Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Title: Breathe
Author: Sloan Parker
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-60737-890-7
Genre: {M/M} Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Lincoln McCaw is attempting to anesthetize the guilt with beer at the local bar. Lincoln suffers from nightmares after he caused a fatal accident. Recently released after six months in the county jail, Lincoln must focus on family. His sister and her kids are counting on him. Jay Miller is sitting in the same bar, for the same reason, trying to move past his grief. Hearing the gossip of two other patrons mention the gay man sitting at the end of the bar, Jay decides to give in to his sexual fantasies of being with another guy. Jay strikes up a conversation with Lincoln, which leads to an appointment in the back alley. Wounds still raw are reopened when Jay realizes his clandestine sexual activity is with Lincoln, the man who caused Jay’s wife’s accident.

Breathe is a heartrending romance intertwined with multiple layers of drama. The characters are convincing. The story illustrates numerous facets of grief, giving an in-depth description of how each character is affected by the loss of a loved one. Lincoln is his own worst enemy; he constantly berates himself for the accident. He feels he deserves the anonymous veiled threats he started receiving while in jail. Lincoln will suffer through anything to protect his love ones, including sacrificing his love for Jay rather than cause Jay more pain. Jay tries to stay away from Lincoln, even though Jay craves the touches, along with the emotional support Lincoln provides. Both are admirable as well as compassionate men.

Lincoln and Jay realize grief is the catalyst of an already unhinged mind when the coercion directed toward Lincoln escalates into violent acts. Lincoln and Jay join forces to discover the perpetrator before someone is killed. Sloan Parker has created a superb saga that kept me on the edge of apprehension until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed Breathe.

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