A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded…

At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person…

Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head over heels in love. But the supposed bad boy can’t risk letting Rachel know the truth—especially now that the two of them are back in their hometown for the summer, together for the first time since the months following that fateful night. Never mind that Rachel’s ex is back, groveling for her forgiveness.

Shaken by her ex’s return, Rachel finds herself turning to the one guy she knows she can trust. Kai is willing to hide his feelings for her, just to have Rachel touch him again. After all, this is only a temporary fling. Until it becomes something more. But maybe it had been more all along.

NEW ADULT FTW!!!I was actually considering vlogging (video-blogging) this review but nah. You guys don’t want to see my squeeeeeing x 10 faces right?While I was reading, I had to pause several times and just sigh in contentment to how perfect this book is. At times it’s sweet, but not sickeningly so; it’s emotional, but not to the point where it’s tear-inducing, and above all, this book is the epitome of what quality New Adult literature is, fully encompassing the transition between adolescence and true adulthood. These days, so many books ride the coattails of an overused book theme: bad boy falls for virgin heroine; however, Whisper to Me doesn’t. Rather than be about a particular theme or popular idea that would certainly appeal to the masses, instead, this story is character-driven and has a very well-paced and thought-out plot. A few other aspects I had to note were:– Low angst level– Highly likable characters who are also easy to relate to (or maybe it’s just me since I’m about their age)– Conflicts in the story are very realistic – never did I feel like drama and conflict was unnecessary or contrived– Incredible writing! Syntax variety isn’t something a lot of authors can do and do it well but Christina Lee hits the nail on the head!Even though this is the third book in the Between Breaths series, it can definitely be read as a standalone – this is coming from someone who doesn’t remember much from book 1, didn’t read book 2 (which I need to rectify immediately), and was still captivated and totally invested in this story and characters. The author provides just the right amount of background info so even if you’re new to her work, you won’t feel lost at all.You don’t need to know much about the plot itself – the blurb is actually a really good summary and indication of what the book is about. Here are some brief character descriptions of the main characters:

Kai: half-Dutch, half-Native American and a pierced dirty talker – I had dreams about this fellow guys. I would give 10 stars to his character if I could. All his life he’s been perceived a certain way and was never able to shake it off. All everyone sees is a hot bad boy who messes up in life, and Rachel is the only one who’s been able to see that he’s so much more. The author really did a good job of portraying their deep connection, both on a physical level and emotional level – these two are equals.Rachel: She’s outwardly sarcastic, tough, and big flirt, yet she hides a very painful secret only a few know – including Kai. This ordeal pretty much scarred her for life, and she bears the physical scars to prove it. Rachel’s the kind of girl I want to be best friends with.This is a book I would recommend to everyone but especially to those who need a romance story that’s nostalgic, steamy, and will leave you with a big smile on your face. It’s also thought-provoking book that sheds light on the beauty of relationships & friendships. I could use multiple adjectives to describe the story: authentic, sexy, sensational, etc…but I’m going with perfect as it really is one perfect love story.ARC provided by Penguin/Intermix via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.