*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
I continued my Kristen Ashley marathon by diving straight into Breathe. When I discovered at the end of Lady Luck, that it was in fact Chace’s turn to get a story, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t sure if he was a good guy or not and I didn’t really want to read about him. Well out of curiosity, I read the sneak peek at the end of Ty’s story and I was hooked, I wanted to know more about the shy librarian, Faye, and how she captured Chace.
I immediately liked Faye’s character; I wondered how KA would portray a twenty nine year old virgin without being cliché. I thought this was done really well and it actually made me want her and Chace be together even more. Faye harboured a crush for the small town cop for over thirteen years and subconsciously or not, she was saving herself for him.
Chace had many demons to excise. The police department he dedicated his life to was full of crooked cops and Chase felt guilty about not taking action sooner, he also had the death of his ex-wife on his hands. There was no love lost between Misty and Chace but he made it his mission to track down her murderer to find peace for both himself and Misty’s memory.
I loved to witness the change in Faye as the story progressed. At the beginning, Faye was shy and insecure. She didn’t feel worthy of a guy like Chace but as their relationship blossomed, Chace proved to Faye that she was his equal and worthy of his love. It was a pleasure to see her confidence grow.
“I’d walk to the ends of the earth hand in hand with Chace Keaton and all he had to do to get me to do it was kiss me deep, smile at me, hold my hand and call me baby.”
“Everything about you is hot, honey. You got nothin’ to be embarrassed, ashamed or worried about because you’re the best I ever had. All of you. All we share. The best kiss. The best orgasm. The best lovemaking. And seriously the best fuck.”
“I didn’t look like the shy, virgin, town librarian anymore. I looked like the stylish town librarian who was regularly getting banged by the town’s hottest cop.”
My favourite part of the storyline was the young boy in need of help that frequently visited Faye’s library. Malachi brought out the caring side of both Faye and Chace but he also added mystery and intrigue to the story. My heart ached as the story was coming to a close and I felt so much for these characters, it really was bittersweet.
I’m beginning to notice the formula to this series, and although the books share many similarities, I recognise it as classic KA and I find myself searching out one of these books whenever I am in need of a traditional alpha.
I’m getting into the swing of Kristen’s writing and also the lack of a connective at the beginning of questions that have me rereading the sentences to understand the intent. However, those quirks are minor points and they don’t halt my enjoyment of the story and in actual fact I have found myself becoming quite the KA fan.
Unexpectedly, Breathe is my favourite of the series so far. I just felt for Faye and Chace from the beginning and felt they both deserved a break in life. Chace was this big tough cop, but underneath he didn’t feel worthy and I loved the way in which Faye showed him otherwise.
“He pulled her even closer knowing one more thing. He wasn’t falling anymore for Faye Goodknight. He wasn’t halfway there. He was gone.”
“Now, after six fuckin’ years of feelin’ buried under shit, I see it through your eyes and finally feel clean. For the first time in six years, I feel free.”
Breathe can be read as a standalone, although you will want to read about the other couples as soon as you meet them. This book pulled at my heartstrings, had me sobbing into my pillow but in the end it left me with a huge smile on my face. I recommend you read this one!
Faye is so sweet, adorable, beautiful, and kind. She's also fraking (her word, not mine) hilarious when she gets upset and starts rambling off into Star Wars or Battlestar Galactica references. If you ask her a question about her "geeky" shows, she'll go on forever. If she weren't stuck in a book, I'd be making her my new best friend.
Chace is the town hero. A cop who helped cleaned up the corrupt Carnal Police Department. And even though had been through hell with the life he previously lead and death of his wife, he always had Faye in the back of his mind. For much longer than she had ever known. When he was finally free to have real love, he went and got his real love and loved her like no other.
Their attraction to one another is what brought them together, but the compassion they both had towards one special little boy is what bonded them together and fueled their relationship further. The determination they had in making his life better is what melted my heart as a reader. Of course there is the usual falling in love, misunderstandings, mending the parts of their hearts they thought were already healed. Of course might as well throw in a disappearance and the chase to the rescue before it ends in disaster...Breathe Faye. And I even got a little giddy when a character from Rock Chicks showed up in the story, so freaking good! I mean I kind of knew something was up with Faye's internet friends, or rather "band of misfits" as Chace calls them, but I wasn't expecting that.
Usually with a book I fall in love with one MC more than the other, but with these two I loved them just the same. How could you not, with two equally lovely and compassionate people? And even though they are not real, they made me want to be a better person and look out for those less fortunate and in harms way. Any thing, no matter how small, just to make someone else's life a little bit better. The whole story of Jeremiah (Miah, Malchi...yes he has a few names) touched my heart and made me sad and also hopeful that someone, somewhere out there also looks out for kids like him the same way Faye and Chace did for him. The way Miah looked up to them...so, so sweet and heart-warming. And his school speech...brought tears to my eyes, messy sad and happy tears mixed together!
"You go down on me, you get geek TV. I go down on you, you watch one of my programs."
"It's not classified information, Chace. You can read about it on Wookieepedia."
"Did they vow on Luke Skywalker's light saber that they'd stand down?"
"I held out for a hero and I don't give a frak if you don't think you're one. I know you are and even if you weren't one to the whole town, you're one to me and you can take that to the fraking bank."
Those are just a few of my favourite quotes, they made me laugh, love and cry. I thought this was such a great story and fabulous edition to the Colorado Mountain series!
Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up. And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.
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