Friday, July 11, 2014

~Review: Breaking to Breathe (Charistown #3) by Lisa N. Paul~

Two people so bent they can no longer stand tall... 

With his sexy looks, his seductive dirty talk, and his resident bad boy reputation,
Kyle Marx was the thrill-ride every woman wanted to experience…at least once.
And once is all he’d ever offer. 
Suffocating in his own personal hell, Kyle thought sex, booze, and drugs could numb the pain of his past 
Until an angel challenged him to fight…to feel
After living through a childhood that left her vulnerable and exposed, Cate Lockton mastered the art of blending in instead of standing out. She locked herself away to prevent more damage to her already fractured heart. She never imagined a man with a past more broken than her own would crash into her world and force her to let him in.
Their lives first collided on a stormy night. 
But Danny’s on Main is where they finally connected. A neighborhood bar where strangers become friends, friends become family and some become lovers, and where the strong learn that while you can bend to exist, sometimes you’ve gotta 
Break… so you can Breathe.

Overall Rating:  4.5 Rockin’ ★★★★☆

In this contemporary romance novel by Lisa N. Paul, I was unsure what to expect as this was the first book that I have read by this author.  Ms. Paul blew me away with the raw emotions that she evoked with her story.  It was well written and the flow was achingly beautiful.   It wrenched at the heart strings as I read and empathized with each character.  The two main characters Kyle and Cate are damaged souls that barely exist while they watch life passing them by. 
“Let’s see what else you like.” He wrapped his large hands around her waist and pulled her flush against his groin…”
Kyle is the typical playboy with a chip on his shoulder hating the world for the hand he had been dealt as a child. He is an adrenalin seeker that uses his good looks and bad boy reputation to hide the hell that he is really trapped in. He never allows anyone to get close while wielding sex, lust, and alcohol to dull his painful past.
“That’s when I knew,” his voice was low and husky.  “I knew you were my angel sent to guide me.  You’ve come to me in my dreams.  And some night, I’ve hated it, because I never thought I’d feel you touch again. But that night, when you walked in Danny’s, everything changed, Cate”
Cate hides herself deep within a wall she has built to keep everyone out.  She does not want to feel and keeps her emotions locked tightly and never allows them to surface.  Cate seems to fade away in a group, never calling attention, hiding with people all around her keeping her broken heart safe. Her past haunts her and has left her feeling exposed and vulnerable to others until she meets him. Someone that is just as damaged and broken as she is.  These two lost and broken souls come together in a most unexpected way, during Hurricane Leo at a local bar.  His angel challenges him to fight, to feel and to break away from the past. 
“Cate, baby, please, open your eyes and look at me while I make love to you.”  Those words had never before entered his mind, let alone left his mouth, yet in that moment, no words ever felt more right.
Will Cate and Kyle find the peace that they both need?   Can they come together and heal the broken pieces of their past? 
Hero –Kyle Marx: 5 stars
Heroine –Cate Lockton: 5 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4.5 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a beautifully written story about two broken souls that meet and find a way to heal.  You will laugh at some parts and cry during others.  The author has a way of making the reader feel that they are part of the emotions that each character is experiencing and it helps them too  understands why sometimes you must break to breath. I thoroughly enjoyed every last page and couldn't devour it fast enough.  This is truly a must read! 

Would I read other books by this author: Yes! Love this author’s books and the way she emerges her readers into the world she creates with her words. I cannot wait to read the next book perhaps it will be one of the secondary characters from this book.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review***

No comments:

Post a Comment