Book Review | Breathless
Author: Scott Prussing
It has been over a year since Leesa Nyland’s older brother Bradley disappeared without a trace. Since their mother has been checked out of reality for the last 18 years, Leesa has always depended on Bradley. Desperate for answers, Leesa enrolls in Weston, the same college Bradley was attending when he vanished out of her life. As she comfortably settles into dorm life and her classes, Leesa reflects on the crazy stories her mother told her about a one-fanged vampire. It’s while taking a class on vampire science that Leesa begins to believe there is some validity to her mother’s tales.
While at a frat party with her new best friend Cali, Leesa meets Rave, a mysterious boy she recognizes from one of the vampire classes. Cali had warned Leesa to stay away from him because of the rumors surrounding his “family”, but Leesa finds she cannot resist him. Rave never thought he would become attracted to a human, but Leesa isn’t like other humans. There is something in her blood that draws him to her. When dark and dangerous Stefan takes an interest in Leesa, Rave is compelled to protect her; he is a Hunter, and Stefan is that which he hunts. Leesa also finds herself attracted to Stefan. He has information she needs, but it may come at too high a price.
Breathless by Scott Prussing is being talked about all over on Facebook and Goodreads, and I just had to know what everyone else was talking about. Once I picked it up to read, I read it from cover to cover over 2 days without pausing to read anything else in between. Since I typically read 3 or 4 books at a time, that’s a pretty big deal. I really liked Leesa, I thought Rave was a foxy guy, and I was very interested in the dynamics between the Hunters and the vampires.
Breathless has more than just romance going on, however. I loved Leesa’s loyalty to her family, and the determination to save everyone, even though it seemed hopeless that she would find her brother or that her mother would become well again. I was fascinated by the one-fanged vampire, and would have liked to see more of him. Since that is one of the biggest draws to the book, I was surprised to see that he actually had a pretty small role in the book; we never even learn his name.
The ending of Breathless also surprised me a little; I thought for certain that it would have a cliffhanger sort of ending since I knew that Scott is working on a sequel. I was slightly disappointed that everything was so easily and quickly resolved for all of the characters. I never felt any real sense of danger for Leesa, either–even when she made her bargain with Stefan.
Nevertheless, Breathless is an entertaining read, and I am looking forward to finding out what’s next for Rave and Leesa. I hope we’ll learn more about Rave’s society, and about vampire covens. Stefan is a pretty fun character, and I wouldn’t mind seeing him turn up again, either.
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*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*