Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Launch Day Blitz & Review: Breathe (Colorado Mountain #4) by Kristen Ashley

Colorado Mountain #4
By: Kristen Ashley
Published: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Forever Romance
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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...

Colorado Mountain Series:
My Review on The Gamble Here
My Review on Sweet Dreams Here
My Review on Lady Luck Here

My Thoughts:

Breathe, the fourth story in the Colorado Mountain Series, was another phenomenal story.  I never want this series to end.  Whenever I need a guaranteed good read, I dive in to my Kristen Ashley pile of books, and she never disappoints!  Each story in this series can be read as a stand alone, but I think you get the most out of the series, if you read it in order.

In Breathe, we are still in the little Colorado Mountain Town of Carnal.  All of our favorite characters from previous books in the series are there, and let me tell you, I can never get enough of Tate, Laure, Ty, Lexi, Krystal, Bubba, Max and Nina.  In this addition to the series we get Chace and Faye's love story.  Chace works for the Carnal Police Department, and is viewed as a hero in his small town.  He does not view himself in the same light even though he helped the town shed a department full of powerful and corrupt cops.  He has always had a thing for the sweet, innocent, and beautiful librarian, Faye Goodnight, but never thought he would have a chance with her.  

Faye has fantasized and dreamed of the day when Chace would notice her.  She always has her head stuck in a book, and is a romantic at heart.  She's looking for a hero to make her life complete.  She has her dream job, a great apartment, and independence.  However, she is lonely, and wants someone to share her life with.  Now that Chace is available, Faye has hope that they will find their way to each other.  With the help and advice of Lexi, Laurie, Krystal, and Twyla, she's ready to make her move.  However, Chace is in a dark place in his life right now, and surrounded by his own personal demons, and it will take a very special and strong woman to penetrate his walls.

Breathe was another breathtaking, sweet, and sexy romance.  Ms. Ashley sure knows how to write stories that emanate sensuality, suspense, adventure, and romance.  Faye and Chace were extremely strong and well developed characters.  I felt like I knew who they were, because they were crafted with so much depth and realism.  I felt like I knew them.  I loved Faye.  She always had her head in a book, and was a bit introverted.  However, she also had a bit of a feisty side to her.  She stood up for what she believed in, and has a very generous heart.  Chace was a very strong, and courageous alpha male.  He as a leader, who was well-respected, and had very protective instincts to those he loved.  I couldn't help but fall for his character!  Faye and Chace had such an amazing romance.  There was a lot to this story.  Plot twists, suspense, mysteries solved, and a thrill ride a minute ensued throughout the whole story.

My Rating:

I give, Breathe, by Kristen Ashley, 4.5 Sizzling, Suspenseful, Seductive Fraking Filled Stars!!!  Read this whole series!  It is amazing, and Breathe was everything wonderful that I have come to expect from the Colorado Mountain Series!!!

Book Excerpt:

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.”

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About Kristen Ashley:

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.


  1. I love the Colorado Mountain Series. I was so happy when I found out these were getting published in mass market paperback format. Great Series! =)))

  2. I haven't read that series yet but I have Fantasyland waiting for me :)

    1. It's a great series! You should check it out :)


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