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review 2014-03-15 05:01
Review - Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters, #2) by Charles Sheehan Miles
Just Remember to Breathe - Charles Sheehan-Miles

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.

Only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.

The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love
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Just Remember to Breathe was an engaging read about Alex and Dylan, two young people who must overcome youth, distance, their childhoods, their families, the effects of war and PTSD(on Dylan), and sexual assault (on Alex) to find happiness. After a shattering break-up just prior to Dylan being injured in Afghanistan, Alex and Dylan are reunited when they are assigned to the same work study job at Columbia University. Even though they are both badly scarred by the events of their past relationship and the events of their lives, they ultimately "set some rules" that allow them to work together, which ultimately leads them to having a second chance at their relationship.

Told in alternating points of view, Sheehan-Miller does a fabulous job writing dialogue and capturing the inner-monologue of the characters that is so realistic it feels that his characters have become friends. Although flawed by circumstances of their past, both Alex and Dylan have an inner-strength that shines through while also showing a tender vulnerability to not only each other, but to the events that have shaped their lives. Never was their a time during this book that I found myself thinking that "these things don't just happen in real life" - the entire story, which included so many instrumental reveals of each of the character's history, was written so well, the characters could easily be real. The supporting characters were also equally engaging and added an additional dimension to this love story - offering small glimpses into their own lives which Sheehan-Miller masterfully wove into Alex and Dylan's story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it! Looking forward to reading more from Charles Sheehan-Miller.

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review 2014-01-23 18:46
Heartbreakingly Beautiful
A Song for Julia - Charles Sheehan-Miles

4.5 heartbreaking stars
Quick thought- Lost young girl is used by an older man, without family support she suffers years of issues and has to learn to let them go and trust again. Sounds simple but it's not at all.
I am having a hard time with my thoughts on this book. I connected with the young woman and felt her pain deeply. She was used, an innocent child by a predator who claimed to love her. She was needy, left alone by her disfunction family, unable to ask for advice or help. She was at a manipulator's mercy, and he gave her none. She walked through life, humiliated, bleeding, and fearful, her armor hardened and always in place. Her life is on a track assigned by her family, and as a good girl she follows it. 
Enter the man who will upset all her safe set plans and change everything. Crank, is a young man with more responsibly than most grown men. He helps take care of his brother who has Aspergers, he works hard to get his band going and pay his bills. He has issues, and scars, a mother gone, a father distant and a lot of anger. He is everything Julia doesn't want in her life.
This is a bittersweet romance. The story touches on some very ugly moments. it is very realistic and that makes it more heartbreaking. I really liked these two and enjoyed that they were a couple I could cheer for, two very good souls.

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text 2014-01-22 22:22
Sweet, Heartbreaking and Filled with Tears
A Song for Julia - Charles Sheehan-Miles

4.5 heartbreaking stars
Quick thought- Lost young girl is used by an older man, without family support she suffers years of issues and has to learn to let them go and trust again. Sounds simple but it's not at all.
I am having a hard time with my thoughts on this book. I connected with the young woman and felt her pain deeply. She was used, an innocent child by a predator who claimed to love her. She was needy, left alone by her disfunction family, unable to ask for advice or help. She was at a manipulator's mercy, and he gave her none. She walked through life, humiliated, bleeding, and fearful, her armor hardened and always in place. Her life is on a track assigned by her family, and as a good girl she follows it.
Enter the man who will upset all her safe set plans and change everything. Crank, is a young man with more responsibly than most grown men. He helps take care of his brother who has Aspergers, he works hard to get his band going and pay his bills. He has issues, and scars, a mother gone, a father distant and a lot of anger. He is everything Julia doesn't want in her life.
This is a bittersweet romance. The story touches on some very ugly moments. it is very realistic and that makes it more heartbreaking. I really liked these two and enjoyed that they were a couple I could cheer for, two very good souls.

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text 2014-01-21 16:39
Reading progress update: I've read 81%. All they needed was somebody to just hold their hand.
A Song for Julia - Charles Sheehan-Miles

Life and people can be so harsh.

 

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text 2014-01-20 17:03
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
A Song for Julia - Charles Sheehan-Miles

I've almost given up of romantic drama reads. I've tried Karina Halle's series and like them but I really don't like the characters. I know I am in the minority. It's hard for me to cheer for them when I find them unlikable. So, I basically gave up. Luckily I still had a few on my kindle to read.  This one I tried to quit after just ten pages. I went back read some of the reviews and dug in. I made it past the 50% mark and have had my heart broken, stomped on, felt it flutter with happiness, and chime with hope. These two people are so endearing so familiar so realistic, can't help but love them and want more for them. 

Me, Miss anti-romance reader has fallen for a romance novel. Shock of all shocks it was written by a man ? Holy Crisps. Now if I could just put it down so I could get some work done.

 

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