Review: Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan

Out of Breath (The Breathing Series #3) by Rebecca Donovan
Release date:  July 2, 2013
My rating:  StarStarStarStarStar
Emma leaves Weslyn and everyone in it behind to attend Stanford University, just as she always intended. A shell of her former self, she is not the same girl. She is broken, and the only way that she’ll be whole again is through forgiveness. Emma must find a way to forgive herself and recognize her own worth before she can receive the love she deserves. This final installment will have readers holding their breath until the very last page.
My Review
I awaited this book for over a year.  I was frustrated and impatient.  Then, release day came.  I read it eagerly.  So worth the wait!
In the first two books of this series we were left with our jaws hanging low with some serious cliffhangers and questions.  We needed more and we didn’t want to wait!  Well, Rebecca made us wait… Then she made us wait some more for the first part of the book.  Dang her!  I was getting mad and frustrated.  Then, just as I was warming to the idea of where the book was heading… BAM!  I was rewarded with what I was wanting… What was I wanting?  I can’t tell you, in fear that you have yet to read this book.  You will see though.  Oh you will see…
Poor Emma… Her internal struggles to keep the past behind her eat at her everyday!  She tries so hard to move forward and pretend to be normal and not heart broken or lost.  She has vowed to not love another.  We all know that just can’t happen, or can it?
“I’m not sure what I deserve.  But I know I;’m not doing a very good job living.”
Emma is reminded in this book that living isn’t just breathing.  Breathing is just a sign of living.  It takes her being out of breath to grab back on to living again!
Oh Evan, you wooed us in the first two books.  You showed us your love for Emma had no bounds.  However, Emma just couldn’t see it!  She blamed herself for all the wrong around her.  Her self-loathing didn’t just leave her empty, but it left you the same way.
“I’m not supposed to live without you.  And you’re not supposed to live without me.  We’re in this life together.  Without each other, we’re not really living.”
The question we all have going into this book… Can Emma and Evan find their way back together.  Even more importantly, can they pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and move forward?
“Maybe it’s because once you put all the pieces together, you end up with something beautiful.”
This book is a never-ending roller coaster.  You want one thing, but you get another.  Just when you adjust to the direction the book is going in, it then shifts again.  You may get whiplash from all of the bumps and turns, but you will love every second of it!