Breathe by Kristen Ashley

Breathe by Kristen AshleyBreathe by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #4
Published by Forever on December 11, 2012
Pages: 649 pages
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased

There's nothing like the first time . . .

In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods...

Chace doesn't think he's the good guy everyone believes him to be. He's made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he's come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace's dark past...

During the Colorado Mountain series re-read I was hesitant to dive into Breathe because I had somehow convinced myself that I didn’t like this installment as much as its predecessors. So color me confused when as I was reading Breathe that I found myself devouring its entirety as if I had never read it before; this is really starting to become a trend with Ashley’s stories. I don’t know what I was thinking but other than Kaleidoscope, which is the story I’m dreading re-reading, I have loved every story within the Colorado Mountain series.

The hero in Breathe had seriously been through the ringer, if you don’t know what I’m talking about read Lady Luck and prepare to have your stomach turn and eyes bug out. I really felt sympathy for him because of the road that he would have to travel in order to get clean of the muck he was carrying around. But what made his story in Breathe even harder was his view of himself as being unworthy of someone like Faith Goodknight, who had loved him since he first came to Carnal. Immediately from the beginning we’re introduced to just how jacked up his thought process is and the tangled webs he’s wrapped up in.

Faith’s character on the other hand surprised me. She’s so different from the other heroines that Ashley placed within this particular series because I identified more with of her character attributes. She embodied everything that the hero didn’t know that he needed, heck that I didn’t even know that he needed, and I’m usually a good predictor towards certain character types and storylines. She was soft when she needed to be and firm when the situation or pigheaded statements from the hero called for it.

What sucked about Breathe was that the craziness from Lady Luck didn’t die with that installment. The aftermath was practically worse in certain aspects than what happened to Ty and Lexi, not trying to compare woes because each hero had to battle some jacked-up-ness.

Next up is Jagged, and what all I can really remember about it’s story was that it was sort of a breath or fresh air after the previous stories in this series. I also remember that it connects to Ashley’s ‘Burg series which I thought was freaking cool.

About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA. She nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!).

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana but has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write.

Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multi-generational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland and existed amongst the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

  • I love that you’re doing a re-read. I’m doing one of my own – sort of. I started reading KA out of order so I decided to go back and read in order, re-reading those I’d already read. Colorado Mountain was not in the re-read but I KNOW I’ll revisit it. This is one of my favs in the series. In fact, my review was basically a love letter to KA. 😀 I liked Kaleidoscope as well though so hopefully your opinion of it improves upon re-reading it. Jagged. *sigh* Yeah, it’s a good one. But honestly, I don’t know that I’ve read anything from KA that was enjoyable. I look forward to seeing your thoughts on Jagged. 🙂

  • I think I have this book on my kindle….Your review makes me want to pick it up!