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Just WOW ....The Maverick Billionaires series is starting out with a fireworks display that will leave you breathless.
I want to share something about myself before I review this story for you.... (see attached pic) ... I AM a Harper Newman!!
And now ... on with my review ...
The Mavericks Group is a group of men...Daniel, Sebastian, Evan, Matt, and Will, who picked themselves up from the bottom of the bottom and made a name for themselves. As children, they where brought together by trouble, neglect and misfortune. From despair they created a new identity and definition for themselves and an indestructible bond ... they were family. Their pasts are dark, tortured and twisted. Their childhood was not a fairytale. Far from it. But they vowed to be better than their past. Breathless In Love is the story of Will Franconi.
Will Franconi spent the better part of the last two decades running from his past but at the same time making sure he never forgot a single moment. Because if he let himself forget, then he might believe. And if he believed, he could be destroyed. Because he defined himself by his past. And his past was a tortured twisted mess of neglect, deceit, bullying, and criminal activity as a child. Because of this, he defined himself as undeserving. But that was then and this is now. And even though it is two decades later, Will still does not believe ...Until Harper and Jeremy Newman.
Harper and Jeremy are a package deal. Jeremy is Harper's younger brother. Eleven years ago, Jeremy suffered irreparable brain damage when he was struck by a car while on his bicycle. And today he is an eighteen year old with the mentality of a seven year old. Although Jeremy is a high functioning member of society, he will never be able to fully function without assistance. So Harper and Jeremy are a package deal. A forever package. From the moment Will set eyes on Harper and Jeremy, he knew he wanted to be part of that package. Jeremy gave him purpose. Harper gave him hope. Hope in a future not defined by his past. Together, Jeremy & Harper just might help Will ... BELIEVE .
This story was not only written perfectly, it was told flawlessly. Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully made sure to paint a picture true to life. The hurdles and difficulties surrounding Jeremy and Harper's lives were well thought out and realistically portrayed. Will's relations with Jeremy were natural and believable. The chemistry between Harper and Will exploded off the pages. Will opened up a place inside Harper she thought was locked forever and Harper shattered a notion Will had been holding on to for way too long. The three of them were kismet !!
This is not just a romance story. It's a story of redemption and forgiveness. It's a story of family, love and friendship. It's a story of HOPE .
I shared the pic above with only one thought. I wanted you, as future readers, to see the truth in my words when I tell you that this is a beautiful story written correctly and true to life. I know this because I AM a Harper Newman. Every moment, every incident and every plot twist was perfectly executed. This story will break your heart but it will also make you smile and laugh. And if you too are a Harper Newman, it will help YOU believe . #TRUST
AUTHOR'S NOTE: I have been with my wife now for over 45 years. She is the most beautiful, smartest, talented person that I know. And, yet, I feel that I have not spent enough time showing her how great I think she is. Jasmine Haynes' book has made me more aware of letting my wife know what I feel. For that, I say a personal "Thank you."
So there. Now, along comes book 1 of a romance series featuring the Maverick Billionaires. Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully (aka Jasmine Haynes) have collaborated for the 1st time to bring us a series about 5 mid-30s men who have been friends since grade school. They mostly came from poor, rough childhoods and have made themselves into...well...billionaires. This 1st book is about Will Franconi, who has become rich by selling luxury goods for luxury prices. Almost by chance, Will meets Jeremy Newman, an 18-year old boy who had a very serious car accident when he was 7 and has never matured mentally past that age. And then there's Jeremy's older sister, Harper, who, in her late 20's, has already been taking care of Jeremy on her own for 6 years, since their parents were tragically killed in an accident.
You know, I've said many times that it's okay with me that we know up front the girl will get the guy, and vice versa. But even knowing that, I still appreciate a book that keeps me guessing, at least a little bit. And this book absolutely does that.
I really have a lot to say about Breathless in Love, but I don't want to lose you 1/2 or 2/3 of the way through. So I will try to be concise (yeah, right) with my analysis. Let me start by saying I just loved this book. I loved all of the relationships: Will with Jeremy, Will with Harper, Harper with Jeremy, Will with his 4 Maverick buddies, Will with his mom, Susan. Every connection felt real to me, and I truly connected with the 3 main characters. Maybe a little too much, if you catch my tear-soaked drift.
Speaking of crying, wow, did I cry a lot. There were the obvious tearfests - when Will treated Jeremy like a brother; when will did NOT treat Harper like a sister; when Harper and Jeremy were together. But here's the thing: There were a bunch of very poignant moments that were not just about the main characters. There were tons of scenes when Will showed kindness to people far below him on the food chain. There's one time in particular in a porcelain factory in London between Will and 5 factory workers that was one of the highlights of the entire book for me. Oh, yeah, I cried.
But this leads me to the most important message that I got out of this book. There's a reason I posted a quote from an earlier review. Just like I learned a valuable lesson from Past Midnight, so did I learn a valuable lesson from Breathless in Love: Just be nice to people. I try to do that, whether I'm with friends or as a customer in a retail situation. But you know what? I (and all of us) can do better. Treat everybody with the same respect that you expect from them. Money and status don't make one person better than the other. In fact, I just saw this on Facebook the other day (and had to share it) - Be the person your dog thinks you are. Does that sum it up or what? So, Bella and Jennifer, thank you for teaching me that lesson.
I'm going to stop here - for now (evidently I just couldn't be concise enough!). But I will be doing part 2 of this post in the next few days. Don't worry, it will be shorter. But I still have more to say. And you don't want to stifle my creative literary juices, do you? (Do you? It's not a rhetorical question.) Stay tuned.
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