Monday, August 22, 2011

Breathe Again by Bonnie R. Paulson

Title:  Breathe Again
AuthorBonnie R. Paulson
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: -
Main Characters: Brodan & Maggie & Ryan
Release Date: August 2011
Publisher: Carina
Links to Purchase:
Amazon- $3.99
Sexual Intensity: g-rated

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.

Story Overview:
Maggie Lachlan is struggling to get over the death of her husband. After being overcome by emotion during a shift in the E.R., she's suspended indefinitely. Making things worse, she needs a place to stay after the quick sale of the house she shared with her late husband.
Fortunately, her friend Ryan Stewart offers her a room while she gets her life in order, much to the chagrin of his brother and housemate, Brodan Steele. Brodan doesn't want to like Maggie, not when he knows Ryan has feelings for her too. But it's hard to deny the attraction he feels for her when she's sleeping under the same roof.
Being so close to Brodan awakens something in Maggie, something she never felt during her marriage. But as long as she's haunted by the past, she can't open herself up to the future…
59,000 words

My Review:
Oh my goodness, this is such a heart-breaking story. After the suicide of her husband, Maggie is broken. She simply makes it through each day, not really living, just existing. She's a radiology tech at the hospital and a chance meeting with 2 brothers, Brodan & Ryan, changes her life.

This is not a book that can be considered light reading. There is a ton of sadness and emotional trauma throughout the entire book from page 1 to the very last page. Maggie is dealing with the death of her husband 10 months before. She meets Ryan when he is in the hospital and is drawn to his exuberant and happy-go-lucky approach to life. She is drawn to his brother, Brodan, for very different reasons. Through these 2 brothers, Maggie is learning what it means to live again.

I am not a sad book kind of gal (which is reflected by my rating,) but this is one of those books that makes you think and lingers with you. I have a feeling that this one is going to stick in my psyche for quite a while.

All three of these people are hiding from life in one way or another...and they all have valid reasons for that. It's incredibly sad, and truthfully, a little hard to read, but at the same time, it's incredibly moving.

I adored Ryan's character. His exuberance for life is contagious and his friendship with Maggie is such a positive influence on her life. He is so incredibly intelligent and truly just a really good guy. I don't want to ruin the story for anyone else, but his character just makes my heart ache.

Brodan is a more difficult character. His love for his brother is all-encompassing and self-sacrificing. He has given up everything to be there for Ryan, but Maggie presents a really strong temptation for him.

Maggie's grief is profound and pervasive throughout the entire story. She undergoes a transformation through the book as she finds what it means to live again through her special friendships with Ryan & Broden. I was somewhat disappointed with how she reacted at the end of the book...maybe just a little too realistic for me.

It's profound. It's heart-breaking. It makes you think about what it means to live. This is a book that will stick with you for a while as you consider the characters and the haunting life-lessons that they learn...


Julie said...

This one sounds good...but I don't think I could read it. I have trouble reading books that are too emotional, unless the emotions show up in a vampire book or something. Weird eh? My contemporary romance books need to be light and fun.

Felicia the Geeky Blogger said...

This sounds like a really good emotional read. I may try this one down the line when I am looking for something more on the emotional side.