Title: Breathless With Her
Series: Less Than #1
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 22, 2019
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan comes a sexy new contemporary series.
Devin Carr likes his life. He likes his job, his family, the outlook for his future. Then he meets her. Erin. As soon as he sees her, drunk and wearing a sequined dress as her world crashes down around her and she fights to put on a brave face, he knows what he’s been missing.
When Erin Taborn finds her high school sweetheart and husband banging the former head cheerleader of their graduating class at their high school reunion, she tells herself she’ll be fine. She just needs to figure out what fine means. There’s only one problem. Devin. She didn’t plan on him. And for someone who thinks they have all their plans in place, that’s a problem.
One she’ll have to find an answer to if this whole friends-with-benefits thing is going to work. If not, she’ll fail just like with everything else.
This was a good book. Erin is trying to figure out who she is now that she’s not married to the man she’s been with since she was 10 years old. She doesn’t want anything serious, but she does like being with Devin. But then feelings get felt and things get sticky.
I mostly liked Erin. I liked that she wanted to take the time to get to know herself better, and not through the filter of her ex husband. I loved her sister and her friend Zoey, too. But I didn’t fully connect with her – the capable businesswoman side and the insecure, self-sabotaging side didn’t really mesh. It almost felt a little forced. I liked Devin, and his siblings. But even though I could see the conflict coming way ahead of time, it was still cringey to read. Luckily, being a romance novel with the standard HEA, things worked out in the end.
All in all, it’s an enjoyable read with a good story, good characters, and good pacing. I just didn’t love it.
Rating: ♥♥♥ 1/2
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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.