Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Release Day Launch: Review & Giveaway: Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross

Hello, Therians!
I have another exciting New Adult Contemporary Romance to share with you all today!
Inhale, Exhale by Sarah M. Ross.
Check out my review and enter to win a "Grant" cupcake t-shirt, as well as other wonderful prizes!!


Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain.

Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams come true.

But things never go according to plan.

When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other.

This story, although combining all the major elements that make New Adult Contemporary Romances what they are, was quite different from others I have read in this genre.

Firstly, the female MC has a boyfriend, therefore she cannot just fall head first for the gorgeous, sexy guy who walks into her life. Secondly, this book wasn't all about their passionate relationship that is filled with plenty of hot and steamy sex.

The characters are all really great, with the exception of one particular douche bag liar. Jillian is a good girl with high values. She loves her boyfriend, or so she tells herself, so much so that she is willing to overlook his slacker attitude and the fact that she doesn't seem to be a huge priority in his life. I had to smile when he was compared to Jordan Catalano from My So-Called Life, because as he was being described, that was the first person I thought of.
There were a few moments in the story when I saw a spark of love and romance between Jillian and Christian, but otherwise I felt she was just fooling herself. I could relate to her fear of ending a long term relationship and the rut of being stuck in the "comfort zone" though.

Grant was a very sweet, down-to-earth guy. I liked that he was the IT guy, the most unlikely hero.
And I had to laugh at his annoyance at having to be called out to fix problems when the simple solution was to just restart your computer. There's a joke between my friends at work...we call out IT guy Mr. Restart, because that's all he ever tells us to do when we have a problem, much to our annoyance. So it was quite funny to see Grant's POV on the subject.
He's level headed, goal-oriented and the total opposite of Christian.

Jillian faces a few terrifying and heartbreaking times throughout this story. It was great that Grant was so understanding and he really was by her side through it all. I did think that it was a bit convenient that Christian just happened to never be available when she needed him, giving room for Jillian and Grant's relationship to blossom.

 This story was fun and exciting, with just enough drama to keep it serious. I didn't necessarily connect with the characters on an emotional level, but I loved that their story was realistic.
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Sarah Ross started her obsession with reading at an early age, getting in trouble for sneaking BabySitter Club and Nancy Drew books into math class in elementary school. She would read any fiction book she could get her hands on. Sarah knew it was an addiction when instead of grounding her from TV or music, her mom would take away her books as punishment (The Horror!). Her love of all things paranormal was inspired by her good friend Laurie, who convinced Sarah that books with vampires, witches, and all things shifter were amazing. After a little reluctance, she gave it a shot with the Sookie Stackhouse books, realized she was right, and the rest was history.

Sarah grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in English, and taught 8th graders to love reading as much as she does for several years. She will always be a proud member of the Steelers Nation, but couldn’t take the cold and moved her frozen tush to Florida where she now lives with her family and two cats. You will find Sarah now with her trusty Kindle in hand and toes in the sand!
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