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Before You Break

(Between Breaths #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,958 ratings  ·  322 reviews
A sexy, emotional New Adult romance about a bad boy on the edge and a good girl about to lose control…

The star catcher of the college baseball team isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric at
ebook, 226 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Intermix (Penguin)
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

"Guilt and regret are powerful things.But they can destroy your life.
Somehow you have to learn to forgive yourself so you can move on."

OMG This book was so beautiful!!You will fall in love with this story!I loved it more than the first book!!It was powerful and left me breathless !

Ella is Avery’s best friend and she is tired of her boyfriend.They don’t communicate on the same level anymore!While she was visiting him in the fraternity house she will meet Quinn.Who is sexy and
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

Title: Before You Break
Series: Between Breaths #2
Author: Christina Lee
Release Date: 18th February, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Cliffhanger: No
HEA: (view spoiler)

Before You Break was very compelling novel and never once did the pace seem to slow down. Yes, it was a little predictable, and yes it was very new adult-ish but I didn’t mind in the slightest. From time to time a story like this is exactly what I need.

As the blurb tells us, Before You Break is about Avery’s friend – El
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
This is a companion novel to ALL OF YOU. It is also a standalone, so you don't have to read All of You first. But your understanding of the characters might be enhanced if you did. ;-)

Here's a teaser:

I'm very excited to share Ella and Quinn's journey with you. (FYI: Avery and Bennett make an appearance, too.)

You can check out my Before You Break inspiration board, here:
Jan 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book
Before You Break was a touching of story of loss, grief, and guilt weaved in with a swoony romance.

Both Ella and Quinn have been marked by death and sorrow. Ella has essentially come to terms with her pain and channeled it into something meaningful by choosing a career path that will help others: getting a psychology degree.

Quinn has not begun the healing process, and self-loathing and guilt cast a dark shadow over his life. That is until he’s desperate enough to call into a suicide prevention
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Before You Break was depressing in the beginning, and it picked up to become sweet, and it ended fairly well.
A story about a young man struggling to battle his past and guilt. He has been thinking about the worse measure to keep him free of those nightmares.
That young man is Quinn.

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Enters Ella, the girl who has the mysterious and quiet Quinn's attention. And she has her side of story that she holding on too but she is strong.

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How will they overcome their past together?

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Kelli C
This is one of those reads that comes along and is not the least bit what you expect, yet it works in more ways than one!

Before You Break is a sweet love story filled with sadness, survival, and redemption. Most importantly it is emotionally charged and just the right amount of intimacy that makes it realistic and touching.

This is the story of Gabriella/Ella and Quinn...two different people from different worlds, yet so similar with past tragedies that bond them without even knowing it. Ella is
Monica Murphy
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Sweet and sexy and sad and full of hope. Love Quinn and Ella together.
If I'm considering the whole of Christina Lee's "Before You Break" - I would say it's a decent narrative for the idea/grounds behind the story. This is also a story with enough realistic tangibility to where I could get behind it for the aim, at the very least.

But for the longest time, I couldn't figure out what was bugging me about the story/narrative in general. I kept trying to get into Ella and Quinn's respective perspectives (this is told in dual narrative), but I kept feeling like there wa
Jacqueline's Reads
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-books
4 Healing Wounds Stars

Quinn and Ella are both dealing with grief. Both Quinn and Ella lost a loved one. Quinn is coping differently than Ella. Ella has been through counseling and is moving forward with her life. Quinn is battling with his guilt and trying to stay alive.

I’m always a little nervous when I read a book that touches suicide, it’s such a serious matter and I hate reading it when it’s mentioned lightly. I understand Quinn’s pain. He feels responsible for his best friend’s death. At
Sep 28, 2013 marked it as to-read
after a certain book *ahem* the perfect game *cough* *choke*

I find myself even more insecure with baseball players. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY, I SWEAR. that book (as mentioned above) scarred me scarred me

Jaime Arkin
Nov 22, 2013 marked it as dnf
I am not rating this because I didn't finish. I gave it the old high school try and I know people love this author and the first book, but I just didn't click with anything. That said, my TBR pile is waaaaay too big to spend time torturing myself to get through something that isn't working for me.

Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Plot: Daniel "Quinn" calls a suicide hotline one night, after struggling with his suicidal thoughts. The guilt and responsibility he holds in his best friend, Sebastian's death plays havoc on his heart. Gabriella "Ella", coaches him, the two building a rapport following several conversations. Both have no clue that she is his frat brother's girlfriend, who he better recognises as Ella. Though both of them recognise one another on the periphery of their outside lives, a mutual physical attraction ...more
Brandi Kosiner
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read Before you break because I loved Avery and Bennett's story in . I would have wanted to read it anyways because of the synopsis. Suicide is a issue dear to my heart because of my dad, and reading about it, especially about a suicide prevention hotline gets my attention immediately. I know that if it is written well, then I will identify with the characters because they are someone who is depressed and thought about it like me, or they have lost someone close to them and have to ...more
Megan Erickson
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-new-adult
Christina Lee's sophomore showing in her Between Breaths series is a beautiful, emotional story of grief, love, hope and absolution.

And I loved it.

This is the story of Quinn, a college baseball player living someone else's life because he's unable to get over the death and guilt of losing his best friend in high school. And Ella is a sweet, smart, caring heroine who shows him he's worth living for himself -- and sees her worth in the process.

Their journey was real and powerful. Christina Lee man
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I was completely wrapped up in both Ella and Quinn's story. I loved every minute of reading this book and the only thing I hated about it is that Holly read this book first. Christina Lee did a fantastic job of making both Ella and Quinn's characters come to life. They were completely real to me and I loved the heck out of both of them. This is a book that I will re-read over the years. It was another winner from Lee. I definitely recommend.

4.5 out of 5
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

It wasn't Before You Break, it was me. I couldn't get my head into it.
Alicia Garnier
[CHRONIQUE] Une romance très sympa !

Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, new-adult
Where do I even start this review?! Christina has provided us with another swoon-worthy, compelling romance that had me engaged from start to finish! I read All of You last year and absolutely fell in love with Avery and Bennett, as well as Christina's writing style! Being her debut novel, she definitely knocked it out of the park! While I loved Avery and Bennett, I absolutely fell so hard for Quinn and Ella. They are such beautifully written characters and watching them form a relationship with ...more

Ella Abrams’ world spun out of control after her older brother, Christopher, committed suicide. Now in college, Ella still struggles with the grief of that devastating loss. She works nights at a suicide hotline, a job that unfortunately brings her into the worlds of other men and women who’ve been at the same lows she knows her brother once faced. When she receives a call from Daniel, a boy whose call ends too soon, she’s left wondering if she’ll ever hear from him again…

Daniel isn’t sure why h
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I would really love to spill my guts about all the things I loved about this book, but if I did, it would contain spoilers and well… I can’t exactly ruin it for you!

After going through the pain of her brother committing suicide and the heartache and guilt of not seeing the signs or being able to help him, Ella is now trying to help others by working at a suicide hotline. This is where she meets Daniel.

Dealing with his own painful past filled with regret and guilt, Quinn is consumed with it and i
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
There are very few YA/NA books and series out there that I like this series is one of them. Before you break deserves 4 baseball and dragonflies!

Please read the first book:

All of You (Between Breaths, #1) by Christina Lee

This book has depth and a lot of it.... Suicide is a topic that is often ignored or swept under the carpet but it doesn't need to be. We've all been in a situation where we thought that there was no escape but there is. Christina Lee describes these feelings and emotions in a tasteful manner filled with emotions, sympathy
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely sweet, emotional, lovely romance, Before You Break was a fantastic read. I loved this book. It was truly enjoyable and just perfect. From the romance, to the secrets, this book was brilliant.

Ella was a lovely heroine. She was very real and easy to like. After her brother's death, she had to deal with guilt and grief, but she pulled herself together and made something good come out of it. She was strong, likable, and I thought she was great.

Quinn was also wonderful. This man was so
Michelle [Helen Geek]
02/22/2012 --

Okay, I guess I've just expanded my New Year's resolution .. I'm going to be more forthright when I really don't like something.

Here goes ...
So, I don't like a lack of originality in some of the books I've been reading lately. This book is a perfect example of nothing new to offer. It has a great cover and saying this, will probably have many people flocking to it to read and enjoy. However, a word to the wise, this one is just like so many mediocre books you've read. That's right
Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
Struck stupid...
Before You Break is the 2nd book in the Between Breaths Series. I loved them both and look forward to Whisper To Me. Each book can be read as a standalone, but I recommend starting with All of You so you can experience the history and friendships that are continued in each book. I also enjoyed the Five Finger Game that is played in each book; what comes out when you are put on the spot and only allowed 5 words can be hilarious! If I could only choose five words (hyphens make them
Bookish Temptations
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As much as I loved All of You which is the first book in the series with it’s super yummy Bennett, I loved Before You Break even more. For me, Quinn rocked my world even harder.
You can read the rest of my review here:
Midwest Galley Girl
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing


Before You Break

It's bold to set a novel around the topic of suicide. If a tale is typically set around suicide, it's a mystery. Sometimes it's a maudlin survivor's tale. Occasionally it's about the people left to pick up the pieces as they stumble through their grief.

BEFORE YOU BREAK avoids all of these cliches and instead offers new perspectives. It's every inch New Adult, centered around two conflicted college students. One contemplating suicide. One recovering from her brother's suicide. Author Ch
Michel Reinhard (Saucy Southern Readers)
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ARC provided by the Publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Before You Break by Christina Lee was one of the most heart felt reads I have had the pleasure of reading. I was expecting the typical new adult drama and angst. While this book had these elements, it had so much more. It was emotional, heartbreaking, but at the same time both the leading characters were very admirable. The reader not only sympathized with them, we respected and admired their strengths, flaws, and
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
The second book in Christina Lee's outstanding new adult Between Breaths series, Before You Break, will be out in paperback format on October 7, 2014. If you haven't had the chance to pick it up when it was only out in digital format, your chance is coming up again, and I would definitely not pass it up.

Quinn is a shell of who he once was, especially since, for the past few years, he's been living someone else's life out of a sense of guilt and self-loathing. Ella is the first person who makes
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Ella lost her brother to suicide. Because of that she wants to be a psychologist and works at a suicide hotline. One night she gets a call from a guy who clearly needs someone to talk to. After a few phone calls of talking to each other on the hotline she soon finds herself thinking about him and his situation. Wondering if there is anyway she can get through to him and save his life. She has no idea that the Daniel that is calling the hotline is in fact Quinn and Quinn has no idea that the girl ...more
Michelle Tikal
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Christina Lee has done it again. She has made me fall head over heels for Before You Break. If I were being completely honest here, in comparison to All Of You, the first book in the series, Bennett and Avery still very much have my heart. Ella and Quinn did not go down without a fight though, and captured a piece for themselves as well. Their story is much more complex and intensely emotional than the first, a stunningly beautiful and powerful story of guilt, grief, and absolution that is absol ...more
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Christina writes romance in different sub-genres, mostly with LGBTQ characters, not only because she's part of the community, but because representation matters, and everyone deserves a happily-ever-after. 

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“I’m not going to kiss you, Ella. Not tonight.”

She sagged against me, her forehead landing on my shoulder.

“Kissing you would be too easy,” I whispered in her ear. “And you’re not a girl I want to be easy with.”
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