Just Remember to Breathe
Synopsis from Goodreads
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.
About the Author
Charles Sheehan-Miles is the author of several novels including Prayer at Rumayla: A Novel of the Gulf War, Republic: A Novel of America's Future and college romance Just Remember to Breathe
Charles has been a soldier, nonprofit executive, short order cook, IT manager and run a restaurant. He doesn't believe in specialization. He is a former President and co-founder of the National Gulf War Resource Center and has served on the board of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center. Prior to becoming executive director of Veterans for Common Sense in August 2004, he was director of the Nuclear Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC. He currently works as a communications and outreach specialist for a law firm representing disabled veterans. Charles lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Veronica and their two children.My Thoughts
Above all else, I think this novel is extremely well timed for the world we live in. Wonderfully written with gorgeous characters, Miles does a fantastic job with character development and just plain writing a darn good story.
Just Remember to Breathe tells the story of Dylan, a disturbed war veteran, and Alex. Dylan and Alex have had an on again off again long distance relationship for quite some time. Torn apart by distance and circumstance when Dylan and Alex ultimately find their ways back to one another, they find it hard to truly connect. As many a reviewer has said, they question whether they can give their feelings for one another a chance or whether they should just cut all ties.
"What's wrong, Dylan?" I asked.
"Nothing. Nothing at all. It's just that...if you had asked me, three years ago, what my single, secret, biggest dream was...well...this is it. You and me, Alex. You've managed to make it all come true."Deliciously written, you are instantly absorbed into Dylan and Alex's world. Thinking I would be a bit put off by the first person writing style but as I was getting immersed in the story, I completely forgot about the point of view. The characters are flawed, there is no doubt, but so realistic I felt as if I knew them. The romance is just wonderful and can make you shiver the lines are that good. Sad, deeply emotional, yet life assuring and frankly beautiful at different points, Just Remember to Breathe is simply wonderful.
Publisher: Cincinnatus Press
Date of Publication: November 12, 2012
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