Barely Breathing is the follow up novel to Reason to Breathe. After finishing the highly intense and emotional Reason to Breathe book, I was so glad there was going to be a follow up and was on pins and needles waiting for it. Six months after surviving the horrible attempt on her life, Emma has recovered physically but contines to struggle emotionally. Emma continues to shut things down and go through her life without really feeling. Sara and Evan are still there for her and a big part of her recovery. Evan is still the perfect supportive boyfriend who has helped her through her terrifying life. Emma is living with Sara and Sara's Parents are her court appointed guardians now that everyone knows about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her aunt. Her Aunt has been sent to prison for attempted murder and her Uncle has taken the younger kids with him to move to FL.
Emma has decided early on that she needs to move into her Mom's house. Her real Mom, Rachel, who left her with her abusive Aunt and Uncle because she was too distraught after Emma's father's death. I think Emma is afraid to be a burden to Sara's parents. She is having nightmares and knows she is messed up from it all. She also trully wants to know her mother who seems to be more together. Soon it is very evident that not only is her Mom still drinking but also dating around. Her Mom begins a relationship with a much younger man named Jonathan. Jonathan has survived abuse and has nightmares as well and bonds with Emma understanding her dark places more than Evan or Sara ever could. Emma begins to rely on Jonathan in the middle of the night when she can't sleep. I could see the train wreck coming with that one. I loved Jonathan but his dark side can be scary and I could easily see him becomming an abuser. Not to mention, Evan is so incredible that I want him and Emma to have their Happily Ever After. Both of them deserve that.
This book series is incredible. Barely Breathing wasn't quite as emotional read as Reason to Breathe but still crawled under my skin to obsure my thinking throughout the day. These characters become a part of you and draw you into their world and don't let go. There will be one more book in this series and I can't wait to see what happens. I want my HEA!!! :)