Jillian had a plan: celebrate the end of her first year of college with an amazing summer full of beaches, barbeques, and bonfires. When her mom insists she needs a summer job, and her boyfriend spends more time with his band than with her, Jillian’s plans go down the drain.
Grant had a plan: finish his Masters, get a great job at Google, and get the hell out of Georgia. He might be giving up some of the fun of his youth, but he knows his all work and no play method would be worth it when his dreams came true.
But things never go according to plan.
When temptation brings them together and tragedy tears them apart, Jillian and Grant will be forced to choose: fight for their dreams, or fight for each other.
Jillian is home from college for the summer, and unfortunately for her, her boyfriend of many years is just too busy with his pipe dream of becoming a rock star to really pay her any notice. Her mom also pulled some strings for her daughter, and got Jill a job in an office. Jillian is smart, but when it comes to technology she's clueless, and this job entails Cisco phones and all kinds of things that she's hopeless at.
Luckily for her, there's Grant, the IT guy who can fix anything. Unlucky for her, she has a boyfriend and Grant is making her forget that. The passion flaring between these two is apparent, and Grant knows she has a guy of her own, but he doesn't let that stop him from pursuing her. Grant feels that Jillian is way too good for the lowlife she's dating, so he'll do anything he can to sway her his way. Jillian struggles against her growing feelings for him and the whispers of memories for her first love.
I enjoyed this easy read, but found some of Grants behavior a little intrusive in his quest to find dirt on Jillian's current boyfriend. I also found that his personality seemed to change halfway through the book. He went from cool, nerdy guy to this alpha male who would kill for Jillian if given the chance.
I did like that Ms. Ross showed us Jillian's struggle when choosing who she should be with. Jillian wasn't ready to just throw away her current relationship for the unknown, no matter how attracted to Grant she was. The romance was a little fast paced, and we see Jillian make a big mistake in the midst of a family trauma that she knows she should feel awful about, but she can't bring herself to regret it fully.
Inhale, Exhale is a little predictable and a little over dramatic toward the end for the type of story is started out to be, but overall it's a good read and I'm giving it 3 Olives.
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