Tuesday, February 25, 2014

*BLOG TOUR* BEFORE YOU BREAK by Christina Lee: Excerpt + Review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my blog tour stop for Christina Lee's latest novel, Before You Break! This is the highly anticipated second novel in The Between Breaths Series, which releases in ebook form on February 18th, 2014 and in trade paperback print on October 14th , 2014. 

Check out an excerpt, my review, and then enter the giveaway!!
Before You Break by Christina Lee
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
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…

And how about a super cute, yet steamy excerpt?

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.”


“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.”

And now for my review:
*Spoiler-Free* REVIEW: Before You Break by Christina Lee
Publication Date: February 18th, 2014

*DISCLOSURE: ARC was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review

With her second novel, Christina Lee has shown that she is not just a one hit wonder, but an extremely talented author with a unique voice that is here to stay. Before You Break deals with a very delicate and heartbreaking issue of teen suicide. But it is important to note that its place in the novel is not just there as a vehicle for the plot line. It is handled gracefully and, most importantly, with an aura of hope surrounding it.  Christina Lee strikes a perfect balance with this very difficult topic, one that could slide a book right into a depression filled void. She manages to effortlessly offset the sadness with the hopefulness, the sweetness with the incredibly steamy. 

This book has a little bit of everything, so please don't be turned off by what some may feel is a depressing topic. In the end, this is a love story: a beautifully touching and chemistry laden love story. 


About the Author: 

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.  Repped by Sara Megibow. 

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

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all the best, dear readers!


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