23 June 2014

Just One More Breath by Leigha Lewis - Book Review

What would you do if you've lost everything? If the reason you woke up in the morning no longer existed? If life dealt you a blow so devastating that something as simple as breathing was just too painful, how would you find the strength to go on?

Nicole Miller was happy, busy with her family and her dream job. Life was perfect. When tragedy struck, she succumbed to her devastating loss and crumbled under the heavy weight of her despair. She didn’t know where to find the strength to keep going.

Divorce Attorney, Shawn Burns had seen too many destroyed marriages to believe that happily ever after actually existed. By avoiding commitment, he remained aloof, and most importantly, unattached. Nicole, Shawn’s old college friend, is the only woman that he would ever be willing to give his heart to, but she was married to someone else…

Some friendships survive under stress. Some do not. Can Shawn, provide the healing balm for his friend’s soul? Will Nicole ever be able to find hope, forgiveness, or love for her desolate heart?
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This review was seriously long overdue, but here it is!

She used to have it all, and more. But at 28, Nicole Miller had lost everything. She and her husband had just separated when a tragedy struck that had left her broken and feeling alone. It’s just easy to say to move on and forget about it, but how can you possibly start to let go of something so painful?

Shawn Burns – I love his family!!! Two set of twins!!!!! Imagine that! He might be a divorce attorney. Making couple go on their separate ways amicably, and it made him quite skeptical of an HEA and romance. But he has a loving family, and his mom was just amazing! Totally! She’s so cool, and it was like having a girl friend than a mother.

He always has this feelings for Nicole. But since she was married, he tried to shrug it off. Now, she was almost single and she wanted his help in filing for divorce. The problem is, he can see that there was more to the problem than her wanted to have nothing to do with her husband. She was a mess, grief was consuming her and she was not the woman he knew anymore. So, he tried to help her. He stayed with her and tried to pull her out of the hole she put herself in. I wanted Shawn to encourage her to seek professional help. Although he sacrificed his time, including his mother’s to be with her, I think it is really important for her to go to someone who had the expertise in dealing with her emotions.

Shawn may not admit it to his mother, or to this brothers – but who in their right mind would stay with a friend, and adjust her working hours if she wasn’t special enough? His efforts were well appreciated, and I did love him when he didn’t take advantage. He waited, and waited and waited. Even though the sexual tension was thick enough, you can’t see through it anymore – he still waited until she was ready for it.

Thank goodness for Candy Crush.
Her healing started with Candy Crush. This had me laughing quite a bit. For a successful divorce lawyer to be wasting his time in playing the game, and teaching it to Nicole who had reach several levels in just a couple of hours – WTF – are you for real?! It took me days!!!! Nevertheless, I was glad this game divert her attention from the pain.

The healing was slow and agonizing – to see her struggle each day to move on, and thankful that she has Shawn to give her encouragement every day. It took a while, and a whole lot of patience, comforting, and love that she had finally come out of the darkness, and tried to live her life. She had learned to forgive, and to open her heart once more.

They were great friends, but they were even amazing lovers. They were on their way to their HEA, and you thought nothing could go possibly wrong. I was waiting for the pin to burst their little bubble. And when it came, their bubble did really exploded, and I was wondering if they would make it in time to patch up before the novel ends. Yay. I desperately wanted Nicole to have her HEA!

Just One More Breath is a story of love, forgiveness, and moving on. This was a great debut from Leigha Lewis, and definitely her future works are to watch-out for!

 •Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.•

Leigha Lewis lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, three year old daughter and Maltese puppy. She loves to read stories about the most unlikely individual finding all consuming, heart stopping love.

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