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Can't Hardly Breathe (Original Heartbreakers) Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 2017
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at GenaShowalter.com.
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A little bit of Spoilers.
She wants a one night stand and is crazy offended when she doesn't nail her. Ok. What. Then he says yes I'll sleep with you and she is crazy offended! That's basically the whole book over and over again. At the end he admits he is mentally damaged from war and fears commitment because the people he loves die.... and Q her driving into a huge tornado. What. And then she leaves him cuz he is mad and terrified that she did that. Honestly. Their is zero reason he should have stayed for that level of mixed signals. I hate to say it but it just didn't make since why he was fighting so hard for her. The author tried to sell it that he needed the challenge to keep his mind off the PTSD but ... it just didn't sell.
Her sci-fi works are so fantastic. This just didn't have good charters. They didn't act in whys that made since. I'm gonna try another from this series because she truly is an amazing writer but ... I really am shocked at this book. It's like it was written by a different person.
Daniel Porter was the gorgeous former military hunk that Dorothea Mathis crushed on since childhood. He was back in town taking care of his father, running a security firm, playing the field with a different female every night and running from demons that plague his nightmares.
Dorothea was the local innkeeper. She grew up in Strawberry Valley and returned recently after a bad divorce. She was bullied as a child and never really gained a strong sense of self worth. Life continued to kick her while she was down, but she had strength and determination. Daniel was drawn not only to her beauty, but also this strength.
Daniel and Dorothea’s journey was filled with challenges, pain and heartache. They both had to address their past hurts in order to find a future together. The story was well written and well developed with humor. It also had a sweet vibe once you got passed the pain.
Showalter also introduced additional characters that will shine in the future books of the series. They are flawed, alpha, snarky and full of personality, so there is hope and promise for more. First up is Can’t Let Go focusing on Jude and Ryanne.
When trying to gather my thoughts about this book I realized that it almost felt like two different stories. At the end of the story the characters were so different from who they were in the beginning, but it was so subtle that I didn’t realize it until I stopped to remember. That’s how you know that this author is great at character development.
Daniel started off a very busy man. With a different woman in his bed each night to chase away demons I thought for sure this was setting up to become a problem later in the book. Much to my delight, there wasn’t a lot of dwelling on this aspect of him. It was mentioned but the author didn’t beat me over the head with his promiscuity.
Dorothea seemed very much the insecure and timid woman who had been teased and mistreated in high school and then again in her marriage. I really saw her character going on a different way but, again, was pleasantly surprised to see her turn into a strong, independent and confident woman who wasn’t going to take any BS from her family, her friends and especially not Daniel.
Daniel and Dorothea’s romance was slow-burning but in the best tension-filled, fun way. I loved seeing how Daniel was trying to win her over and how it was working, but that Dorothea wouldn’t settle for anything less than the relationship that she wanted and deserved.
I enjoyed the secondary characters and how the author hinted at the future coupling of them in the books to come. I love getting just a taste of what to expect. It only makes me want to read their stories that much more.
My only problem with the book is the issue that causes the big rift between Dorothea and Daniel. It just kind of seemed like the whole situation came out of nowhere. I know it was briefly talked about previously in the book, but it didn’t seem like a huge part of who Dorothea was and/or wanted to be. I do understand that it was more about Daniel and how he forced the issue when it wasn’t necessary and it does make sense for the overall feel of the story, but it did throw me off a little.
I love when trying a new-to-me author works out more than just well. I think I’ll be picking up a lot more books from Gena Showalter in the future.
Ms. Showalter’s recently released, Can’t Hardly Breathe, is the perfect example! The story of Dorothea Mathis and Daniel Porter, high school acquaintances who rediscover one another in adulthood. Their road to love is not an easy one: Dorothea at times struggling with extreme low self-esteem and self-worth, Daniel battling PTSD from his time overseas, protecting his country. They have to fight their tendency to withdraw from life to truly understand love.
While Jessie Kay Dillion from book three of the Original Heartbreaker series, The Harder You Fall, is my spirit character, Dorothea Mathis IS me. Her need to break free from her feelings of never being enough and the consistently second place holder in the lives of her friends and family are understandable and relatable. I'm envious, yes, envious, of her growth as she learns to love herself for who she is, flaws and all.
While Can’t Hardly Breathe is the fourth book in the series, it can be read as a true standalone.