I Breathe You: Lori Clark

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When a tragic accident leaves Rhane Evans -- lead vocalist for the rock band Fate's Crazy -- permanently unable to speak above a whisper and kills the love of her life, she moves across the state to pick up the pieces. Shattered, Rhane struggles to understand what happened the night of the accident, an accident everyone blames her for, even though she wasn't driving the car.

Enter Ian Callahan. He's the one person who may have a more tumultuous past than Rhane. Though they try hard to deny the sizzling attraction between them, it proves nearly impossible. When Ian's troubled past threatens to tear them apart, they begin to believe happiness isn't in their cards.

Because Fate's Crazy that way...

Due to popular request, I am busy working on I Breathe You, Too (Breathe #2). Told from Ian's POV!

Rhane Miller had it all. Her band Fate's Crazy was moving up, she was living her dream, and was sharing it with the love her life Dalton. In one instant, everything changed. She loses her love, her voice, her identity, and her future. 

I have become an empty, soulless shell just going through motions of a day-to-day existence. 

Six months later she is transplanted to her late Grandmother's remote run home in the country. She has her young Uncle T and an outspoken housekeeper as her only links to the outside world. Her broken life is reflected in the broken down house. Hiring a contractor is easy for the house, but Ian might also be able to fix her broken heart...if she lets him. He has also had his share of heart break and tragedy, so they are quite a pair. His life is not easy and at times seems out of control. Together they have quite a reaction to each other. They have issues with communication (and not just because she whispers), bad tempers, and general stubbornness.

He's sort of cocky that way. Unfortunately for me, I've always had a thing for cocky, self-assured, slightly egotistical men. Who wants boring, when you can have a bad ass? Especially the ones everyone says to stay away from.

Ian comes to fix the house, but becomes more and more involved in her life. He is a hard worker, funny, charismatic, and intriguing. Ian's life has been screwed up over and over. But he is a good man trying to be a better man. I adored Ian and his sense of humor, but the poor guy really did have a lot of crap to deal with and taking on Rhane just added more to his plate.

"Go on and cry like nobody's watching. I'll be your rock."

Rhane has so much swirling around in her head and heart. She is still trying to come to terms with what happened and picking up the pieces of her life. She is sarcastic and plays by her own rules. She has to find something to believe in again and find self worth. She has serious issues and I would be lying if I said she didn't annoy me, frustrate me and drive me crazy with her erratic behavior. But she could also be fun and entertaining as well. 

"Unique? Sunshine, you are one of a freaking kind."

But before they can even attempt to move forward, they both have problems in their own lives to deal with and work on. Can two broken people become whole when put together?

"Sometimes when I think of never seeing you again, I can't breathe." 
"It's alright Sunshine. I'll be your oxygen."

This book had a unique story line and emotional and psychological components. It takes a woman from extreme happiness to the depths of despair and trying to find her way back to happiness with the help of a few important people. Gwen (the housekeeper) was the perfect snarky, know-it-all sounding board. Rhane's Uncle T was more like a protective big brother with a fun sense of humor. And Ian just snuck in on her before she could stop it. And who does not like puppies? You gotta love the puppies. 

It was a long, difficult journey with set backs and intermittent patches of contentment. But it was also funny with snarky humor. Lori L. Clark did a wonderful job drawing me in, making me feel Rhane's feelings and engaging me in their story. The characters were complex and interesting. By request, the next book will be I Breathe You, Too (Breathe #2) told in Ian's point of view. I am looking forward to it. 

Thanks to Lori L. Clark for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review

Lori Clark 
I read, I write, I run 1/2 marathons for fun. Ten things about me:

1. I'm an only child.
2. I love dogs!
3. I was born in Iowa City, Iowa and lived in Iowa my whole life until January 2007.
4. I worked as a professional psychic reader for 2 years.
5. I'm a Pisces Sun, Leo Moon with Aquarius rising.
6. I've written 5 books and am in the process of brainstorming a 6th.
7. I don't look or act my age!
8. I ran my first 1/2 marathon at age 50.
9. I love 80's hair band music.
10. My day job is as a claims payment analyst for one of Fortune 500 Magazine's "Top 100 places in America to work."
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