Wow… I have NO idea how I missed reading this one upon it’s release. Especially considering I’ve read this author’s books that have come out since then, and I remember being excited for this one, way back when. It was the one with the cute, shy librarian that was crushing HARD on the alpha-male, no-nonsense cop, that didn’t have time for all of that.
From the start, it had that pure Kristen Ashley “old-school” feel to it, and I was SO into it. It had that whole unrequited love thing going on, but with an emotional, heartachey *oomph!*.
Maryse: Just started “Breathe” by Kristen Ashley and *gasp!* Chase is almost worse than Tate in his jerkish ways!!! The stuff he tells her. Gah! So meeeean. She’s got her work cut out for her. Yay me!!!
Tracie: OMG have you not read this one?! This was my first KA book ever and I FELL IN LOVE!!! Faye is the best fraking heroine ever!! I cried a few times in this one. Oh Maryse I’m so excited for you!
Maryse’s Book Blog: I know Tracie. I am chagrined. *shakes head* I can’t even believe it, but I feel like I fell into quite the hidden-treasure that has been out in the open all this time. So I’m happy I get to indulge in some old-school KA magic.
Tracie: No doubt this is one of her best! Way to Kick off your weekend!!
Angela: Ahhh, my niece is Ella Mae Bowen that sings “Holding Out For Hero”!!! I love me some Kristen Ashley! You absolutely rock Maryse-not sure what’d I do without your blog
Maryse’s Book Blog: Wow Angela, she did an AMAZING job on that!!! …And yes, I am in KA heaven right now!!
Angela: Thank you Maryse! We’re really proud of her. I’m so grateful Kristen appreciated her as well! Love all around!!!
Melanie: I know but omg Chase he will make you love him! But hey I love all KA’s alphas!
Cherie: This is one of my KA faves for that very reason. I love how she can redeem a hero.
Aly: This is my favorite KA Book EVER! Love love love it! I think I should do a re read with you!
Natalie: Chase is my all time fav KA man
Tracie: Agree with that^^
Susan: One of my fav KA books – I love Chase!!! I am thinking a re-read is in order!
Yvonne: Breathe gave me one of my biggest “Holy crap” KA moments ever ! Loved that book.
Bobbi: You haven’t read it yet?!? I loved this one! Chase gets better And this is one of her books that made me tear up, too. Oh and keep your eye out for a fun glimpse of a Rock Chick couple towards the end (Not a spoiler, promise)
Alyssa: Just wait. It gets, well interesting. And better. And awesome.
Erin: Love love love that book
Carissa: I’ve read Breathe like 5 times! Love it!!
Melissa: Since you mentioned it, I haven’t been able to get it off my mind, so I am going to re-read it tonight!!!
LK: I adored Breathe! Probably my favourite KA
Yvette: Omg I loved that book!!!!!!!
Cm: Love, love, love breathe. I’ve re-read it countless times!
Renate: Did you get to the part AFTER dinner with his mom yet….???? <— side note from Maryse. GAH!!!! THAT IS THE MOMENT THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST EMOTIONAL MOMENTS I HAVE EVER READ!!!! YES I AM SCREAMING!
Kodi: Ooooooh I loved this one hard!
Oh yesssss….. it had the abrupt hero that keeps rebuffing the heroine at every turn. Rudely (and I mean RUDELY) discouraging her from even trying to get his attention.
You know the type. Disgruntled, angry at the world (or namely his father, the police station he worked for, his wife…) you get the picture (and what a crazy picture it is!). Gorgeous. Respected. Cop (so he’s got that hero-potential). And one ya gotta chase. Really, work for. Just. My. Book-type.
Wait. WHAT!?? Our heroine is crushing on a married man? His wife? Well… yeah that was part of the previous book, and let’s just say it was a “marriage of convenience” but not his convenience. Essentially blackmailed into marrying this crazy woman, to protect his mother from what his father did… awww… it’s a long story. I’ll let you discover all of the ins-and-outs of that one. And anyway… she ended up murdered in a big bad shebang in the previous book, and well… he’s done.
So I loved that. I love the thrill of the chase, and her emotional internal dialogue. I loved being her (even though in real life, I would have hated it, at first). I loved feeling aghast at how anyone can speak to anyone else that way. Living in her head while she attempted worked him out of her system (and regain her self-esteem) in the process.
The heartache. The sad songs on repeat. Her friends. Knowing she had a support system that would get her over this decade-long crush.
And then I loved how he tentatively came back for her, despite his demands that she stay away from him. Because, you see, even though he didn’t “want all that”, he really really DID.
That was my favorite part of the book, and we get a good deal of it. My second favorite part of the book is the attempt at a relationship. And you know Kristen Ashley’s alphas. When they decide on “Mine!” there’s no room for negotiations. Mind you, they are absolute sweethearts under all of that chest-pounding, modern-caveman exterior, and they’d do ANYTHING for their woman. But it’s always fun being that woman, in her head, dealing with all of… that. <— Tee hee!!
And my other favorite part of the book? Oh my goodness. An easy 5-star for this section alone was a certain back-bone developing moment that blew me away!!!!!!!!!!!! At first, I was sad. Feeling cold all over. Just. Like. Her. Knowing… something was happening, and it wasn’t good. Then I was appalled. FURIOUS!!! And I was right there with her every single step of the way. OH that was one of my absolute favorite parts in any book I’ve ever read. I think… no. I have. Acted and said… those exact same things once. Rational? Irrational? Whatever that reaction was… it was me. That moment was one of the truest moments I’ve ever read in a book, and I’ll never forget it!
My qualms? Well… I’d say the middle and the end (especially the epilogue) were a bit…. longish, for me. Almost too comfortable to be exciting. Too easy-going (and maybe for a bit too long). I’d find myself skimming scenes, conversations, thoughts, just to get to a part I could get charged up about. And then it got exciting again. Many times. (whether emotionally, or action-wise), but when that would come back, I was right back in! Now of course, you can’t keep torturing these characters with non-stop crazy… I get that. I mean, after all, I DO love to “live” falling in love, with them. But… there was just something about this one that lost me (or my attention) every once in awhile. I’d put it down, but with every intention of finishing. Just some skimming here and there.
It was good! Heck, it’s classic Kristen Ashley, so you know you’re gonna feel it big time!
4 stars for the exciting stuff. The pining, the initial crush-crushing. Grrrr! (fun!!), the relationship roller coaster moments (actually 5 stars for that!!!), and some parts of two simultaneous story sidelines (the homeless boy and the dangerous bad-guys) <—although some of this was a bit too convoluted, to keep me glued. Oh and 5 stars for all the reasons of “Breathe”. You’ll see what I mean. Genius for so many reasons!!
3.5 to 4 stars for it, overall.