Just Breathe #1
Published May 2012 by Howling Mad Press
Adult, Fantasy | 426 pages
After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.
Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.
Book Review: ★★★.5
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I really liked the writing style and how there was a perfect blend between description, dialogue and story. I liked how the characters were portrayed and how there was enough focus on a multitude of them rather than just the two main protagonists. Each one was alive and thoroughly filled out. No two-dimentional characters here.
The story itself was unique and intriguing. I liked the world of the Dreaming and the idea of Elementals. My biggest issue was the world building. It wasn’t explained well and I felt like the reader was just tossed in head first. I’m still confused about a lot of things – like why the Fyres are attacking, or the dynamics of the Archelementals and what their role is with everything else. The book came with a glossary which mentioned that elementals gave taxes to the Archelementals to give to the gods in order to keep Balance but this wasn’t mentioned in the book. So while I liked the story line and its overarching problem, I felt confused as to how the issue came about. I would have liked more world building/explanation to make things smoother.
Regardless, I enjoyed the story and where it went. I immediately purchased book two before I finished. I’m glad I did because that cliffhanger has me wanting more. Overall it was a good story with good writing and some wonderfully steamy bits.
Warning: this book does contain sexually explicit material. Read at your own discretion.