Title: Who Needs Air
Author: Cassie Graham
Release Date: April 28, 2017
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Author: Cassie Graham
Release Date: April 28, 2017
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They fell in love at thirteen.He wrote a book about it at twenty.
She watched him walk away at twenty-three.
And he made the New York Times Best Sellers list at twenty-four.
Campbell ‘Cam’ Potter stood idly by as August Wyatt took over the world one word at a time. Chapter by chapter, people fell in love with the story he created – the events she lived. And now the book was being made into a movie, it was only a matter of time before August was back in their small hometown in Georgia.
The problem was, when August left five years ago, Cam made a promise to herself. The ending in his book would be the conclusion to their story. There was no sequel, no second chance, no possibility of ever seeing him again. He obliterated her heart and she was determined to never let it happen again.
That is, until Cam gets a late night text from the heartbreaker himself.
New chapters are written, fresh storylines are explored and Cam and August find a familiarity in one another.
Sometimes THE END doesn’t mean it’s over.
Bringing my body into his with a tug, he squeezes my shoulders. Only, this hug feels different. It doesn’t feel like all the other ones we’ve shared since he came back into town. I’m baffled at first, my arms locked around his torso. He doesn’t let me free and I think he may need this. I think he might need me. He sighs, his face falling into the crook of my neck and I finally understand why it’s so different. I don’t know why it took me so long, but my heart soars and my grip tightens. I force my eyelids closed and I breathe him in, using every ounce of my ability to give him back what he’s offering me so willingly.
He doesn’t have to say the words, but I hear them loud and clear. He’s been looking for someone to care about him in this town. Not someone to fawn over him or tell him what he wants. I’ve shown him that even without the book, he’s still important and this gesture – his foreign and surprising hug – is his way of telling me he appreciates it.
He clutches the back of my neck, his signature grasp, and breathes me in as I cling to his sweater, willing my eyes to stay closed. If I look at him or our reflection in the mirror above the headboard, I’m going to lose it.
Sighing contently, he pulls back and I do the same, opening my eyes.
“Night,” he offers with a smile, bringing his lips to my forehead for a split second before turning around and sufficiently closing me out, unzipping his bag.
I blink a few times, speechless as I watch him pull his sweater up and over his head, tossing it on the bed. His muscles strain and the dimples just above his pant line are so pronounced, my fingers ache to touch them. I turn away, reminding myself that we’re just friends. Friends only, Cam. Hands off. No touching his back dimples. It’s inappropriate and…oh, God, he’s unbuckling his pants.
Walking out of the door with embarrassed haste, I close it behind me.
My skin, tingling and hot, I trace my forehead with my fingertips. The prickle of his kiss still evident. Eager to erase the aftereffect of his touch, I scrub my head like a moron, accidentally creating a deep red spot. It doesn’t help. My skin scorches for long minutes.
After changing into pajamas, I climb into bed and wrap myself in the comforter. I need to sleep and forget the last three hours happened.
Just as I’m about to shut my eyes, my phone goes off with a text message.
August: Tonight was exactly what I needed.
Another one comes in.
August: You’re still so important to me. Please don’t ever forget that.
I chew on my lip and study the words until they become indecipherable. Turning on my side, I plug my phone into the charger and close my eyes.
I’m in so much trouble.
Who Needs Air made me need air! This book gutted me. This was my first read by Cassie Graham and I really enjoyed it. The writing was fluid and very strong. Cassie has a way with words and she was able to immediately suck me in with her writing. Her words flowed smoothly and the way she conveyed emotion was as if I was living the book. I felt it in my soul.
Who Needs Air is the story of August and Cam. Their story started years ago but was left unfinished. August wrote a best selling novel about their love story and now it's being made into a movie. Problem is, Cam and August haven't spoken in five years. Cam
has moved on is living her life without August. She is working and dating and life is going great. That is until the movie comes to town to film and she know's the inevitable is bound to happen, she's going to run into August. There were times I loved Cam. I think everyone can connect with her because we've all had that one true first love that got away. The one that you will always think about but never admit it to anyone. Then there's August. Oh my swoon. August is the perfect human being until he isn't.
Here are the things I loved: the sassy southern sayings that Cassie wound into each chapter. Being a Southerner myself, I loved this. It was humorous and placed in all the perfect spots. I also loved that she incorporated sections of Somewhere Only We Know, the book that August wrote, into this story. It gave us insight into the world of Cam and August. "There's no such thing as borrowed time in a world where love is concerned. Sure, there could be obstacles, but life happens. Sometimes we have to suffer through misery to find what's real." I'm going to need Cassie to release Somewhere Only We Know. I would love to dive in and get the full story.
Now onto the bad. This book had SO much potential. It was a five star read. Then it went off the deep end. A twist happens that was very obvious and you without a doubt know how it's going to play out. Then after all that build up, it just ends. The epilogue does little to give you closure. While technically, yes, you get closure but you're still left wanting more. If this was any other book I would be rating it a three but the writing really pushes this book into a four category. Cassie's writing is strong and stands out. It wasn't necessary to throw in drama for the sake of drama. I think a lot of readers would have been perfectly happy with little drama and just letting the writing speak for itself.
Will I read another Cassie Graham book? ABSOLUTELY. I fell in love with her words and the way she put them on paper. After I finished this book, I still had that angst pit in my stomach but with a smile on my face. Even as annoyed as I was at the twist, I still thought about this book long after I finished it. It was beautifully written and overall very well done.
Cassie Graham is a sassy redhead who lives in Arizona with her handsome husband and beautiful daughter. If she isn’t shoulder-deep in writing a book, you can find her watching Supernatural or reading a delicious romance by one of her many talented friends. She likes front porch sitting in her pink rocking chair, drinking Moscato, chocolate, reading books with her daughter and constantly dating her husband.