Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes
How did my life get so broken? It’s a question Lacey St. James asks herself every day. Stuck raising her little brother in a trailer park while she works a dead end job at a grocery store, she has a stalker exboyfriend, a bad reputation, and no way out.
And then, she meets Everett, who changes her entire existence.
Everett is an outsider who’s housesitting his family’s mansion off the coast, and for reasons Lacey can’t understand, he’s completely transfixed by her. He seems determined to show her that life can offer more than she’d ever hoped for, if only she believes in herself. She desperately yearns to trust him, but what happens when she finds out that everything he’s told her is a lie?
“He’s just a boy.” That’s what Lacey tells herself repeatedly about Everett, yet their connection is undeniable. “Staying firm in my resolve to steer clear of men, however, grew more difficult the longer I was with him.” Lacey’s reputation is not a pretty one. Judged for a mistake she doesn’t remember, she’s labeled trailer trash, not to mention slut, whore, and a few others that are undeserving. Lacey is a beautiful soul surrounded by toxic, nasty people. Macon will make you hate him with all that you have. Lacey’s grandmother, with her venom, lying tongue will also stir up so much hate in you that by the time you finish the story, it will be hard to decide who you hate more. When you meet Everett, you will fall in love with him. The patience he has for Lacey is endearing. His feelings for Lacey, their connection, the raw emotion will radiate off the pages and you will know Everett is not just a boy. ~ Everett ~ “I couldn’t get you off my mind today. You have a bewitching way of making me want you always around me.”
Breathe Into Me is an intriguing story full of secrets, heartbreak, drama, passion, learning to forgive, and believing in yourself. A beautiful, emotional story that will warm your heart and leave you with a “crush” on Everett. ~ 4 ~ Stars
Secrets, pain, abuse, and lies are present secondary characters in this novel featuring Lacey and Everett. Holding ourselves responsible for situations in which we feel trapped and therefore is really no choice at all or even in situations that we can not forgive ourselves keeps us from moving forward and coping with newer difficulties and situations along our journey. This is the lesson to be learned in Lacey and Everett’s story. Lacey is surrounded by negativity and her views of herself and hopes for herself have been deeply affected because of this. Lacey wants more but always comes up with excuses that hold her back. Everett has his own secrets and doesn’t want to forgive himself for something he did as a teenager. Everett and Lacey help each other through these difficult times and subtly push one another to make choices more healthy for themselves to move forward individually as well as together. Lacey realizes family does not just consist of “blood” relatives as it’s those that are there for you, care for you, support you and have your back while helping you succeed. I wanted to see more positivity from Sara and Everett instead of what was holding them back and the stubbornness. I felt like the ending came abruptly and cut off at a point where I was left wanting more. It was a good ending, no cliffhanger but it came too soon for me. I enjoyed Everett and Lacey’s journey and I’m glad everyone is in safer, more stable environments. I wanted more of Davy (Lacey’s little brother) and how he’s doing, where he’s at. I thought Lacey would go see him, visit him…but maybe in a future installment. This was a good read for me and as mentioned, Sara’s writing left me wanting more as I felt connected to these characters. Give this a try and explore your next crush Rating: 4 stars