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I picked up ‘Out of Breath’ with so much nervous trepidation yet excited urge to find out just what was going to happen with Emma and Evan in this third and final instalment. After two devastatingly emotional cliff-hangers that had me nearly throwing my kindle at the wall and nearly two years down the line I was so ready yet so very scared at the same time.

My heart started pounding immediately and I already felt the lump in my throat from the first word as every emotion I felt in book #1 and 2 came crashing to the surface. I remembered exactly how and what these characters made me feel. The haunting and emotional writing of Rebecca Donovan is second to none. She makes you feel absolutely everything as her story comes alive. Every single sense you possess becomes completely and utterly involved by every word written. Her writing gives me the chills and makes me tremble from sheer emotion. All three books have made me feel such powerful emotions that range from one end of the scale to the other.

This series is and always will be very close to my heart. I fell in love with Evan and Emma a long time ago and they are still two of my most beloved characters. This Author completely blew my mind when I picked up ‘Reason to Breathe’ and I will never forget the anxiety, fear, love and compassion I felt from the first breath I shared with these characters.

I urge every reader out there who reads this review to pick up this series, if you haven’t already. It will steal a piece of your heart and leave a permanent imprint. You will want to wrap your arms protectively around your kindle wishing that this action, in itself, would give some comfort, love and shelter to these characters which come alive through this Author’s brilliant writing. This series is upsetting, actually it is vividly disturbing, but it is life. Yes, we are talking fiction in this particular case; however we know it is not merely limited to that. It happens…again…..it is life.

“She’s just…..broken.”

Now, it would be a grave disservice to any new reader to give anything away, to spoil this beautiful, harrowing yet inspirational story.  Your emotions should be your own when you experience the journey of Emma.

“All I had to do was give up….Give up. Breathe, Emma. Just give up, and….breathe.”

Emma will make you feel. You will cry for and with her. You will want to grab her out of the story and comfort and guide her. Make her see what she cannot. You will love her, yet you will also want to talk some sense into her. Believe me; she frustrated me with her actions many times in Out of Breath. However, how do you question someone’s rationale under adverse circumstances and in the aftermath of violence? How do you counteract so much hurt, sorrow and suffering?  Being hated for your own existence? Secrets can truly break you as can the guilt and despair of them. Emma had to unravel layers of pain and hurt. She had to overcome the consequential numbness and self-destructive path from the ultimate betrayal and brutality. Emma had to learn how to breathe, live….Emma had to grow up and leave the past behind in order to survive the future.

“You’re supposed to hate me…..Please just hate me.”

As for Evan, be still my beating heart. I felt for him, suffered with him got angry and hurt on his behalf. He was wronged too and his strength, his passion his decency and patience. I truly love him, so very much. Evan’s had too grow up to and learn to survive. His path forever intertwined with Emma’s. They shared a breath, a life. How do you ever forget the emotions tied up in something like that?

“Emma wasn’t the same girl. And I wasn’t the same either.”

Emma broke me in ‘Out of Breath’. I can’t even begin to adequately put into words how I felt, still feel after finally finishing the journey of Emma, Evan and all of the other characters we met along the way who played a part in this journey.

Sitting here collecting my thoughts to try and do Emma and Evan some kind of justice, well, words almost fail me and I’m crying all over again from the pure emotion that bled off the pages. The Breathing series is one, which I cannot recommend highly enough.

“Let it all out Emma. Find your way back to us….”

“I’m so afraid I’m not worth the breath you gave me….”

ARC Supplied by Publisher in exchange for an honest review


Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she’ll be whole again is through forgiveness.

Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves.

This final installment will have readers holding their breath until the very last page.

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  1. kp said:

    thanks for the giveaway!!


  2. becky_15 said:

    Thanks for this great giveaway!! 🙂


  3. nikkitcb13 said:

    Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway


  4. babylollie said:

    Would love to win this!


  5. amandam said:

    Woo hoo!! Love Rebecca Donovan 🙂


  6. beksta77 said:

    Yippee! awesome giveaway as always 🙂 So love Rebecca Donovan


  7. dayub said:

    Can’t wait to read. Thanks for the giveaway.


  8. mdewell said:

    Awesome giveaway. Thank u!


  9. kgagnon2013 said:

    Yay, finally #3! Thanks for the chance to win!


  10. mbilowus said:

    Haven’t read this series yet but can’t wait. Thanks for the giveaway!


  11. Kim said:

    Great review! Sounds like a series to read!! Thanks for the giveaway!


  12. lou gut said:

    Gitte, I absolutely love your review. Emma’s story enthralled & consumed me from the very beginning. I have been on a crying funk since I finished Out Of Breath. This series will forever stay with me.


  13. megan.mgm said:

    Awesome review 🙂 I’ve had the first book for ages, probably since it was a freebie, but I really need to re-read it and then catch up! Thanks for the chance to win Out of Breath…


  14. Rochelle said:

    Love this series. Thanks for the giveaway!!


  15. AlexandraCruz said:

    I’m rereading Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing before starting Out of Breath… i love this series so so much

    Thank you for such great review and awesome giveaway


  16. Vania Nunes said:

    I don’t know this series and it would be awesome read all of them signed.


  17. Michelina D said:

    Thank You for this fantastic giveaway!

    I can’t wait to start reading this series 🙂


  18. eta37 said:

    I would be the happiest girl in the world if I would win the signed copies! Thank you for the chance! xoxo


  19. zashi629 said:

    LOVE Rebecca Donovan and this Series!!!


  20. glorialancia said:

    just loveee this series!!! honestly my favourite of 2013!!!
    rebecca did an amazing job with this book! such a powerful read!!!
    hope i win the signed copies!!!


  21. ycervera11 said:

    I <3 this series.


  22. davesbartender said:

    Really want to read this series! What a great giveaway!!


  23. lorimitchell said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  24. aznangel_dd said:

    Oh wow…I would love to win this series! Thank you for the opportunity <3


  25. dburns17 said:

    Thanks for the giveaway, what a great opportunity!


  26. mrslee160 said:

    I would love to win!


  27. yesenia1206 said:

    please…oh…please i hope i get this!!!


  28. tia said:

    I have read the first two books and working on the third right now. I love this series. It has caused me to cry, laugh, awww, and to get mad. I would love to win this contest to own the books that I love and have talked many of my friends and family into reading.


  29. debradiaz said:

    Can’t wait to finally read this series, been waiting for all the books to be out!!!!


  30. PAW said:

    This series is one of the best series I have ever read. And Out of Breath is just perfect. Rebecca blew me away in a very good place after reading OOB. I honestly want more but I since OOB is the last, accdg to Rebecca, I feel the satisfaction after reading it. What a series! 🙂


  31. Lacey T said:

    So excited to read this series! I have them waiting for me on my kindle 🙂


  32. ByTheWay said:

    Thamks for the giveaway!!!
    Love the series.


  33. kirstyl13 said:

    Thanks for the giveaway ladies <3


  34. Sabina said:

    Thanks for this great giveaway ladies. Can’t wait to start this stories. 🙂


  35. Aleksandraaaa said:

    I LOVE this series <3 <3 <3


  36. abshonk said:

    Reviews for this have been amazing, I can’t wait to read the whole series.


  37. charliebabe said:

    I would be love to win this would be amazing loved all 3 books


  38. CindyB said:

    Hope to read soon.


  39. colourful3wench said:

    awesome giveaway!


  40. jag5782 said:

    Awesome Giveaway!


  41. artdem said:

    I have heard so many good things about this series, thank you for the chance!

    Raffle name: Demitra Giote


  42. lisapisa said:

    This series has become part of my being! I really want to win this!


  43. Sarah M. said:

    This series is on my to read list would love to win these.


  44. danielle g said:

    I feel like Ive been waiting forever for this one! Cant wait to read it!


  45. irna javines said:

    I’m so jealous of my friends who have copies of these books! I wish I’ve one too. Thank you for this opportunity! Can’t wait to read them all :>


  46. irna javines said:

    I’m so jealous of my friends who have copies of these books! I wish I’ve one too. Thank you for this opportunity! Can’t wait to read them all :> ♥


  47. briannaleereviews said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!! Love Rebecca Donovan and I want to read this book so bad!


  48. Melanie C. said:

    On my tbr list!!


  49. mmalavec said:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I have been looking forward to reading this series!


  50. chuaaiko said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!! I love the Breathing series!!


  51. iteachfl said:

    I loved these books. I sobbed through the first one. I can’t wait to read the last one!


  52. marykc22 said:

    Great giveaway! Can’t wait to read Out of Breath!


  53. chundra said:

    Great giveway


  54. grobanite4788 said:

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  55. House of Vetti said:

    Love your commitment to international giveaways as always and to have the opp to win this series in signed paperbacks, oh my gawd! THANKS! <3


  56. miminbennett said:

    This is such fabulous series. I cant wait to finally start the 3rd one. Thank you so much for the giveaway!


  57. vernadene2 said:

    really excited for this book. thanx for the giveaway


  58. tvanegeren said:

    This is one of my favorite series ever!!!! I adore this series so much! Thanks for this amazing giveaway!


  59. jessicar said:

    I would LOVE these books!!!


  60. illy said:

    Can’t wait to read it, loved Reason to Breathe & Barely Breathing. I can’t believe it’s here, been waiting so long for this one! thank you for the giveaway!


  61. Andie said:

    Awesome giveaway thanks for the chance


  62. brennadawn said:

    I can’t wait to read these! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂


  63. jocysmom said:

    Can’t wait!


  64. Bube said:

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂


  65. mendee422 said:

    Loving this series! Thanks for the giveaway!


  66. Cheryl said:

    Holy crap – I have to know what happens!!!


  67. Rosarita8930 said:

    I’ve been waiting a long time to read this final book. I will most definitely have my Kleenex nearby this time… (sigh). Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, fingers crossed!


  68. eahbalice said:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Love this series!


  69. Lee said:

    thanks for the giveaway.I’m looking forward to reading this one


  70. Emily said:

    Thanks for the great giveaway!


  71. irene said:

    I have read book 1 and 2. I am patiently waiting to read book 3. I can’t wait to see what happened. Who is with who!! I love this series.


  72. Zandalee Marie said:

    I love this series so much! I really miss the door covers, though.
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂


  73. Mary Mooney said:

    Awesome story and great giveaway!


  74. jessiel62 said:

    Wow……this review wants to make me pick up this series & read it right now! Thank you. I’m looking forward to reading it soon. Thank you for the giveaway!


  75. ice_corie said:

    Amazing review. Thanks so much.


  76. youngs263 said:

    My favorite series of all time!!! Love love love!


  77. joannas79 said:

    This is such an amazing series! Can’t wait to read
    Out of Breath. Thanks for the great giveaway.


  78. detours27 said:

    This is an awesome series. Thank you for the opportunity


  79. sondraj341 said:

    Great Giveaway! I love this series. I hope I win.


  80. havebookwillsurvive said:

    I haven’t started reading this series yet but it is in my TBR!!! Thanks for the giveaway. havebookwillsurvive@gmail.com


  81. chelseab said:

    I am currently reading these books and I am completely enraptured with them! Thanks for the giveaway!


  82. jk1598 said:

    Thanks for the chance! Really excited to read this series!


  83. yvonne_simpkins@yahoo.com said:

    Thank you for the giveaway, Heard lots of good things about this series.


  84. kasiaustin said:

    loved this series!! have all the ebooks! would love to win this!!!!


  85. tramontane said:

    I totally agree. This was the most emotionally upsetting series of books I remember reading, but I loved the experience! Of course, the happy ending helped an ENORMOUS amount, especially after three books’ worth of torture! Fabulous writing.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  86. stang1670 said:

    Haven’t had a chance to read the third book but can’t wait, thanks for the giveaway


  87. AlyssaIngram said:

    Love this blog! And love y’all!


  88. scrapingirl16 said:

    LOVED this series!!!


  89. alyssaxchen14 said:

    Thanks for the giveaway girls!!


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