I have to say I haven’t read a book like this in a long time. It’s so unique and compelling from page one all the way to the end. It is the first book of a trilogy so there is a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, but that just makes me want to read book 2 all the more.
Inhale has a lot of unique elements. For one, the main character, Zoe, is a whale biologist who is sent out to Australia tag whales. Meanwhile, she’s having these sizzling, erotic dreams about this man who she calls “Perfect.” Unbeknownst to her, he’s a real person named Gavin who refers to her as his Muse. He’s in a rock band and is part of a group, the sentinels, who have assigned him to watch over her. And there is The Dreaming, an alternate world where dreamers go, which is dying.
Zoe is the key to saving it, but she doesn’t know it.
Also, she has a connection to whales — she hears their voices in her mind — and is strongly connected to one called Lily, whose baby she couldn’t save.
And then there are the Elementals who have elemental magic and who rule over certain emotions. They are the bad guys.
I think the worldbuilding is some of the most unique I’d ever seen. Tying it to whales was absolutely brilliant and sweet. In fact, profits from the sales of this trilogy are going to whale education. All of them, if I’m not mistaken, which is soooo cool.
The romance between Zoe and Gavin is believable and scorching hot. You’ll be frustrated at the end, though.
I liked the villains. One named Scarlet who’s a Fyre elemental and a true bitch. There are a few others who play roles and are intriguing. I want to learn more about them.
Lots of scorching hot sex. Did I mention that?
The one thing that kind of confused me was the whale terminology. The author has a guide on her website, but I discovered that after I read the book. However, I was able to infer most of the meanings from context. She knows her whale stuff, that’s for sure! It added a layer of utter believability which made the book all the more better.
I can’t wait for book 2, Exhale.