Release Day Review: Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt (Blog Tour + Giveaway)

Title: Hold Me Like A Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1)
Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller 
Source: NetGalley 
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: May 19th 2015

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants. Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily. And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever. All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks.

This. Book. I can babble about it for hours. So much has happened! Hold Me Like a Breathe was a refreshing contemporary/thriller that leaves you eagerly turning the pages with its twists and turns. All I have to say: 

Pen has lived a sheltered life, suffering from a rare autoimmune disorder where she bruises easily living a normal life wasn't an optional. She is part of the Family, the underground organ trafficking and transplants. Pen is getting restless now, she wants to go to school, have friends and live life, she doesn't want to be treated like a doll that no one can touch. She craves normality. Soon Pen's world falls apart and she must escape into New York. 

Pen was easily a character that I liked. She didn't let her illness get in the way of her, she was determined and strong. Pen from the beginning of the novel to the end are two different people. The girl at the end has grown up and experienced lost and trusting the wrong people. I questioned a few things that she did at certain times, (and I can't share them without spoiling the novel!) left me a little thrown off about how she was actually dealing with everything that was happening to her. But everyone handles trauma differently too, that may have just been how she dealt with it. 

Pen had feelings for her brother's best friend/body guard, Garrett. Which in my honest opinion was the only young attractive guy that Pen had ever met, so her choice was limited. But I liked them. In the first part of the novel she is head over heels for him. There are several times they almost kiss. *swoons* It was adorable! Then enters a new guy, Char. This is were I am torn. Garrett knows everything about her, but Char was easier for her to relate too. I don't consider this a love triangle though, it is something you have to read if you want to know more about. 

Overall I really enjoyed Hold Me Like a Breathe and I can't wait what is in store for book two! 


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Tiffany Schmidt lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. She's not at all superstitious... at least that's what she tells herself every Friday the thirteenth. SEND ME A SIGN is her first novel. BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in Winter, 2014. The ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH in 2015. You can find out more about her and her books at:, or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

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