Review: Breathe (The Devastation Series Episode 1) by Kelley Harvey

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Title: BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series

Author: Kelley Harvey

Genre: Romance, Science-Fiction Romance, or could also be considered Paranormal Romance. At its core, it’s a ROMANCE, especially Episode 1.

 BREATHE, Episode 1 of The Devastation Series, SYNOPSIS

The summer after graduation, Lexa falls for Gabe, but can she trust her new love with the secret of a lifetime?

Secrets rule Lexa’s life. After her move to Texas for college, she develops feelings for her life-long friend. But Gabe’s gone emotionally bi-polar, ice cold one minute, volcanic the next, and Lexa’s not even sure he is her friend anymore. As she struggles to regain control over her shaken world, Lexa wakes one morning with wings. Panic sets in and she keeps her discovery to herself. Everyone has secrets, but revealing hers could land her on a lab table, and that’s not where she wants to spend freshman year.

When Gabe learns he’s an alien-hybrid, it changes everything. Now, he’s rethinking his entire existence. After he lays a mind-melting kiss on her, Lexa wants to ditch their platonic status. However, Gabe’s certain a move like that will ruin their relationship. But, resisting Lexa? Almost impossible. Can he figure out how to keep his secret and his best friend?

They think it can’t get worse.

They’re wrong.

BREATHE is the introductory episode to The Devastation Series. It is not a stand-alone novel, but don’t worry, the release of BREAK, Episode 2 of The Devastation Series, will follow within just a few weeks of BREATHE’s release.



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They have been friends since diapers. They have know each other even longer. But now that they are older and coming into their own as adults, feelings shift, they are growing. But the attraction is there and it is real. But both have secrets that the other doesn’t know. Gabe doesn’t know how to tell Lexa, Lexa doesn’t know how to tell anyone.

Both born from the same kind of people, everything will change. But most of all the undeniable chemistry is hard to avoid and even harder to let go of. Gabe doesn’t want to ruin their friendship and he knows it is his job to protect Lexa from the dangers of the outside world.

I loved the bond that these two characters showed in this book. You could tell that they had known one another forever and fighting the chemistry just made things awkward, I remember being that age and wondering how friendships can possibly survive attraction. But more than that, I loved Gabe’s protectiveness. I loved that he wanted to make Lexa’s new house a home before they arrived. I loved that he cared so deeply about making this a smooth transition. I loved that he wanted to protect her and I loved that he was willing to fight his feelings to make sure she knew that she was safe.

I loved Lexa as well, she just had a way of endearing herself. She didn’t know how to accept who she was with all that she feared. She didn’t know how to transition from one thing to another and she had a hard time with the attraction she was feeling toward Gabe.

Of course, with everything else they are keeping hidden inside, this was just a rollercoaster of emotions. Throw in a mini love triangle and everything that is weird is now just off the charts.

I think what captured me the most about it was how they each reacted to their circumstances. Gabe’s brother, their mothers, even the new stranger added to the mix. They all had this strange bond that couldn’t be explained to the outside world.

The danger lurking in the trees, the strangeness of who they became and the turmoil that they were each struggling through everything, but they were doing it together as a team, the way it should be. Kelley Harvey has written an wonderful story here that is a cross of several genres but no so much that it is confusing, but so much that it is captivating.  I adored the writing, the dialogue and the characters.

Though this book brought up a lot of questions for me, it also made me intrigued to read more and more. I cannot wait to break into the next book in the series and see how it unfolds.

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About Kelley Harvey

Kelley and her husband Mike live in North Central Texas with their two teenage daughters. Having teen girls keeps them on their toes. In other words, they’re saturated in teen angst and excitement. Kelley often feels as though she lives on Teenage Drama Island and desperately needs a vacation to Adult Sans Kids Resort. The upside is they keep her awash in oceans of inspiration.

Kelley enjoys reading YA and NA, although on occasion she gets caught reading other genres. Writing The Devastation Series has been amazing for Kelley. Gabe, Lexa, and Nathaniel have come to life for her. They knock on the door of her heart and constantly poke their heads out the windows of her imagination. She hopes you connect with them. 

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One response to “Review: Breathe (The Devastation Series Episode 1) by Kelley Harvey

  1. Thank you so much for the lovely words about BREATHE… Lexa and Gabe are so close to my heart, it just thrills me that you enjoyed their story so very much!

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