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Inhale, Exhale

(Hollow Ridge #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  99 reviews
"I do."
Two words woven in love.
In sickness and in health.
For better or for worse.
Til death do us part.
And death dragged us apart.
We both said those vows.
But neither of us kept them.
This is not one of those happy stories.
Life isn't made of simple choices
and happily ever afters.
It's a dark place.
It's not easy.
It's full of mistakes and lessons.
It hurts.
And in the end,
Published August 13th 2019 (first published August 7th 2019)
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C.L. Matthews
Feb 02, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

Miftahul _MsLovesReading_
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
.” She’s the yin to my yang, and I want to see where we’ll go from here.

Title- inhale exhale
author- C L Mathews
publish date - 13 August 2019
genre- romance, mental health
Amazon- Inhale, Exhale. (Hollow Ridge Book 1)
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A standalone novel by C L Mathews! A happy married life with her high school sweet heart, supportive best friend who loves her and stands by her side always. until everything chan
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
”He’s my always. But he’ll never be my forever.”

Inhale, Exhale is a story that played every single emotional chord my mind is capable feeling. This book is raw, honest, real and it will crack you open like no other.
It was so hard to read this book, because every time something popped up, I broke a little more. Specially for Lo. Leaving me asking how much more she can take.

”This is real. This is us. And if you let it be, this is forever.”

This book tells us a story about how breakable hum
S.M. Soto
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books of 2019. Inhale, Exhale is told in such haunting prose, with such a gritty poeticism, you can’t help but get sucked into this story and all the flawed characters. This was a real story, about a real romance, and real life issues. I can’t recommend it enough.
Kelly Green
***I am not emotionally ready to review this book yet.....***
(a day later- I think I am ready to review this soul devastating piece of fucking awesomeness!!! )

I DIED ALL THE DEADS!!! This book was EVERYTHING!!! It is going straight to my TOP READS OF 2019 list! I don't even know HOW to move on! It was everything I thought it would be and MORE! Book hangover from HELL right now! (Glad I'm all caught up on ARCs) 5 stars is no where near enough. CL Matthews killed it! She killed me with this book!
Nicole Dykes
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes!!! All the angst!! That's what I'm looking for in a book and this one delivered!!! It had me guessing and reeling the entire time not able to come up for breath! I loved every second of it.

I had a massive migraine right as I started reading and still I had to message the author and tell her that I couldn't put it down. It literally hurt to read it on my phone and yet I couldn't stop! It was that good! It will break you, but in the best possible way!
B. Celeste
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never have I ever felt the way I did (and still do) about this book, especially while reading it. I was suffocating in pain and fear and anxiety. Ripped apart by the dynamic and heartbreak and true what-the-fuckedness of these characters. They're flawed. SO flawed. But that's what makes it hurt worse, because they're human. And humans put people through this type of pain every day. I'm just not used to reading about it so fully and with so much depth as what CL did in this.

I'm wrecked.

Totally, u
Jun 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
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description I'm most likely going to be in the 🅼🅸🅽🅾🆁🅸🆃🆈 with my feelings for this book. 😳 I choose it as a "𝓼𝓽𝓮𝓹𝓹𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓾𝓽" challenge book because of its content. 🏃 And yes, it had about things I usually avoid like the plague. 💀 However, none of them are the ɾҽαʂσɳ that I just found this to be an "𝕆𝕂" read. 👀

Go figure...

So let's ฿Ɇ₲ł₦ with the good. 🙌 I think this author is a 🅅🄴🅁🅈 🅃🄰🄻🄴🄽🅃🄴🄳 writer. 👍  Many people will L♥O♥V♥E this book and rightfully so. 👍 The pacing was 𝓰𝓸𝓸𝓭 considering it is a 𝕣𝕖𝕝𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕪
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5 “Breathe” Stars
Wow!!! Inhale, Exhale was my very first read by C.L. Matthews and I’m so impressed! This is such a powerful, deeply emotional story that deal with actual subjects like depression, grief and cheating. The characters aren’t perfect, in fact they’re so flawed, but they make this novel so real!

"Scars made by people can go many ways. They can slice you in the skin. They can slice to the bone. They can even sever limbs entirely. But scars of the heart, the untouchable ones, th
Whoo Gives A Hoot
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Words could never perfectly describe the abundance of emotions that took complete control over my body, mind, and soul while inhaling (pun totally intended) this breathtakingly captivating and heart shattering story. It's been days since I have had the ability to read anything else and I am still attempting to catch my breath because this story totally sucked the life right out of me. I think this author might have just ruined me for all other book
Erika PBookHavenBookBlog
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"This is real. This is us. And if you let it be, this is forever."

WOW!! Heart shredding, real, raw, powerful, twisty turns galore, and just a wild ride I didn't want to get off!! Not your hearts and flowers, but a journey nonetheless, and a powerful one to boot. There are so many examples I could give, but I don't want to give anything away, because to experience it yourself is the only way to appreciate the beauty, the broken, the heart wrenching reality of this couple. Every emotion at least a
Book Boyfriend Whoarder Mari
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*“The words are as harsh as beautiful, as heartbreaking as kind, as loving as hateful.”*

That’s the best way to describe this story. The good, the bad and ugly, and boy did I ugly cry. But there is a rare beauty that presents itself here. Real humanity. We aren’t perfect, imperfections shine through here. Imperfections make and break and remake this couple.

This book is everything and so much more. It breaks your heart, it breaks your soul, it breaks your trust.

Yet you feel hope, you feel strengt
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a painfully beautiful story. I'm still trying to process it all 3 days later!
If you love hearing your heart slowly cracking open, and if you enjoy reading books so hauntingly gritty and real, then Inhale, Exhale is the perfect book for you!
I laughed and cried and damn near fell in love right along side each of the characters.
I was blinded sided by the events that unfolded.

I am so blessed to have read such a real, and beautifull told, book about love, marriage and mental health. 🖤
The depth of angst in this book was beyond anything I could have imagined. These people are Broken with a capital B! Matthews proves that love is not always a beautiful thing. It sometimes ugly and messy and wrong on so many levels. It sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down. It made me feel like I was sneaking peaks at something that I’m bot supposed to see. I don’t want to see. But damn I can’t look away.
Melanie Maloney
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The depth of angst in this book was beyond anything I could have imagined. These people are Broken with a capital B! Matthews proves that love is not always a beautiful thing. It sometimes ugly and messy and wrong on so many levels. It sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down. It made me feel like I was sneaking peaks at something that I’m bot supposed to see. I don’t want to see. But damn I can’t look away.
Tammy Callahan
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From start to finish, Inhale, Exhale was like riding a roller coaster blind - never knowing what's over the next hill or around the next bend. It grabbed onto me from page one and didn't let go. It is as real as it gets; diving into the blood and guts of marriage and friendship. And not just that of Lo and Jase, but everyone their lives touched. Their story is not an easy one; a story that becomes reality for so many. It was as breathtaking as it was tragic. It was real and it was raw and the pa ...more
Michelle Brown
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This bitch right here.

CL Matthews destroyed my heart, she twisted it in her hands and wrangled every ounce of feeling from me. This is a hard book to read. The emotion that she delivers and forces the reader to feel is phenomenal. Have you ever seen a Nicholas Sparks movie? Inhale, Exhale is right up there with that.

I had the pleasure of reading most of this book during its beta stage but things got int the way so I had to stop. I’m honestly glad I did. Not because it was bad, because it most
Anne Milne
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never been left so affected by a book. This story totally wrecked me, I can't complain because the author did warn the reader. Pain loss and heartache it's all there dripping on every page. The author doesn't sugarcoat the devastation that affects the whole family. I felt such anger towards the characters. The words they said, the decisions they made and everything they didn't say and do but should have. This is a book that I've thought about every day since I finished. I've wondered how ...more
Bridget Hickey
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG what a read I felt like I was on a emotional roller coaster . I cried like a blubbering fool and had to actually stop reading at times,but dam I needed answer so I continued on.Such a Outstanding read with definitely all the feels and actual realistic life trails and tribulations . I highly recommend this book but keep the kleenex handy
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many feels! My heart hurt so bad while reading and I was a blubbering mess of emotions the whole time. But I could not put it down! This story definitely has some hard to read topics in it, but the story is so captivating it was worth the read. I would highly recommend this book.
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I was so excited to read this book. I had absolutely zero expectations going into it, and I was a little hesitant to start because I thought this book might break my soul a little.

This book is very emotional. There were definitely scenes that grabbed my heart and twisted, and some that will probably never be forgotten.

I will say that outside of the children affected by this story, there is not one character that I felt the least bit of empathy for, and this is a testament to the writing abilit
Book Boyfriend Whoarder Tania
When love is just not enough

This is a such heart breaking story. I have to say this will be one of my top books for 2019. The story is so beautiful, sad and so many other emotions in between. This books talks about real life situations and how some people tend to respond to them.

For me this book dragged me in, and held me hostage for one hell of a ride with these characters and their struggles. There were parts in this book that I felt like , I was Loren since I had gone thru some similar strug
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What do you say about a book that cuts you open and subjects your heart to so many emotions that you think you may bleed out?  You say that the author poured a piece of her soul into the book. C.L. Matthews wowed me, broke me and yet she managed to put me back together.  The emotions in this book will come at you full force and relentless. There is no time to adapt as each and every character struggles.  It’s real, it raw and it will leave you reeling.

When you read Inhale, Exhale commit the auth
Spunky N Sassy
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spunky N Sassy Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Wow! This book was so emotional and it ripped me open and left me bare. This is a story of more than two people and the choices they make effects more than themselves. Lo and Jase love each other but is love enough when faced with the realities of real life. This story is a strong story with characters you root for. It was a struggle reading this book because I had to catch my breath along the way. The pain that these characters g
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All. The. stars.

A more in-depth review is on its way.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap. Seriously, WTF did I just read? This isn't said in a bad way, but in a my mind is still spinning and my heart is still beating so fast over that emotional roller coaster that CL Matthews took me on in Inhale/Exhale.

This book truly had my heart racing the entire time I was reading.......i gasped out loud when I knew something heartbreaking was going to happen.....and even after finishing, just thinking about Jase and Lo and everything I read, my heart rate hasn't slowed down. The acti
Tami Thomason
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story put me on the floor in a fetal position.
No lie! There where moments where I couldn't catch my breath or see through my tears.
I THOUGHT I had read gut wrenching, heartbreaking books before this one.
I was WRONG!
The emotional rollercoaster this book took me on was devastating and healing at the same time.
This story transported me back to moments in my life, devastating, life changing moments, that I thought I was ok facing again, but the truth i
E&A Book
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What happens when you suffer a heartbreaking loss not once but twice? And then find out that the people who should have been helping, protecting, and loving you, have committed the ultimate betrayal. This story is heartbreaking, emotionally draining, and will give you all the feels. I cried, got angry, cried again, and finally my heart was put back together. It is not an easy story, but it is worth every single word.
Katy Tinnin
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How do you find your way back from the edge of losing everything? Is it even possible? What happens when love is no longer enough? CL Matthews poured her heart and soul into this book that has completely captured my heart and soul. The emotion this story pulled from me is mind boggling. I felt heartache and grief and panic and terror. I prayed the whole way through the book that there would be a happy ending for these characters. At times, I found myself wondering why I was rooting for each of t ...more
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C.L. Matthews lives in lala-landia with her husband and invisible friends. She wants to riot the lack thereof authentic Mexican food in her state, but she’s an introvert at heart. She enjoys tacos, Red Bull, and warm water, because she’s crazy. She’s an oddball, and realizes it’s been mentioned before, just go with it. Her joys in life consist of writing unconventional romances, making book covers ...more

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