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Blog Tour + Review: Before You Break by Christina Lee

“I don’t know what this is or what the hell might happen,” he said, rubbing his finger along the edge of my earlobe. “But I do know one thing.”
Still, I couldn’t move or even speak. I was motionless – hypnotized by his eyes, his lips, his words.
Finally, my hands became unstuck and I slid them up his chest to his shoulders as he shuddered against my touch. “I know I need to put my mouth on those pretty lips and kiss you,” he said with so much conviction, it felt like a swarm of butterflies had been let loose in my stomach. 

I love Christina Lee. @ltlerthqak and I (her mostly, tbh) came up with #Bennettized for All Of You and now I was left to come up with a hashtag for Quinn. But let me first give you my review for Before You Break and then I’ll share it.

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A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

A college baseball star isn’t supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them–something that makes him want to open up.

Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working a suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.

Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him–or to stop herself from falling too far…

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At the theater, we bought popcorn, Milk Duds, and large sodas. After we settled in our seats in the crowded room, I opened the box of chocolate caramel confections and dumped them in the large tub.

“Um,” Quinn said, scratching his chin. 

“Sweet and salty—it’s a must-have for movie watching.”

“Seriously?”

“Yes, seriously.” I picked up a Milk Dud, flanked it with two pieces of popcorn, and then brought it to his lips. “Here. I guarantee you’ll fall in love. You’ll never watch a movie without them again.” 

“If you say so. . . .” He dragged the sweet and salty mixture into his mouth but kept my fingers enclosed between his lips. I held in a gasp while he ran his tongue over my thumb and then sucked on my forefinger before releasing my hand and chewing what remained.

“Agree,” he said around a mouthful of popcorn. “Wouldn’t want to be without them ever again.”

Quinn’s gaze latched on to mine. It felt like a bundle of feathers had been let loose in my stomach. “Guess you’ll have to come to every movie from now on. So I don’t forget.”

Speechless wasn’t even the word for what I felt in that moment. Dumbfounded might have been more like it, or maybe just struck stupid, because I couldn’t even move my lips to form any coherent words.

When the movie previews began, he turned toward the screen and reached for my fingers, interlacing our hands. Then he leaned close to my ear and said, “I expect you to feed me just like that the entire movie.”

Yes. Daniel Quinn is book boyfriend material. No – he IS my book boyfriend until further notice. I might start collecting them, as there are already plenty in 2014.

Ella, Avery’s best friend, is tiring of Joel, her philandering boyfriend. They don’t communicate on the same level anymore and while she enjoys visiting him at the frat house, those visits mostly result in her getting his drunken a$$ to bed.  All the while, she is hesitant to leave him, as he’s a “there” connection to her dead brother. Her brother  who’s death and career aspirations got her to volunteer in a suicide hotline.

At the fraternity house she meets Quinn. Quinn doesn’t seem to belong in the house. He’s mostly introvert, and while he’s handsome beyond words and very popular with the ladies, he mostly keeps to himself. He’s also secretly crushing on Ella.

The relationship between Ella and Quinn, their give and take, grows slowly as the plot progresses, which makes the plot arc as well as the characters’ arcs intertwine and develop perfectly. This, folks, is what makes a story beautiful.

Not delving into the core of the plot, I can say the journey  both Quinn and Ella go through is very profound. I tweeted Christina telling her I absolutely loved how they put each other back together, even though they were perfectly REAL on their own all along, and the more I think about it, the more I agree with myself.

After the quote at the beginning of this post, and everything I told you in my review, I think it’s time to reveal my hashtag for Quinn. I have definitely been #QUINNSESSED!!

My rating: (as if I could give it any less) 5

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* My thanks to Christina Lee, Nina, InterMix, Penguin and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this title in exchange for an honest review!

Mother, wife, reader, dreamer. Christina lives near Cleveland with her two favorite guys. She’s addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything.

New Adult/Young Adult author. NA Contemporary Romance, ALL OF YOU, releases September with Penguin. BEFORE YOU BREAK in 2014. Repped by Sara Megibow.

Also the creator of Tags-n-Stones (dot com) jewelry.

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