For those of us not ready to give up on fairy tales…

Beth Walker moved to Santa Christa to build a new happily-ever-after and do it all on her own. After having her castle pulled out from under her by her cheating ex-husband, she’s more than wary of anyone else coming into her life. But when she finds herself with a severely sprained ankle and storm clouds on the horizon, it might just be time to accept the help of a knight in shining armor.

Drew Barnes might look like Prince Charming, but he’s better suited to slaying the dragons of Beth’s past. After coming to Beth’s rescue, Drew doesn’t know why Beth went from hot to cold. Even worse, he doesn’t know why he can’t stop thinking about her. But when a chance encounter brings them back together, the more he comes to learn about her past, and the more he realizes he has to prove.

It’s hard for Beth to see past the man who broke her heart. But Drew knows that if she’d only just take the chance, then he’s the one who can heal her.

(originally published in 2017 – updated — original series title was Hansons of St. Helena)

Title:  Breathe
Series:  Lakeside Vines #2
Author:  Jen Doyle
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  November 19, 2019 (original 2017)
Publisher:  INscribe Digital
My Rating:  4 stars

BREATHE is a short romance, novella length, that is full of emotions and life changes badly needed by both our hero and heroine.  Beth has been done real dirty and completely unfairly by her ex-husband, the lawyer who made certain to not only financially humiliate her but to also leave her trust for any man, especially lawyers, as nonexistent as it’s possible to be.  So who comes to her rescue after a hiking accident right before a storm hits?  Yep, one handsome devil of a lawyer with his own commitment issues about women.  Life gets messy when you’re attracted to the last possible person you think you should be – or when they get under your skin and make you feel things you never thought you could again.

I enjoyed BREATHE.  It’s an updated version of a title that originally came out in 2017.  There were moments when I really wanted to set both Drew and Beth down for a very stern talking to – there was a frustration level with this couple on my side of the page.  Watching them work through the issues standing in their way was entertaining, emotional and in the end, satisfying.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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