A Reason to Breath Series: Reason #1
Also in this series: A Reason To Kill, A Reason To Live
Published by Self-published on January 21st 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Love at first sight never was so dangerous.
Jack Gunnison has a problem, well, two, actually, one is 5'5" and the other...A killer.
Jennifer Stewart needs a change after losing her husband and sending her daughter off to college.
Moving to the high country of Colorado to restart her life and, follow her dreams, Jenn gets more than she bargained for when she attracts the eye of a killer.
Together, Jack and Jenn must figure out his identity, before he strikes again.
A Reason to Breathe by C.P Smith was a cute, fun read. It’s one of those books though, you either like it, or you don’t. It’s also one of those books that if I gave a crap what my friends reading “literary fiction” thought of me for reading the books I like, I might be embarrassed for liking. Good thing, I don’t give a shit!
A killer, men with guns, and a gorgeous Sheriff with a magic mouth… Welcome to Colorado, Jennifer, you asked for it, you got it, now what are you going to do with it?
I knew before I started reading A Reason to Breathe that the style of the writing had been compared to a Kristen Ashley book and the hero was an alpha male. That was a quick one click for me! I didn’t realize the story was reminiscent of one of the Rock Chick books. HOORAY! If you’re not a Kristen Ashley fan or you didn’t enjoy the Rock Chick series, this may not be a book you can appreciate. As someone who loves Kristen Ashley and adored the Rock Chicks (and still terribly miss their crazy antics and dramas), I was in major LIKE with this book from the beginning.
One WARNING: This book CANNOT be taken too seriously. Almost everything about the story is over the top and exaggerated. For example, every single man in the whole town falls hard for the heroine. Every. Single. Man. The damsel stays in distress pretty much the whole book and then some and the hero has significant caveman tendencies…
I do think the book was about 25% too long. The author should have eliminated a couple of those distresses and wrapped things up a little quicker. I mean seriously, Jenn just didn’t get a break. And TSTL moments? Let’s just say they are plentiful. There were a few mis-spelled words here and there but nothing that distracted me from the story. I can see that some readers may consider A Reason to Breathe Kristen Ashley fan fiction. I don’t think that would be an unfair statement. I don’t know a lot about fan fiction but I don’t think it’s a negative thing necessarily. This book is definitely inspired by Kristen Ashley and the author actually states that in her acknowledgements. All that being said… there was a lot about this book I really liked!
I really enjoyed the back and forth banter between Jack and Jenn.
“You know for a reporter, you’re kinda sweet. Not at all what I expected after this morning. Gotta say, Babe, it’s nice to see.” Wait, I’m not sure that was a compliment? I wanted to be seen as a serious reporter, not sweet?
“I can be a bitch; I can eat up balls, spit them out and then trample them with my boots.” Jack’s eyebrows shot to his forehead.
“Eat up balls and spit them out? Jesus, I’m gonna have to keep a close eye on you. Men will be falling all over themselves to get to your brand of ball-breaking.”
I liked the supporting cast of characters and the small town feel of the story as everyone in town seemed to get involved in solving the “who done it”.
“Jesus, I’ve got Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys on my hands.”
I also liked that the characters were older and not right out of college or in their twenties. I thought the heat factor was surprisingly hot for such a lighthearted book. Of course, that may be because I could appreciate Jack’s dirty talk that had a lot of bossy in it.
“You hot for me?” He whispered in my ear as his fingers curled up and hit the spot. Oh, god, the feeling that was building was incredible, consuming, then his thumb rubbed my clit, his fingers tapping my core again, and I knew it was going to be huge when I came.
“Jenn, you gonna ignite for me?”
“Yes, Jack,” I whimpered, my hand digging into the couch, needing something to hold onto and brace myself against. This feeling he was building in me was earth shattering, and I felt like I would fall, if I didn’t hang on.
“You wanna feel me stretch you tight?”
“Please, Jack, fuck me.”
Jack removed his hand and then positioned his cock at my entrance, and growled, “You got it, Baby,”
Okay, so sometimes I’m a little bit of a pushover when an author throws in some dirty talk…what can I say?
I thought the epilogue was a cute way to wrap up the story and I liked the HEA the author gave Jack and Jenn.
So, overall, I really liked it. Was it wonderfully written with an original plot and multi-dimensional characters? Hell NO! But it was fun and light and had me laughing more than once. It was a definite comfort read with more than a dash of guilty pleasure. I am giving this close to..almost…4 GUILTY PLEASURE STARS! So the writing wasn’t that polished and all that. I get it. But I still enjoyed it!
I’m not sure if the author is planning any type of follow up to this book, but I’d definitely read it if she does. Perhaps Bailey grows up a little and gets her own book? I did notice the author plans to release another book, Slo Ride, in May and the blurb says the heroine is 50 years old. While I’m hanging on to my thirties as long as I can, it’s nice to see writers offer books with older characters. When I get in my 50’s and 60’s, I’m definitely still going to be reading and would love to have the option to read about fun, sexy heroines my same age!
Reviewed by Miss V
4 Don’t Take This Too Seriously Stars
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