Series: The Maverick Billionaires #1
Published by LLC on June 10th 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Will Franconi has a dark past that he’s kept a closely guarded secret―very few people have ever heard his real story and he plans to keep it that way. After surviving a hellish childhood, he’s now living the dream life where everything he touches turns to gold. But something’s missing. He doesn’t quite know what until a simple letter from a teenage boy brings Harper Newman into his life. A woman who just might fill up the empty places inside him…if only he could ever be worthy of her love.
When a man has more money than he could possibly spend in five lifetimes, Harper has to ask herself what Will Franconi could possibly want from a woman like her? She’s learned the hard way that rich men always get what they want no matter the cost. If it was just herself she had to worry about, Harper would manage, but she’s guardian to her younger brother who depends on her for everything. After nearly losing his life in a car crash, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt him ever again.
Still, sometimes Harper can’t help but long to change her story from one of an always-cautious woman to an adventurous tale of a heroine who’s wild and free…especially when Will’s kisses and caresses make her utterly breathless. And as he begins to reveal his story to her, she discovers that he’s so much more than just another wealthy, privileged man. He’s kind and giving, and he fills up all the spaces inside of her heart that have been empty for so long. Together, can they rewrite their stories into a happily-ever-after that neither of them had previously thought was possible?
Breathless in Love is a contemporary romance novel co-written by Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully. As a major fan of Bella Andre’s Sullivan series (particularly on audio) I couldn’t resist giving this series a try when it was on sale on Audible. And I really did like Breathless in Love, but it definitely isn’t quite as endearing as the Sullivans series.
Breathless in Love is the first book in the Maverick Billionaire series and focuses on Will Franconi. Will is a billionaire, and he partly owns The Maverick Group, along with his other close friends. Will meets Harper through Harper’s brother, Jeremy, who wrote to Will because he loves Will’s car collection.
Will is such a nice guy, which is always a plus in my book. He did not have a good childhood, and demons from his past still haunt him, but he has worked hard to improve his life. He’s a very busy businessman, but he took time out of his day to visit with Jeremy, because he could relate to Jeremy’s passion for cars. So sweet, right?
Harper is great too, although she did totally frustrate me at times. She has a lot on her shoulders now, having to take care of Jeremy since their parents passed away. It’s a lot of pressure, but Harper is doing well, and is always looking out for Jeremy. I do really admire how Harper has devoted so much of her life to caring for her brother after her parents’ passed away. It isn’t an easy thing to do, but you can see how much she loves her brother and wants him to be safe and happy.
There is chemistry between Will and Harper right from the get-go, and I was totally feeling it. They are just nice people, and I wanted them to be happy. I loved how Will took a liking to Jeremy right away, and really wanted to help Jeremy stretch his wings a bit. And of course he wants to help Harper, not just get in her pants. Harper has some major walls up, which is understandable. I did see where some of the conflict was going early on and it was annoying. But still, I wanted these two to get together. They belonged with each other.
Breathless in Love did a little set up for the whole series, too, which I liked. I liked getting to know the other guys in the Maverick Group, and I simply cannot wait to get their stories! I love the strong bond these guys formed, and how they’ve helped each other along the way.
I really enjoyed Breathless in Love, and Eva Kaminsky was a fabulous narrator. If you are a fan of contemporary romance, give this one a shot. I don’t think it’s as amazing as a lot of The Sullivan books, but it’s still really good.
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