on May 7, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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.
Barely Breathing is aptly named. There were parts of this book that held me so captive that I felt like I was barely breathing. Pamela Clare’s writing talent is virtually unparalleled. She can craft stories that feel so real that fiction and reality blur to a point that these characters come alive. Lexi and Austin came alive for me.
Another trademark of Pamela Clare’s writing is the research that she incorporates into her writing. With Barely Breathing, she turns that research to the topic of climbing and search and rescue. I found myself doing Google searches to find out more information about this highly skilled, potentially dangerous, and important job.
Surprisingly, just when I think I’ve found my favorite of Pamela Clare’s heroes, she writes another book and gives me another hero to fall in love with. Austin is a wonderful character and manages to be sweet, sexy, and swoon-worthy with a cherry on top! He has never gotten over Lexi, and when she returns to Scarlett Springs, Austin is not prepared to deal with the attraction that still smolders between them.
Pamela Clare can write some steamy reads, and the scenes with Austin and Lexi are certainly some of the steamiest that Clare has ever written. It was clear from the start that Austin and Lexi were destined to meet again.
This book has a small town feel that so many authors have been successful with. Although I will always be partial to Pamela Clare’s romantic suspense novels, it was refreshing to see that she is trying something new by introducing us to town setting that serves as almost a character onto itself.
Of course, there are many characters introduced to us that hopefully will get their own happily ever after’s soon. I am so thankful that this talented author is back writing again, and I will be first in line to read whatever she publishes!
Highly recommended start to this new series!