Review: Breathe by Abbi Glines

Breathe by Abbi Glines
Series: Sea Breeze #1
Published by Simon Pulse on May 16, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 333 : Paperback edition
Source: Purchased on Amazon
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In the shore town of Sea Breeze, Sadie discovers that fame is nothing in the face of passion. A steamy read from bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Sadie White’s summer job is at the beach, but she won’t be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island.

When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal—if she hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house—maybe she’d be excited about working for a rock star. But she’s not.

Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax, but he fights his attraction: Relationships never work in his world, and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. Yet as the summer stretches on, Jax’s passion leaves him breathless—and Sadie feels like the only source of oxygen.

Can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? One breath at a time, they’re going to find out…


I felt a lot of different emotions when reading this. I wanted to scream. I wanted to cry in frustration. I mostly wanted to vomit.

Did I like it at all? Well, the part I liked the most was how easy it was to make fun of it. Seriously, swap out rock star for vampire, Alabama for Forks, Washington and do a couple name swaps and you have almost the same exact premise as Twilight. I wish I was kidding.

My stomach was absolutely churning at some scenes. Sadie is presented as a very white, very Mary Sue, and VERY innocent main character. What’s sex? She doesn’t know. All she knows what to do is housework and become nauseated from certain sea foods. Take notes ladies, that’s what all the guys are looking for.


And Jax mother effing Stone. What does he know how to do? Well, he’s a “rock star” but he’s “misunderstood,” and has soulful eyes and stories about his childhood that would lure in any female or child predator. Seriously, it was a little heavy handed on the childhood stuff. I sometimes wondered if Sadie’s job description involved “babysitting a man child.”

But don’t run away just yet! Jax isn’t the only creepy dude in Sadie’s life! Oh no! There’s also Marcus! Who plays the “nice guy” card to the utmost extreme and is there to swoop in, literally (yes literally. He comes into her room/house without permission, through the window, when Sadie is distressed) when Sadie is feeling down about Jax. Which happens. A lot.


There’s lot’s of sighing, whimpering, and growling from all three parties too. So much so that I wondered if somewhere along the way they had indeed become werewolves or dogs. Or perhaps a murder mystery since both boys say they want to kill each other a lot. I mean really??? How perfect could Sadie be. Too perfect.

Did I hate it? Yes. Did I love hating it. YES. I’m by no means going to be picking up the rest of the series, even for fun, but I do need to reconsider visiting the Vincent Boys duology because I remember really liking those. This, however, was just a train wreck of stupidity and basically the death to feminism fictionalized and thrown into a 300 page book. I salute you Abbi Glines.


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