Barely Breathing by Pamela Clare

A hot contemporary romance from the author of the acclaimed I-Team series…

Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the small Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job BarelyBreathing_PamelaClareand with little choice but to move back in with her eccentric father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.

As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart to pieces and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.

When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.

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BOOK REVIEW

Barely Breathing by Pamela Clare was stunning to read. The story captured my attention from the first chapter through to the end. Lexi and Austin, former high school sweethearts meet again after 12 years apart. Their prickly re-introduction held some funny moments and the story itself was filled with swirling emotions, funny words/exchanges and heartfelt moments.

Austin and Lexi’s reunion had some simmering chemistry from the start and lots of steamy interludes throughout the read, some even bringing out the laughs. 😀 Both characters faced their own challenges and shared history within the story. Twists and some action/suspense in the story was an added bonus to the read. Hawke was a complete hoot and his attitude of not worrying about his two friends obvious prickliness brought out the funny moments 😛 If Hawke’s character gets his own story, it’s one this reader cannot wait to read. :) A cast of characters added to the greatness of the novel. Barely Breathing was a sensational read and tremendous opener to the Colorado High Country series by Pamela Clare.
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Undeniable: Always 3 by Cherie M Hudson

Sit still for a moment. Close your eyes. Listen. Just listen. What do you hear? When I do Undeniable_CherieMHudsonthat, I hear … fuzz. Okay, not really fuzz, but it’s hard to explain what I hear. Put your hands over your ears. Hear that? That’s kind of like what I hear, but not really …

I feel sound. Does that make sense? Being deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other sucks. People think I’m dumb. I’m not dumb. I just can’t hear you. I’ve worked out however, people thinking you’re dumb actually works to your advantage. When people think you’re dumb, they don’t expect anything from you. And when they don’t expect anything from you, you don’t have to engage with them. I’m okay with that.

So why the hell is my sister’s boyfriend’s cousin, an annoying Australian named Caden, so adamant he wants to talk to me? I can’t work out if he’s laughing at me, or if he can see what I can see … the world is worth laughing at. What kind of name is Caden any way?

I also can’t work out why, for the first time ever, I wish I could truly hear the way normal people do. Surely it has nothing to do with the fact I wonder what his heart would sound like beating in his chest if I lay my head on it. I can’t work it out and I don’t like it.

Damn it.

Perfect for fans of The Fault in Our Stars, Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult, Undeniable is the third book in the Always series that began with Unconditional.

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Book Review

Chase and Caden’s characters had sass in spades. Chase’s feisty shield but big heart and Caden’s big teddy bear demeanour throughout the story were completely entertaining. The frank honesty in each of Caden and Chase’s words was superb reading and pulled at the emotions of this reader. The quips and banter between characters was awesome 😀 Even the secondary characters in the book added to the greatness of the story. Too many favourite lines to quote and many I’d like to remember lol
Enjoyable reading from start to finish.
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Wish List: City Love 4 by Belinda Williams

Cate Harmon likes lists. While this may serve her well as a financial planner, her girlfriends think that creating a checklist for her ideal man is going a step too far. But she WishList_BelindWilliams_MomentumBookshas one, and she’s sticking to it.

Cate has always dreamed of starting a family and settling down and yet she’s the only one of her close knit friendship group still unattached. But that doesn’t mean she’s going to lower her standards.

Enter Dave, a reformed bad boy with gorgeous hair and eyes the wrong color. Dave doesn’t tick any of the boxes on Cate’s list. It’s unthinkable that she would develop feelings for him, and yet … Cate finds herself being drawn to Dave in a way she’s never felt before.

Will Cate confront the reasons behind her list? Or will she risk losing a man who could be better than any list she could ever dream up?

This romance where opposites attract is perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, Victoria Dahl, and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

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My heart felt lighter reading this story :) A refreshingly funny, endearing and at times heartbreaking read!

Cate and Dave’s stilted conversations had me rapt from the start of the story.
Dave’s ability to always manage to take Cate by surprise with his shortened vocabulary was awesome :) Cate’s strength and vulnerability throughout the story pulled on this readers heartstrings. The story even had its share of twists that snuck up on this reader. Enough character development and depth in the story that fast became a book I did not want to put down. An enjoyable read from the start.

Overall, Wish List by Belinda Williams held many emotions in a read that had me laughing out loud one moment, swooning the next and in tears at others.
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Mr. and Mr. Smith by HelenKay Dimon

Secrets and seduction make for an explosive combination in HelenKay Dimon’s edgy, thrilling new series, which kicks off with a novel about two men who can handle any threat—except the one posed by desire.

Fisher Braun knows how to keep a secret. As a covert paramilitary operative, his job—MrandMrSmith_HelenKayDimon_RHLovesweptand his life—depends on it. He’s at the top of his game, ready for action and always in control. No enemy has ever brought him to his knees, but one lover has: Zachary Allen, the man currently sharing his bed. The perfect package of brains and brawn, Zach is someone worth coming home to, and Fisher hates keeping him in the dark about what he does. But the lies keep Zach safe. Until the day Fisher loses everything. . . .

Zachary Allen is no innocent civilian. Although he plays the tech geek, in reality he’s deep undercover for the CIA. In a horrible twist of fate, the criminal enterprise he’s infiltrated has set its sights on the man whose touch drives him wild. Zach would do anything for Fisher—except blow his own cover. Now, in order to save him, Zach must betray him first. And he needs Fisher to trust him with all his heart if they want to make it out alive.

Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

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Action packed reading with twists and turns in the story that entertained. Strong character chemistry between Fisher and Zach and strong friendships portrayed that were a delight to read. The story started of at a running pace and did not stop till the finish. A great series start.
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Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey – Review & Excerpt Tour Post!

Today’s feature post is my book review as part of the Review and Excerpt Tour via InkslingerPR for Tessa Bailey’s newest release Too Hot To Handle, book one of Romancing The Clarksons, available now!

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Book Review

I am laughing out loud just writing this review, remembering the various chapters that kept me giggling and witty lines that brought out the smiles 😀 . And that’s not even the best part. The story as a whole was full of depth, believability and what felt like genuine characters. Their pain, challenges and triumphs pulling at the heartstrings and emotions of this reader. Rita’s character was written with flawless magnificence. Her character, while often vulnerable, still held much strength, and was written with credibility. Jasper was an absolute swoonfest, loveable, “can I have one too, if only” character that absolutely just jumped from the pages for this reader. His big heart and caring, focussed character was entertaining and superbly portrayed. Both characters shined in a story I couldn’t get enough of. Such emotion packed reading that made for a read not to be missed. Not to forget Rosemary – what a hoot of a character lol :) There wasn’t anything about this book I didn’t like. Rita’s siblings – Belmont. BELMONT – OMG his character had me speechless in all the right ways – intense (ahem, Ms Bailey #PMB ring any bells lol) and Sage’s introduction in Belmont’s circle will make for a great, cannot wait, read. Aaron – bahahahaha rightious, funny, sarcastic and pristine to boot, and Peggy lmbo – sweet, sassy and a whole lot of smooth – all of their characters have their own tale to tell and if it’s anything like how they grabbed this readers attention in Too Hot To Handle, with their funny multi-liners and smouldering smexiness that burnt the pages on every page turn, then I can not wait to read each of their stories. I cannot say enough how much I truly enjoyed reading this story and the characters within. All of it just blissful reading 😀
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About Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey

When rescue looks like a whole lot of trouble . . .

The road trip was definitely a bad idea. Having already flambéed her culinary career TooHotToHandle_TessaBaileybeyond recognition, Rita Clarkson is now stranded in God-Knows-Where, New Mexico, with a busted-ass car and her three temperamental siblings, who she hasn’t seen in years. When rescue shows up—six-feet-plus of hot, charming sex on a motorcycle—Rita’s pretty certain she’s gone from the frying pan right into the fire . . .

Jasper Ellis has a bad boy reputation in this town, and he loathes it. The moment he sees Rita, though, Jasper knows he’s about to be sorely tempted. There’s something real between them. Something raw. And Jasper has only a few days to show Rita that he isn’t just for tonight—he’s forever.

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Excerpt – Too Hot To Handle by Tessa Bailey

“Believe this, Rita. I think you’re gorgeous as sin and I need your mouth on mine.”

Rita nodded, meshing their wet lips together in the process. “I want to believe that. You might have to help me.”

“Thank Christ.”

Their mouths slanted and somehow—somehow—that feast of lips and tongue and teeth was even more potent than the night before. His knee rammed into the bike—almost as if his leg had tried to buckle—shooting pain up his right thigh, but it vanished under the pleasure.

Vanished into vapor. The stroking, hot, abandon of Rita. They were both breathing through their noses so as not to break the voracious mouth-fucking they were engaging in, and that shouldn’t have been so all-out sexy. But it sure as shit was. They were attacking each other with seeking tongues and open lips, playing chicken to see who would give in first.

When her hands slipped under his shirt and pulled down on his belt buckle, putting pressure on Jasper’s cock, he cursed into her mouth, securing his fist in her hair like a goddamn barbarian. And she liked it, too. Why else would she be tugging on his belt, encouraging him to rock into the notch of her pussy? Too far. This was going too far. Any farther and they’d end up somewhere naked.

She’d leave the encounter with no doubt of his experience, because, hell, Jasper knew every button to press, when to change rhythm, when to be forceful or pull back. Knew it all. But Rita wouldn’t look at him the same way afterward. She’d see the local tramp, like everyone else.

She’d leave. And he’d have failed in his one attempt to be more to someone.

Jasper tore his mouth free, releasing a gruff exhale into her neck. “You have me ready to bust in my jeans, beautiful. I was smoother than this in high school.”

“That’s a scary thought,” she breathed out in a rush, her fists still curling in his shirt.

“Was that the other half of your apology for last night? B-because I have to say, it was pretty effective.”

“At the risk of sounding arrogant, Rita, I haven’t even moved my hips yet. You’ve barely gotten a preview of how thoroughly I can…apologize.”

 

About The Author

Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, tessabaileyshe packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.

Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.

She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.

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