NAL is thrilled to present Lauren Jameson’s exciting erotic romance BREATHE. BREATHE is Lauren’s newest BDSM romance following last year’s Blush.
Author: Lauren Jameson
Series: In Vino Veritas #2
Genre: BDSM Romance
Release Date: December 3, 2013
In BREATHE, business mogul Elijah Masterson travels to Mexico for his chain of resorts and purchases a glass sculpture for one of the properties. But the artist who created it is far more intriguing. The attraction between them is instantaneous and explosive, but Elijah resists, unsure that a woman as strong willed as Samantha would ever yield in the way he really needs her to.
Headstrong artist Samantha Collins has hidden her true desire to submit, to the right man of course. Samantha sees everything she wants in Elijah, but apart from one steamy night, he‘s determined to keep his distance. She’s normally held back, but is now refusing to let go now since she’s found the type of dominant man she’s always wanted. Samantha makes Elijah an offer that he won’t (and can’t) refuse—a month of absolute submission.
But after their time of incredible passion…will either be able to walk away?
Samantha Collins is a glass artist who meets Elijah Masterson one evening, at an erotic theme exhibition that is showing one of her sculptures. Elijah is the tall, sexy powerful Dominant, and owner of a chain of luxury resorts.
Samantha is drawn to Elijah as he is to her, there is instant chemistry and attraction that they both try to but can't fight. Samantha knows very little about the BDSM lifestyle, but its one that intrigues her. Wanting to know more, Samantha makes Elijah an offer in which she will be able to explore her curiosity further, but little does she know it will also turn her world upside down.
The storyline had all the elements of BDSM, and full hot sexy erotica that I love, and like to read every once in a while. I liked Samantha and Elijah, the different aspects of thier relationship and the way it developed. Elijah helps Samantha explore her sexuality, and understand the Dom/sub relationship. Elijah wants total submission, honesty and trust from her, which Samantha wants to do, but finds it hard at times due to her strong personality, family issues, and a secret from her childhood.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy entertaining read with not too much drama. It was not what I expected from reading the synopsis. Breathe is the first book that I have read by Lauren Jameson, and I will certainly read more of her books. I like her writing style, the characters and plot development, the pace of the story, the kinkiness, and I liked that it had BDSM scenes that I had not read in other books before, so it was definitely an eye opener at times.
I liked the ending, and while there was no cliffhanger or epilogue, I had the feeling that Lauren could continue Samantha and Elijah’s story again if she wanted to. Breathe is the second book in the series and can easily be read as a standalone. I do plan to read the first book in the series, Blush that is Maddy and Alex’s story.
I recommend this book if are looking for a contemporary romance story, which is hot and steamy with some BDSM action mixed in.
“What he felt for Samantha was an all-consuming passion. Lust like he had never known before. And mixed with that were intense feelings…..feelings that felt a lot like love.“
“This was what she had been missing her entire adult life: a man who would take control without asking for it.”
“I want to hear what you have to say. You fascinate me. I’m not interested in a submissive who is little more that a mannequin.”
Visit her online at www.laurenjameson.com and twitter.com/LaurenHJameson.
Author: Rachel Brookes
Series: Breathe #1.5
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Category: New Adult
Release Date: November 26, 2013
One look from Savannah Rae was all it took for Tate Connors to fall.
From the first moment he laid eyes on her, his world was irrevocably shaken. He’s willing to accept that his life will never be the same again, but when she has to leave for New York the distance becomes more than either of them expected.
Tate is left alone with not only an empty bed but also a thousand thoughts running through his head. Insecurities soar as he wonders if he could ever really be the kind of man Savannah deserves.
When the demons of his past continue to threaten the future he so desperately craves, Tate knows he has to make the ultimate choice. Risk destroying his relationship and his family with one life changing decision, or gamble on fate and hope the past stays exactly that…the past.
Gone were the days of innocence, happiness, and dreams. Now her days simply meant attempting to survive. In her mind, her only means for that was replacing her grief with men, booze and the fast life. And for five years, it worked.
When an opportunity to leave the nightmares of her past in Australia opens up, she takes it. Los Angeles beckons - with hopes of late nights, new beginnings, and the promise of a string of endless men to distract her, she can’t wait to dive in.
One thing she didn’t count on was meeting her match.
In the eyes of outsiders, Tate Connors has it all; the ultimate LA bachelor who is content with his lifestyle of wild nights, women and one night stands. He's Mr. Unpredictable with looks that could destroy any woman with one glance.
The craziness of Los Angeles throws them into the chaotic path of each other. Savannah becomes the perfect game, and Tate becomes the ultimate prey. Lines are crossed, emotions are smashed, and the idea of who they truly are begins to be tangled.
However, one thing will become clear.
They are more alike than either one could ever have imagined
Breathless starts off right where Just Breathe left off. Savannah is in New York due to work reasons leaving Tate home away from the woman he loves. Breathless is told from Tate's point of view, which I loved. We get to see his thoughts, his fears, his insecurities, his doubts and, most of all, his love for Sav. Being in his head also let us see that he is not that playboy we first met in Just Breathe, he has grown from that. He does have a jealous side due to his past that he still needs to work on.
Tate's and Sav's relationship it's still a work in progress. They have a few communication and trust issues that they need to work on if they want their relationship to last. I know they love each other, the connection is there, but I can't wait for them to work on their issues. There was some drama thrown in there that I'm also hoping gets resolved in the next one.
We got to see some of the secondary characters that we love like Jack, Tanzi and Mr. Davenport. I hope we get to see the whole gang in book two.
Overall, I really liked this novella. Even though it was short, to me, it didn't feel like anything was missing. I can't wait to read the next one and see what happens with these two.
Tate Connors is a name that will always put a smile on my face. After reading, and absolutely loving Just Breathe I was completely in love with this man, I remember saying that I want one just like him. When I heard that Tate was going to get his own novella I was excited, I couldn’t wait to spend a quiet afternoon on my sofa with this arrogant, charming, hot and sexy man, and to get inside his head.
Sav and Tate are two of my favourite characters; Rachel Brookes does an amazing job again of making you feel their love, connection, chemistry and intense passion, which was, as always, off the charts. Tate and Sav love each other hard, and I love when these two are together, sparks always fly.
I’m not going to go into the storyline, but Breathless pick up immediately after Just Breathe finishes with Savannah leaving to work in New York for a month. Sav is Tate’s world, and it doesn’t take him long to realise that he can’t spend a month away from her. Without her knowing, Tate gets a plane to New York to surprise her. Tate’s time in New York with Sav is not as smooth sailing as he would have hoped. Jealousy, insecurities, a misunderstanding, and ex-lovers all add drama and angst.
However, it wasn’t all drama, I loved the emotions, the humour, the romance, and above all the sexiness of this book. I loved being inside Tate’s head and seeing all his different emotions, alpha-male ways, his fears, his self-doubt, his hopes, but overall how much he loves Sav, and that he would do anything for her.
Overall I loved what Rachel has done with this one. Okay the ending maybe not so much! As there is no gentle way to say this, but Rachel does leave you with a cliffhanger, and an emotional one at that. There was one character I wanted to punch, one I wanted to knock some sense into, and one I just wanted to hug.
Breathless was a great follow up, and just what I needed. I do love a bit of Tate Connors. J I can’t wait to read the next book “Breath Again” and find out what is going to happen next to Sav and Tate. I have heard from a very reliable, fun loving, thong wearing, vegemite and Tim Tams loving Aussie source that it may be some time in February, so Woo-Hoo! I’m pleased that the wait is not too long.
Breathless is a must read if you have read, and loved Just Breathe.
“I was Tate Connors, man of the night, destroyer of woman, and a notorious ladies’ man, not this guy that was on the brink of a nervous breakdown because his girlfriend had left town”
“I was so scared of you, Tate. You made me feel things that I never thought I’d ever feel from day one. I didn’t know love until I met you”
“One night hadn’t been enough for me- it would never be enough. She was the perfect drug to me. She gave me the hit I needed and kept me craving for more.”
“I need to be with you. I need to feel you inside me. I need to feel everything between us. Show me” ~Sav
It took one moment to lead me to give my heart to a girl without reservation and loving a girl like I never thought I could. My eternity was in her hands.
“You deserve me because you are the best man I know and you love me like no one has ever loved me before.”
“Just hearing her name made my heart explode. I was in love with her. I was weak when it came to her, and it scared the shit outta me.”
Rachel sometimes forgets to eat, sometimes forgets to sleep and sometimes can’t remember the last time she cleaned her apartment but that’s because she is in a long term relationship with her laptop and is constantly writing.
When she does step away from her laptop she can be found taking too many photos, making scrumptious cocktails, laughing at Adam Sandler movies and spending her time with her amazing family and friends.
With her first novel, Just Breathe, due to be released in July 2013, her dream of releasing a book will become reality. With another three books already taking up her mind, she cannot wait to start this crazy ride.
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