The star catcher of the college baseball team isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.
Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.
Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.
Before You Break is the second book in the “Between Breaths” series.
Intermix (Penguin) • Published February 18, 2014
We are honored to have the lovely Caren here today to review Before You Break. As fangirls ourselves, we know a hardcore fangirl when we see one (or read their tweets). And Caren is a total Christina Lee fangirl. How could I not ask her to share all that wonderful excitement with you?
And without further ado…
Ella Abrams’ world spun out of control after her older brother, Christopher, committed suicide. Now in college, Ella still struggles with the grief of that devastating loss. She works nights at a suicide hotline, a job that unfortunately brings her into the worlds of other men and women who’ve been at the same lows she knows her brother once faced. When she receives a call from Daniel, a boy whose call ends too soon, she’s left wondering if she’ll ever hear from him again…
Daniel isn’t sure why he made the call, all he knows is that he feels like the girl on the other end of the line, Gabriella—or as he calls her, Gabby—might be able to help him out with all the guilt he’s holding inside.
What Ella and Daniel don’t realize is that they aren’t exactly strangers. Ella’s boyfriend, Joel, just so happens to be a member of the same fraternity as hotshot baseball player, Daniel Quinn. And Quinn knows Ella’s boyfriend is a douche.
After a night of too much alcohol, he gets closer to Ella than he’d planned…and she gets inside his head. A place he doesn’t believe he deserves to have anyone, let alone a girl like her. Lucky for him, it’s not long before Ella begins to see the error of her ways in choosing Joel as a companion.
In person and on the phone, these two college kids begin building two different and meaningful relationships. But when their worlds collide…will Ella be able to save him?
Let me just say this, ya’ll…one thing I’ve learned reading Christina Lee’s books? SHE GIVES GOOD SWOON. I mean seriously. First Bennett rocked my world in all his tattooed virginy glory. And then she gives me Quinn. A sweet, tender, baseball playing CAR GUY. I mean, talk about weaknesses!!! I can’t resist a guy with a passion for cars who’s sexy, sweet and unnnfffffffffff. Example?
“Kissing you would be too easy,” I whispered in her ear. “And you’re not a girl I want to be easy with.”
CLEAN UP ON AISLE FIVE.
“My mom likes you,” I said, biting my lip. “I can tell.”
“Yeah?” He turned to face me, his voice softening. “You think she can tell I like her daughter?”
I MEAN SERIOUSLY.
I absolutely loved the two sides of this story, how Ella and Quinn were not only getting to know each other in person, but also sharing secrets on a deeper level without actually knowing it. It made their connection just tug at all my heartstrings and I wanted them to be together so badly. The push and pull and the tension—which was also unbelievable in All of You—was just gah, so freaking good. And man, can girlfriend write a first kiss…
“I don’t know what the hell this is or what the hell might happen,” he said, rubbing his finger along the edge of my earlobe. “But I do know one thing.”
Still, I couldn’t move or even speak. I was motionless—hypnotized by his eyes, his lips, his words. Finally, my hands unstuck and I slid them up his chest to his shoulders as he shuddered against my touch.
“I know I need to put my mouth on those pretty lips and kiss you,” he said with so much conviction, it felt like a swarm of butterflies had been let loose in my stomach. “Do you know that, too?”
His eyes held me prisoner and all I could do was mouth the word Yes.
If you have yet to experience Christina’s words (poor you) and her boys (no really, poor you!!) and her lovely stories, what the heck are you waiting for? If you like your romance with fresh plots, complex characters and seriously good love, you’re missing out if you aren’t reading her yet. Go grab yourself a copy of All of You and devour it, and then when Before You Break hits shelves next week, grab it immediately!!
About the Author
Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives near Cleveland with her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything.