Book Review: Breathe With Me by Kristen ProbyBreathe With Me by Kristen Proby
Series: With Me in Seattle #7
Published by Ampersand Publishing on June 24th, 2014
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon, Purchased by Reviewer
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Sometimes you meet the right person at the wrong time… 

Mark Williams has loved Meredith since he was seventeen. A successful man with a strong family, he’s worked hard to move on from Meredith breaking his heart all those years ago. When his path crosses with the only woman he’s ever loved again years later, Mark knows there is nothing he won’t do to keep her in his life. But when the going gets tough, will Meredith stick around or will he lose her again? 

…But true love has a way of finding its way back. 

Meredith Summers is a dancer. One of the first things she learned in following her dreams is that timing is everything. She has spent the past ten years following her dream touring with mega-stars while trying to forget the high school sweetheart she left behind. Now she’s back in Seattle, running a successful dance studio with her best friend Jax and determined to move on from her gypsy past. Until the day she sees Mark Williams and time stands still. It’s as if no time has passed at all when Meredith finds herself in Mark’s arms again. The chemistry, the bonds and the love are as strong as ever and hearing Mark whisper breathe with me in her ear is a balm to her wounded soul. But will she grab onto this second chance at love, or is the timing all wrong for them again? 

Don't miss catching up with the Montgomery and Williams clans in this latest installment of the With Me In Seattle Series from New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Proby. 

“There were days that I would have exchanged a year of my life just to touch you one more time.” –Mark Williams 

You guys… this book didn’t piss me off like Tied With Me did. THANK GOD. I actually enjoyed this book a lot better than Tied With Me, but if you’ve read my rant with Tied With Me, you’ll know that it hit a sore spot for me… so.. yeah.

Breathe With Me is a second chance romance. Mark and Meredith were High School Sweethearts with plans of moving to New York City. That is, until Meredith decided to pursue her dreams on her own and breaking Mark’s heart. When I read that scene I shook my fist and started calling her names. Why does one leave the person they’re so much in love with? I cried for her and for Mark when she did that. I understand now why Mark turned into playboy. It’s hard to fall in love with someone when another already possesses your heart. I’m so glad that fate brought them back together again. When M & M meet again, it’s under sad circumstances, but it was like no time had passed at all between them.

While I liked this book a lot more than the last one, My mother (who actually discovered this series when the first one came out and suggested that I read it.) and I both agree that it’s not as good as the first so many in the series. Unfortunately that’s usually what happens when there’s quite a few books in a series. Oh well!  It’s not a bad book, so I hope that doesn’t keep you from reading this book..I just wanted to inform you to not expect greatness while reading it.  I’m hoping that Dominic’s book will be better. We shall see!

 

Some of my favorite quotes from this book:

“If she ever tries to leave me, I’m going with her. This life doesn’t work without her.”  – Luke referring to his wife, Natalie.

 

“I still think of her as mine. After all this time, when I think of Meredith, she’s my Meredith.
Irrational? Yes. 

Stupid? Most definitely. 
But I don’t give a fuck.”  – Mark Williams

 

“We’re not friends, Mark,” I reply sadly. “We’re strangers with memories.”  – Meredith Summers to Mark Williams 

 

“There were days … that I would have exchanged a year of my life just to touch you one more time. You are my biggest what if.”  – Mark Williams to Meredith Summers

One last thing before I go…. I can’t be the only who finds the Cover Models kind of ugly…. or am I? Hmmm!

The With me in Seattle Series:

Book #1
(Book #1)

Book #1.5
(Book #1.5)

Book #2
(Book #2)

Book #3
(Book #3)

Book #4
(Book #4)

Safe With Me (Book 5)
(Book 5)

Tied With Me (Book 6)
(Book 6)

breathe
(Book 7)

 

 

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About Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.
Tied With Me by Kristen ProbyTied With me by Kristen Proby
Series: With Me in Seattle #6
Published by Ampersand Publishing on March 18th, 2014
Pages: 264
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own… Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again. …What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire? Matt Montgomery is one of Seattle’s finest. He works hard, loves and protects his family fiercely, and is loyal almost to a fault. And he has a penchant for bondage. Matt enjoys the way a woman looks wrapped up in his ropes, and makes no apologies for his preferences. When he meets Nic at a fetish festival, the small, beautiful woman catches his eye, drawing him to her. His one night with her was everything he’s ever looked for in a partner, but is cut short because of a family emergency. Even before he sees her again weeks later, he knows he’ll never get her out of his system. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make her his. “Give in to this, Nic. Let me prove to you that I will be one of the best decisions you ever make.” –Matt Montgomery

Erin’s Review… or is it a Rant?

Ok this will probably be more of a rant rather than a review. Also, this will contain spoilers so if you haven’t read the book yet..you might not want to read this until after you’re done with the book.

This book started out good and I did enjoy it for the most part. But you don’t really learn ANYTHING about Nic Dalton in this book. You only learn that she’s from Wyoming, isn’t really close with her family, owns her own bakery and has diabetes AND Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.. That’s it. You don’t learn anything about her family history that makes us understand why she’s the way she is..which is always needs to be in control of everything, and not to depend on other people, etc.. I mean, something had to have happened for her to turn out that way..but what? I guess we’ll never know..

Also, As someone who has PCOS herself, I was shocked to come across a character with the same condition I have. I thought I was going to totally relate with her on the PCOS thing…but I didn’t. With the exception of her having issues with her weight when she was younger. It doesn’t even seem like she has all the other fun stuff that comes with PCOS!  For example, Hirsutism and Androgenic Alopecia. In simple terms BODY HAIR and thinning of your hair(on the head). It seems that the hair on your head decides to migrate to other parts of your body for some of us with PCOS and it SUCKS BALLS.  Yes, I know that there’s worse things than dealing with body hair and going bald..but to most females, APPEARANCES ARE EVERYTHING.  I’m not even going to go in to my rants about the joys of my pcos symptoms..it’s depressing enough as it is..I don’t need to dwell on it in a book review/rant post..

According to Nic she’s been advised NOT TO HAVE CHILDREN because of her PCOS. I have NEVER heard of anyone being told they SHOULDN’T have kids because of PCOS.. Most women with PCOS will have DIFFICULTY with conceiving without fertility help.. I have also never heard of someone having PCOS and Diabetes. If NIC has both of these, then she should definitely being taking medication. Which according to this book she is not on any sort of medication. You want to know what I’m supposed to be taking for my PCOS? GLUCOPHAGE (or Metformin). Which is what regulates Diabetics insulin levels. MY PCOS causes my body to produce TOO MUCH insulin, which in turns causes my body to make more testosterone than estrogen etc. So if Nic does have both PCOS and Diabetes, she should be taking something to regulate her insulin levels.
I might be wrong..maybe there are some people out there who shouldn’t have kids with their PCOS. I’ve just never heard of it and I always though maybe diabetes is something you end up having as a result of PCOS. I just didn’t know you could have both at once. I don’t have diabetes (yet) so it just seemed weird to me.

Alright well back to the actual book and story. I just think that this book was missing a lot of details.

Kristen didn’t really give us any explanation as to what Shibari is. I’m on wikipedia at the moment looking to see what kind of bondage it is. In case you’re wondering it’s Japanese Bondage. It looks like it’s really called Kinbaku and Shibari is just another word for it. Shibari (縛り) is a Japanese word that literally means “to tie” or “to bind”.

Like I said before there’s also not a whole lot of details about NIC and her past. In the other With Me in Seattle books I recall getting  a little bit more background information on the characters. But in this book it seems to be missing. Oh well, overall it was an alright read but it’s definitely not my favorite book from this series. I hope that the next book in the With Me in Seattle series, Breathe With Me, will be better.

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About Kristen Proby

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Kristen Proby is the author of the bestselling With Me In Seattle and Love Under the Big Sky series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong, humorous characters with a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen lives in Montana, where she enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.