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Whisper to Me (Between Breaths #3) by Christina Lee
Publication Date: May 20th 2014 by Intermix
About the book:
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.
Whisper to Me was a romance of unrequited love, filled with longing and emotion.
Rachel is back in her hometown for the summer where the past she tries to forget through mindless hookups and a carefree façade comes slamming back to her. None of her friends from college know that Rachel was in an accident that almost killed her requiring months of rehab or that her boyfriend, Miles, turned his back on her and left when Rachel needed him most. The only people who stuck with her were parents, and her two best friends: Dakota and Kai. Dakota was the unrelenting cheerleader but Kai was the tender soul who brushed away her tears and held her when despair threatened to consume her. Even with her heart in shreds over Miles, Rachel wasn’t oblivious to Kai’s appeal. And now that she’s back, he stirs up a mix of emotions: intense desire, feeling of home, and fear.
Kai never had a shortage of girls after him with his looks, and the fact he played in a band. But there’s always only been one girl for Kai: Rachel. When she got hurt he helped nurse her back to health all the while falling a little more in love with her each day, knowing she didn’t feel the same. When Rachel left for college Kai spent his years studying recording and messing around. Now that they’re both back home their relationship has shifted into a powerful, needy attraction.
Rachel and Kai have this magnetic attraction for each other made even more intense from their close bond of friendship. Unfortunately, both think their draw is only physical, and they’re insecure about letting on how deeply they really feel.
But this was a different kind of weakness that I never would have guessed I would witness. She’d hoped I found her desirable. Me. The boy who she didn’t even fucking realize loved her. The one who already worshiped her, body and soul.
I really felt for Rachel. The last book she came off as a no-strings-attached kind of girl, just looking for the next random guy to have fun with, but we get the full story behind her behavior here. Returning home brings some clarity and closure to Rachel and she realizes she no longer wants to live a lie or keep others at arm’s length.
This romance was filled with so much tortured longing I felt my chest tighten up and ache in places! I just wanted Kai and Rachel to fess up and let each other in all the way. Kai was protective and tender, but he could be a dirty talker, too, and they had some crazy hot encounters! Lusty scenes full of sexual tension.
Christina Lee wrote a steamy romance full of emotions that will tug at your heart!
I’m not sure who the next book, Promise Me This, will center on, but I’m thinking maybe Dakota and Shane? I guess we’ll see.
I padded to the kitchen and reached for a glass, unsure if Kai was even awake. As I turned
the faucet on low, I heard it—the soft hum of his bass. My heart leapt in my chest. I didn’t know
what the hell I was so anxious about. But the anticipation of seeing him, just talking to him alone,
had revved my pulse to a feverish tempo.
But maybe he didn’t want any company tonight.
I wandered over to his door, unsure of what I’d say or even if I’d knock. Instead, I stood
motionless, listening to him play. It was a low and drowsy strum, and I swayed against the wall,
my senses dulled. During a longer pause, my knuckles tapped once and then twice against the
I heard the sounds of what could have been his returning his heavy bass to its stand and
papers rustling, and then the door slowly creaked open. Kai stood in front of me with his hair
hanging loose at his shoulders. He had on those obscenely tight gray skinny jeans from earlier
and nothing else.
My gaze followed the line of his neck, across his shoulder, to the muscular biceps propping
the door open. I spotted the set of free weights resting beneath the stand of his bass. He’d
definitely been working out in the three years since I’d last seen him. He wasn’t overly muscular
like some athletes I’d been with, just lean and fit.
My gaze tripped over to his sculpted pecs and landed on his nipples. His pierced nipples—
that seemed to harden at my perusal.
Fuck, that was hot. Since when did I think silver hoops dangling from a guy’s nipples were
sexy? But on Kai, they worked. Like fruit waiting to be plucked, they hung above the trunk of his
sculpted abdomen, while a smattering of fine hairs branched from beneath the button of his pants.
“What’s up, Rachel?” He swallowed thickly. “Did I wake you?”
“I . . .” I finally met his eyes. “I couldn’t sleep and I heard you were up.”
“Yeah, me neither.” He moved aside to allow me to pass into the room. “I was trying to be
“Actually, most of the time your music lulls me to sleep.”
“Yeah?” he said in a low and gruff voice. “Is that why you’re here—so I can put you to
“No, you ass.” I grinned. “Well, maybe.”
When his eyes turned dark, I mumbled, “Just kidding.”
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