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3 Breaths by L.K. Collins

3 gems

3 breaths

Pssst.. The review is kinda spoilery. Proceed at your own risk.

3 Breaths definitely had a lot of feels, but unfortunately the feels weren’t enough for me.

The book starts with Zoe and Krane celebrating their engagement with friends. but on their way home, Zoe has a seizure attack and passes away. Fast forward 5 months, Krane is still reeling from the loss of his beloved. He has let himself go; surviving solely on booze and underground fights. The only light in his dark tunnel is Ivy, Zoe’s sister. While neither his family nor friends understand his pain, Ivy surely does. She is the only one who does.

Ivy too has trouble dealing with her sister’s death, especially since they had grown apart in the last few months of Zoe’s life. With her death, Ivy is reeling with guilt and pain. Her only solace is her sister’s fiancee, Krane.

The pain of both Ivy and Krane is very palpable. You can actually feel their hearts breaking, you can feel them spiraling down. This is one of the most emotionally draining book that I’ve read. But on the flip side, while both Ivy and Krane work as individuals, they didn’t work as a couple for me.

Since Zoe’s death, Krane has not even looked at anyone else. But when one fine day he notices Ivy’s ass, he feels guilty, because well he is checking out a woman who is not Zoe and just to spice things up a bit, he is ogling his dead fiancee’s sister. That was all well and good, until the same night he sleeps with a woman, in part to get back at his high-school girlfriend who cheated on him, but didn’t feel an ounce of guilt.

Now mind you, I have no problems with men who sleep around, as long as they stay faithful and monogamous when they are with a particular woman. But hypocrisy doesn’t work for me. So if Krane felt guilty for ogling a woman who was not his fiancee, then he should have felt guilty for sleeping with someone else too. And he sleeps with two someone else’s, with no guilt whatsoever.

What I didn’t like was that Ivy was no different than the other two women Krane slept with. When he first notices Ivy, Krane says that Ivy is making him feel things (including lust). But he is just as turned on when he meets Casey and Shannon. How does that make Ivy special? I could get over this tiny issue, if only I felt some chemistry of the true love kinds, between Krane and Ivy. They work as best friends, they even work as friends with benefits, but I am not convinced that they are in love with each other.

One thing that L.K.Collins surprised me with was that Zoe was not an issue with Ivy and Krane. They both knew that Krane really loved Zoe, but Ivy was never insecure about that fact, which I absolutely loved. But I also didn’t appreciate the over-dependence that Krane and Ivy have on each other. They stop talking for a week and in that week they both spiral so far down the drain. They were way too dependent on each other, which in my opinion is unhealthy in a relationship.

I also never understood how they came together. One fine day Ivy asks what they were doing and Krane says he doesn’t want to hurt her. A fight, and a one-night stand later, Krane and Ivy make up and poof, they are together. I was never a fan of intsa-love, but here I didn’t even see it coming. All I could see was Ivy and Krane having a lot of sex together, but no love, even if it was there. Add to that the ending that came out of nowhere. If I didn’t see Ivy and Krane in a relationship, I definitely didn’t see the wedding coming. I find it hard to believe that a man would mourn for months after her looses his beloved fiancee, but within a month of dating another woman, he is ready to marry her. Ivy and Krane’s relationship has been on the fast track since Zoe’s death.

The secondary characters were also mostly a likable bunch. I adored Logan. He was a really good friend to Krane and a good man to have in his corner. L.K. Collins has a flair for writing complex characters and a heart-wrenching story.

3 Breaths is a good book. The author has beautifully portrayed the pain and anguish the characters go through, but there were way too many things that didn’t work me for.

This review first appeared in The Ever Romantic Arts. 

Book Review: Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James

2.5 gems

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The Fifty Shades Trilogy has been in rage for the past few years. I decided to jump the bandwagon and find out what Fifty Shades was all about around two years ago. Well…. I don’t really regret reading the series. Say what you may, but this series sure is addictive. It does grasp you and clutches into you tightly. Though the furor had died down in the past year or so, the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie brought it back with a bang. Once again Fifty Shades is everywhere.

This time around I’m doing my review a bit differently. Usually I would write-up a looong post about these three books and point out what I felt about it individually. But it’s been over two years since I read these book, so I am just going put my review into bullet points. Easy peasy right?

What I liked about the Fifty Shades Trilogy?

  • Christian Grey is hot. Speaking strictly in the physical sense of the word and nothing else. I mean he is a 20 something year old business tycoon who is tall, lean yet muscular, and broad-shouldered, with dark copper-colored hair and intense, bright gray eyes.
  • The music. The author included a lot of songs in the book. I enjoyed those selection of songs more than anything else. I even read the series a second time around just to make a note of the songs.
  • Christian as a submissive. This scene was somewhere in the middle of Fifty Shades Darker and it was a very powerful scene and then it fizzled out.
  • Ohh yeah there was this scene at the end of Fifty Shades Darker where Ana throws her drink to Elena a.k.a Mrs. Robinson’s face. That made the petty bitch in me really happy. I always wanted to do that. Hmm… Maybe someday soon the day will come when I can throw a dirty martini to someone’s face.
  • I can’t think of anything else. Hunh!! How about that?

What I did not like about the Fifty Shades Trilogy?

  • Lets start with the main thing shall we? The writing. The Fifty Shades Trilogy is nothing but a poorly written piece of work. The editing is bad, the characters are bad and well the story is just horrible.
  • Anastasia Steele is a whiny sissy. She does not know her own mind. I liked her when she said no and walked away from Christian, but all it took was a chopper ride and a kiss to jump back into bed with him. Yeah! Let’s not talk about her any more. I am tempted to call names. That’s bad isn’t it? You are not supposed to do that in reviews. *deep breaths*
  • Christian Grey. My hero. The love of my life. Yeah right, no. That’s not happening. Nuhuhh!! Nope. Sorry. I know you are hot Mr. Grey and you are rich, but lets just face it. You are a dick. There I said it. Happy now? This man has issues. Like serious issues. And I’m not talking about the BDSM. That not the problem at all. Christian Grey is a stalker. And an overtly dominating, controlling jerk. I mean who track the cell phone of the woman you interviewed you? Seriously dude!! You need to get checked out.
  • The sex scene at Christian’s hotel room when Ana is visiting her mother. That shouldn’t have happened. Nope. Not at all.
  • The pregnancy. At the end of the first book Ana got tired of the all the spanking and flogging and no-touching rule and walked away from Grey. Then Grey almost died and proposed marriage to Ana after knowing her for ONE MONTH. And they were even broken up for a WHOLE WEEK during that month. All this by the end of the second book. Of course there had to be an accidental pregnancy now. How else will the story move forward? The pregnancy was just not needed. There was enough drama with Ana’s ex-boss and the mystery surrounding Christian’s almost death.
  • What does Christian do when he finds out Ana accidentally got pregnant? He accuses her of getting pregnant deliberately and then runs off to share a drink with his ex. An ex, mind you, one his wife did not like at all. That’s what any sane guy would do right? I think I’m in a different universe. From where I come from the definition of sane is completely different.
  • Elena Lincoln a.k.a Mrs. Robinson. Any woman who seduces a 15-year-old boy is a bitch in my book. And any woman who introduces a 15-year-old boy to a hard-core life-like that of BDSM is a bitch beyond words.
  • Well I’m sure I can think of more things that I did not like in this series but my brain is fried.

I’ve seen quite a few people who have watched the movie, comment on Facebook thatFifty Shades condones domestic violence. I haven’t seen the movie, but that IS NOT true about the book. Many people would feel uncomfortable reading this book I am sure, but that doesn’t mean that the book promotes violence. BDSM is a completely different lifestyle. It is a way of life for some people. And if a woman gives her consensual agreement then what the hell is anyone else’s problem.

Well as the saying goes, “You may love it, you may hate it. But you just can’t ignore it.” That holds true for Fifty Shades too. I did not like the series, but it sure had my complete attention.

This review also appears on The Ever Romantic Arts