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Inhale (Just Breathe #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,165 Ratings  ·  323 Reviews
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 he
Paperback, 453 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Howling Mad Press (first published April 20th 2012)
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Kat Kennedy
I met Kendall Grey in Kara's chat and resolved to try and read every author who attended since they were all fabulous people. Inhale was my maiden voyage into this endeavour and came with a strong recommendation from my dear friend.

I purchased a copy and eagerly sat down to read. I applaud Grey on her imagination and unique world-building. Also her research and attention to detail gets a credit. I wasn't able to finish this novel despite rather liking both of the main protagonists and generally
May 01, 2012 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc, paranormal, adult
Creative, original premise? Check.
Engaging characters? Check.
Hot sex? Triple check.
Do I have your attention yet?

I was wary at first when I saw there was talk of whale biology in this book as I have no knowledge or grand interest in the matter, but then I heard about the hot sex but I kept seeing such wonderful reviews that eventually convinced me to give it a try. I can say I'm really glad I did because this one is packed full or originality with a fast pace that never lets go, and the whale
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I don't know if I can read this book now after THIS!!!

You burned some bridges Kendall Grey! Calling your readers stupid = no me likey.
Karina Halle
Jun 10, 2012 Karina Halle rated it really liked it
Inhale was one of those books I knew I'd eventually end up reading. 1) It had great reviews from bloggers and reviewers whose opinions I trusted 2) the author herself is just an f-bomb of awesomeness in one cute package 3) I had an obsession with whales when I was younger and 4) Sex is good. I mean, I heard there was a lot of sex in this book.

And there was just enough (frankly, there could have been more) but let's discuss that later.

First of all, major props to Grey. She took four years to writ
Feb 07, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adult Urban Fantasy fans
Shelves: read-in-2012
Inhale is the first book in the Just Breathe series by debut author Kendall Grey. Zoe Morgan, whale researcher and advocate, haunted by the tragic events of a past research trip, heads to Australia with her team for the opportunity of a lifetime. Gavin Cassidy, Australian rock star and Sentinel, has spent the time since his last partner’s tragic death in a haze of booze and sex. Doubtful of his ability to ever be an active Sentinel again, Gavin is happy to stay in the Realis, away from the respo ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Delphina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is not my review, I will write it up tomorrow, but I just have to shout: THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ!!!!!!!


OK, so here is my actual review. I was just to stinkin' excited not to post a comment when I finished it, but way to tired to form coherent sentences with anything close to decent editing skills.

I was not exaggerating my love for this book. When I decided to review this arc, I was expecting to l
Wendy Darling
Feb 27, 2012 Wendy Darling marked it as to-read
Recommended to Wendy Darling by: Kara Malinczak
Whale biology? Hot sex? 5 stars from trusted friends? Proceeds to whale research? *flails*
Lynn Rush
Oct 30, 2011 Lynn Rush rated it it was amazing
I got to read an ARC of this book coming out next year. I love Zoe and Gavin's story. Kendall Grey does a fantastic job of weaving a complicated, engrossing, and creative story.

I love how raw Gavin is. He's genuine. Screws up with the best of them, yet that's what makes him so real and dare I say lovable. Zoe's brilliant. Her passion for her beliefs is enviable, yet she's vulnerable, too. Kendall Grey finds a nice balance there.

The world Kendall created is complex yet understandable. I love al
Ren Warom
Mar 27, 2012 Ren Warom rated it really liked it
Okay, shall I tell you all that this book is rather naughty? I could, because it is. I could also tell you that it is much like a bag of Cheetos, or a tube of pringles, you start munching away and, even if they're not your favourite flavour, suddenly you're at the end of the tube or the bottom of the bag and you want more. I could tell you that, because that would also be true. This book is an amalgam of tasty treats rolled into one, written with a light and talented hand and more-ish as all hel ...more
Sep 04, 2015 Cody rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody!!
Recommended to Cody by: The author herself!!
Shelves: owned, 2012, reviewed
My Thoughts:

Okay, let's just get this out of the way now... Inhale is fan-fuck-tastically A-MAH-ZING!!! (Were there enough exclamation marks there? I don't feel like there were enough exclamation marks there. Here's a few more: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) Seriously. Amazeballs. Zoe Morgan, the (or I guess ONE of the) protagonist, a passionate whale biologist who is plagued by past events, is a tough-as-nails, balls-to-the-wall kind of girl. The amount of depth to Zoe lends to her feeling like a very realis
Jan 21, 2012 TSDavies rated it it was amazing
Indie author Kendall Grey's debut novel Inhale, still in ARC, is already climbing the must read Romance novel of 2012 and it won't be out until May!

Some of us were lucky enough to be on that special reader list and I already had an idea of what to expect from her short story in City of Hell Chronicles: Volume 1 (London Calling). It was one of my favourite stories in the anthology and she set the bar high for herself.

Inhale is an urban fantasy (First of three in the Just Breathe Trilogy) love sto
Isa Lavinia

Some of the most overly descriptive, flowery prose I've ever read, and I inflicted Twilight and Fifty Shades upon myself, so that's saying something! Every other sentence has a simile or metaphor in it, I swear I've never read so many "like"s in my life:

"Her chewing gum popped like miniature gunshots."

"red roses scattering like broken bones on the pavement"

"Scattered fragments of noise pulled together, like metal shavings to a magnet."

"a half-eaten packet of Tim Tams littered its insides like
H.K. Savage
Jan 30, 2013 H.K. Savage rated it it was amazing
Inhale by Kendall Grey- Coming in May 2012

From the first page I knew I wasn’t going to be disappointed in this book. The characters were off and running right away. The right balance of lovable and flawed, everyone in here is multidimensional. I’m so happy there are going to be more books coming and I’m already begging the author to be one of those lucky enough to review it first.

Gavin is an Australian rocker, Zoe a whale researcher. While awake, both are busy dealing with regular issues in Rea
Apr 17, 2012 Isalys rated it it was amazing
You guys, I am so happy to be dedicating a whole week to Kendall and the EPICNESS that is her book, INHALE. I'm talking stoopid-happy over here!! As part of our "Month of Indie Epicness", I've been fortunate enough to read some really incredible books...but INHALE has surprised me the most. Its ingenuity and complexity is beyond anything that I expected. This will be my attempt to write a cohesive review about a book that makes me want to fangirl like a 13-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concer ...more
Nichole ~Bookaholic~
Not only will I not buy any of her books....I don't want the free one's anymore either.....below is what this author posted to her blog then removed. The full text of the rant was copied by others before it was removed, I foun the full text here.

Selling Out 101 with kendall grey
Posted on May 15, 2013 by authorsforlife

Selling Out 101

I self-published an urban fantasy trilogy last year. I spent four years writing it. I poured all kinds of money, time, and e
Vividly Brilliant!

As the first book of the Just Breathe trilogy, Inhale proves to be an urban fantasy book not to be missed! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started reading Inhale. All I knew was that the story had whales, a rock star and takes place in Australia. Cool! I love each of those things separately, let's see how it all comes together.

Introducing us to a parallel world called The Dreaming, Kendall Grey creatively weaves the lives of Zoe Morgan, a passionate whale bi
Barbara Jean Byrem
Jan 23, 2012 Barbara Jean Byrem rated it it was amazing

Indie author Kendall Grey is proof that there is no coincidence. Everything happens for a purpose and most things are more connected than we know.

Ms. Grey has taken Urban Fantasy to new heights with Inhale, combining science, fantasy and folklore to weave a tale that feels frighteningly real. After all, everyone dreams, right? You will wish you could dream up Gavin Cassidy, but you will need to take him along with the night creatures of The Dreaming and their desire for your elements.

A mod
Amy Fournier
Apr 19, 2012 Amy Fournier rated it it was amazing
I know that in the overview it states that this book should be for 18+ but I want to just say again that this is not a YA novel. It is definitely and adult read. Now I will tell you that I absolutely loved this book!! It was unique and action packed. Oh, man was it!! In more ways than one. I thought that the character connection was awesome and I loved how independent Zoe is. I am actually kind of at a loss for words after finishing this book. Go figure, I almost always have something to say.

Feb 12, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it
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Inhale was kindly provided to me by the author Kendall Grey in exchange for my honest review and is the first book in the Just Breathe series.

Dr. Zoe Morgan, a whale biologist and activist is plagued by an event of a past research trip gone wrong and has landed a job as Director of a whale tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia.

Gavin Cassidy (sigh) is the lead singer in a rock band and also a Sentinel – a protector of Human Wyldlings fro
Jun 20, 2012 Fathima rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars !!
Jesus jumping on a pogo stick !!!! This book is IMAGINATION AND CREATIVITY OVERLOAD (in an awesome way ) !!!!
I'm sooo in love with Kendall Grey , the woman is just too good to be true !

"Oh shit. He was gonna—
The kiss stole her breath, sent her soul flying like the little wooden bird that had brought them together despite the boundaries of time and space and logic. Hot blood flooded her cheeks, palms, gut. His breath mingled with hers. The delicious taste of
Noelle Pierce
Mar 22, 2012 Noelle Pierce rated it it was amazing
It's taken me two days to write this up, and I still can't seem to form coherent sentences about how much I loved this story.


Preorder it now. Seriously. It's that good, and you'll want time to savor it before Exhale comes out. I finished it, wanted the second, and I'm still thinking about it. That's the sign of a great story with great characters—it affects us enough to keep us thinking about it, long after the book is closed. I get the feeling this one will still be affecting me in week
Erin Danzer
May 13, 2012 Erin Danzer rated it it was amazing
First of all, I have to say... if you love Urban Fantasy and don't mind very "adult" novels, this is the book for you! There is a warning label on this book for a reason. But, all of it works together. The prose is amazing. The way Kendall writes grabs you by the throat and drags you in. I feel she did a great job at explaining the world she created in the Dreaming, Realis and the Elementals. There's even a glossary at the end for those who can't quite keep it straight. :) I fell into this novel ...more
Mar 21, 2012 E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4 1/2 stars. Inhale is the entertaining fantasy novel that introduces the talents of Kendall Grey to the world. It is my impression that she has written shorter works but this is the first full-length book which amazingly is part of a trilogy! Despite the somewhat familiar use of beings called Elementals (Fyre, Waeter, Aer and Erthe), the author creatively melds an alternate reality called Dreaming with experiences in the real world (Realis). The Elementals are "ancient creatures ... that thrive ...more
Rachel Firasek
Apr 08, 2012 Rachel Firasek rated it it was amazing
Let me start, by saying, "I have wanted to read this book since about a year ago when Ms. Grey posted some lovely teasers on her blog."

Now, I have read it and it was everything I expected it to be and more. Basically the story line is this: A whale enthusiast and researcher finally is awarded the chance at a lifetime--to head her own team. While under the pressures of tagging enough whales for her research, she finds herself falling to her pillow each night and drifting into a world with even mo
Avid Reader Amy's Reviews
Jan 23, 2012 Avid Reader Amy's Reviews rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It was action packed and romantic. Kendall Grey did a wonderful job of creating both a reality world and dream world. Her writing was very smooth, so you could easy jump from both settings and not be lost. Her characters were well written and could stand alone. I had a hard time puting the book down, but a girl's gotta sleep sometime.

What I really loved about this book:

Gavin. Sexy, sexy Gavin. What's not to love? Mysterious, Lead singer in a rock band, He
Book Chatter-Cath
Apr 08, 2012 Book Chatter-Cath rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I absolutely love the premise for this book.
A new and exciting race of paranormals that embody the elements and enter the dreams of humans.
It is a story and genre that is right up my alley

I'm afraid Inhale didn't quite hit the mark for me.
I felt that the first 1/4 of this book was over explanatory and quite disjointed, and instead of helping I found the extensive background and Sentinel history bogged me down and I struggled to make my way through without skimming over the pages.
And strangely, I
Liz at Fictional Candy
May 18, 2012 Liz at Fictional Candy rated it really liked it
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 le
Mar 29, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Let me first start off by saying that this book is not one I’d normally pick up and read. It’s not that I don’t enjoy some good paranormal/urban fantasy storytelling. I do. I just don’t typically enjoy “adult” targeted books. You see I am a “young adult” enthusiast (i.e., twentysomething) who prefers to avoid growing up by living vicariously through self-obsessed, naive teens who still think adulthood will hold the keys to all the wonder in the world. (Side note- Only occasionally do I find char ...more
Midu Hadi
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The beginning of Inhale is actually the weakest part of the book. It shouldn't be necessary to read a glossary before reading a book and I wish Grey would've explained the terms via storytelling early on. After you pass the prologue it's easier to keep track on all the new terms.

Grey is especially good writing her descriptions. There's a scene with fyre elementals Scarlett and Seraphine, where I saw this skill of hers the first time. Grey
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Kendall Grey is the self-appointed past, present, and future president of the Authors Behaving Badly Club. A whale warrior and indie freedom fighter, she spends summers in the corner (usually with a dunce cap on her head) and winters hunched at the peak of Mt. Trouble, fiery pens of fury (complete with invisible ink) flying across the pages. She has a big set of cajones, and she's not afraid to us ...more
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“And now I know that you're the one
I've waited my whole life for
You're budding leaves turning green in spring
You're the fresh breath of air that summer brings
You're the autumn sky painted in rainbow hues
You're the wintry ocean dancing in shimmering blues
You're the air I breahte
You're the water I drink
You're the fire inside me
The earth under my feet
You're the one”
“Zoe was a zombie in serious need of some brains.” 1 likes
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