cover image Breathe

Breathe

Kristen Ashley. Grand Central/Forever, $7 mass market (656p) ISBN 978-1-4555-991

Ashley reacquaints readers with the small town of Carnal, Colo. in her fourth Colorado Mountains contemporary (after Lady Luck). Faye Goodknight, the shy yet beautiful town librarian, has long admired the recently widowed Chace Keaton, a police detective. As Chace gets to know the virginal librarian, he realizes that her pure soul may be the balm that might heal his tortured heart. The romance between the hardened cop and the quiet bookworm is rich with angst and a plethora of sizzling love scenes. Ashley’s characterization of Faye will resonate with readers as they discover that the woman who has been quietly saving herself for the right man is a multidimensional character with hidden depths. With the addition of a healthy dose of mystery surrounding the murder of Chace’s wife, Ashley has created the perfect escapist fare. (Aug.)