Whisper to Me by Christina Lee
Series: Between Breaths #3
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication date: May 20, 2014
Format: eARC, 262 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…
At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…
Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.
Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.
Whisper to Me is Rachel and Kai’s story. I’ve told you I love friends to lovers stories, right? I do. So much. And Rachel and Kai just might be one of my new favorite bookish couples. They’re complicated, but perfect together.
Rachel was in a horrible motorcycle accident three years ago. Her boyfriend was driving during the accident. While she was dealing with the after effects of brain surgery and going through physical therapy, he left her. It broke her. Since then, she’s been all about the meaningless hookups to get her mind off of the past. She uses guy after guy to forget and numb the pain. She’s back in her hometown for the summer and Kai, her best friend’s brother and the object of her crush for many, many years is back too. She’s never quite forgiven him for abandoning her to go intern in Amsterdam, but she can’t help but feel a pull to him.
Kai is a super swoony book boyfriend for sure. He’s a sexy and tattooed musician with pierced nipples (and that’s not all!) and a reputation for being a major player, but there was so, so much more to him than that. He was a total sweetheart. Learning about how he had been there for Rachel after the accident she was in years ago made me melt and he won my heart immediately. Oh, and the dirty talk? Holy crap. I was left blushing and fanning myself more than once.
The chemistry between Rachel and Kai was undeniable. From the first night they lay eyes on each other and realize their normally friendly feelings have shifted into something more, I was as hooked on them as they were on each other. When Kai helps Rachel work out her emotions about Miles and tells her to find him the next time she needs to escape, I swooned… and blushed a little. Because I had the luxury of being in both Rachel and Kai’s heads, I knew there was always more to them and their feelings for each other than lust, but I enjoyed watching them figure it out each others feelings for themselves. It was a bit of a bumpy ride, but it was one I was happy to be on with them. And the added bonus of updates from Avery and Bennett (!!!) and Ella and Quinn made it even better.
I have so much love for this series. Each of the books has been sweet and super sexy with unforgettable characters and a story that’s just a little more than just a romance. Each of the books has dipped into tough subjects and done so in a way that was relatable and easy to understand. Whisper to Me was no exception. Part second chance story, part friendship to love, It had plenty of feels and emotions, but without being overwhelming or too angsty. I can’t wait to see which character the next book in the series, Promise Me This, follows.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.