Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Release Day Blitz & Review ~ Breathless by Vanessa Marie

Author: Vanessa Marie
Release Date: Nov 11, 2014

For once in Charlie’s life, she has something she'd never allowed herself to have before.

All because of Sam’s love.  
He fought for her. No matter the cost.
He loved her even when she couldn't allow herself to feel loved. 
Now, when things feel like they might go smoothly for once in her life... 
The unexpected happens. Her fate. Her constant date with Death. 
A reality that completely blindsides her when life once again rears it’s ugly head. 
Shattering any sense of a future she ever felt she could grasp, even if only for a second. 
Will she give in and surrender to her fate? 
Will she retreat, pushing away everyone she loves to hold onto her secrets?
Or will she fight? Fight for Sam, fight for their love, the way he's always fought for her?

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She wasn't really sure what to expect when she pulled up in front of the estate that her GPS had taken her to. Over the last month, she'd played the scenario out in her head at least a million times but in the end, they were always happy she'd sought them out. Charlie paused at the end of the half circle driveway.  Her heart double thumped in her chest as sweat beads formed on her forehead. Nervous couldn't begin to describe how she felt. Even so, she let out a deep breath, pulled into the driveway, and parked her truck at the furthest end.
The more she tried to steady her hands, the more they shook. She grabbed onto the steering wheel and closed her eyes.
Calm the hell down. Just breathe. They're only people. It's not like I'm meeting Richard Castle.
She giggled a loud thinking of the fictional writer in one of her favorite shows. Taking a series of deep breaths, she wished she would have told Sam what she was doing instead of running off to deal with this alone. However, she’d been dealing with things for so long by herself, she didn't know if she'd ever get used to doing things as a team.  Letting him in on everything she was dealing with internally was even harder.
It’s now or never. Time to put up or shut up.
She willed herself out of her truck and up the driveway to the front door. The speech she'd prepared on the four hour drive north had disappeared from her mind. Shit, shit, shit. What am I going to say?  Before her mind gave her the chance to back out, her body had already climbed the concrete stairs to the massive oak front door and knocked. She stood back and shoved her hands in her front pockets. Her shoulders were raised almost to her earlobes and her stance was rigid.
The front door opened and an old man stood before her. "Can I help you?"
She just stood there, stock still…unable to move. He was right there in front of her. Her grandfather…the man that had set up a trust to make sure she was taken care of for life.
He was the same man who had abandoned her and her dad when they needed them the most.
Thoughts swirled in her head. She couldn't get her words to connect into sentences. "Hi," she blurted out.
The old man's face turned white, like he'd seen a ghost. "Angie?" He rubbed his face furiously and his eyes welled with tears.
Charlie sucked in a stifled breath, not realizing she had tears streaming down her face at the mention of her mother's name.

5++ Gut-wrenching, tear-filled & beautiful Stars
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Sure, Doc. Whatever you say. I'm already bionic enough you might as well cal me Data and beam me up Scotty. I don't need another hunk of metal in me telling my heart when to beat.”
“You may not have a choice, Charlie. We're running out of options....”

After a whole lotta struggle, and some serious tears, Charlie is finally at a place in her life where she is allowing herself to hope about her future, something she has never done before, and it's all thanks to Sam. He brings her a sort of peace she has never felt before, he surrounds her with a love she never thought possible, and she finally sees that maybe she will be able to pull through the darkness....
Until the unexpected happens and her health is threatened in a whole new way. With this new complication Charlie finds herself falling back in old habits, keeping everyone in the dark and outright lying. She knows she needs to let them all know whats going on, she HATES lying to Sam, but she just doesn't want to hurt anyone anymore. What she doesn't realize is she's hurting Sam more by keeping things from him; he can see right through her and knows she's hiding something major but can't seem to get through to her. Will Charlie eventually learn that the road ahead may be a little easier to travel with those she loves by her side? Will she push Sam too far away or will she finally start to fight for him the way he has always fought for her? Will she be too late???

we have no idea what tomorrow brings. So, take this advice. I beg you. Don't waste time. Tell everyone how you feel. Do the things you wants to do. Live. Thrive. Be the woman I know you are. Don't let bitter, nasty people bring you down. I want the world for you.”

Whenever I fall so completely in love with a story, group of characters, and Author, after the very first book like I did with 'Heartless', there is always a certain amount of trepidation going into the next book. I always wonder if they will be able to deliver the same amount of genius, stay true to the story, yet still bring something new to the table; I can tell you with all honesty that Vanessa Marie did not disappoint with this book. She brought me to my knees more than once and pulled some pretty intense reactions outta me. This is one of those books that you just have to take as they come to truly experience the emotions you are forced to live through, and you will feel every damn minute of it. There will be plenty of laughs as there always is with this group of people, but there is also a constant edge of fear, sadness, and the frustration will beat you upside the head. I hate to admit this but, Charlie flat-out pissed me off... often. I vaguely understood where she was coming from, as much as one who has never been in her situation can understand, but that doesn't change the fact that the girl clung to her stubbornness like a spider-monkey. She refused to see what was staring her in the face where Sam was concerned and put him through hell in the process, you could feel his pain, helplessness, and frustration leaping off the pages. Broke. My. Damn. Heart. And yes-it pissed me way the hell off. But that is the beauty of this story; none of that changed how much I loved Charlie, a sassy little freak like that doesn't come around very often and all I could do was hope she would pull her head out of her ass and pray that everything worked out well for her, because in the end ~ the girl deserved some real happiness. I am also man enough to admit that I cried like a bitch for the ENTIRE last chapter; Thank You very much for that Ms. Vanessa. She has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt exactly why she is sitting pretty on top of my One-Click-Addiction List and I CANNOT WAIT to see what she brings us next.

I don't know what I did to deserve you.”
“I really wish you'd stop thinking things like that and understand that we're in this together. I love you, Charlie, and I'm not going anywhere no matter how hard you push me. I'm going to push back.”

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Always the cause of shenanigans, Vanessa is a heavily tattooed, sarcastic motorcycle enthusiast who started her career as a Jeep tech at the age of sixteen. The happily married mother of three little monsters—oops, children—lives in Kentucky by way of Las Vegas, Nevada. Once her life took a different direction—sidelined by Heart Disease at 26 and becoming a pacemaker recipient—she decided to write as a creative outlet, and Heartless was born. She realizes life can be dark clouds and acid rain at times, but her outlook on life puts a positive and sarcastic spin on it all.

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