Review: Breathe by Kristen Ashley

Review: Breathe by Kristen AshleyBreathe by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #4
Published by Forever on 01/01/2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Ebook
Source: Amazon

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 . . .

Not too long ago I talked about how I am always searching for books with main characters that remind me of myselfSo when I heard Breathe by Kristen Ashley, a book about a shy librarian, I knew instantly that it was a book I needed to read.  So what did I do?  I hopped on over to Amazon, downloaded the ebook and started reading it the next day.

Faye, the shy librarian that made me want to read Breathe, really did remind me a lot of myself.  She always has her nose stuck in a book, which is something I certainly can relate to.  I really liked Faye, almost immediately.  She’s a really nice person, and she takes her job as the town librarian seriously.  Faye has also been crushing on town cop, Chace, for years and years, but she also believes that nothing will happen between her and Chace.

Chace . . . took some time to warm up to.  He is a total asshat at the beginning of the story, which I think might be a sort of thing with Kristin Ashley books, and even though I understand why he is being a jerk, it still doesn’t make it okay.  But luckily, he soon got his act together, and then he was very nice to Faye.  Chace is that alpha male hero, and sometimes I love alpha male heroes (like Lori Foster’s heroes!!) and sometimes they end up becoming this overprotective crazy people.  I’d say that Chace is somewhere in between.  It’s like he doesn’t know how to deal with his feelings of something bad happening to Faye, so he would get a little crazy protective.

But even though Chace was a jerk in the beginning, and a bit too protective for my tastes, I still was totally shipping Chace and Faye.  I could just see how they would make a great couple, and that their relationship with last.

My real complaint had to deal with some aspects of the plot and the length of BreatheBreathe is a contemporary romance.  I would say, at max, this type of book should be 450 pages.  But Breathe was 650 pages!  That’s insane and way too long in my opinion.  Part of the reason it was so long was the odd way the characters spoke.  They would converse in these weird, drawn out statements.  Every single character.  Maybe it bothered me because I’m from Central New York, and we tend to get to the point more quickly.  But the way the characters spoke was jut odd, and often I had to re-read the dialogue to figure out just what the heck these people were saying.  It was always “I knew he liked that, and I know this because blah blah blah.”  Why not say, I know he liked that because …. Another thing I wasn’t a fan of was the epilogue.  First it was kind of confusing timeline wise, but also it was SOOOOO long.  I really, truly, didn’t need to know all that.  It was just too long.

One other odd thing about Breathe was the alternating POVs.  Some chapters are told from Faye’s POV in first person.  But then some chapters are told from Chace’s third person POV.  I think Breathe would have been better if it were written all in third person.

I also found some of the plot to be a bit farfetched, but, I think you go into these books prepared for that.  And, I did like Chace and I loved Faye.  I also thought that Ashley did a wonderful job in portraying what it’s like working in a public library.  She didn’t make Faye a stereotypical librarian with her hair in a bun always saying shush.  Sure, Faye was a reading addict, and she loved geeky shows (definitely a favorite part of the book) but she had fashion sense, and she had strong feelings on why public libraries are so important.

So ultimately, I enjoyed BreatheIt may be far from perfect, but there were a lot of things that I really loved about it.  I can’t really say that I will read more books by Ashley, but I won’t be avoiding them either.  If you are a contemporary romance fan that loves the alpha heroes I think you might enjoy Breathe.  Just be prepared on how long this book is!  And the odd way people talk.


5 Responses to “Review: Breathe by Kristen Ashley”

  1. Asheley (@BookwormAsheley)

    I’ve had my eye on this series and interestingly enough, I’ve read where people have mentioned the length of the books and the odd way that the characters talk! The covers are so pretty though and I’m still intrigued. This author’s fans seem to REALLY LOVE her books, which makes me further interested. I love loyalty like that and it makes me curious! For a contemporary that is that long, I need to make sure I’m reading on my Kindle (:

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I think if you like adult contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense and very alpha heroes, then you might like this. It is long, as I said, but it does go quickly. There is definitely sexytimes in this too, so that’s good to know, in case that bothers you. I did like it, but more because I liked Faye so much. I am somewhat interested in her other books in the series.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I read a short story by Ashley that really didn’t work for me but I’ve been curious because it seems like so many people really love her books. I’m really on board with Faye being a librarian but the rest of it sounds like it might not work for me. Given my previous experience with Ashley I think I’ll give her a miss. Thanks for sharing! Great review.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Yeah, if you didn’t care for her short story, I doubt you’d like this. From what I’ve heard, she’s got a certain way of writing, that either works for people or doesn’t.

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    Like you, I’m always interested in librarian characters. I haven’t tried anything by Kristen Ashley though I know a lot of people like her style. I’m just not sure about the page length (650? Yikes!) or the super alpha hero part. Thanks for the thoughtful review!

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