. I’d been to Nashville once and seen houses similar in size, but nothing quite this spectacular.

I composed myself and pushed my bike around the corner, trying to not stop and stare at the massive size of everything. I leaned my bike against a wall, out of sight. The entrance for the servants was designed to impress. At least twelve feet tall, the door was adorned with a beautifully engraved letter S. Not just tall, the door was really heavy, causing me to use all my strength to pull it open. I peeked inside the large entry hall and stepped into a small area with three different arched doorways ahead of me to choose from. Since I’d never been here before, I didn’t know where the kitchen might be located. I walked up to the first door on the right and looked through the opening. It appeared to be a large gathering room, but nothing fancy and no kitchen appliances, so I moved on to door number two, peeked inside, and found a large round table with people sitting around it. A large older lady stood in front of a stove unlike any I’d ever seen in a house. It was something you’d find in a restaurant.

This had to be the place. I stepped through the arched opening.

The lady standing noticed me and frowned. “Can I help you?” she asked in a sharp, authoritative tone, though she kind of reminded me of Aunt Bee from The Andy Griffith Show.

I smiled, and the heat rose, threatening to spike out the top of my head as I watched all the people in the room turn to face me. I hated attention and did whatever I could to draw little to myself. Even though it seemed to be getting harder the older I got. As much as possible, I tried to avoid situations that encouraged other people to speak to me. It’s not that I’m a recluse; it’s just the fact that I have a lot of responsibility. I figured out early in life that friendships would never work for me. I’m too busy taking care of my mom. So I’ve perfected the art of being uninteresting.

“Um, uh, yes, I was told to report to the kitchen for further instructions.” I quietly cleared my voice and waited.

I didn’t like the once-over the lady gave me, but since I was here, I had no choice but to stay.

“I know I sure didn’t hire you. Who told you to come here?”

I hated all those eyes on me and wished Jessica hadn’t been so stubborn. I needed her here, at least for today. Why did she always do these things to me?

“I’m Sadie White, Jessica White’s daughter. She . . . uh . . . wasn’t well today, so I am here to work for her. I’m . . . uh . . . supposed to be working with her this summer.”

I wished I didn’t sound so nervous, but the people stared. The lady up front frowned much like the way Aunt Bee looked when someone made her angry. It was tempting to turn and run.

“Jessica didn’t ask about you helping her this summer, and I don’t hire kids. It ain’t a good idea with the family comin’ down for the whole summer. Maybe during the fall when they leave we can give you a try.”

My nervousness from being the center of attention immediately disappeared, and I panicked at the thought of our losing this income we so desperately needed. If my mom found out I couldn’t work for her, she would quit. I pulled my grown-up voice out of the closet and decided I needed to show this lady I could do the job better than anyone else.

“I can understand your concern. However, if you would give me a chance, I can and will show you I’m an asset. I’ll never be late to work and will always complete the jobs assigned to me. Please, just a chance.”

The lady glanced down at someone at the table as if to get an opinion. She moved her eyes back up to me, and I could see I’d broken through her resolve. “I’m Ms. Mary, and I’m in charge of the household staff and I run the kitchen. You impress me and you have the job. Okay, Sadie White, your chance starts now. I’m gonna team you up with Fran here, who has been working in this home as long as I have. She’ll instruct you and report back to me. I will have you an answer at the end of the day. Here is your trial, Miss White. I suggest you don’t blow it.”

I nodded and smiled over at Fran, who was now standing.

“Follow me,” the tall, skinny redhead who appeared to be at least sixty-five years old said before she turned and left the room.

I did as instructed without making eye contact with any of the others. I had a job to save.

Fran walked me down a hallway and past several doors. We stopped, opened one, and stepped inside. The room contained shelves of books from the floor to the ceiling. Large dark-brown leather chairs were scattered around the room. None faced any of the others or looked to be used for any type of visiting or socializing. The room was clearly set up to be a library. A place where people could come, find a book, and lose themselves in one of the large cushy chairs.

Fran swung her arm out in front of her, gesturing to the room with a bit of flair. It surprised me coming from an older lady. “This is Mrs. Stone’s favorite spot. It’s been closed off all year. You will dust the books and shelves, clean the leather with the special cleaner, and clean the windows. Vacuum the drapes; clean and wax the floors. This room must shine. Mrs. Stone likes things perfect in her sanctuary. I will come get you at lunchtime, and we will dine in the kitchen.”

She walked to the door, and I heard her thank someone. She stepped back inside, pulling a cart full of cleaning supplies. “This will have everything you need. Be careful with all framed artwork and sculptures. I warn you, everything in this house is very valuable and must be treated with the utmost care. Now, I expect you to work hard and not waste any time with foolishness.” The tight-faced Fran left the room.

I circled around, taking in the extravagance of my surroundings. The room wasn’t really big; it just seemed full. I could clean this. I hadn’t been asked to do anything impossible. I went for the dusting supplies and headed to the ladder connected to the bookshelves. I might as well start at the top, since dust falls.

I managed to get everything dusted and the windows cleaned before Fran returned to get me for lunch. I needed a break and some food. Her frowning face was a welcome sight. She moved her gaze around the room and nodded before leading me in silence back down the same path I’d taken this morning. The smell of fresh-baked bread hit me as we rounded the corner and stepped into the large, bright kitchen. Ms. Mary stood over the stove, pointing to a younger lady, who wore her hair in a bun covered with a hairnet just like Ms. Mary’s.

“Smells good, Henrietta. I believe you’ve got it. We will test this batch out on the help today, and if everyone likes it, you can take over the bread baking for the family’s meals.” Ms. Mary turned, wiping her hands on her apron. “Ah, here is our new employee now. How are things going?”

Ms. Fran nodded and said, “Fine.”

Either this lady didn’t smile much or she just didn’t like me.

“Sit, sit. We have much to get done before the family arrives.”

I sat down after Fran did, and Ms. Mary set trays of food in front of us. I must have been doing something right since Fran directed her words in my direction. “All the help eat at this table. We all come at different shifts for lunch. You may choose what you want to eat.”

I nodded and reached for the tray of sandwiches and took one. I took some fresh fruit from a platter.

“The drinks are over there on the bar. You may go choose from what’s there or fix something yourself.”

I went over and poured some lemonade. I ate in silence while I listened to Ms. Mary direct Henrietta as they baked bread. Neither Fran nor I made any attempt at conversation.

After we were done, I followed Fran to the sink, where we rinsed our plates and loaded them into the large dishwasher ourselves. Just as silent, we returned to the library. I was a little less nervous now and more interested in my surroundings. I noticed the portraits as we walked down the hallway. There were portraits of two very cute little boys. The farther I walked, the older they seemed to get. Toward the arched entrance that led to the hallway where the library was located, an oddly familiar face smiled down at me from a life-size painting. A face I’d seen many times on television and in magazines. Just last night during dinner he had been on television. Jessica watched Entertainment Daily during our meal. Teen rocker and heartthrob Jax Stone was one of their favorite topics. Last night he’d had on his arm a girl rumored to be in his new music video. Fran stopped behind me. I turned to her, and she seemed focused on the portrait.

“This is his summer home. He will be arriving with his parents and brother tomorrow. Can you handle this?”

I simply nodded, unable to form words from the shock of seeing Jax Stone’s face on the wall.

Fran moved again, and I followed her into the library. “He’s the reason teenagers are not hired. This is a private escape for him. When he was younger, his parents insisted he take a break each summer and spend time with them away from the bright lights of Hollywood. Now he’s older and still comes here for the summer. He leaves now and then to go to different events, but for the most part, this is his getaway. He brings his family with him since they don’t see each other much during the year.” Fran paused dramatically and then continued. “If you can’t handle it, you will be fired immediately. His privacy is of the utmost importance. It’s why this is such a high-paying job.”

I straightened and grabbed the bucket I’d been using. “I can handle anything. This job is more important to me than a teenage rock star.”

Fran nodded, but from her frown, I could see she didn’t believe me.

I focused more energy into my work. At the end of a long day, I listened while the quiet, frowning Fran reported to Ms. Mary. She believed I would be a good worker and I should be given a chance. I thanked her and Ms. Mary. I figured I should be able to save enough money for the fall, when my mom would have the baby and not work, and I would be back in school. I could do this.

Yes, Jax Stone was famous, had incredible steel-blue eyes, and happened to be one of the most beautiful creations known to man. I made myself admit that much. However, everyone knows beauty is only skin deep. I assumed the shallowness radiating off of him would be so revolting I wouldn’t care that I cleaned his house and passed him in the halls.

Besides, guys were a species I knew nothing about. I never took the time to talk to one even when they did their best to talk to me. I’ve always had bigger problems in life, like making sure we ate and my mom remembered to pay our bills.

When I thought of all the money I’d wasted on the condoms I’d shoved into Jessica’s hands and purse before she went out with the countless men who flocked to her, I really had a hard time not getting angry with her. Even in thrift-store clothing, she looked gorgeous. One of her many disgusting men told me I’d inherited the cursed looks. From her curly blond hair to her clear blue eyes and heavy black lashes, I somehow managed to get it all. However, I had the one thing I knew would save me from certain disaster: My personality came across as rather dull. It was something my mother loved to remind me of, yet instead of being upset by it, I held on to it for dear life. What she thought of as a character defect, I liked to think of as my lifeline. I didn’t want to be like her. If having a dull personality kept me from following in her footsteps, then I would embrace it.

•  •  •

The apartment we lived in for almost five hundred a month sat underneath a huge old house. I walked in after my first day of work to find that Jessica wasn’t inside. With only four rooms, she couldn’t have gotten far.

“Mom?” I got no answer.

The sun was setting, so I stepped out onto what Jessica referred to as a patio. If you ask me, it was really more like a small piece of slab. She loved coming out here to look out over the water. She stood out in the yard with her increasing stomach on view for all to see, in a bikini I’d bought at a thrift store a few weeks ago. She turned and smiled. The facade of sickness from this morning no longer appeared on her face. Instead, she seemed to be glowing.

“Sadie, how did it go? Did ol’ Ms. Mary give you a hard time? If she did, I sure hope you were nice. We need this job, and you can be so rude and unsociable.”

I listened to her blabber on about my lack of social skills and waited until she finished before I spoke. “I got the job for the summer if I want it.”

Jessica sighed dramatically in relief. “Wonderful. I really need to rest these next few months. The baby is taking so much out of me. You just don’t understand how hard it is to be pregnant.”

I wanted to remind her I’d tried to keep her from getting pregnant by sacrificing food money to buy her some stupid condoms, which didn’t help at all! However, I nodded and walked inside with her.

“I’m starving, Sadie. Is there anything you can fix up real fast? I’m eating for two these days.”

I’d already planned what we would eat for dinner before I got home. I knew Mom was helpless in the kitchen. I’d somehow survived the early years of my life on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Somewhere around the time I turned eight, I realized my mother needed help, and I began growing up quicker than normal children. The more I offered to take on, the more she gave me. By the time I turned eleven, I did it all.

With the noodles boiling and the meat sauce simmering, I went to my room. I slipped out of my work clothes and into a pair of thrift-store cutoff jean shorts, which happen to be the core of my wardrobe, and a T-shirt. My wardrobe was simple.

The timer for the noodles went off, letting me know the food needed to be checked. Jessica wasn’t going to get up and help out anytime soon. I hurried back into the small kitchen, took out a spaghetti noodle on a fork, and slung it at the wall behind the stove. It stuck. It was ready.

“Really, Sadie, why you toss noodles on the wall is beyond me. Where did you get such an insane idea?”

I flipped my gaze up and over at Jessica. She was kicked back on the faded pastel couch, which had come with the apartment, in my bikini.

“I saw it on the television once when I was younger. It has stuck with me ever since. Besides, it works.”

“It’s disgusting, is what it is,” Jessica mumbled from her spot on the couch.

She couldn’t boil water if she wanted to, but I decided to bite my tongue and finish with dinner.

“It’s ready, Mom,” I said as I scooped a pile of spaghetti onto a plate, knowing she would ask me to bring her one.

“Bring me a plate, will ya, honey?”

I smirked. I was a step ahead of her. She rarely got up these days unless she absolutely had to. I slipped a fork and spoon onto the plate and took it to her. She didn’t even sit up. Instead, she placed it on the shelf of a belly she’d developed, and ate. I placed a glass of sweet iced tea down beside her and went back to fix my own plate. I’d worked up an appetite today. I needed food.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    Breathe by Abbi Glines
    My Summary:

    Sadie has grown up way too fast. She never knew her father, he was married to another women. From the age of eight she has run the house. Her beauty queen mother attracts the wrong kind of men and can't keep a job. There has never been time for Sadie to have a childhood. She cooks, cleans, makes sure the bills are paid and stuffs condoms into her mom's purse when she leaves for dates. It does no good though because they just moved away from another bad relationship and her mom is pregnant. Starting over on the Alabama coast is already a problem. Sadie's mom, Jessica, is struggling to go to work because of her pregnancy and Sadie has no choice but to go in her place and hope they let her fill in. Sadie is determined to keep the job for the summer. She may need more than that since young girls are never hired to work in this rich house. The house belongs to the teen rock star and heart throb, Jax Stone. Spending his summer away from touring and adoring fans, the last thing he needs is a silly teenager working in his house. But Sadie isn't a silly teenager and she is desperate for the job. She's also inherited her mother's looks but the responsibility that has been put on her has made her less outgoing. Can she stay away from the rock star and keep the job? Can he stay away from her? What happens if they don't stay away from each other?

    My thoughts:

    4 ½ stars - a great read

    It's interesting; I can tell how much I like a book by how long my mind wants to stay in that world when I'm done reading it. So with the story of Sadie and Jax, I continued thinking about it well after I was done turning the pages. Can I just set aside the fact that this is a love at first sight book? I sometimes wonder about those books. How can anyone fall in love at first sight? Well maybe this was a lust at first sight that a relationship grew from because while they were both attracted to each other immediately a relationship developed over time. Jax has looked for a girl for a long time that drew his interest. They were all fans or celebrities. None of them interested him. Then he meets Sadie. She doesn't have his poster hanging on her bedroom wall. She doesn't know she's beautiful. I guess anyone can feel that way if they are forced to grow-up and not given the chance to be a teenager. She's never had time for friends or school activities where she might have learned that guys find her attractive. She isn't prepared for Jax Stones charm or his steel blue eyes. She isn't prepared for the way he makes her body react when he's in the room. He knows the idea of a relationship with her is a bad idea. His life of touring and the media is hard to take. He knows when he leaves in the fall, it would all be over. But neither of them can resist. So maybe you've heard that story somewhere before, but this tale has a few twists that make it unique. There's the fact that Jax isn't full of his own ego and he cares about people. There are the locals that aren't sure how to handle the rock star or the girl that works for him. There's Marcus, who would rather that Sadie loved him. There's the local press that makes things hard. There's Jessica who can't be a mom and struggles to be pregnant. There's Ms. Mary who treats Sadie like a daughter for the first time in her life. There are laughs and there are tears. I cried as I read of Sadie's heartache as her life just gets harder and h

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    best book ever! :)

    i got this book at 10:30pm and finished it at 4am. i think that tell you how good this book is :D haha now i think its time to re-read it :)

    33 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    This is a must read!

    I was recently traveling through Europe while reading this book. I missed much of the scenery because I couldn't put this book down. I was totally engrossed in this book. I've read many novels this year and must say this is one of my favorites. Glines is a wonderful writer. I think I experienced every emotion with the characters. i look forward to more books from this amazing author.

    23 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Another geat book written by Abbi Glines!

    Abbi, you're amazing! Keep on writing. I have yet to be disappointed by one of your books!

    17 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    AMAZING

    IT HAS BEEN A REALLY LONG TIME SINCE I FOUND A BOOK THIS GOOD. Jax is not the sterotype guy in books evrn without hearing his thoughts you seem to FEEL what he is thinking. Sadi is evrn more complicated and that is what makes this book amazing. A summer fling turning into the life we all want.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    What is everyone talking about

    This book was awful. If you want to read a romance with substance this is not the book for you. The characters were shallow and the relationship could have been better if the story was developed more but everything was rushed and i could not believe in the romance developing as fast as it did despite being a romantic myself. I was horribly disappointed with this book especially after reading all of the good reviews.

    12 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Romance novel?

    When i found this book i first thought the story was super cute and would really go places. However, when i checked some of the negative reviews, i was cautious when deciding on the book. But i always hope that i will like the book despite the negative reviews (glass half full kind of girl...what can i say?). Anyway i was very disappointed! The book is definitely not a mature romance novel. It is very juvenile...including only hugs and kisses (aww...so cute--UGH). If you're looking for an adult/mature teen romance novel PLEASE do not buy this! I couldn't wait for it to be over! Cute story but not enough romance or substance to carry the novel to be as great as it very much could've been!

    8 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    I gave this book two stars. First of all great story line but re

    I gave this book two stars. First of all great story line but really bad development. The charcters spoke like robots, and I felt like the whole flow of the story was bad. I'm going to read the sequel to this book "Because of Low" because I bought already and cant return it and hoping that it will be better than what I have read so far.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Great...kinda

    I liked the story, i really did, but there are two things i absolutely cannot stand if misused in a book: writing style and dialogue. The writing style in BREATHE was fairly decent, though not the best. The characters' emotions werent portrayed as well as they could have been and the flow of the story was often interrupted by unexpected turns that didnt fit in, but other than that it was fine. I think Glines was trying to find her style in this book, since she does a better job in her latter books. The dialogue...*grunts*. To say it nicely, it was rough. To put it out in the open, it was downright awful. The main character has had a tough life, shes mature for her age, yadayada, but does she have to talk like an old lady? Even worse, do Jax and Marcus, who, as far as im concerned, have lived easier lives compared to the girl whose name i cant remember, have to talk like they came out of a prehistorical book? Im not sure what the authors intentions were making them talk like that, but it frustrated me enough to make me drop my nook and take a deep breath and count to ten. Or thirty, it depends on the severity of the horror. In the later books of the series the improvements regarding both the addressed issues are obvious and vast (thank you dear baby jesus) though everything felt shallow... I think im getting ahead of myself so anyways, BREATHE is a quick read thats entertaining enough to keep you occupied if you can stand the muchtooformal dialogue.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    I am really surprised by the number of five star reviews for thi

    I am really surprised by the number of five star reviews for this book. It's a great idea, and I enjoyed the story, but I agree with a previous reviewer when they said that all of the characters spoke like robots. It's a good plot, but the dialogue needs a lot of work. The teenagers in this story did not talk like teenagers. They didn't talk like anyone I've ever heard, actually. It's an enjoyable story. I liked Sadie and Jax as characters, and they had some great moments. But Jax behaved like a rather idealized teenage guy, rather than an actual one. And Sadie wasn't totally realistic either. This could have been a lot better with the benefit of an agent or a stronger editor. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it's one of those books that leaves you with an unsatisfactory after taste. You enjoy it in the moment, but after you realize all of the flaws.

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2012

    Beautiful story

    I thought this was a beautiful love story - I always read books before my teenager to make sure they are appropriate and this is an appropriate book for my daughter. I love where Jax says that sometimes love is not enough - but in the end love wins!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2012

    I was not a fan of contemporary YA until ABBI GLINES!! I loved

    I was not a fan of contemporary YA until ABBI GLINES!! I loved this book and now I am reading anything she writes!! One of my new favorite YA authors. Cannot wait for more from her!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    Please remove from "Just for You"

    Please remove this book from being automaticslly visible . Until it showed up, I gave no thought to leaving my Nook layong around. Now, I don't want to see this picture, let alone my grandchildren when they use mt Nook.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2014

    What!!!!

    Im 11 and i didnt even push free ssample how do u erase
    the books?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2014

    READ NOW!

    Abbi Glines is my new favoriite author she describes in great details and really captures the essence of teenage love between a rockstar and normal girl. Something brought you to this book that was your first sign to get it. Now im telling you to get it thats your secomd sign get the book and i promise you want even notice that you didnt get a third.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Please read!

    I first bought this book and i was skeptical... i thought it might just be that typical love story. But wow was i wrong. I started reading breathe and i was hooked. I couldnt get enough of it! Just warning ppl there is some pretty graphic sexual content but it doesnt take away from the awesom story!! I would give this book 6 stars if i could! Pleaseeeee read it!!! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I absolutely LOVED this book I've re-read it so many times and i

    I absolutely LOVED this book I've re-read it so many times and its a great read each time. This is one of my favorite books ever! I have also read some of the other books in this series and they have not disappointed.
    This is book one in the Sea Breeze series. I would recommend this to my friends and anyone who likes the type of story that's unforgettable and an awesome read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2014

    Second eddition

    Ok so breathe came out a while ago in a different version. It was less expensive and didnt have as much sex as the rest of her series which im dissappointed about. The past version of breathe was perfect apparently this one has "steamier scenes" like what? Im really disappointed this author is turning into someone eho just writes books with sex in them now the first version of breathe isnt even available. It was the most perfect YA book!!!!!! It was so sweet and i adored Jax. needless to say i will not be wasting ten dollars on this new edition where she just adds more make out sessions and shows jaxs attraction for her through his pov. The other book was great because it was sweet and simple.... also the freakin cover doesnt freakin fit the story at all Sadie is sweet while the cover is just slutty. I hate it! Just like the reat of her books she changed everything waaaaaaay too much ugh

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Aweful

    This book made me feel gross and icky it had scenes in it that made my insides feel sick if this is what authors are writing now prepare for an insluaght of pregnancies this book had horrible language and and seared revolting scenes in your head. I feel nauseated just thinking about it. I had to archive it because i never want to see it again and have those images pop right back into my brain. This story had potential but was ruined by language and vulgarity! This was a diappiontment on more levels than stars in the sky. I dont understand how someone could write this and not feel disgusted by their words. This book was disturbing scaring and leaves you feeling empty.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Sweet romance novel

    A nice read. No smut. Cute storyline. Would recommend for ages twelve+.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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