Author: Christina Lee
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Copy: ARC via NetGalley
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Synopsis: 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.
Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me is the third book in her Between Breaths series. If you haven’t read the first two in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Whisper to Me. I do recommend you read them only because Lee mentions a few things from the books and you might consider spoilers, but I don’t.
We have good character development. Ever since I was introduced to Rachel (in All of You) I wanted to know more about her! She’s sassy, strong, and opinionated and I wanted to be her best friend! We finally get to know who she is and wow…Lee gave us a surprise and all I can say is here we have a woman who really does change her personality. The Rachel we see at university is totally different from the one we see at home and it was such a treat to see the differences. I kept saying, “this isn’t Rachel!” and I had to wait a bit to find out why she’s the way she is and I loved her journey! Then we have Kai and wow, what a man! I don’t want to spoil him for you, so I’ll just say this-you’ll swoon when you realize how long he’s loved Rachel and what he did for her. We have a few secondary characters that play a role and of course Rachel’s university friends make an appearance.
Narration is first person via both Kai and Rachel and it makes sense since this is their journey. Both are suffering from tragic events (each in their own way) and struggle with life. At times, I wished it was just one solid narrative because I didn’t have to leave Rachel or Kai at the end of a chapter and then move on with the next because I wanted to stay in that little bubble for as long as I could. That being said, I don’t think Whisper to Me would have been equally good had it not been set up for the way it is. We definitely need both narratives to get the big picture. And if you’re wondering, each chapter is identified as to who’s point of view you’re getting so you won’t be confused.
What I really enjoyed about Lee’s Whisper to Me is the character growth. Often times we as people act differently in situations depending on who’s around. Lee does a great job showcasing this via Rachel. It’s easy to judge her and in many ways dislike her, but in the end, Lee really shows us how we don’t know everything. How many of us have that friend that does act differently? You’ve seen it and probably commented on it to others, but do you know why? Their past isn’t an excuse as to why, but if you have that conversation with your friend, you might be surprised at what they tell you (or not). I liked that Lee challenged me in that aspect.
Overall, Christina Lee’s Whisper to Me was a lovely read. If you’re a fan of New Adult novels, I highly recommend you put Lee on your list to read! I can’t wait to read the next two novels in her Between Breaths series.