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Brittany Rating:★★★★★

Watch me Breathe is the third book in CE Johnson Elements of the Hearts series about Tana and Lucas. It’s a single-parent trope with a dash of suspense.

So I picked this book up on a whim, and I’m glad that I did. It was a quick read, but I loved every word of it. Lucas is a rugged man with a complicated past full of secrets. Tana is a widowed single mother just trying to make it each day. The two have instant chemistry, and though Tana is leery of starting something with Lucas, the attraction is there.

I wouldn’t say the book is insta-love, but it doesn’t mess around putting these two characters together. I really did enjoy every second of this book. It’s a fast read, but I love that it’s not packed with useless filler. There are characters from previous but books, but I didn’t feel that it was necessary to read those to keep pace. Now, of course, I am dying to go back and scour this author’s backlist. She’s gained a new fan!

Dana Rating:★★★★

I take my book reviewing very seriously so I debated for quite a bit of this was a 3 or a 4 star story. In the end, I went with 4, but I still want to mention a few things.

Here’s the positives: loved the storyline. Both main characters had had personal tragedies prior to meeting. They helped them bond over that and give love another try. They had an easy interaction that paved the way to romance.

Here’s the not so positives: there were quite a few scenes that felt like they were there just as a filler. They didn’t mean anything, they had nothing to do with anything, but they were there and they made me want to skip over them. There were quite a few side characters which I’m assuming are from previous books in the series. I didn’t read those and I was thrown off by the way they were introduced here, like I should’ve known who these people were and what they were talking about. If it wasn’t for that, this could’ve been a stand-alone book for sure.

Watch Me Breathe by C.E. Johnson is now live!

She’s a widow. And I’m not what I would consider a good role model for her young child.

It’s been a long road for me. I’ve been plagued with bad decisions and grief. You could say life sucker punched the wind right out of me.

Just like it did to the woman in the car that spun into the ditch right before my eyes. I helped calm her down until the ambulance came, and assumed I’d never see her again.

Judging by her wide eyes and the soda that poured into my lap when Montana Hutchinson delivered the drinks to my table at the town diner, I would guess she believed the same thing.

I thought we could be friends. After all, we have more in common than even she realizes.

But it seems Tana happens to be a magnet for trouble.
And I happen to be the kind of guy that can’t sit back and watch the danger unfold around her.

I’ll do anything to protect her and her daughter.

But every day I spend with her gets harder to push down the feelings growing inside of me.

Being with Tana not only proves I’m capable of love again.

I can breathe again.

Happiness isn’t something that everyone gets the privilege to have.

And there’s no way I’m about to let anyone take it away from me again.

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Meet C.E. Johnson

C.E. Johnson writes contemporary romance with a side of suspense. Her stories are full of emotion, heartbreak, collapsing walls, and redeeming love.

When not writing until all hours of the night, she loves to read books that feature a strong male with a soft spot for his feisty heroine. She prefers stories that rip your heart out completely, then kindly place it back into your chest with a HEA.

She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two kids, and some spoiled rotten animals.
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