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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Review of Inhale by Kendall Grey



Kendall Grey
Format: ebook provided by author for review



Strangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…
After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.
Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.


*This book contains graphic language, sex, and some violence. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.


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Let me say this… if you choose not to read my review, or just skim over, please PLEASE take the time to watch the first video below “I am a whale addict” and listen to Kendall Grey’s own words about whales. If you didn’t love whales before, you will certainly love them after this story. I’m not sure if they are the primary or secondary characters in this book, I suppose it could go either way. But you definitely feel the love this author feels for these magnificent giants. So please, if nothing else, please make sure you watch that video. And then go buy this book. And you can do that below. Now, my review:

What a wonderful and unique story! I’ve not yet read anything like this book, and it was a fun change to venture into the Dreaming (our dream-state).  In fact, every night I go to bed I hope to find my own Gavin waiting there to rescue me!  Ahem, no luck yet…

This story is about Zoe, and she loves whales.  She has such an affinity with them, its almost as if they speak to her.  And even better, she’s just gotten a job in Australia tagging them along with her team.  Perfect.  But just before she’s to leave for there she starts having these crazy dreams.  And in these dreams is a man.  He doesn’t have a name, but hey, that’s partly what she likes about him.  He’s hot, tattooed, pierced, and he is all man – and even better, he is totally into her.  Am I the only one reaching for some warm milk to get to sleep a bit faster?

Gavin is a Sentinel.  Sentinels are tied to the elements of earth, air, water and fire.   His job is to keep the elements balanced.  But now Sentinels need to protect us regular humans (Wyldings) in our dreams.  Because if you die there, you die in real life. Fyres (fire elementals) are finding their way into the Dreaming and are wreaking havoc in the worst way.

Ok, so maybe I don’t need that milk afterall… Gavin’s next mission is Zoe.  Everything about Zoe  is a mystery to him (including her name!), but somehow she ties into the future safety of the world. Hey, no pressure here Gavin.  Just go save the world with little to no information.  Easy peasy!

This book had some really fresh and fun ideas.  I’ve not read any books that mainly take place in our sleeping mind.  Everything felt so real.  It helps that Zoe is a lucid dreamer and that there is a chemistry between our two main characters that could make the ocean boil.  Oh yeah, talk about tension!  But even aside from that the scenery was beyond gorgeous and it really felt like a place I’d like to dream about myself.

There were times I was a bit confused about the elementals and who had what powers and certain beings having multiple powers… it became a bit much for me.  The beginning had a lot of information and at times it was a lot to soak in.  But once you got the hang of it and figure out the hierarchy of everything it was just like riding a bike.  But all of that was totally worth it because in the Dreaming anything you think of can just be. I mean, you are dreaming afterall.  Kind of makes regular life outside of your sleep not quite compare!

            ”Her sudden self-consciousness melted his heart.  Did she have any idea what she did to him? Damn, she tore him down and tied him up inside. “

This book had a lot of interesting aspects, not to mention a slow building romantic tension that will leave you hooked and waiting for the next book.  To torture you even more, Gavin knows that Zoe is a real person out there in the world.  Ahh!  It was killing me!  I was happy and sad and anxious all at once! I found myself racing to the next scene with them together, I couldn’t get enough. 

I definitely recommend this book. And even more awesome---- Kendall Grey will donate all profits from the sale of the JUST BREATHE trilogy to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face. So definitely put this on your “To Buy” list and help the whales <3
Inhale is the first book in the Just Breathe Trilogy.  There isn’t a blurb yet for book 2, but Kendall gave me permission to post an excerpt from book two, so check it out:

Exhale (Just Breathe #2) By Kendall Grey 

A bucket of iced champagne sweated on a low-slung glass coffee table in front of a long, blue-upholstered couch. Zoe’s overnight bag sat on the floor beside a small black duffel at the foot of a king-sized bed. Dainty chocolates adorned monster pillows at the headboard, and the corners of the sheets were folded back. Matching ‘His and Hers’ robes draped across the thick, royal blue comforter.


Gulp.


Seeking refuge against the now-closed door, Zoe swept a hand across her forehead, brushing some windblown wisps of hair out of her eyes. Gavin dropped the key and his sunglasses next to a bulbous green lamp on a dresser and turned to her, his colorful, tattooed arms swinging with the spin.


He closed the distance between them, then reached around her head, loosened the rubber band, and tugged it free. Hair tumbled down her back. Heat prickled her skin as a whiff of his woodsy cologne set her belly alight. The loud clack of a lock snapping into place rang out from somewhere near her right arm.


Trapped with Mr. Perfect.

And you can check out the rest of the excerpt HERE at Kendall's website 



12 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review of INHALE and for including the whale video at the end. Obviously, the whales are very special to me. I couldn't have written this trilogy without them, so I'm thrilled to give my profits back to them. The whales need all the help they can get. :-)

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    1. Well they have a terrific champion in you, Kendall! Thank you so much for letting me read this story, and I'm happy to help get the word out!

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  2. Hmmm, Liz, I think I might be reaching for something a little harder than warm milk.

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    1. Well Kahlua goes wonderful with half/half, so a Kahlua and creme would prob work wonders ;)

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  3. Good review! I have never read a book like this - I like the concept of the "dreaming" state and things taking place there. The video on the whales by Kendall Grey was wonderful. I've always been interested in whales - I think they are both interesting animals and have interesting lives in the depths of the oceans we can't reach. The book trailer for Inhale was very good and I enjoyed the choice of music too. Thanks for sharing- I'll be adding these books to my list

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    1. I loved that trailer! You don't see them with such rockin music too often, Kendall definitely is breathing (no pun intended heheh, get it? Inhale, breathing..) new air into the paranormal/UF realm with this one. I hope you get a chance to read it, Maria!

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  4. Hi! Love the review! At first I thought it was an YA book but after your comment about Gavin (who seems to be Yummy!!!) I change my mind! Like the quote!O.O And I watch both videos, I love the whales too! they are fascinating creatures!
    Why Despicable Tweet ???? LOL

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    1. For the most part, I think this could fit into a YA category. But there are some definite steamy scenes (that are SO awesome) that disqualify it for YA. Its a fantastic story, and Gavin... *sigh* he is just perfect ;)

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    2. Well after that comment I definitly put this one in my TBR pile... maybe next to-buy pile!!! LOL Thanks :P

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  5. Thanks for the great review Liz. I would love to read these. Have to wait until I can refill book budget. Will be getting Inhale as soon as I can. I love whales and adopted one for my niece. They are so majestic, such gentle giants. I am so glad to have discovered Kendall and her books. Will be fun to review!

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  6. This book DOES sound good... and different. Gavin sounds hot!

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  7. Woah!! the excerpt for book 2 was great!! Great review for Inhale too. It would be a different book, being set in mostly dreams. Sounds great though!!

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