Hold My Breath
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Fractions of seconds can do lots of damage. One decision can ruin lives. A blink can be tragic. And loving a Hollister…can hurt like hell.
I would know.
They say the average person can hold their breath under water for two full minutes when pushed to the extremes. Will Hollister has been holding his for years. The oldest of two elite swimming brothers, Will was always a dominant force in the water. But in life, he preferred to let his younger brother Evan be the one to shine.
Evan got the girl, and Will…he got to bury all of the secrets. A brother’s burden, the weight of it all nearly left him to drown.
The daughter of two Olympians, my path was set the day my fingertips first touched water. My future was as crystal clear as the lane I dominated in the pool—swim hard, win big, love a Hollister.
My life with Evan burned bright. He gave me arms to come home to, and a smile that fooled the world into believing everything was perfect. But it was Will who pushed me. Will…who really knew me.
And when all of the pieces fell, it was Will who started to pick them up.
In the end, the only thing that matters are those few precious seconds—and what we decide to do while we still have them in our grasp.
3.85 ~ Well-written, but could not connect with couple.
> > Judging a Book by it's Cover < <
Shirtless male in water up to his waist. Strong title font in white. Weaker author & tagline font. Synopsis sounds lighter than my recent reads. It's been a few years since I've read a book by this author and look forward to the opportunity to do so again.
> > Looking Deeper < <
Dual first-person POV, clearly defined and easy to follow.
Will went through hell, then hit rock bottom. Now he's trying to claw his way back into the light while holding on to a pretty big secret in order to protect the girl he's always loved. A girl that was in love with his brother. How can she both despise Will for surviving and still love him, just a little, at the same time? Maddy does not know, but the feelings have her insanely tied up. They're both competing for the last time, trying to make the US Olympic swim team. With so much on the line, will they be each others strength or the one thing that tears the other apart?
I have to admit, I was not a fan of the way this book began. It left me wondering if I'd missed something, it was confusing and disorienting - to me. Maddy initially hated Will, thinking the "wrong brother" survived, never taking into consideration that while she lost her lover, he lost EVERYONE and survivor's guilt, panic attacks, and a rather huge secret he swore to protect nearly drove him into the Reaper's open arms. Will was a stronger character, although his self-doubt and self-loathing was detrimental on his well-being. Alone, the characters were good, average. Together they were still okay, average. They had history since childhood and although some of that came through, it wasn't enough to feel a tangible bond. The secondary characters acted as supportive fillers to the plot; there when you needed them without being too intrusive... except Holly, she seemed to try to steal the scenes she was in. Interaction and dialogue were mostly natural and believable.
There were several self-imposed obstacles in Will's way, but not so much in Maddy's. As a couple, they just needed to have an open and honest conversation to know exactly what they felt for one another was mutual, but it never seems to be that easy when dealing with new adult books. The predictability was low, as were any fun surprises. The conclusion seemed solid enough, no big loose ends and an implied HEA was provided.
Overall, the concept of the plot was what drew me in and it was a great concept. My problem stemmed mostly from not finding that connection with Maddy and Will as a couple. They seemed more like friends with benefits than any true, deep from the heart loving relationship. It might have just been my perspective of it though.
Rating: [R] ~ Score: 3.85 ~ Stars: 4
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So much heart in this story
I felt every word and took every breath with the characters in this book. I wanted to savor every page but could not help rushing to the end. The right amount of twists, emotion and a pleasant dose of realism - one of the best books I've read this year.
Exceptional NA story. Highly emotional with characters that will touch your heart in so many ways. Will has suffered incredible loss and still shoulders responsibilities that would crush most people. Those burdens threaten to drawn him as he tries to make a comeback in the swimming world. The love of one woman may be the only thing that saves him.
Definitely a book for the must read list. I highly recommend it.