Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1)
Release Date: May 19th 2015
Rate: 3.5 STARS
Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.
Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.
And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.
All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.
Hold Me Like a Breath was a surprising book. I loved the idea of a girl who's part of a big crime family. Add to the fact that they control the organ transplant black market and that she's really sick just made it all the more appealing. It was going as I thought it would for the first 45% and then right after everything in Penelope's life went into chaos and turned in a 180 degree angle. It caught me off guard and it was just so unexpected.
I think I had a love/hate relationship for the majority of the characters. Penelope was a character I easily sympathized for and could easily understand and feel her frustrations with how she's treated. But at the same time we get to a point in the story where she expects too much for a girl who's barely been involved in the business. And it's not her fault that her family doesn't let her in on the business and what's going on but it was a bit annoying when she would want to play a prominent role in something she didn't have much experience in. That was probably my only problem with her. I loved that she wanted more freedom wise because she honestly deserves it and there was a lot of things that wasn't fair for her. She had a really protective family (her brother was awesome) and it was easy to get frustrated with them just like she did. I also really liked seeing her transition from the first half to the second half of the story especially since that's when we see her start to be independent and live her life honestly.
Romance wise, I'm not what I can say without spoiling the entire book :o THINGS HAPPEN but I'm assuming that won't suffice. Garrett was a character I had mixed feelings about. There are too many things to take in account concerning his role in the story. And then there's Char, a character I sooooo wasn't expecting. He indirectly/unknowingly really helped Penelope's character as she grew through out the book and I thought he was really sweet and adorable.
Hold Me Like a Breath was a refreshing contemporary story that deals with sickness in a different way than most. I would definitely recommend this more to contemporary readers but also to anyone who's interested in the idea of the organ transplant black market. Happy Readings!
Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath. She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.
SEND ME A SIGN is her first novel. BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in Winter, 2014. The ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH in 2015. You can find out more about her and her books at: TiffanySchmidt.com, TiffanySchmidtWrites.Tumblr.com or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.
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