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Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2 | [Rebecca Donovan]

Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

“I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?
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“I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

©2012 Rebecca Donovan (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-01-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-01-13 Member Since 2009

    “I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "LOVED IT but so frustrated with Emma!"

    Okay, now I've listened to #1 & #2 of this series back to back and I have to say I'm a little blown away by how much I've enjoyed these books especially given the subject matter. I am usually not a fan of YA but this series is good. Again the characters intrigue me, even the ones who weren't very likable and RD really is a wonderful weaver of tales. I enjoyed seeing the progression of Emma and Evan's relationship as well as the circumstances and emotions that continued to trip them up. I'm delighted that Sara's character also grew and changed as well. I had a lot of trouble with the relationship between Rachel and Emma. I'm a mother of a teenage girl who is also reading this series and I have to say there were some scenes between these two characters which literally made me cringe and unable to read until I'd calmed down. I haven't really had that kind of visceral reading experience very often. It makes me think that RD perhaps without even realizing it has given us a story that could help so many people experiencing the kinds of emotional devastation the book talks about. On that note, I'm really not sure how I feel about the Jonathan character but that fact alone makes me glad he was included in this story. I read a lot and it's not unusual for me to lose my attachment to a story shortly after finishing it. I don't think I'll be forgetting Emma and Evan's love story anytime soon and I'm hopeful for their happiness. Sigh...now I wait for Out of Breath like everyone else. Well maybe now at least I can get some sleep until it comes out.
    Kate Rudd was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tonya Saint Charles, MO, United States 07-17-13
    Tonya Saint Charles, MO, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Again, what a great story."
    Where does Barely Breathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is one of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare Barely Breathing to and why?

    Pieces of You by Cassia Leo because of the personal struggles of the character.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I thought Kate did a good job with this story. She wasn't my favorite narrator that I have heard, but she was good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The swing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book followed the emotional roller coaster as well, but I loved it all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-26-13
    Tweetyct2 Phoenixville, PA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intense, heartache and full of turmoil"
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    WOW, what's a follow up for the Breathing series. It's so intense, heartache, turmoil, etc. I am amazed that Emma could take so much. This book explained some of the events toward the end of Reason to Breathe. Emma got away from her abusing aunt to head straight in to another abusing relationship with her mom, Rachel. Although, Rachel may not physically abused Emma, she did it mentally. Emma endured the abuse b/c she loved her mom. Again, she hid the abuse everyone including both Evan and Sara this time. I know that Emma is young and is still learning about life but for a smart girl, you would think that she learned from what happened with her aunt. I think this is where Barely Breathing drove me crazy.

    Emma and Evan's relationship struggled in this book b/c Emma constantly pushing Evan away. She sought out comfort with Jonathan who was Rachel's boyfriend. This is where I felt it was a little twisted but maybe a little bit realistic? Granted Jonathan may be closer to Emma's age, he was dating her mom. He fell for Emma b/c he felt the connection because both were abused. Emma strung both Evan and Jonathan along. From someone who claimed that she loves Evan, she lied to her teeth to him. This is very hard for me to take. She constantly reached out to Jonathan. I felt that Emma turned in to a not very nice person. She took her guilt out of Jonathan. She was mean to him and was verbally abusive. It looks like the vicious cycle repeating itself. My heart broke for Evan when Emma left. Maybe it was the best decision she made by being honest.

    This book was well written, full of turmoil and heartache. I look forward to Out of Breath for the conclusion of this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi Clinton Twp, MI, United States 07-13-13
    Cyndi Clinton Twp, MI, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another WOW!!!!!"

    This book was as good if not better than the 1st book. I LOVE this series and will be recommending this to all my friends. Again I was so glad that I had already purchased book 3 before I finished book 2. Kate Rudd does a good job narrating too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-24-13
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 06-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "A……MAZING!!!!!!"
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    Never read many books where the second is even better than the first. What an incredible book and wonderful story. I highly recommend thie series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kimm Markleville, IN 03-31-14
    Kimm Markleville, IN 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Emma ~ I can't subject myself to Book #3"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the characters and the reader was really good.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Emma is an accident waiting to happen and she didnt think about the consequences. I was frustrated with all the bad that happened


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate was great.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-10-14
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Need a break before book 3"

    This is a good series but I need a break from all the drama. I'm sure I will listen to book 3 but not right now, I have other books in my wish list that I would rather listen to right now. This girl just make to many stupid mistakes and it gets old after a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-07-14
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Another good series"

    As with the other series, I think you will enjoy this book and as usual alway's start with the first book. I enjoyed all three.

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    Kenya PANORAMA CITY, CA, United States 02-06-14
    Kenya PANORAMA CITY, CA, United States 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It was ok"
    What did you like best about Barely Breathing? What did you like least?

    I like the story it is interesting. The hard thign was getting through how much this main character cries. It is really hard to get through but you keep listening because you want her to stop crying at some point.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I have not idea. More happiness some where hehehe


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    She was super awesome!


    Could you see Barely Breathing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DEITRA APO, AE, United States 01-28-14
    DEITRA APO, AE, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2009

    I am a retired Army veteran and love to read. I like murder mystery, but enjoy nonfiction. I am a long time Star Trek fan.

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    "Disappointing"
    Would you listen to Barely Breathing again? Why?

    No, It was entirely too long for the contents.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Hated. It. Even though it was open ended enough to envision another book to clean up some questions about the characters


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I always enjoy Kate Rudd's narration. She never disappoints.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There was some laughing and crying moments,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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