Review: 3 Breaths by L.K. Collins

 Goodreads Synopsis:

A standalone novel from bestselling author, LK Collins. 3 Breaths will make your heart skip a beat while falling for the bad boy that you know you shouldn’t.
Slumped on the floor of the New York City subway, I watched my fiancée take her final 3 breaths.
In that moment, everything changed.
The Krane Hensley I’d become because of Zoë vanished.
My life instantly shattered to pieces.

Now, I live on a mission to survive each day and it’s become my greatest struggle.
I take my vengeance out in the cage, fighting anyone and everyone that will stand up to me. It gives me fleeting relief, but soon the pain crashes back down around me. So I’ve turned to Ivy, my salvation from the agony that is my life.
The problem? Ivy is Zoë’s sister.

Can Ivy and I move past the heartache that connects us to find a future together?

Chick and Brain Rating: 5 out of 5

This is my first time reading anything by L.K. Collins and I can promise this will not be my last.  I can say I am not angst reader. I love some conflict and drama in my romance novels, but usual I am roses and sunshine. This is not my typical type of read, but I was drawn to this story by the synopsis.  These feelings continued throughout the narrative which can be attributed to Collin’s writing and amazing storytelling ability.Collins’s characters leap off the page and grip your soul.  We experience the pain of each character of this book as our own, and we even are able to share in their job.  When we are finished, we are left with this sense of completion that very few authors are able to achieve.

Krane is at the top of the world. He has a fiance that loves him and he is on his way to make his professional dreams of becoming a fighter come true. However that all changes when Zoe and Krane are on their way home from their engagement party. Zoe dies unexpectedly and Krane is left to continue. Everyone in his life expects him to be okay, to move on and move forward but for some reason Krane is unable to do so. He can not let go of the love he had for Zoe or the pain of loosing her, and it is eating him alive from the inside out. He finds many means to escape the pain, but none of them last very long. His only relief is when he is with Ivy.

Ivy is Zoe’s sister. They were not very close to each other when she passed, so Ivy has many regrets on how things were left between them. These regrets have begun to slowly destroy Ivy as well, however unlike Krane she has no outlet. Ivy’s outlet for the pain is Krane. He is the only one that understands why she is still hurting, and they have a connection because of this pain that no one else could ever understand. Will this pain be the glue that bonds them together or the wedge that drives them apart and destroys both of them?

Collins writes us a slow burn for the love story of Ivy and Krane. We all know it is going to happen, but the lack of it happening instantaneously makes it seem more realistic and lasting. We are given a realistic perspective on loss and finding redemption from different faces of the coin. We are shown how grief affects everyone around us as well as us ourselves. Even people who are indirectly connected are at times grossly affected by a person’s grief. We feel it all. From Krane, Ivy and all those around them. Collins ensures that we are able to grieve the loss of Zoe along with the other characters, but still celebrate Ivy and Krane’s ability to heal and move past her death.

This story surprised, me not even going to sugar coat it. I fell in love with Krane and Ivy as individuals and together. I will for sure be looking for more of Collin’s books in the future and have already sent recommendations out to all of my friends! So if I haven’t told you to read this yet, read it immediately! You will not be disappointed.

 

Until next time,

 

XOXO

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