Can't Hardly Breathe
The Original Heartbreakers #4
by Gena Showalter
Publisher ~ Harlequin
Genres ~ Contemporary Romance
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with an irresistible Original Heartbreakers story about a woman who's never felt desired and the man who wants her more than air to breathe…
Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis's past is full of memories she'd rather forget. But there's one she can't seem to shake—her long-standing crush on former army ranger Daniel Porter. Now that the sexy bad boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out…but his every heated glance makes her want to join him instead.
Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves curvy Dorothea night and day, he's as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her.
But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.
I love romance books with a kick and this is one of those books. Author Gena Showalter does an outstanding job incorporating PTSD and bullying into this storyline drawing the reader into the parts of Dorothea and Daniel that are broken. As the reader rapidly progresses through this book they will be ecstatic with the chain of events and the resolutions the author presents.
More people than not, have had the same experience as Dorothea did throughout her school year ages. I did. Not about weight but my unusual looks. So for me this book brought back my pain, then slowly eased it away while leaving me with the feeling of winning over the bullies once again. Well done.
I don't have much experience with PTSD but from friends I have stories of how it affected their relationships. Most of their stories had some similarities such as Daniel and his friends. For me this book showed the struggles, triumphs and then the struggles again. It was realistic.
I give this 5 STARS for hitting hard subjects in a compassionate manner and creating a realistic love.
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
My Reviews Of The Original Heartbreakers Series
The Closer You Come #1 - My ReviewCan't Hardly Breathe #4 - My Review
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.
Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been translated all over the world. The critics have called her books "sizzling page-turners" and "utterly spellbinding stories", while Showalter herself has been called “a star on the rise”.
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