Title: Rescue Breathing (Breathe #1)
Authors: Zoe Norman
Release Date: June 11, 2014
BlurbWhen Manhattan Psychologist Olivia Burke receives an invitation to present her research on trauma in servicemen in Seattle, she is determined to turn the business trip into the start of healing her own traumatized heart. FDNY Firefighter Owen Maxwell is an unapologetic playboy who spends his days saving lives and his nights breaking hearts. He puts his life on the line every day and is skeptical about doing the same with his heart. But when he meets Olivia, the girl with the shattered spirit–sparks fly. They share a hot weekend in Seattle and discover that they want to share so much more. Both Olivia and Owen are in need of help mending their hearts. What remains to be seen is if they can do that for each other, or if they are so damaged they go up in smoke. Rescue Breathing is the journey of two lost souls, trying to breathe new life into each other without losing themselves along the way.
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About the AuthorsZoe Norman is the brainchild of Stephanie K. and Heidi H., two women with one very important thing in common—their love of good erotic romance novels. After a year of writing fanfiction and developing a swoon-worthy friendship from across the country, the decision was made to write their own novel.
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★★★★ 4 Stars!
Rescue breathing; also knows as the "kiss of life", is a rescue technique where one person provides air for someone who has stopped breathing.
Rescue Breathing by Zoe Norman is a story about two people broken by their past, who come together and try to breathe new meaning into each other's life without losing themselves along the way.
Olivia Burke is a psychologist who's currently researching the topic of traumatic events some firemen and police officers go through. Invited as one of the gust speakers at a conference in Seatlle, she's determined to make the most out of a seemingly uneventful business trip.
Owen Maxwell is a FDNY firefighter by day and an unapologetic playboy who enjoys his freedom more than anything. After a tough break-up he's decided to entertain his carefree, no strings attached lifestyle as much as possible and a bachelor weekend with his best friends is exactly the kind of entertainment he's looking for.
When to two of them end up together on the same flight, being seated right next to each other, it's almost like fate brought them together...
"Olivia, you know this means fate brought us together on this flight, don't you? I mean, you think it's a coincidence that the psychologist writing about firemen is sitting next to a fireman? It's karma... I knew it!"
At first, both Owen and Olivia try to keep their distance from each other. Olivia out of fear of being rejected and becoming to attached to someone who isn't interested in a long term relationship and Owen because all he wants is a casual fling with no strings attached. The more time they spend together though, the closer they grow and the more they both realize they want so much more than their single weekend together in Seattle. But what will life be like once their back in New York?
"Normal. Normal is boring. This...This right here, right now, is exciting. Could Olivia become my new normal?"
As the story progressed I started to root more and more for the two of them to get their happy ending. Their carefree, funny banter, their steamy, passionate encounters and the fact that they've both had their hearts broken all showed Owen and Olivia were a perfect match. And despite Owen being quite a player at the beginning of the story, it became obvious pretty quickly that he has a much softer, more caring and even a bit of a quirky side to him; which turned out to be the perfect combination to help Olivia come out of her shell and take a chance on life again.
At the end of the story we were left with a happy ending - for now and I was relieved with the fact that there wan't a cliffhanger. The ending still leaves a lot of possibilities for the future and I'm looking forward to the continuation of Owen and Olivia's story!
If you're looking for a fun, steamy, cliffhanger-free read with a limited amount of drama and lots of entertaining banter, I would highly recommend giving this one a try.
*ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
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