Friday, July 11, 2014

Book Release and Review: Breaking to Breathe (The Charistown Series) by Lisa N. Paul

Two people so bent they can no longer stand tall

With his sexy looks, his seductive dirty talk, and his resident bad boy reputation,
Kyle Marx was the thrill-ride every woman wants to experience…at least once.

And once is all he’d ever offer. 

Suffocating in his own personal hell, Kyle thought sex, booze, and drugs could numb the pain of his past

Until an angel challenged him to fight…to feel

After living through a childhood that left her vulnerable and exposed, Cate Lockton mastered the art of blending in instead of standing out. She locked herself away to prevent more damage to her already fractured heart. She never imagined a man with a past more broken than her own would crash into her world and force her to let him in.
Their lives first collided on a stormy night. But Danny’s on Main is where they finally connected. A neighborhood bar where strangers become friends, friends become family and some become lovers, and where the strong learn that while you can bend to exist, sometimes you’ve gotta

Break… so you can Breathe.

I am a huge fan of the Charistown series. Thursday Nights (book 1) and Storm Front (book 2) are two of my favorite stories. Lisa N. Paul knows how to give a reader a complete story with all the great things I love to read. And with Breaking to Breathe, you nailed every one again. There was amazing characters, hot sex, humor, sadness and a strong story that pulls you in and keeps you addicted.

The main characters in this story were Kyle and Cate. We have watched Kyle self destruct for the past two books dying to know what has lead him down the path of destruction. Kyle is a man whore who treats women like disposable plates, one use and done. He also thinks he can survive of pure alcohol alone. Even the car crash and in home arrest for countless DUIs didn’t keep him straight. In the beginning of the book, my love for Kyle waivered. He was kind of an ass to women and his closest friends who he considered family. But all my feeling for him changed as the book progressed I feel totally in love with him. His true nature came out and he was just delish. He was sweet and kind and protective.

Cate was a new character to us in this book. She is one of my favorite female characters so far this year. She went through hell and back as a child and was still going strong. The twist here, which I will not spoil for you, is something we have not seen before and was refreshing (even though it was awful). Cate was badass and wasn’t impressed with Kyle and his drunken ways. She wasn’t charmed by him but was drawn to him from their shared past.

Cate and Kyle were both hot messes when we first met them and I was scared that Lisa wouldn’t be able to write their story in a natural way without a complete 180 in a hot second but the way the story is told their connection and relationship played out beautifully. Thank you Lisa for proving me wrong! You totally kick ass!

 I HIGHLY recommend this book and this series. In every book, even though you could read these as standalones, I wouldn’t so you can enjoy every word in every book because Lisa always shows us the whole crew. It is seriously one of my favorite series and I already hounded the author for whom and when we will get more.

Lisa Paul has delivered another feverishly addictive novel with Breaking to Breathe, the third novel in her Charistown Series. Within its pages she delves into the wicked mind of Kyle Marx. His story is definitely a roller coaster that had me alternating between loving and hating this book boyfriend. Regardless of my fluctuating feelings for Kyle, one thing is for sure – Breaking to Breathe is another five-star must read from Lisa Paul.

Oh Kyle. He is not your typical book boyfriend. He isn’t just damaged goods with a ton of baggage, his goods are pulverized and his baggage is about as vast and infinite as the universe. Bottom line: he is trouble. This version of trouble definitely comes wrapped in sexy packaging, which had ladies shamelessly throwing themselves at Kyle night after night. Cate Lockton is unlike the women Kyle cycles through his bedroom. She’s a no nonsense heroine who doesn’t melt at Kyle’s charm. She challenges him.

I loved this story because it challenged me. Normally I can brush off a hero’s womanizing ways and keep an open mind about his pending redemption. As I said before, Kyle is not your typical book boyfriend. There were times when my heart shattered for him as he found himself face-to-face with rock bottom. Other times I wanted to thrash him violently and call him a myriad of colorful, explicit names. Lisa Paul definitely worked me over emotionally with Kyle’s story. During the scenes where I wanted to castrate Kyle, it was Cate’s story that kept me captivated and unwilling to put down the novel. Her dark history was completely unexpected and came as a total shock.

I know what you’re thinking – this sounds like a drama heavy story. Well, yes, it packs an emotional punch. One element, however, overshadows the drama (and also fueled my reading frenzy and unwillingness to pause). S-E-X. Lisa Paul is a sex scene writing fiend. I don’t know how she does it, but she does it so very well. This woman gets a gold medal in all things lusty and naughty. Kyle and Cate have a chemistry that ignites the pages of Breaking to Breathe and sets this book ablaze.

Take a vacation to Charistown and treat yourself to the latest installment in Lisa Paul’s phenomenal series. Breaking to Breathe will test your sanity and leave you breathless. This is a must read for 2014!

 “Danny, you don’t just hug random women without introducing yourself first. My Lord, it just comes off creepy.” The strawberry blonde woman stretched up on her tip-toes and pecked his cheek before extending her hand to Cate and Elliot. “Hi, I’m Julie Marcus; the hugger is my husband, Danny.”

Lisa N. Paul is a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, reader, writer, blogger, and self-proclaimed comedian—just not always in that order.  Ever since she was a little girl, she has devoured books. Falling in love with the Sweet Valley High series at a young age drew Lisa to series books and inspired her to write her own. Thursday Nights is the first book in her Charistown series.

When not writing, Lisa can be found eating french fries and Godiva raspberry truffles, or hanging out with her husband and two sons.


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