I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Barely Breathing by Pamela Clare
on 11 May 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Suspense
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Rating ~ 3.5 – 4 stars
I am a huge fan of Pamela Clare’s writing and her I-team series. When I heard she was starting a new series I was over the moon. This is slightly different to her I-team series which was a lot more action and suspense based but the writing, the romance and the plot still flowed beautifully.
Austin Taylor a former football player and is now a mountain ranger with some abandonment issues.
Lexi Jewell had a difficult childhood, her mother died when she was very young leading Lexi and her sister growing up esentially without their parents love because their father after the accident didn’t seem to care about his children and married another woman who also didn’t know how to take care of two young girls. So Lexi grew up working every hard in her fathers B&B with one goal in mind to leave behind Scarlet springs.
Lexi and Austin were high school sweet hearts who because of a misspoken sentence broke apart with both of them blaming the other for their broken heart. So when Lexi comes back to town Austin is just impatiently waiting for to leave again because he doesn’t want with the feelings and memories she brings back.
Lexi and Austin had a very adorable, cute and fun relationship. It was sweet and lovely to read especially they both knew they shouldn’t get involved with each other again but neither could resist. With some mountain climbing, rescuing and some suspense the book makes for a good lighthearted read about a second chance at love and HEA.
Quibbles: I really did not like Lexi’s father and her step-mother. They were both so aggravating; their characters and their behaviour. I also felt like we knew a lot more about Lexi then we did about Austin and maybe less scenes with Lexi’s family members and other secondary characters could have benefited the book more.
While this is a contemporary I liked that Ms. Clare did not completely forgo the suspense. It’s not to the extend that I-team had but its there and it blended extremely well with the story.
Overall, it was a good start to a series, the writing was always engaging and the secondary characters were very interesting. I’m looking forward to the next one.