Thursday, May 23, 2013

My POV: Just Remeber To Breathe by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Cincinnatus Press

Alex Thompson’s life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she’s focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.

Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he’s made of his life.

When Dylan and Alex are assigned to the same work study program and are forced to work side by side, they have to make new ground rules to keep from killing each other.

Only problem is, they keep breaking the rules.

The first rule is to never, ever talk about how they fell in love.

Rating:  

My POV


It is difficult to overcome your past and face your fears especially if you have seen the things Dylan Paris has on his tour in Afghanistan. Since getting back home and trying to get on with his life the one thing he really didn’t want to deal with right away was Alexandra Thompson.

Dylan is a wounded war vet back in the US. It’s not easy but he is meeting all his challenges head on in order to move forward and get better. His list of issues and challenges are: rehabbing his shredded leg, PTSD, mental blocks, overcoming his past and last but not least coming to terms with how he still feels about Alex. Now that he is back in the states he decides the best thing to do is to attend college and get his degree since he now has the mean to do it. As fate would have it he runs into Alexandra “Alex” his ex on the first day of class. As expected things are extremely uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Alexandra has always did the smart thing. Listen to her parents, never got into trouble, made good grades. Her parents always had a great deal of influence on her decisions but who he loved was something not even she could control. Falling for bad boy Dylan Paris at a seventeen was easy and natural and no one could have helped it. But no one could have prepared her for the heartache and pain of such strong love between such two different people.

Passionate. Emotional. Real. You could see from the very beginning that these two belonged together even if they weren’t from the same social class. At seventeen they had an innocent and wonderful love affair while attending an overseas school program for three months. Afraid of dealing with disappointment Dylan decides not to take their long distant relationship to the next level since they are now back home and feels it will be safer if they don’t take it too seriously.  But it’s too late for either of them. You can lie to yourself all you want but your heart knows the truth. Once after a fight he decides it is time for a major change and enlist in the Army. Once there they find a way to reconnect and keep in constant contact. He is sent off to war overseas and in one Skype conversations with her he sees something he will never forget. Instantly cutting all ties with her he is determine to forget about her. Soon after his unit is ambushed and he is forever damaged.  

Now that they have reconnected once again will either of them find it in their heart for forgive and forget or will their past mistake keep them from having a life together?

I love this series! The Thompson sisters are awesome, smart, beautiful and don’t take crap from anyone. I was so happy to read Alex’s story and can’t wait to read how the rest of the sister’s lives work out. Charles Sheehan-Miles has made it to my must read author list and I will definitely keep my eye out for more of his work.

Other Books in the Series
A Song for Julia The Last Hour

My Recommended Reading Order and Review Links
Please keep in mind that this series really does not have a reading order and each book can be read as a stand alone but after reading these books I have come the conclusion that I would have been better informed about the all the characters in this series if I would have reading the books in the order above.

About the Author
Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive. He is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future.



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