REVIEW – Breathe by Kristen Ashley

Breathe Kristen Ashley

Blurb:

When the local police department’s secrets are revealed and the wife he’s forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal’s hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he’ll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife’s murderer.  But he isn’t the only one looking.  While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town’s quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town’s last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past.  Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she’s had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn’t know what to do with her.

What Worked For Me:

This is my first Kristen Ashley book and I was amazed that I’ve been missing out on such a great author.  I usually have no use for first person books but this was written in first and third person and the combination worked very well.  The heroine, Faye, has loved Chace for as long as she can remember but never thought she had a chance with him.  She lived is a dream world full of books and happy endings but knows that Chace is well out of her reach.  Until, he isn’t.    Faye is smart and kind and generous in spirit.  Even better, she is no doormat.  Chace is a hero, one who believes himself to be anything but.  He has courage and strength and has horrible secrets that make him the man he is.  But he is ready to throw all of that away for a chance, and a life, with Faye.  Their passion and love is inspiring and gut-wrenchingly beautiful.  Chace is a complete ass at first, for his own reasons, but he redeems himself and accepts all that Faye has to give him.  Faye begins to heal Chace and show him that even though he has a trouble past, he is worthy of love and forgiveness.  The plot, while slightly confusing since I started this series on book 4 before I read the previous books, is not completely hard to follow.  The story kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat and the ending even brought happy tear to my eyes.  Chace is also a complete alpha-male.  He’s possessive and completely in love with Faye, even though he was unsure of what it was he was feeling.  Watching him surrender to the love he felt for Faye was truly magical.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

There were some minor editing issues but they didn’t completely detract from the story.  Also, Chace is slightly barbarian in his completion of sentences.  I was extremely put-off when he called Faye a “Fat Ass”.  Chace’s inability to share his tragedies with Faye frustrated me especially since he expected her to share everything she had while he gave nothing.  Thankfully, he did eventually do this but the author did drag that out a little longer than I would normally like.

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes

Final Star Rating:

5 of 5 stars

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REVIEW – Mine to Hold by Cynthia Eden

Mine To Hold

Blurb:

She was one man’s obsession…
Nine years ago, Claire Kramer’s lover brutally killed her family, and he tried to kill her. She escaped, but she’s been haunted ever since that attack. Too afraid to trust another man and too worried that her past will catch up with her, Claire never gets too close to anyone. But then she meets Noah York.

He must have her.

Noah York is a man with secrets. The world sees him as a billionaire hotel tycoon, but Noah has a dark and dangerous side. For years, he worked covert military operations before he built his fortune. When it comes to death, Noah is a master. He knows that he should steer clear of Claire, but the white-hot attraction Noah feels for the delicate beauty is instant–and consuming.

He will never let her go.

Someone else is just as consumed by Claire–someone who will kill to possess her. And if Noah can’t stop the hunter in the darkness, he may just lose the one woman that he can’t live without.

What Worked For Me:

Every time I read a book by Cynthia Eden, I think that nothing she writes could possibly be any better….then her next book comes out and I’m left eating my words.  Cynthia Eden is a master storyteller who creates and writes beautiful love stories full of passion, romance, and mind-numbing suspense.  Mine To Hold was no exception.  Noah, our hero, is strong, solid, warm, caring, and absolutely gorgeous.  I love how quickly he falls for Claire, how he protects her and is willing to do anything to take care of her.  Claire is a survivor, trying to recover from the recent death of her sister and the death many years ago of her parents at the hands of her possessive (and insane) boyfriend.  She has suffered.  She has fallen.  And she is trying to live again but her past keeps catching up with her.  Noah heals Claire in every way possible, and in turn, she heals him in ways she didn’t even know she was doing.  I loved the plot in this book as well.  It had many twists and turns and an ending I just did not see coming.  Ms. Eden ties the love story of Claire and Noah with a pretty red ribbon and I was left completely satisfied and completely ready for the next book in this series.  We also get a few glimpses of Skye and Trace, our hero and heroine from books 1 and 2 and we get a sneak peek into the life of Drake….and what may haunt him.  This series is, so far, one of my favorite written by Ms. Eden.

What Didn’t Work For Me:

This book was flawless.

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes…Absolutely with no reservations.

Final Star Rating:

5 of 5 Stars

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