Breathe by Carly Phillips
Series: Rosewood Bay #2
Published by CP Publishing on May 15, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Fall in love with the Wards…
From troubled teen to successful general contractor, Jake Nichols turned his life around from his time in foster care. Divorced and single, he juggles his time between his daughter and his work. Next on his agenda, a new project that is his chance to prove his worth at the job he loves. Except he never anticipates that the only girl he's ever loved and lost as a teen is now a grown and beautiful woman in charge of the project.
Phoebe Ward has survived and conquered a painful past that includes foster care and becoming a teenaged mom. She wants nothing more than to focus on the present but it’s hard when she looks into the eyes of her son, knowing she’s tried and failed to find his father. She’s resigned herself to raising him alone with the help of her family… Until a client meeting brings her face to face with her first love. A boy… now a sexy man she thought she’d never see again … and the father of her child.
So many years have gone by and both of their lives have changed drastically. Will they be able to put the past behind them and find the second chance they both deserve?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
When I read the blurb for Breath it was like it was made for me. I mean, a single dad, a secret baby (so a single mom as well) two kids who found love in their teens amidst foster care and were separated by circumstances, now reunited serendipitously? Right there, that’s potential for magic to happen.
While a solidly good story with low angst and a light feel to it, I have to confess that maybe my high expectations played against me.
As I didn’t feel really connected to either character, their chemistry and sexual attraction never totally clicked for me, which made for some really awkward sex scenes in my head. I kept picturing that part of Love Actually where the couple who work in porn are filming the movie and they are like… mimicking sex while talking dispassionately about the weather?
I liked both Jake and Phoebe well enough. They were committed to being good parents, both hard working, nice, and set on overcoming their pasts. Phoebe was understandably shy to trust completely and giving herself and her heart out. Jake having learned from his past, was all in the moment he found Phoebe again. Their kids, Jamie and Callie were cute but they didn’t get much on-screen time, which was a total bummer for me as I really enjoy when the children are an important part of the story. What’s more, the situation with Jake’s ex, as well as with Phoebe’s boss felt a bit like missed opportunities. Especially with the whole “ex” debacle, I really felt that should have been expanded on and worked more in depth to make it more believable.
All in all, Breath was a nice, sweet romance with an uplifting message about family, love and being able to succeed in spite of the odds. And although it didn’t quite meet my expectations, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the story.
Rating: 3 “It’s always been you” Stars
“Are you my guardian?” she quipped, trying to keep things light as she tipped her head slightly, studying his tight, serious expression.
“I want to be.” His voice was serious as hell. His tone rubbed her in the most intimate way, her body swaying toward him.
“Jake.” He reached out a hand to cup her face, his calloused fingertips rough against her skin. So intense were his features, so erotic was his touch, his protectiveness cloaking her in heat. Her nipples even puckered into tight points of need.
“If I had my way, nobody would be able to take advantage of you, because they’d have to go through me in order to get to you.” Her face warmed at his words.
“That’s sweet of you to say.”
“I’m not feeling very sweet. In fact, I’m feeling pretty damned protective.” He was, and she liked it. A lot. His fingers skimmed her cheek as he spoke.
“I was lucky enough to find you again. I want a chance to see what could be between us,” he said, taking her off guard. But God, she wanted that, too.
Despite her brain telling her they needed to tread carefully, that they had a little boy to protect, her traitorous heart still wanted more. His blue gaze bored into hers, causing her heart to pound hard in her chest.
“I know things are complicated right now, but how many people get second chances?”
“Not many,” she agreed, knowing how lucky they were.
“So wouldn’t we be foolish to waste the opportunity?”
Meet Carly Phillips
Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.
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