Thursday, June 7, 2018

Book Review: Breathless by Celeste Bradley & Susan Donovan

Breathless by Celeste Bradley & 
Susan Donovan

Publisher & Release: St. Martin’s Press, June 12, 2018

Time and setting:  Present Day & Regency, Spain, England

Genre: Time Travel Romance

Book Length:  384 Pages

Heat Level: 1 Flame

Rating: 4 Gold Crowns

Book Description: 

In Breathless, bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan will sweep you away—across continents and centuries, combining the best of all worlds in one unforgettable romantic saga.
She was “the Swan.” London’s premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain’s rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes—and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be—her artist’s siren. 
When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings. 
There’s just one hitch—the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…

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Vikki’s Musings

I’ve been a fan of Celeste Bradley’s for many years, so when I received an invitation from the publisher, via Net-Galley, to read and review, I eagerly accepted. The opinions expressed in my review are my own and unbiased in any way.

Breathless is an intriguing story with compelling characters. The pacing is steady and kept my interest from the beginning to the end. As I expected, the authors weave a tale full of mystery and intrigue with a dash of suspense.

The “Swan” is where the mystery lies. She is very intriguing, and her backstory pulled at my heartstrings. I’m glad she found true love; she deserved it! Brenna Anderson’s character was a bit of a challenge for me, but overall, I did like her, and I’m glad she found her happy ending as well.

While I never had a chance to really get into the “Artist’s” head, what I learned of him told me he was a true hero and a romantic. Fitch Wilder’s character came across as a bit shady in the beginning, but he grew on me as the story progressed.

The romance between the “Swan and the “Artist” is poignant and has real depth. I must admit, I teared up several times. Brenna and Fitch definitely have chemistry and raw passion, but their love came across as a bit shaky to me, more a happy for now then everlasting.

While I could not give Breathless 5 Gold Crowns, it is a very strong 4 and is a delight to read. I’m glad I had a chance to read it and highly recommend it to readers who love a good mystery with plenty of intrigue. Happy reading!

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