Breathing Shallow by Stephanie Adkins

Breathing Shallow by Stephanie Adkins
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Review by Violet

How does a woman get past the shock of her fiancé leaving her at the altar — for a man? For Kristen Carter, it involves throwing herself into her job as a journalist, and justifying that her life is much better without a man in it. Period. That is, until sexy and seductive construction worker Ayden McKenzie moves in next door. From the first moment she spies him naked through his bedroom window, she is instantly drawn to him like a moth to a flame.

But Ayden’s been around the block — several times. Now he’s craving the stability that a steady relationship can bring, and once he meets his next-door neighbor he feels he’s finally met his equal. The problem lies in turning Kristen into a believer … even after an unexpected visitor turns their world upside down.

Kristen is a woman scorned so of course when she meets Ayden and finds herself attracted, she turns and runs the other way. There is no way she will be hurt again. Ayden is the one guy who is out to prove to Kristen that not all men are the same. He will do whatever it takes to get the woman he adores.

I fell in love with this story as soon as Ayden’s character was introduced. He was a construction worker with a nice, hard body. He loved kids and enjoyed a woman in his arms. He was bound and determined that woman would be Kristen. I loved his tenacity, his patience and the way he held Kristen not just to make love to but to let her know that he would be there. I thought the plot line was fabulous. The author took me on a trip into the lives of Kristen and Ayden and I did not want to leave. They were a fun couple who had a few issues to deal with but it was interesting finding out how they dealt with certain situations. The instant attraction that they had for each other made the characters all that much more captivating.

I do have to add in my review that there is a tiny bit of voyeurism but not enough to warrant a person not to read Breathing Shallow if that sort of stuff offends you. You will find that the story line is consistent, upbeat and has just enough sexual tension throughout the book to really appreciate the sexual scenes when they come along.

Stephanie Adkins did a great job of writing what this reader is interested in. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in contemporary romance with just a splash of eroticism.

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