New Adult Contemporary Romance
Releasing May 6, 2014
Published by Swoon Romance
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Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another city without so much as a "goodbye." Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told friends the break-up was mutual and she endured the heartbreaking split without support from the people she's closest with. Instead, she embraced her librarian job as therapy and spent her nights medicated by a thick cloud of pot smoke. With her lungs, and heart, screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking cold turkey. Just when she's about to ask for support from her friends, and let them in on the truth of Jason's humiliating betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain.
Enter sexy-as-hell library patron Dominic, who literally knocks Elle off her feet during a memorable first encounter. Can he help her forget Jason's very existence? He can sure try, and Elle is more than ready to let him. Dominic makes Elle feel wanted and special, and puts effort into coming up with dates that don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle is starting to feel whole again, Jason returns, determined to reunite. His effusive apology and reasons for leaving are a balm to her battered ego, but she rebuffs his attention.
But nothing good can last forever, and Elle catches Dominic in a devastating lie. How could she have been so wrong about both Jason and Dominic? Is letting Jason back into her heart a safe bet since he has already proven he can't be trusted? The wrong choice could see Elle's happy ending go up in smoke. But when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.
This was a rather interesting read for me. The main character, Elle, has Synaesthia and I happen to know a couple of people also have it. So I was curious to see how this was going to play out, and while Elle's was much more intense than those I know with it, I loved how Tamara incorporated the condition into Elle's world and the overall story.
Everything from Elle's enjoyment of books and how they can pull her in, to the feelings of different fabrics and even someone's voice affected her and it was so interesting to see how it played out. Elle was such an interesting character and the Synaethia seemed to enhance those characteristics.
Then there was Elle's love interest, Dominic. He was so sweet and too such care in planning their dates together. I loved getting to see their relationship unfold and hated to see it come to an end. Though I wouldn't mind reading more about them. And Elle's condition made it even more interesting to witness.
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About the AuthorTamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn't an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.