Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Breathe, an all-new second chance romance from Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips is LIVE!

Fall in love with the Wards…

From troubled teen to successful general contractor, Jake Nichols turned his life around from his time in foster care. Divorced and single, he juggles his time between his daughter and his work. Next on his agenda, a new project that is his chance to prove his worth at the job he loves. Except he never anticipates that the only girl he's ever loved and lost as a teen is now a grown and beautiful woman in charge of the project.

Phoebe Ward has survived and conquered a painful past that includes foster care and becoming a teenaged mom. She wants nothing more than to focus on the present but it’s hard when she looks into the eyes of her son, knowing she’s tried and failed to find his father. She’s resigned herself to raising him alone with the help of her family… Until a client meeting brings her face to face with her first love. A boy… now a sexy man she thought she’d never see again … and the father of her child.

So many years have gone by and both of their lives have changed drastically. Will they be able to put the past behind them and find the second chance they both deserve?

A Standalone Novel

I'm a fan of Carly Phillips writing and have been for years. The blurb of this book really caught my eye. I'm not a huge secret baby trope fan, but I do love second chance romance. So I dived in as soon as I could.

I really liked Phoebe. She had a tough start for sure, but once she found her place she flourished. I thought she was strong and smart. I like, and understood, her protective nature and I loved how she stands up for others. She's someone I could respect and like.

Jake was not quite what I expected-but I really liked him! He has a tough past as well, and honestly is just trying to hold it all together and balance everything now. Seeing Phoebe after all this time throws just another thing into his mix....but in a good way. I liked how he overcame his struggles and was his own man.

These two already had a history and I liked them finding their way back to one another. There wasn't the drama that you would expect there, and I liked that. They felt authentic and very realistic to me. They just worked.

There was a bit of drama involving another character, and I didn't feel that was necessary. It was a bit predictable and I just didn't love it. But otherwise, the writing was good and the pacing worked.

Carly Phillips continues to be an author that I truly enjoy. I know when I pick up her books I can escape the real world for a bit and just enjoy the story. Overall, I enjoyed this title and would recommend it.

Secret baby books usually have the issue of the anger, of the hidden baby, of the reasons that there was a hidden baby in the first place. I liked that this one didn't have that...Jake and Phoebe were together, the reason they were apart was out of their control, and there were additional forces acting to keep them apart...but, not of their doing.

This made it feel different, and engaging, and like a story about people who were getting a second chance at a relationship, after life had taken things from them, and then given them back different things.

The both have a past, they have things they are not proud of and things that they see as their successes, and watching 2 people who loved one another years ago work to put things back together was enjoyable. There were places where I wanted a little more depth, and places where I thought the solution was a little too simple.

I did enjoy this title overall.

“Are you my guardian?” she quipped, trying to keep things light as she tipped her head slightly, studying his tight, serious expression. “I want to be.” His voice was serious as hell. His tone rubbed her in the most intimate way, her body swaying toward him. “Jake.” He reached out a hand to cup her face, his calloused fingertips rough against her skin. So intense were his features, so erotic was his touch, his protectiveness cloaking her in heat. Her nipples even puckered into tight points of need. “If I had my way, nobody would be able to take advantage of you, because they’d have to go through me in order to get to you.” Her face warmed at his words. “That’s sweet of you to say.” “I’m not feeling very sweet. In fact, I’m feeling pretty damned protective.” He was, and she liked it. A lot. His fingers skimmed her cheek as he spoke. “I was lucky enough to find you again. I want a chance to see what could be between us,” he said, taking her off guard. But God, she wanted that, too. Despite her brain telling her they needed to tread carefully, that they had a little boy to protect, her traitorous heart still wanted more. His blue gaze bored into hers, causing her heart to pound hard in her chest. “I know things are complicated right now, but how many people get second chances?” “Not many,” she agreed, knowing how lucky they were. “So wouldn’t we be foolish to waste the opportunity?” 

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Meet Carly Phillips

Carly Phillips is the N.Y. Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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