BreathlessAuthor: Leigh LaValle
Series: Yoga in the City #1
Release date: May 27th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Purchase: Amazon UK | Amazon US
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A sassy new romance from a USA Today Bestselling Author...
After moving cross-country yet again, Hannah Roberts wants to put down roots in Colorado. She's sunk her life savings into a share of Bloom Yoga Studio, but the studio is losing money, and fast. The building is undergoing a messy, noisy renovation--and the hot carpenter in charge is distracting her yoga students in more ways than one. If Hannah can't talk the hard-bodied builder out of his power tools, she might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When Jake Marshall returned from Afghanistan, he brought back an injured knee and a lot of bad memories. He just wants to finish this renovation, rehab his knee, and head for Alaska to leave it all behind. A sexy yoga teacher doesn't fit into his plans. But when Hannah offers him private sessions in exchange for quiet hours—he’s all in. He doesn't expect that while she's healing his knee, Hannah will poke at all his hidden wounds...and come dangerously close to breaking open his heart.
The Faerie Queen’s review
My my my. That was sexy. I mean, there was plot and character development and all that, but wooow was the chemistry amazing. Leigh kept me wanting more between the characters while giving up a teeny bit of heat here and there so I could never relax. I craved more and more, so I was definitely on the same page as Jake and Hannah.
I really liked both characters. Jake was completely swoonworthy, and I loved how he had this rawness to him and could be both assertive as well as respecting Hannah and getting explicit consent. Hannah was super relatable in that while she was a yoga instructor, she defied the stereotype, loving junk food and soda. I could also relate to her need to maintain control over herself and her life. I have the same struggles, especially since my last relationship ended. Also, can I just say I’m not a yoga person, and I would really be into a yoga class for us normal people with chronic joint problems? Please, Hannah, come be my teacher. And the two of them also made me want to go hiking, so there’s another health plus.
Even though there was clearly a physical connection between Jake and Hannah from the beginning, what really made this book special was how that slowly grew to something more, even though neither character planned to get emotionally attach, each for their own reason. The way they helped themselves and each other snuck up on us all a little. In fact, the way Hannah grew especially inspired me; she made me feel more empowered and zen-like as she was learning how to be these things herself.
I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that the rest of the series will follow the romantic pairings of the other girls? While they were introduced and each given a nuanced personality, Hannah still saw them as all super hippy yoga types. I know the stereotype, and I don’t know how much I’d be able to relate to them. But then maybe that’s the point? A book for each of them could show how they’re not stereotypes, really dig into what makes each of them tick. In that case, maybe I should give the next book a try!
Anyway, do yourself a favour and pick up this book if you’re looking for something electrifying and emotional (I teared up at the end) and, dare I say it, inspirational!