New Release & Review: Breathe by Kristen Ashley


Ashley_Breathe_MMThe Boyfriend Bookmark: ★★★★★

BREATHE by Kristen Ashley (August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $7.00)

There’s nothing like the first time . . . 
In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town’s quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal’s last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She’s resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company—until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods . . . 

Chace doesn’t think he’s the good guy everyone believes him to be. He’s made a lot of choices he regrets, including denying his feelings for Faye. Through his choices, he’s come to believe the pretty librarian is too good for him, but after their time in the woods, Chace realizes that she may be his last chance for redemption. Soon, their long simmering desires grow to a burning passion. Yet always casting a shadow over their happiness is Chace’s dark past . . . 

Stephanie: ★★★★★
Holy Crap! I think this small mountain town has suffered enough! But there is something in all the mystery of this town that is just too captivating to walk away from! Being from a small mountain town in Colorado, the thing that draws me in so much in this series by Kristen Ashley is the people. Everyone knows everyone. Everyone is in everyone’s business. Everyone knows when to cling and when to let go. Well, for the most part anyway. But there are always one or two fresh faces that show up and make you question where they have been hiding out.
But let me tell you, my small town had nothing on Carnal! This town is small and in everyone’s business but there wasn’t this amount of hotness and steam rising from the dirt roads I lived on!
Faye is the librarian. She is smart, quiet, faithful and beautiful. There is something else… she is holding out for her hero. She knows he is out there and she is not going to take a chance on another guy when the one she has loved from afar is there. She knows without a doubt that Chace is that hero. She knows he is the man that will be her hero. But she will never make the move. That is part of the charm of admiring from far. If anything is going to happen, he is going to have to be the one to make the move.
But Chace isn’t really sure he has a chance. He thinks she is beautiful, he has always thought that, but he knows that his past is so screwed up that she would never find anything about him appealing. Especially knowing all the crap just about his deceased wife. Yes, he is a widow. Yes, her death has left a lot of unanswered questions. But Chace never loved her. But it was still his job, not only as a cop, but as her husband, to protect her and he didn’t do that. That is something Faye would never be able to see past.
Of course, this wouldn’t be the crazy town of Carnal if something strange didn’t happen. And Faye just wants to help this boy that she keeps seeing borrow books from the library without checking them out. She knows he has a story and she knows there is more to him than meets the eye. But this young boy may also be the key to bringing Faye and Chace together. Faye wants to make sure this boy is protected. Chase wants to make sure Faye is safe.
This book is amazing and highlights what Kristen Ashley does really well, it grabs your attention and then grips your heart. It pull and pushes and demands attention. it is captivating, inspiring and so full of emotion. I fell in love with Chace and I knew that he would eventually get his girl. But with all the freaky drama that is wrapped up in Carnal, you just never know what is going to happen. And this one took me by complete surprise. It was mystery, suspense, love and passion. There was the love of a small child that needed to be protected, there was a love that had burned so deep for so long… there was intrigue and steam. This book was just everything! It was amazing!


She put slight pressure on his chest and snapped, “You’re giving me mixed messages, Detective Keaton.”

It was the wrong thing to say.

Hearing her call him that, denying him something he’d come to love in the span of two weeks, thinking for years he’d never get his shot to hold the town’s pretty librarian in his arms just as he was doing right then. What he’d just endured with Bonar, all that coming back up. Faye being angry, pulling away. Something he’d been keeping a tenuous hold on for a long fucking time snapped inside him and he instantly decided to power through a different way.

He put not slight pressure on her entire body, his arms tightening, his frame pressing her into the door, his face getting close and he growled, “Right then, here’s one that isn’t mixed. Do not call me Detective Keaton. To you, I . . . am . . . Chace.”

“Oh . . .” she breathed then kept breathing when she finished, “kay.”

“Okay what?” he prompted.

“Okay, Chace,” she whispered immediately.

“Good,” he kept growling, “we got that down. Now we’ll get this straight and not mixed. You know my shit’s fucked up. I’m workin’ on that. You popped up with bad timing once and surprised me another time. I didn’t handle either of those well. The shit I’m workin’ through, I cannot promise I’ll do any better. What I can promise is I like the way you dress. I like the sound of your voice. I like the way you smell. I like that your hair feels the way it looks, like silk. I like the way you taste. I like that you got a backbone. I like it when you get scared of me. I like it when you stand up to me. I like it that you care as much as you do for a kid you don’t know jack about. I like it that you have no clue how to kiss but still, the two kisses I’ve shared with you are the best I’ve ever had. By far. I like all of that more than is healthy for me but especially for you. But I like it so much, I’m gonna ignore that and hope like fuck this doesn’t get jacked like everything else in my life has a tendency to do. I like it so much I’m willin’ to take that risk. I like it so much that I’ve decided you’re gonna take that risk with me. And I’ll make that straight too. I’m not asking you to take that risk, I’m tellin’ you you’re doin’ it. That means I’ll be at your place at seven with pizza, beer, a sleeping bag and food for our kid.”

He moved infinitesimally so his mouth was a breath away from hers and he could smell her gum. The look on her face, the feel of her in his arms and the smell of her gum cut clean through him like it always did.

Then he finished but he did it on a whisper.

“Now, baby, are we straight?”

“Yes,” she whispered back, proving, after his caveman speech, the baby thing worked fucking great.

“Good,” he muttered, fighting a grin.

“I don’t like beer,” she announced quietly.

“What do you like?”


“What kind?”

“With pizza?”



“Dry or sweet?”


“You got it, honey.”



Kristen Ashley grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, and the West Country of England. Thus she has been blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her posse is loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. Kristen was raised in a house with a large and multigenerational family. They lived on a very small farm in a small town in the heartland, and Kristen grew up listening to the strains of Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon, and Whitesnake. Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music and love was a good way to grow up.  And as she keeps growing up, it keeps getting better.

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