Format: Available for both Ebook and Paperback
Series: Book 3 of 3 of the Breathing Series
Rated: 16+ (sexual situations and drinking)
Genre: Romance/Young Adult
The book is the final book of the Breathing Series that pretty much took over Amazon last summer with its first two books. It had done so well for Amazon, that in June they brought the books to paperback so that it could reach out to those who don’t have an E-reader.
In the final book of the series, it is two years after the 2nd book ended and we find Emma at Stanford ringing in the New Year with her friends. She has been spending the last few years in black hoel, recovering what happened at the end of book 2 and moving on from Evan, or at least trying to.
At the New Year’s party that she goes to, she meets a guy Cole and he is interested in her, but she doesn’t want to get into any kind of serious relationship. She gets drunk and makes a resolution that she won’t hold back and she will try any and all experience that come her way, including get into a physical relationship with Cole.
As the book progresses, she gets closer to Cole and he makes it obvious that he wants more, but Emma can’t give him that because she is still haunted by Jonathan and Evan.
After some time, Emma gets some unexpected news and she has to return back home to Connecticut, but of course when she gets there she runs into all the ghosts from her past, including Evan.
At this point, we get an inside look at Evan and see how much it hurt him when Emma left. He tries to confront he so that he can get the answers that he desperately needs to move on, but she won’t give them to him because she doesn’t want to hurt him more then she has. Desperate for answers, he makes a deal with Emma. He will give her two weeks to make him hate her but she has to talk to him about what happened. She agrees because she knows the truth will make him hate her.
During the course of the two weeks, things start to get very complicated. Evan has to endure watching Emma with Cole while slowly learning about what happened two years earlier. Emma starts opening up to Evan and those feelings that she had for him come rushing back, complicating her relationship with Cole.
Emma now is forced to face with the demons of her past if she wants any chance at having a future.
I started reading this series last summer when I saw that it was only 99 ₵ on Amazon and had spent over 100 days at the #1 spot. I was hooked within the first three chapters. I read the first two books over one weekend and had to wait anxiously for the final book to come out. I spent a lot of time trying to guess what was going to happen and I was quite wrong about everything except for one.
This book is not as thrilling as the previous two, but it does fit well with the story. The first books basically tries creating this world about Emma’s life and all the things that she has to go through, while this book is her trying to get over those hardships and learning to live with the ghosts rather than ignore them.
With that being said, there were some things that I didn’t like too much. For example, Emma’s relationship with Cole. She basically jumped into having a ‘friends with benefits’ relationship with him after only knowing him for a short time. I just felt that compared to the previous two books, she would have been a little more shy about it or at least would have wanted to get to know Cole better. It just seemed a bit outside of her character. What might have helped is if she’s known him throughout the previous two years because then there would have been that foundation.
I did like that we got an inside look at Evan’s mind. It allowed us to see the pain and heartache that he went through when Emma left and why he did the things that he did. When you get to see both sides of the coin it makes the story that much better because you can see the reasoning behind everything that happens.
Overall, I thought the book was a good ending for the trilogy. It wrapped up everything nice and didn’t leave a lot of unanswered questions. I had thought there would be more action or drama involved with this book, considering the previous two books, so the fact that I had higher expectations that weren’t met certainly put a negative effect for me on it. When reading this book, try and read it with no expectations or expect a slower pace, less drama book because that’s basically what this is. It’s about accepting the past and moving on, without major drama.