Sadie White’s summer job isn’t going to be on the beach life-guarding or working at rental booths like most kids her age. With her single mother’s increasing pregnancy and refusal to work, Sadie has to take over her mother’s job as a domestic servant for one of the wealthy summer families on a nearby island.
When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie hadn’t spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house she might have been normal enough to be excited about working for a rock star
Even though Sadie isn’t impressed by Jax’s fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax but he fights his attraction. Relationships never work in his world and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. By the end of the summer, Jax discovers he can’t breathe without Sadie
After reading and falling in love with the rosemary beach series I thought I would give the sea breathe series a try and wow I loved this first book. Abbi has a gift of being able to portray extremes in society from trailer trash to rich rock star. Her characterazations and vivid descriptions are what brings the story to life.
Breathe is a sweet romance with captivating characters. Told in the first person narrativte from Sadie’s point of view at 17 she is far more mature than her years. She has had to be the responsible adult in her family for a long time taking care of herself and her mother. Sadie’s mother Jessica is what i can only assume a typical white trailer trash and the images that go alongside it, she is incrediably self absorbed and more than a little derograty towards Sadie making her feel socially inept. While Sadie is a lovely person both inside and out she always finds the good in people and has a special draw towards her not realising just how wonderful she really is. Even though Sadie is independent she radiates an air of vulnerablity making people feel the need to protect and look after her.
Jax has obviously had the complete opposite upbringing to Sadie yet for all his wealth and fame he is still lonely. No one sees the real him. At first Jax comes of as a pretenntious jerk but this is just a coping mechanism for him. From their first encounter there is a deep connection between Jax and Sadie she sees the real boy behind the rock star. However the differences in their lifestyles is the one thing Jax wants to protect her from. While he cannot deny his feelings for her he does what he things is best even though it hurts both of them.
While the story centers around the relationship between Sadie and Jax it also provides a nice introduction to the other main characters in the sea breeze series. Breathe moves from heart wrenching. Abbi protrays the relationship roller coaster eliciting swooning to tears and back again