I met author Kendall Grey through Georgia Romance Writers; she is one cool chick. So when she started looking for reviewers for her upcoming book release, Inhale (the first title in the Just Breathe trilogy), I was happy to volunteer.
The thing is, Inhale is a paranormal romance, a genre I don’t typically read. Also, I had never read any of my pal’s writing before. I was prepared to struggle through the voodoo and write a polite review. The End.
Was I in for a surprise! This book was absolutely delicious. I couldn’t gobble it up fast enough.
Here is the cover blurb:
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.
Zoe and Gavin are complex and believable, and the supernatural world Kendall creates seemed just as real to me as the one I live in myself. And the writing is superb; Kendall’s voice is like no one else’s. This book is raw, haunting, sexy and sophisticated. Once you start reading you won’t be able to stop. Guaranteed.
And here’s the icing on the cake: Kendall is donating all profits from the sale of the Just Breathe trilogy to whale education. Here is a video in which the author details the experiences that led to her writing Inhale.