“You know, for a tough guy with a uniform and a gun, you’re basically a bunny-loving tree-hugger.”Pamela Clare, Barely Breathing, p. 136 (ebook)
I seem to have a knack of finding panty-melting books lately…and I like it! Granted, it does make me realize even more how long it’s been since I’ve had a man, a good man even, in my life. Ugh. Well, in the meantime I guess I’ll just have to make up for the loss by reading about the hunky men from Scarlet Springs. Oh, and of course, the abundance of those panty-melting sex scenes.
Those scenes are not short in nature either like they are in some books I’ve read. In some previous books I’ve come across the good scenes are sparse, only lasting for a few sentences, maybe for a few paragraphs. But the scenes in the Colorado High Country series…those go on for pages. And not in a way that it is dragged out so much that you lose interest and skip over it, it’s so good you want more. You want down and dirty details as to what’s going on with the characters? Well, you’ve got it with this series. Makes it seem as if you are right there in the room with them (face fanning begin!)
But of course, to make a book well worth the read it has to be more than just the sex. Yes, that is a very good part of the book, but if there wasn’t anything more to it, it would make me lose interest quite quickly. In Barely Breathing, the author did a great job of allowing us to get to know the characters in such a way as if you are close friends with them by the time you are done with it. And even though this is not considered a romantic suspense book, just a contemporary romance book, it still does have plenty of action going on that sweeps you up, making it difficult to put the book down. At least for me. The only reason why it took me the three days to read it is that, like usual, life had to get in the way.
The characters are what makes a story, well at least a good chunk of it, and the characters in this series are so well written that you want to know what happens to them even when it’s time to move onto the next book in the series. In this book, the main two characters are Lexi Jewell, a CPA who was born and raised in Scarlet Springs but thought she would have a better life in Chicago, and Austin Taylor, a Forest County Parks & Open Space Ranger. Two people who haven’t crossed paths for 12 long years after a horribly hard break-up at the young age of 17. From the first chapter, the tension between the two is evident, which made me want to continue reading as fast as I could to find out what was going to happen between the two. Of course, I knew they would get together in the end considering they are the two main characters of the story after all, but the fun part is going through the ups and downs with them page after page.
This was an overall good book. It wasn’t a perfect read as there were a few parts that got a bit choppy, at least to me, but it kept my attention from the beginning. This is a worthwhile read if you are looking for a cozy, steamy, enjoyable read.
About Barely Breathing
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.