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Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  9,333 Ratings  ·  869 Reviews
Alex Thompson’s life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she’s focused on her grades, her life and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart.

Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he’s made of his life.

When Dylan
Paperback, 277 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Cincinnatus Press (first published 2012)
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My casting:

Holy WOW!! I absolutely LOVED this and I'm kicking myself for not having read it sooner!!

I feel like I owe this book a huge apology because I'd had it on my reading list for ages but just hadn't gotten around to it yet -- big mistake on my part!!

Just Remember To Breathe was a heartwarming and emotional second chance romance standalone. The writing was trulybreathtaking!!! Beautifully detailed and kept me right in the story. I loved every word and felt fully connected to the charac
5 second chance stars

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Just Remember to Breathe is a stunning and heartwarming story about getting a second chance with your first love. I devoured it. Another amazing addition to the Thompson Sisters series.

Alex Thompson and Dylan Paris couldn’t come from a more different background, but that didn’t stop them from falling for one another. On a high school trip out of the country, they met. They live in different parts of the US, they both knew it would be near impossible to sustain a relationsh
Oct 04, 2014 Beverly rated it it was amazing
4.5 Not too late Stars

Alex Thompson comes from a wealthy family. Dylan Paris is a disabled veteran from a broken home. From two different worlds, these two meet while in high school with on a trip to the Middle East. They form a bond while on their trip, but know it can’t go any further: they are both dating other people, live 4,000 miles apart, and were raised completely different.

Despite their plans to move on, neither of them can let go and start a long distance relationship. The book starts
Jan 18, 2013 Jill rated it really liked it

Two things I don't usually do. a) Read NA/YA and b) Read romance by male authors.

Just Remember to Breathe is a NA/YA contemporary romance written by a male author. I give it 4 stars. 'nuff said. :)

Steam: 2.5

* Thanks cEe for the recommendation and the loan
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
I’d like to be able to say that Just Remember to Breathe was a complete waste of my time, but it wasn’t. Yes, most of it was downright horrible, the writing isn’t even worth thinking about, it needs hours and hours with a decent editor and the author should never, under any circumstances, write from a female perspective again. But underneath the cheesy love story was a whole different story that was touching, genuine and honest. That story, the story of a young soldier, badly wounded in Afghanis ...more
Amy (Foxy)
Jun 21, 2014 Amy (Foxy) rated it really liked it
A great second chance romance... or was it a third, forth, etc. chance romance?!
"I choose not to destroy my present because of the risk of a future that might or might not happen."

Just Remember to Breathe is a love story about a disabled veteran with severe injuries and a college student. But their story really begins when they meet in highschool on a school trip.

PET PEEVE: Miscommunication. When the reason behind why the couple is NOT together is because of miscommunication it frustrates me.
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
I really liked this one. It wasn't a love but still a great love story!

Dylan and Alex have a history. A history dating back to a trip overseas for a school trip. Sparks flew, feelings grew....and then life happened. Dylan joined the Army, Alex went away to school..and the time apart was not good for them. Misunderstandings occurred and their relationship ended abruptly.

Fast forward...

When Alex looked up and saw Dylan sitting in that hallway at Columbia University, apparently her work study part
Tough Critic Book Reviews
A book guaranteed to cure sexism...

I have to admit that when it comes to books...I'm a sexist. I can count on one hand the male authors that have been able to deliver something that fits my needs. But if I'm going to be's because I rarely give them a chance. I unfairly assume that women do romance better. I'm a skeptic...a sexist. Just Remember to Breathe was the fire extinguisher for my burning bra. Charles Sheehan-Miles can write romance...and I liked it.

It was a unique story that
Oct 16, 2012 Kirsty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is one of the easiest I've been able to write lately, because quite simply it was a brilliant, brilliant book.

Once I started it I couldn't, and didn't want to stop.
I completely 100% understood every feeling and response each of the characters had and couldn't blame them in the slightest for choices they made, even if at times it was so frustrating to read about.
Right from the very beginning you could see how much Alex and Dylan loved and needed each other and I was more than happy
M. ~ B&B
May 28, 2013 M. ~ B&B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love meant a lot. It meant everything, and it meant nothing.

Just Remember to Breathe is a sweet, cute and meaningful story with substance, but relatively little angst. It's one of the most heartwarming second-chance stories I have ever read. It's part of the Thompson Sisters series, but can be read as a standalone. I read it after finishing the third book in the series, because I just couldn't get enough of the characters and their world.

This is the story of Alexandra and Dylan.
We met alm
I really liked this one. A beautiful and emotional story of a second chance romance.

Dylan and Alex met as teenagers and fell in love. They were both travelling away from home at the time, and as they lived on opposite sides of the country, once they got home, distance and other factors took their toll and things got messy. Dylan ended up enlisting in the Army and was sent to Afghanistan, where things just got messier. Without being all spoilery, there is a devastating break up, and shortly after
cEe beE
Just Remember to Breathe was an enjoyable read! I love Alex and Dylan, a young couple who first meet during a high school trip to Israel. They have a long distance relationship, then Dylan joins the army and goes to Afghanistan while Alex goes to college. For reasons unknown to Alex, they break up.

Dylan is badly wounded, then suffers from PTSD. Back in the US, he goes to Columbia where he meets Alex again at a work study program. They try to work through their differences and rebuild their rela
Nov 30, 2012 Alyssa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review posted at Hesperia Loves Books

I was utterly and completely blown away by this book. I had to remember to breathe, when I finished reading, because it was just that damn good! This is one of the most beautiful, powerful, emotional & heart-wrenching stories that I’ve read all year and it deserves it’s place on my 2012 Favorites list.

Alternating Points of View & Timeline
This book alternates between the two main characters, Dylan & Alex, points of view in the past and present. I L
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Dec 30, 2012 Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* rated it really liked it

This is the story of Alex & Dylan...

They are two young people very screwed up, specially Dylan. They met 3 years ago in a trip to Tel Aviv and they fell in love. They kept having a relationship in the distance but let's say things didn't work out.

Dylan decides to go to the Army and after a huge misunderstanding he disappears from Alex life for a long time.He gets injured and after a few months he decides to go to college.What he is NOT expecting is seeing Alex there and having to work in the
Oct 16, 2012 J.J. rated it really liked it
This is a hard review to write, not because the book was bad (it was NOT) but because it made me feel a certain way that I'm not sure I can verbalize. I've only read one other book that felt like this and that was Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. It gave me the sense that I was there as a friend to the characters, experiencing everything that was going on with them. It was also incredibly believable. There was nothing in this story that was a stretch. Everything in the book happens in real l ...more
Dec 17, 2012 Lelyana rated it it was amazing
Just read the book and I can't help my self to write my thoughts....

I have already fallen for the two of them...its about love at second chance...written beautifully in 2 different side, Alex and Dylan...

I think the two of them always forgot to breath when they're together...that was know, when you're in love with someone and STILL in love with him/her after a broke still forget to breath sometime when they close to you, right?

This is a story of 2 young people...different ba
Dec 13, 2013 Imy♥♥ rated it it was ok
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Okay Just Remember to Breathe wasn't the worst book I've read, but it's up in my top 5. To be blunt, I really gave the extra star because I'm too bloody soft, which is absolutely rubbish.

Though I did finish it this time round after having it on pause, so I guess you could add that to my list of reasons for that extra rating.

Just Remember to Breathe was a jumbled, cheesy, sook fest. There wasn't one character that I connected with, on ANY level.
At times I somewhat enjoyed Dylan's POV's - emphasiz
Mar 08, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I had been hearing about JRTB for a while through a few different circles but after downloading it a month or so ago I never got around to reading it as soon as I would have liked. I'm so sorry I put it off because now that I have finally read it I can tell you it's a beautifully written story about guilt, regret, life changing situations, and trying to work through all of that for the sake of love and happy endings.

The plot also covers the subjects of post traumatic stress disorder, class divi
This was an amazing love story. The journey of Dylan and Alex was a wonderful one. They faced many struggles but in the end love does conquer all. I really don't have the words to express what a wonderful book this is. I just have to say it is a MUST READ!!!!!! There was something about this story that just grabbed onto my heart strings and wouldn't let go throughout the whole book. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first page to the last.
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4 Stars

Yes, it is a romance. Yes, it is a romance written by a man. While a man writing a book is not rare or odd, a man writing a romance novel is rare and makes you think he is odd until you begin to read it. It makes you stop and look at it and wonder can he really do as good a job as a female writer.
When it comes to Charles Sheehan-Miles writing Just Remember to Breathe; yes, he can and very well.

I was a little leery about a man writ
Cristina Buzoianu
That was... intense. And that's putting it mildly! This it totally on my "Favorites" shelf.

UPDATE REVIEW officially posted on my blog, Bibliophile Mystery

I really have to start with an exclamation mark! I’ve never read a story like this before! It literally kept me attached to my Kindle from the beginning to the end, no bathroom, eating, feeding the cat breaks, nothing, and it also made me sad for not having the actual book, so I could sleep with it under my
Jun 12, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FREE TODAY ON AMAZON.... amazing bargain.
Awilk -never sleeps-
This review will probably make no sense. I can't think of the words to tell how much I loved this book. It was not the style of book I normally read. I like plenty of steam in my books. I read to escape how crappy the real world is. This book should not have had me hidden away so that I didn't have to stop. BUT IT DID. I LOVE THIS BOOK.

The main reason is simple.

I'm Dylan, and I have lousy social skills. I'd like to get to know you by asking stupid questions.

Please ask me, Dylan. I think I am in
Feb 16, 2013 Sam rated it it was amazing
YA Books of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Actual Rating: 4.5

I know I've said this before and I'll say it again DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER. I know, I know I do it all the time and I'm being a hypocrite but this is some awesome advice. I also know you've probably heard it a billion times like I have, but seriously take it. It will do you no wrong. I know I shouldn't judge an entire book by a really small factor whatever it is but I usually go for the description because I mean what else am I going
Dec 26, 2012 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, war-veteran
The tragedy of his childhood and the devastation of serving in Afghanistan has scarred Dylan Paris to the hilt. Not only was he seriously injured while serving, he also lost his best friend to enemy fire; most likely due to his idiotic behavior. Dylan's only glimmer of happiness is due to his very patient girlfriend, Alex; though even her saint-like patience is wearing thin with his constant indecisiveness and self loathing. When Alex is nearly raped by a young man her family has known and respe ...more
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3.5 stars

I was lucky enough to win Just Remember to Breathe through a facebook giveaway held by the author and Bookaholics Anonymous. I read the synopsis and it sounded great, so I bumped it right to the top of my reading list.

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of the two main characters – Alex and Dylan. I really enjoyed this choice because it gave the reader a complete picture of what was going on inside each character’s he
Charles Sheehan-Miles has once again blown me away - more so this time. Now and then it hits me that I read very few male authors - and yet this one has impressed me twice with his ability to create strong, layered characters and solid relationships, snatching me from my real life bedroom and dunking me into the worlds he creates, worlds where I have to periodically remind myself are not real even if they are contemporary, refusing to let me go until the very last sentence. Even then, I am never ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
This Book 2 of Thompson Sisters can work as a standalone without reading Book 1.

Just Remember to Breathe started with Alex and Dylan already broke up due to the classic long distance relationship gone wrong. The distance, miscommunication and stress. We were treated to some flashback scene to witness how their young relationship begun during their student exchange program in Middle East and their subsequent struggle to stay together despite the distance.

Alex Thompson is from an over-privileged
Claire Robinson
Jan 27, 2013 Claire Robinson rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book, covers PTSD and TBI in a respectful and informative way, whilst being a gorgeous love story.
Feb 09, 2013 Emily rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When Alex discovers her ex-boyfriend, Dylan, is back from serving in Afghanistan and attending her university, she’s horrified. What’s worse is they’ve been assigned to the same work study program and have to spend a lot of time with each other. Dylan isn’t too happy about it either. This is the girl that broke his heart – the girl he’s been trying to forget. In order to not let their personal issues interfere with work, Alex and Dylan set boundaries. But soon it becomes clear that neither of th ...more
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Charles Sheehan-Miles has been a soldier, computer programmer, short-order cook and non-profit executive, and is the author of several fiction and non-fiction books, including the indie bestsellers Just Remember to Breathe and Republic: A Novel of America's Future. Charles and his partner Andrea Randall live and write together in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Find out more at http://www.sheehanmiles
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