Friday, December 20, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Breathe

Breathe by Lauren Jameson

Publication Date: 12/03/2013
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: New American Library
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance
Pages: 304
ISBN-10: 0451466632
ISBN-13: 978-0451466631

(Received for an honest review from New American Library)

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WARNING: This book and excerpt may contain materiel that only appropriate for readers over the age of 18 years.

Excerpt from Breathe, courtesy of Amazon's Look Inside feature.


Two people learn what it really means to give up control in the sizzling new novel from the author of Blush and Surrender to Temptation.…

When business mogul Elijah Masterson travels to the Mexican coast for his chain of luxury resorts, he purchases an emerald green glass sculpture for one of the properties. He is soon fascinated by the fiery temptress who created it. The attraction between them is instant and explosive, but Elijah resists, unsure that a woman as strong-willed as Samantha would ever yield in the way he needs her to.

Headstrong glass artist Samantha Collins hides a secret desire to submit to the right man. Samantha sees everything she wants in Elijah, but apart from one steamy night, he seems determined to keep his distance. She has always held back, but refusing to let go now that she’s found the dominant man she’s always wanted, Samantha makes Elijah an offer he can’t refuse: a month of absolute submission.

But after a month of incredible passion, will either of them be able to walk away?


Lauren Jameson takes readers on a journey into the world of BDSM in her latest erotic novel, Breathe. Jameson's ability to write a very sensual story, while still keeping it fresh and innovative will keep the readers attention from the first page to the last. Jameson's character development shines in this novel, as well her in depth research and her knack for knowing just how much eroticism is enough but not too much. A great erotic novel for readers who like their romance with a bit of sizzle and submission.

What I liked:

I definitely believe there is a time and a place for every kind writing, including erotic romance. Let's face it, this type of relationship exists and there are certainly readers who fantasize about it. I thought Jameson's research was right on target with this one. She obviously did her homework. This may be a very popular genre at the moment, with all kinds of authors trying to cash in, but Lauren Jameson has a leg up on the rest, she knows what she's talking about. All of the submission scenes, the atmosphere of the club, everything seemed realistic and believable. Not easy in this genre.

The main characters in Breathe were very well written. Jameson has an exceptional way with character development. When we first meet Samantha, she is a successful glass sculptor, she has friends, a good career and she is thriving, but she has some inner desires that she hasn't fully realized yet. This was all about what Samantha wanted. What she desired. I liked the fact that Jameson makes this Samantha's choice. She isn't being influenced by anyone and she knows what she wants to explore. Her emotional journey into becoming a submissive to Elijah was just as riveting as her sexual journey. 

Elijah wasn't a brooding hero with lots of flaws and underlying issues. He was also a successful man, who was handsome and wealthy. That was a bit predictable but Jameson pulled it off without it seeming too overdone or unrealistic. There are definitely wealthy men out there, who don't need a shrink. I thought Jameson wrote Elijah in a very natural and unassuming way. He had it all together, he just hadn't found the right person to share it with.

When Samantha asks Elijah to guide her into the world of submission the book really starts to heat up. It's certainly not recommended for young readers, but adults will be very satisfied with how this one unfolds in and out of the club in this instance. The sexual exploration by both characters was easy to read and in a way to understand as well. They are strong passionate people in their social lives and in their private lives, it just stands to reason that two people like these characters would want to try something very different and challenging. I thought it was all very well done.

I liked the club atmosphere as well. A lot of books of this type feature a club of some sort as the meeting place for people who are interested in this kind of sexual exploration. I often find them a bit tedious to read about because they don't really seem inviting to me. If I were going to go to a place like this I would want it to be somewhere I felt comfortable being myself and that definitely comes across in the setting for this book. It is definitely luxurious as well and that helps. But it catered to the clientele it was targeting and I thought it really worked for this one.

What I didn't like:

The only thing I can think of that I didn't like was the length. I wanted more, but so would any fan of erotic romance! It was that good. 

Bottom Line:

Lauren Jameson excels with character development in Breathe. She has created two characters that have strong back stories and a desire to explore the BDSM world. It definitely isn't for everyone, but if you like this type of scenario, you have to read this book. There are so many erotic romances coming out these days, it's nice to find one that has been well researched and written with a deft hand.

Breathe is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

I'm giving this one 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!

About the Author:

Lauren Jameson is a writer, yoga newbie, knitting aficionado and animal lover who lives in the shadows of the great Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada. The author of the serial novel Surrender to Temptation, she has also been published under the name Lauren Hawkeye and writes contemporary erotic romance for NAL.

Giveaway Details:

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Nancy Luebke said...

Lori Austin

krg said...

One of my favorite erotic authors is Maya Banks. I love her Sweet series and The Breathless Trilogy because the secondary friendships were just as fun to read as the relationship and chemistry of main characters.

Victoria said...

I don't know if she's erotic or not but she writes very steamy hot reads - Shiloh Walker.

bn100 said...

Don't really read them; don't have a fav

lag123 said...

Robyn Carr

Kimberly said...

One of my favorite authors is PJ Mellor.

Anita Yancey said...

I really like Talya Bosco's writing. Thanks for having the giveaway.


CrystalGB said...

I love Lauren Dane's erotic romances.