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Since falling in love with Kristen Ashley's writing in the Rock Chick Series, I've decided to dedicate one week each month to more of her books. First up is the Colorado Mountain Series, at the insistence of my friends Erin, Cindy and Jess. But this time around, I'm doing "He Said/She Said" reviews with my guy, who read this series first.
Series: Colorado Mountain #4
Category/Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Self-Published (now published by Forever)
Publication Date: 7/23/12
When the local police department's secrets are revealed and the wife he's forced to marry is murdered, Chace finds himself the town of Carnal's hero. Knowing how deep in the mud he was forced to sink, Chace feels he'll never get clean. The quiet, content future he envisioned of the love a good woman with whom he could build a family was now beyond his reach. The only thing he can do is find his wife's murderer.
But he isn't the only one looking.
While searching for new leads, he runs into Faye Goodknight, the town's quiet, shy, pretty librarian. Chace has long since had his eye on what could possibly be the town's last remaining virgin but he has also long since given up hope he could make her his. Faye is pure and clean and Chace refuses to dirty her with his sordid past.
Pure and clean Faye may be, but when the shy librarian is forced to go head to head with the man who she's had a crush on since he hit her hometown, Chace finds Faye is full of surprises. And he doesn't know what to do with her.
Breathe has to be my favorite of the series, so far. I’m also going to go so far as to say that I liked these more than the Rock Chick series. Call me crazy?… To each their own, I guess. I was either reading The Gamble or Sweet Dreams, I don’t remember which, but I mentioned this same thing to KA and she was shocked as well. Happy, but shocked. Now don’t get me wrong, the RC series was a freakin’ blast to read, they were fun, exciting and full action, and I wish it wasn’t over. But, this series, for some reason, was a lot more relatable…
I absolutely loved Faye Goodknight. And for good reason – she is pretty much my wife in book form. She, like Faye – the town librarian, is kinda shy but also the strong, silent type with a big heart. Never one to raise a ruckus unless provoked, and always with her nose in a book (or her kindle). And the TV geek? Just a couple of weeks ago, while eating, our eight year old started to talk about Star Wars – like he knew all about it – and she put him in his place like she had just watched each movie… Rattling things off that I didn’t even remember.
Faye has had her eyes on Chace since he moved to town 13 years ago, immediately falling in love, and vowing to save herself for him. He was the one for her. Chace Keaton is a good guy, one of the only “good” cops left in Carnal, with a difficult past and present. He, too, has had eyes for Faye, but having to deal with his asshat of a father and the unsolved murder of his wife, Chase is in a dark place and he’s allowing these burdens to keep him from her.
“Everything that was Chace Keaton urged him to follow her. To ask her to dinner. To get to know her. To find the right time to taste her mouth. To find the right time to taste her body. To take the time to teach her how to pleasure his. To lay his burden on her.”
As much as Chace is fighting his urge for Faye, he can’t help but notice the little things about her. Little things that send him over the edge.
“Top to toe, she was an itch he’d wanted to scratch for a long time. Faye Goodknight talking and reacting two feet away, her voice coming at him, her face expressive, her scent filling the room, she wasn’t an itch. She was a craving.”
Chace doesn’t push, knowing Faye’s lack of experience, he takes his time. But, once Faye is ready to explore beyond kissing, the connection between them is “frakking” ridiculous. Faye goes from quiet librarian to eager student, unleashing the librarian stereotype and becoming a wildcat in bed!
Breathe. Was. Frakking. AWESOME. I loved loved loved loved every single thing about this book.
Starting with Faye Goodknight. Out of all of Kristen Ashley 's heroines, she is the one I identified with the most. So much so that my husband sometimes calls me "My Faye". Faye is a librarian, always has her head in her e-reader, a sci-fi geek (a good thing), shy and quiet, though very strong in spirit. She inexperienced in love and relationships, and while that hasn't applied to me in many, many years, I can identify with her shyness and innocence in spirit. But clearly, Faye is more awesome than I could ever be. I just love a heroine whom I feel "speaks" for me.
Faye has been in love with Chase Keaton for thirteen years, from a distance. Age difference, life, and a steamy pile of poo kept these two apart. But once they get it sorted, Chase and Faye were a brilliant couple. Chase loves everything about Faye, and it was the sweetest thing to see him embrace Faye exactly as she was. Chase was pretty fabulous himself. A man determined to live right, clean, and free of the filth that corrupted his life. Chase provably initially infuriated me less than any man in this series, with the exception of Max.
Breathe has a beautiful love story. And I love how Kristen Ashley writes intimate scenes. I find myself getting so caught up in these moments, and am always surprised to realize that the words she uses and the scenes she creates are not very explicit at all. She just has a way of building intensity and steam without giving away very much. I love it.
I can't quite believe I am actually saying this, but I love the Colorado Mountain series even more than Rock Chick. While both series are awesome, this series has more relatable characters living easier to identify with lives. Minus the murders and kidnappings, of course. The heroines in the series range in professions, life styles, and ages ranging from twenty-nine to early 40s. The men vary from a (wrongly convicted) ex-con Harley mechanic to a contractor, a cop, and an ex-NFL pro/bounty hunter. So maybe most of us can't relate to everything about these folks, but we can relate to their feelings and experiences in love and relationships. I can't wait to continue my love for this series with Jagged.
A Favorite Moment:
"When I was sixteen, I saw you and when I did, I was young, romantic, and it might sound stupid but the minute I saw you, I knew I wanted to give that to you. I knew it was only you. I waited thirteen years, honey. It was worth the wait."
Colorado Mountain Series
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Kaleidoscope (Colorado Mountains #6) release 2/4/14
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