The star catcher of the college baseball team isn't supposed to have skeletons in his closet. But Daniel Quinn is hiding a guilty past so dark he refuses to let anyone get close. Except there’s something about gorgeous, studious Ella Abrams that goes beyond the electric attraction between them—something that makes him want to open up.
Ella has suffered enough heartache and guilt to fill one of her psychology textbooks, but she keeps that part of herself hidden behind a bubbly exterior. Until she receives an anonymous call while working the suicide helpline and the voice on the other end touches something inside of her that she can’t ignore.
Soon Ella and Quinn’s physical connection heats up, even as their deep and revealing hotline talks intensify. But by the time Ella realizes that her seductive jock and her sensitive caller are the same guy, it might be too late to save him—or to stop herself from falling too far.
*A companion novel to ALL OF YOU
Before You Break by Christina Lee is an emotionally powerful read about finding love through shared heartbreak. I was swept away into a world of loss and heartwarming redemption and loved every moment of it.
Ella Abrams and Daniel Quinn have both experienced tragedies that have left their souls tarnished. For years Ella has been settling for mediocre and mundane. I wanted to scream at her to strive for more and be selfish for a change. To do something that makes her happy instead of appeasing everyone else and mindlessly going through the motions. Quinn has carried an insurmountable amount of guilt with him for years, and my heart broke that he was unable to see past his own grief. Each sought their own coping mechanisms to honor the memory of their past and fate has intertwined their paths.
I loved this couple because there is something so genuine about their feelings for one another and ability to truly relate to the ache within the other. Their connection strengthened each individual and mended the pieces of their heart that were shattered long ago. The story kept me engaged from start to finish. It was a beautiful journey to watch each character transform and grow as individuals and with each other. I loved the huge plot twist – a little mistaken identity – and as the truth was revealed I was hooked and fretting over their happily ever after.
Anyone who has experienced loss like Ella and Quinn will find comfort in Christina Lee’s words. She wrote this story of tragedy and love with such poise and grace. It’s impossible not to be drawn in and fall in love with every part of Before You Break.