Rating: 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.
Let’s first establish that this was me over the fact this book ended; I needed more:
Everything about this book was magical. From the moment I heard about it, I knew it would be a concept I loved and an all-time favorite, which it was. But Hold Me Like a Breath was just more than anything I was looking for – I loved the strong heroine Tiffany Schmidt has crafted, I loved her writing, and I loved the constant suspense.
Who doesn’t love a good crime novel? Tiffany Schmidt taps into a different sort of crime family with Hold Me Like a Breath, and I loved its relevancy to Penny particularly. The crime family aspect ups the ante for drama and suspense, something that kept me curious and unsure throughout the entire book. While I figured one thing out fairly quickly after the introduction of a character, nothing actually turned out how I thought. And the villains – oy was I shocked!
Come armed with tissues, as this book will make you have all the feels. It broke me at a lot of different points. But mainly one in particular. Between this and the mystery the plot brings, Hold Me Like a Breath is a roller coaster, but an enjoyable one at that.
I love the characters, so darn much. Penelope is so fierce; I adored her. She is the type of heroine we need more of. Despite having a pretty major setback, she doesn’t let it rule her. Instead, she propels forward and is a force to be reckoned with. The other characters all come and go, but Garrett, Carter, and Char were my three other favorites. All three just had something special about them that made them stick out.
I freaking adore Tiffany Schmidt’s books. Her talent at writing is paralled by few, and Hold Me Like a Breath is like a beautifully woven story dancing across the pages. I geeked over this one so much. After finishing, I had this instant reaction of wanting to go back and begin rereading immediately. It was that good.