08 Jun '17

A solid series start in Pamela Clare’s Contemporary Barely Breathing (4 Stars)

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Barely Breathing by Pamela Clare
Series: Colorado High Country #1
Published by Pamela Clare on 2016-05-10
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
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Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the eccentric Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her 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 apart 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 again—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.

Note to readers: This is straight contemporary romance, not romantic suspense.

FTC : I bought this book.

Quick Scores :

Plot – 3/5
Romance – 4/5
Sexy Times – 5/5
Characters – 4/5
Chance of a re-read? – Yup!

Hash-Tags

#Contemporary  #MF-Romance #Hero-in-Uniform #Second-chance-romance #smexy

Nix Synopsis

After leaving her job under a undeserved cloud, Lexi goes back to her hometown to try to start afresh. Living with her alcoholic Father and bitch of a Step-Mother is difficult but seeing her high-school Sweetheart is even harder.

Park Ranger Austin has moved on from Lexi but still, when she turns up in his hometown, he can’t help his response. He wants to be cool and aloof but it doesn’t quite work like that when the chemistry between them never really died. As they spend more time together, they realise that fighting their attraction isn’t working so maybe they should release some tension 🙂 Well, at least until she goes back to Chicago….

What I liked

I love Pamela Clare and I was so excited about a contemporary series from her! The one thing that is consistent throughout Ms Clare’s writing is her amazing character building and I liked both of the Protagonists.

Lexi is a woman who is down but in no way out.  Fired, dumped and broke, she does the only sensible thing and goes home but, while she is there, she doesn’t whine and mope, she just gets on with it. When the chance comes to rekindle her relationship with Austin, even for a brief time, she jumps at it. I just loved the strength and resilence of her character; there was no getting her down and I loved that about her!

I love that Austin wasn’t overly Alpha. He was sporty, caring and hot, but he came with a sense of humor and sensitivity that no true Alpha ever has (the scene with the handcuff’s…just wait!). He was supportive of Lexi all the way through the story, no matter the cost to himself or his heart. Basically, another swoon-worthy hero from Pamela Clare then 🙂

The final thing  that I really liked was the sex-positivity of this book. The sex was frequent, hot as hell and incredibly adventurous but, best of all, both protagonists are on board with this all the way through. I always love a heroine who isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants during sex and take enjoyment from it…girl-power!

What didn’t really work for me

This was a contemporary but it didn’t feel as fluffy as a contemporary should be. There was too much suspense type drama and words spent on things that didn’t really matter. It interrupted the flow a little and made the book seem a little slow in places. It isn’t a big thing .. overall I enjoyed it!

One line sum-up!#

This sexy series opener is a tale of fates colliding to give second chance love a shot.

four-stars

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