A Breath Apart (Lili’s Review)

Title: A Breath Apart
Author: Christina Lee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: July 2nd 2019
Genre(s): New Adult
Page Count: 271 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


The Fischers are the only family Brennan has ever known, and when they adopt him, he has no plans on doing anything to jeopardize that. Even if it means pretending Josh Daly doesn’t make his heart pound every time their eyes meet.

The tension eases once Josh heads off to a Christian University on a baseball scholarship. Brennan stays put in Elm Grove to work at his family’s drive-in movie theater and take classes at the local community college.

But when Josh comes home for summer break, the feeling not only returns, it transforms into a loud and commanding drumbeat he struggles to tune out.

Finally admitting who he is feels overwhelming. There’s a reason Brennan remains a virgin and when he realizes Josh might be one too, the chemistry between them becomes impossible to ignore. Except acting on his attraction throws everything Josh has been raised to believe out the window.

Plagued by fear and self-doubt, they finally surrender, placing their trust in each other and their undeniable connection. But facing the world together takes the sort of faith that will either strengthen their bond…or shatter its very foundation.

A Breath Apart by Christina Lee is a lovely coming of age story of Brennan, who grew up in the foster care system and just wants to belong, be a part of a family and Josh, whose family is extremely religious and unyielding. The two had a connection from their childhood whom unbeknownst to both- neither has forgotten.

Home on break from college for the summer, Josh impulsively asks Brennan to help him coach his dad’s junior baseball team. And just as spontaneously Brennan agrees. The more time they spend together, the more their feelings of fear, confusion turn to self-acceptance and hope.

Some of my favorite parts:

-Josh’s diary entries.

-I could feel the butterflies in their stomach when they would see or be near each other.

-Slow burn

-Friends to lovers

-Brennan’s family. They showed that no family is perfect, we all go through ups and downs, but in the end, they were there for each other.

-Abbey, Sydney, and Charlie. They reminded of the upcoming generation who are open-hearted and accepting.

-And the end was a romantic and strong HFN. A Breath Apart is New Adult, so an HFN felt appropriate and realistic but I’ve no doubt Josh and Brennan are each other’s, soul mates.

A Breath Apart is a heartfelt story of self-acceptance, family, friendships, hope, and love. I could feel the emotion behind the words.

4.5 Stars

P.S. I hope asshole Todd gets a book.

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Galley copy of A Breath Apart provided by Christina Lee in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant
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