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    Find the complete Breathing book series by Rebecca Donovan. includes books Reason to Breathe, Barely Breathing, Out of Breath, and several more. See the. Barely Breathing (The Breathing Series, #2) *SLIGHT* Spoiler alert, but only for those who haven't read book #1 (Reason to Breathe). If you haven't read BARELY BREATHING, I would not suggest reading any further so as to not ruin your reading experience. This is where you get an in depth.

    It will leave you an emotional wreck. I will only include a very light synopsis, so you can enjoy the surprises and reveals as they come. So mums the word with me, here. Wonderful second installment to this series. And while it touches on some very heartfelt and troubled issues, it is very different from book 1. The tone, the characters, the writing, all familiar, but the story itself, much different yet just as engrossing. I hope it ends well…. Her past comes back to haunt her in a few different forms. A different kind of heartache in this, but still plenty of moments that will have you VERY angry. Does that say too much?

    But strong. I was practically losing my mind. P I wanted to and still do write so much more but its already long enough, I don't think I should be bugging you guys anymore with my awful chatter. Just one more thing: That's an order, not a request. View all 14 comments. Feb 25, Tough Critic Book Reviews rated it it was amazing.

    Rebecca Donovan's famous cliffhanger, the mother of all cliffhangers, gave life and meaning to the phrase, just left hanging. With an ending like that, you would assume Ms.

    Donovan did nothing but set herself up for failure. I mean how can you possibly follow an ending like that without coming up short? Emma f--king died in Reason to Breathe. How the hell do you top that? I don't know how, but she did it!!

    Oh my God! Rebecca Donovan totally did it!! She answers by writing a kick ass sequel! This book was better than the first! I can barely f--king breathe! There wasn't anything I didn't like; my stomach stayed tied up in knots the whole time. The plot contained so many twists and jaw dropping surprises; it was flawless. The author slowly unraveled such a shocking turn of events; I never saw it coming. To say this was an emotional ride would mean to redefine the term understatement.

    So how does the ending compare to Reason to Breathe? It's like her first cliffhanger had a little cliffhanger baby. As much as it kills me to admit it, I think the huge wait for Barely Breathing and being left with such uncertainty after Reason to Breathe made this such an amazing experience.

    To be left not knowing for a whole year, what an incredible ride. Those who will read Reason to Breathe with the sequel immediately available will miss out on some of the intensity even though the wait really did suck , but either way you'll get a great experience and definitely need to read this series. I just pray we don't have to wait another year for book three. I just might die! View all 13 comments.

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    Mar 09, Sara rated it did not like it Shelves: You can not imagine how disappointed I was when I got to the end of this book and found out there was going to be a third book!

    Here I was, thinking this was the last book when it's not. How did I miss that?! Don't get me wrong, I'll most definitely download the next book and read it, I just didn't know there was going to be a third.

    This book was a bit hard for me to read to be honest. I was so frustrated with Emma!! I can't understand why she kept letting her mother hurt her, why she let herself be You can not imagine how disappointed I was when I got to the end of this book and found out there was going to be a third book!

    I can't understand why she kept letting her mother hurt her, why she let herself be used like she did by someone who didn't even care for her. I mean, it didn't take a genius to figure out that Rachel was a selfish witch!

    Why did Emma put up with that crap?! I found myself so mad at her for taking that kind of emotional abuse after what Carol had put her through in the last book.

    I understood the denial she was living in, thinking she could get through it on her own, but I didn't understand how she couldn't see that she needed help sooner than she did. The last book was nothing but her covering for Carol and I understood why.

    She was trying to protect her cousins from losing a parent. I could wrap my mind around that, even though it was hard. What I couldn't wrap my mind around was why she took everything laying down in this book. There wasn't anyone to protect, so why did she cover for her loser mother who she didn't even know, why did she take the verbal abuse and cover for the alcoholic rants?!

    It just made me so mad! When she finally did stand up for herself it was nice, but it came at a point where she'd already distanced herself and lied to people who could've helped her. Aside from that, Emma basically pushed everyone away who loves her. I got that he had some kind of past he too was trying to overcome, and I understood the connection they shared due to their pasts. I mean, she caught him screwing her mother on the couch! I love my Mom, but my love does not run deep enough for me to even think about liking a man after knowing that the same man had certain body parts intertwined with my mother!

    And before you jump down my throat and say she didn't have some kind of feelings for him, think again. She was very reliant on him, she thought about him more than she should've, she called him in the middle of the night, basically picked him over Sara and Evan many times and lied to them sneaking in phone calls and such, she hid her friendship with him and skipped school and went on a day trip with the guy.

    There was too much of a connection for her to have had given the fact that he and Rachel had a sexual relationship. I love Sara and Evan, but I wished they were in the story more. They really took a backseat to Rachel and Jonathan in this book and that was upsetting. I don't understand how we went from the first book where Emma confides that her friggin' Aunt beats her, to this book where she won't tell anyone her mother is a drunk. I don't understand I do understand being emotionally closed off.

    I tend to do that myself, and I do keep worries and hurt bottled up at times. But I also know to confide in those who love me, I know when to ask for help. I would've thought after almost dying, Emma would've been smarter than she was in this book. I'd like to give this book a rating now since I'm writing the review, but I don't know how to yet. I might need to sleep on it and mull it over for a few days.

    I love the writing, love the characters, but I just didn't get this book. Part of me wants to give it 5 stars because I love the story and felt so invested in the characters, but part of me wants to give it one star because it made me so damn mad! I'm just not sure how to feel at the moment. View all 8 comments. Rebecca Donovan?!? So many emotions run through me after finishing this book Then an abundance of questions Barely Breathing takes place six months after the ending in the first book Reason to Breathe and that painfilled night, better known as "the night from hell.

    Emma is staying with Sara and her parents Anna and Carl who are now given guardianship til she is 18 in June. Emma decides early on in the book that she wants to live with her mother Rachel who is currently living in Weslyn. No one is a fan of this idea but it is allowed by Anna and Carl with an open door policy that Emma can come back whenever she wants. Emma soon realizes this will not be easy her mother is an alcoholic who likes to get in a drunken stupor and bring home random guys from bars to sex it up.

    Emma begins to hide things from her bestie Sara and her sweet, handsome and caring boyfriend Evan. But neither is a fool. When Rachel settles on young boyfriend Jonathan he befriends Emma.

    Jonathan and Emma soon realize they have a few things in common that includes being abused by someone who should love you instead of hurt you and nightmares that haunt them filled with pain. Her sanity which is wearing thin thanks to Rachel and her drunk hurtful comments that she can never recall once sober. A relationship starts to build with Emma and Jonathan that she can't explain.

    And a new girl at school Analise is pushing up on her man Evan on the sly. Donovan did an awesome job this is a page turner that left me gripping my nook. I cannot wait for book 3 this ending was not the one i wanted. Then come tell us about it on Goodreads! For more reviews got to http: View all 26 comments. I normally don't write reviews, but I felt compelled to write one about this book.. I have so many mixed feelings about Barely Breathing.

    I truly loved the first book of this series "Reason to Breathe" and was excited to see this would be a series. I was anticipating this book to be about overcoming the trauma that was inflicted on Emma and was disapointed to read that she had to deal with more abuse from her family.

    Hasn't she delt with enough? Also, the Jonathan storyline was less than desirab I normally don't write reviews, but I felt compelled to write one about this book.. Also, the Jonathan storyline was less than desirable.

    I understand why they formed a friendship but couldn't she see where this was going. If she truely loved Evan, then why seek comfort in another man? As I neared the end of this book, I found myself skipping pages of details that I felt were unnecessary. The ending was not what I expected and I'm tired of these unresolved endings. I need closure. Unfortunately, I will probable read the third book just so I know how it ends. Jul 05, Aestas Book Blog rated it really liked it.

    Have Xanax on hand before starting this book!! After the brutal cliffhanger of book 1, Reason To Breathe , I was both excited and absolutely terrified to start this. I knew I was in for a roller coaster ride and boy was I right!! So many parts of this book infuriated and frustrated me to no end but I could.

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    The book started off six months after the ending of the first one. Given the circumstances of that ending, this actually made a lot of sense. But when a person goes through that kind of trauma, it not only leaves marks on the body, but also on the soul. All I care about is that I'm breathing. Things began to change and for once there was a glimmer of hope that maybe things might turn out okay.

    Evan was still perfect as ever.

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    Seriously - that man just personified patient and understanding. He was just like a dream! I shook my head and mouthed, "Where did you come from? I mean, my life's so messed up and then And then there's I couldn't have made you up if I'd tried. In particular, a guy named Jonathan who was young, gorgeous, intense, mysterious and while he was nice on one hand, I couldn't help but feel uneasy around him But there was something else up with him I had my suspicions in the beginning but as the book progressed, they only continued to grow.

    The more I learned about him though, the more I warily began to warm up to him as a person despite hating him on principle for the threat he represented. I feel like I can tell you things… things I usually keep to myself. Most people don't understand. I was able to share the demons that wrestled with me in the night, and Jonathan understood in a way that no one else did.

    He was fighting with them himself, and that had drawn us together. You should know that there is no actual cheating in this book.

    There were some lines crossed to be sure, and situations that made me extremely uncomfortable but thankfully they never fully crossed the line because my Kindle might not have survived otherwise. I was not okay with a lot of the things that happened in this book. I didn't like a lot of the characters' decisions amd I wanted to throttle or slap nearly everyone at one point or another but dammit I just couldn't stop flipping those pages.

    I can't really blame any one person more than the other though for the issues in this book. Everyone was at fault to some extent. And the person you thought you could trust with everything, isn't the person you ever knew at all. He went on a lot of trips and I missed him. He was like the bright light in all of this, he kept me going.. But still There were points where it literally felt like the whole thing was one giant string of "oh he did not just DO that!

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    The drama!! The angst!! Not to mention a few shockers and twists I did not see coming! Read with Xanax. Lots and lots of Xanax. But then Towards the end, things began to look up again as the issues were discussed and worked through. I'll never let you go," he whispered in my ear, holding me tighter. Doesn't that just melt your heart??

    I absolutely loved seeing Emma and Evan have their moment of peace and happiness towards the end. Finally I could breathe. I just wanted to keep them in their happy bubble forever!

    I kept pleading for you to breathe over and over again. And then… then you did. I was really on the fence about this book at some points though. I couldn't decide if I loved it or was infuriated by it. I think in the end it was a combination of both. I loved the characters but seriously - they all had epic moments of stupid that frustrated me to an extreme I'm talking Kindle-throwing levels of frustration here. But in the end, my love for them won out over the frustration.

    Looking back on the book, I feel good about it. It was just one hell of a bumpy road. This was a quick read for me. Again, like with the first book, despite it being over pages, I actually read it in one sitting due to my inability to stop flipping the pages. I have to say I knew this one was another cliffhanger but I did NOT see the events of this one coming!

    I really wasn't expecting it to go to that extreme or even in that direction at all I should have learned by now that Rebecca Donovan pulls no punches and dammit if I'm not going straight on to book 3.

    Holy hell. I need a Xanax. Or ten. Woo Saaaaahhh. View all 18 comments. Nov 12, Smitten's Book Blog rated it really liked it Shelves: Rebecca Donovan, you a cruel cruel woman! I trusted you with my heart and you ripped out once with the ending of first book, but you've truly done a number on it now But utterly delicious and pure evil on your part! What am I going to do with myself until the next book comes out?! I read until 3. I felt it Rebecca Donovan, you a cruel cruel woman!

    I felt it dragged a little and the characters were frustrating me. The lack of Evan, particularly. But, oh my goodness, the ending. I blubbed, God, did I blub! My heart broke for Evan over and over again, and then for Emma, and then for Jonathan But all I know is that I did not want this ending! I knew how much Evan loved me. And I knew I didn't deserve it. But I also knew he was the only one I loved. The only one I would ever love.

    I'm so in love with Evan. His pain was so palpable and I just wanted to wrap him up and keep him from hurting. And as for the 'first time' under the stars I don't think I could possibly recount it all if I tried. But it was fantastic. The emotions felt so real and I just wanted to scream 'no no no!

    I also just have to mention Sara quickly. Doesn't every girl need a BFF like Sara?! She was such a fantastic character and I think she played a monumental part in making this book what it is. So, now I have an age to wait for the third book and I'm all but pulling my hair out. I love and hate Rebecca Donovan in equal measures but I'm willing to bow at her feet if it means we can have the next book asap!

    I'll never let you go," http: I also cast for Jonathan, seeing as he was such a big character in this book View all 5 comments.

    Sep 19, Morgan Lejeune added it. Does Emma seem to be developing feelings for someone else? So, this prompted me to run to GoodReads and check the reviews before continuing which I normally don't forget to do before I start a new book, but the first one in the series left me hanging something terrible.

    How can an author do this to themselves, much less, her audience?! I mean, why can't they at least be together at the end so that we have a reason to hang on until the third book comes out to see what happens next? The only reason I read romance novels is because I want them to be what you rarely find in life, HEA I don't want to read and invest my time and emotions in these characters and their lives, only to be let down once again, except in fiction-world instead of real life when the people you are rooting for don't end up like you wanted them to.

    I pride myself in being able to read a novel and get so wrapped up in the characters that I honestly fall in love with the well-written ones Kellan Kyle, anyone? So imagine my surprise when I find out they aren't together at the end of the second book. How cruel. I am not picking on this book or author because I know there is a third book coming out, with what I can only hope, will be a HEA. I just got really frustrated when I got to that point in the series only to figure out I'm reading towards nothing.

    Still loved the parts I read. View all 7 comments. Jul 09, Jen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Well, I finally finished this gut wrenching, emotional tale. I have decided that I must write this review to put some amount of closure on this book before I can even attempt to begin my day. LOL Nothing has gotten done in my house, and no one has really exsisted since I started this story!

    I must say that Rebecca Donovan knows how to write a story with such powerful emotion, that it is impossible not to get caught up in it. I was amaz Well, I finally finished this gut wrenching, emotional tale. I was amazed at the accuracy of her words in regards to Emma's mother's acoholism, as well as how Emma was affected by it.

    I know this, as it is a situation that hits close to home for me. Acoholism has touched my life throughout my childhood and beyond, so this book hit me where it hurts more than a few times.

    Seeing Emma go through the guilt; thinking that by being there for her mom; she might be able to change her. The humiliation, that she went through wanting to hide her mother's behaviour, figuring that somehow it might reflect on to her. Finally, the wonderful denial that she convinced herself that it wasn't really as bad as it was, and that she herself was ok and could handle her mother.

    It broke my heart to see Emma go through all of this even after she finally got out of her other terrible situation with her Aunt and Uncle.

    Now, all of this was bad enough. Then we get into how Emma's nightmares continued to plague her. With her feeling so isolated and alone and not being able to tell Evan or her friend Sarah any of her problems; it was bound to happen that she would turn to Jonathon-who was a partner to her pain. I am getting ahead of myself.. You see, Emma's mom had this fetish with being involved with younger men.

    Jonathon came into the picture as Rachel's Emma's mother boyfriend, but slowly him and Emma became extremely close. They both battled nightmares, and they also shared traumatic pasts. You have heard of the phrase: It was inevitable I suppose; but I tell you, that situation frustrated me to know end. I know that Emma loved Evan with all of her heart; but for some reason she just couldn't seem to share her darkest hurts with him.

    With Jonathon, she felt he understood and there were times that I wondered if he didn't play on that a bit. Evan was still in the picture, but barely. If there is one complaint that I have with this book, it is that Evan was hardly in it.

    Now that I have read the full story I can understand that this journey is taking us on a detour for a short period of time.. See, I can be good at denial too!! LOL There were some heart warming scenes between Emma and Evan, and then there were some heart breaking ones. The most frustrating thing that I have gone through with these two in the last two books, is the sexual tension.

    I have never seen a couple go through so many interuptions that ruin their intimacy in any book.. I kept thinking that poor Evan must have blue balls by now! I couldn't help thinking it though! Evan is a loyal as they come, and he truly loves Emma. I so hope they get a HEA, but at this point I truly have no idea what will happen. This is a series that I am so glad I waited until all of the books came out. I could not imagine how upset I would have been to have to wait for the next book.

    The cliffhanger isn't as major as in the first one; but it still is there. There is more story to be told. I will be honest and say that I am dying to delve into the third one right away. I am a little concerned though, that once I get into it; I might need therapy in the end! These books are intense,and as hard as they are to read, there is so much truth in them. There is a lot of drama; but I can honestly say that if you have ever lived in an alcoholic home, there is always chaos to some degree.

    I am anxious to get started on where life is going to take Emma now. I am quite positive that where ever she goes, and what ever she does.. So, I am going to buckle up my seat belt, and get ready for one bumpy ride! View all 24 comments. Jul 13, Jessica's Book Review rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rebecca Donovan, I am so mad at you!!! Your endings are killing me!

    How can you leave me hanging like that?!?! I spent many late nights and early mornings following your characters and beautiful books and now I must wait! If I had known there will be a third book I would of waited to read this book. I hate the cliff hanger in the series! I am so involved now and have to wait to find out what happens Barley Breathing picks up right where Reason to Breathe left off. Emma has survived being killed literally, she died for a moment and her aunt has been convicted and is now in prison.

    Emma's life seems wonderful, finally! She moved in with her best friend Sara whose parents are now Emma's legal guardian and Evan is still the most amazing perfect boyfriend.

    Plus sports and school is still perfect leading a way to a soccer scholarship to Stanford. Emma has A LOT to deal with and she doesn't talk about it to anyone, she keeps it bottled up which leads to nightmares as well as a strain on her relationship with Evan because she doesn't let him in.

    Emma's Mother reconnects with her, saying she is now sober, rents a house, and has a good job. Emma moves in with Rachel to try to connect with her mother before going off to college. Things seem perfect at first but her mother's devil ways come back effecting Emma in many ways. Rachel starts seeing a younger man, Jonathan.

    Like Emma, he cannot sleep and has nightmares himself which leads the two to be up at night, talking. The two have a lot in common and become to help each other deal with their past. Finally everything comes out at the end, more secrets get revealed, heartache continues for everyone in the story and Emma is left with some tough decisions, hurting everyone she loves.

    Can I just say I love Evan? He is beyond the most caring, sensitive character I have read in the book. He truly loves Emma, even when she makes the most awful choices. When she left Evan in the hot tub to go look for her mother leaving him with Analise I screamed at her! He really helped Emma come over her nightmares and was someone for Emma to talk to.

    I think he was essential to Emma to move on from her past and I don't think Emma would be the same without him. On the other hand, he gave me the creeps So what if he is hot? He slept with your mom Emma!

    Come on now! Plus you have Evan who wants nothing more for you to open up to him the way you do with Jonathan. Sara is as wonderful as ever. I would love a friend like that. The book ends with a major cliff hanger. Emma made a major decision, again I do not agree with but I am dying to know what was in the letter she gave Vivienne Evan's mom I am too mad at Emma sometimes and would love to find out more about what Evan thinks and how he feels.

    I am beyond excited and hope the ending leaves Evan and Emma together, happily ever after. View 2 comments. La autora es capaz de transmitir muy bien lo que sienten los personajes en una historia poderosa y muy emocionante. La trama y los personajes absorben incluso una vez terminado el libro. Una vez terminado solo puedo pensar en el tercero.

    En resumen: Ya estoy preparado para el tercero. Mar 30, Rosie B rated it really liked it. My original review: This is coming out just before my exams I'm probably going to fail: After reading: I was really anticipating this book's release so I downloaded it as soon as I saw that it was available. I read it a lot faster than I read the first one; it didn't seem as long but there was a lot more going on. I found it quite hard to keep up in some parts and at times it felt a bit rushed, but it was still a very exciting and emotional read.

    But I'm glad that didn't happen as I didn't like Jonathan at all! I felt he was needy and selfish and I'm sad that he dragged Emma so far into his misery - although her decision at the end made sense to me, I still hope the situation with Emma and Evan rectifies itself in book 3! View 1 comment. Sep 28, Jasmine rated it really liked it Shelves: After that ending in the first book, I was feeling both glad and devastated for Emma. To begin with, she seemed to finally gain her control over herself and got out of that terrible house.

    However, moving in with her mother, who obviously wasn't responsible for her well-being and was drunk most of the time, was just the beginning of another miserable stage of her life. I couldn't help but wondered why on earth could Emma be so frustrated and helpless all the time? Anyway, all we need to know is t After that ending in the first book, I was feeling both glad and devastated for Emma.

    Anyway, all we need to know is that she got over it this time and again, like the previous book, the story contained several violent acts and brutal fights, so for me, the trilogy was age-restricted. I couldn't say she grew a lot from her past, but at least this time, she dealt with her horrifying situation better.

    Besides, I seriously didn't understand the purpose of this love tri at all. It didn't make sense to me, not when I spied the inevitable sparks between Emma and Jonathan, and of course not when they seemed to look like a thing later. Other than the love triangle, I was satisfied with the flow of story so far and it was to be continued Jul 31, Christy rated it it was amazing.

    Not sure how to review this book After reading the first book yesterday and this book today I feel like an emotional wreck. It was a great book, but I really hated the ending, knowing there is a third book coming and this is not officially the ending makes me feel a little better.

    Aug 24, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: Rebecca Donovan played with my emotions like I was ivory and she was Chopin.

    Barely Breathing was raw, heartbreaking and frankly, I was just waiting for Emma to completely lose it through a good portion of the book. I think Donovan just stuck my hands to the monkey bars with some super glue and left me until she releases Out of Breath. If there is ever a character that deserves something great in his or her life, it is Emma. While reading Barely Breathing, I realized how much Emma tends to base her choices on what makes others happy but those choices rarely make her happy and often time lead her to great pain.

    Emma still comes off as a very strong young lady in Barely Breathing but I keep waiting for her complete breakdown. I cannot imagine anyone going through all the things she has gone through, keeping so much inside and not seeking professional help.

    I was very proud of her a couple times when she did finally make some decisions that benefited her more than the other person but in the end she was still basing most of her decisions on others. If I could say one thing to Emma, I would say that you deserve the best and not to accept anything less than people around you who love and support you, want what is best for you. He is kind, warm and a soft place to land.

    He says the most incredible things and I just wanted to take his cheeks in my hand and kiss him! Emma and Evan just fit together so well. They are like puzzle pieces with different edges that fit together to form the perfect picture.

    He is her air when she needs to breath. She can make him laugh and smile. He is outgoing when Emma is a little shy. They are a truly picture perfect couple and I think they were made for each other. Two incredibly broken people often do not mix well! Sara was still amazing and had a little romance herself. They are supportive and may be the only positive adult influence Emma has had since her father past away.

    She is a definite me person and the complete opposite of Emma. I am very anxious to get my hands on Out of Breath which is the third and final book of this series. I am hoping Emma can get a rainbow and a bucket full of happiness. She deserves it! View all 9 comments. Oct 05, Kellie Maddox-Ward rated it it was amazing. I know the book is called "Barely Breathing" but I think it should be changed to "Extreme Hyperventilating. Holy shit what a great sequel! Published by: Release date: May 8, It was great to start Barely Breathing with the knowledge that Emma is alive and surviving.

    Who would be after her aunt tried to murder her? But she is coping in the only way she knows how. Of course, Emma makes many bad decisions in Barely Breathing. From jumping in to living with her mother, to confiding in Jonathan, and pushing Evan away Wen you look at all that Emma has been through in her young life, you realize she is probably going to make some really bad decisions before she figures her life out.

    Because of that, this book was wonderful, but much harder to read than the first one.

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