Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog Tour - Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya - Review / Giveaway

Just Breathe
By: Tamara Mataya
Release Date: May 6, 2014


Twenty-one-year-old Elle Granger’s boyfriend broke up with her like a coward. He moved to another city without so much as a "goodbye." Devastated and embarrassed, Elle told friends the break-up was mutual and she endured the heartbreaking split without support from the people she's closest with. Instead, she embraced her librarian job as therapy and spent her nights medicated by a thick cloud of pot smoke. With her lungs, and heart, screaming for a break, Elle quits smoking cold turkey. Just when she's about to ask for support from her friends, and let them in on the truth of Jason's humiliating betrayal, her best friend moves to Spain.

Enter sexy-as-hell library patron Dominic, who literally knocks Elle off her feet during a memorable first encounter. Can he help her forget Jason's very existence? He can sure try, and Elle is more than ready to let him. Dominic makes Elle feel wanted and special, and puts effort into coming up with dates that don’t set off her Synaesthesia. Just when Elle is starting to feel whole again, Jason returns, determined to reunite. His effusive apology and reasons for leaving are a balm to her battered ego, but she rebuffs his attention.

But nothing good can last forever, and Elle catches Dominic in a devastating lie. How could she have been so wrong about both Jason and Dominic? Is letting Jason back into her heart a safe bet since he has already proven he can't be trusted? The wrong choice could see Elle's happy ending go up in smoke. But when your only choices are the devils you know, all you can do is JUST BREATHE.


This was definitely a quick and easy read with some great characters and plot lines.  This book definitely gave new meaning to librarians, and their love for books.  Very fascinating, I don't think I'll look at my librarians the same, he he.  Tamara Mataya did a great job introducing the characters and all the different scenarios in this book, and there is a few to keep up with that's for sure.  Really just made you wish the main character could just catch a break for once.

We meet Elle who has a special condition called Synesthesia, which of course I've never heard of and had to go look up right away.  See I learned something new from this book, here's the definition:

Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia, from the ancient Greek σύν [syn], "together", and αἴσθησις [aisthēsis], "sensation") is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.[1][2][3][4] People who report such experiences are known as synesthetes.

Any who, with this condition of course she has to limit her interaction with pretty much everything and anything unless it’s pleasant of course.  That’s a whole other story, but really this book was entertaining and at parts funny and just unbelievable, some guys! That’s all I have to say.  Sometimes in life there are good guys and then there are the bad ones, when you think you’ve found the right one make sure to stick with them and never assume things.  Because we all know that assuming just leads to trouble.

Regardless this story was great to see a woman realize she’s better than some and what she deserves. The only thing I wasn’t fond of was the amount of recreational drugs nonchalantly mentioned in this book as a way of dealing with things.  But that’s just my personal preference it was too nonchalant for me.  The characters other than that were really great and fun, the story was good and even though it took me a little longer than expected the ending of this book was what really lifted me.  Gearing towards the end of the book you can’t help but finish it quickly because it gets that much more exciting.

Love the cover, things its sweet and appropriate for the book.  Author did a great job taking you into Elle’s world.  Oh yeah and before I forget, OMG I wish I had a Dominic in my life, you feel me!!!!

About the Author

Tamara Mataya is currently a librarian; she lurked there for so long recommending books to patrons and shushing people, that she suspects they only hired her so it would be less creepy. Now she’s armed with a name tag, and a thin veneer of credibility. She’s also a musician with synaesthesia – which isn't an issue until someone plays a wrong note, which makes her want to squirm inside out. It makes for a good live show.

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