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Breathless

(Sparks of Hope #1)

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3.35  ·  Rating details ·  113 ratings  ·  21 reviews
What happens when an ordinary girl meets the man of everyone’s dreams?

Keeping secrets is never easy, especially since Ryan Spalding is on the cover of every magazine and this year’s “Hottest Hunk under 30.” Good thing busy lawyer Carly Sparks is so out of the loop when it comes to celebrity affairs, or she’d realize she was in one!

Leading man Ryan Spalding tempts Carly S
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Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published November 29th 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws
The reason I chose to pick up this book was very simple. I wanted to read something light and breezy with spot of sweet romance. And this book did deliver on that.

Carly Sparks is anything but an ordinary girl. She is a lawyer who keeps busy in her work and has little time for everything else. Ryan Spalding is a hot movie star who is well known for his womanizing ways. Their paths cross at a mall when Ryan is in town for a movie shoot. Carly suffers from an asthma attack and Ryan comes to her res
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Emerald Barnes
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Breathless will leave you – breathless!

Carly doesn’t have time for romance, and Ryan, as a famous movie star, wants something that is deeper and more passionate than one night stands. When Carly has a bad asthma attack, Ryan is the only one who sees, and he rushes her to the hospital. Posing as her husband, he spends all night and day with her. And what happens when she wakes up? She doesn’t know who he is. It’s refreshing, so he lies to her about who he really is. What ensues is a whirlwind ro
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Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
This was such a good book. I really loved it and didn't want to put it down. The characters were so real to me and everything went together smoothly. I think my most favorite thing honestly was that Carly cried... a lot. If you read other books, you'll see that the girl always tries to be strong and not cry, ect. But Carly just had so much love in here that she HAD to cry, that she was so thankful for the things that Ryan had done for her. Also I find it beautiful that even though she came from ...more
Sarah Vela
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love a book that keeps my attention! This one did for sure! It was an easy read and very likeable characters. It flowed nicely and I enjoyed every minute of it. It only took me 5 hours to finish the book and I'm going to start the second book tomorrow, I can't wait!
Lydia Thomas
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Based on its synopsis, Breathless was everything I expected it to be: celebrity Ryan falls for Carly, a busy lawyer who has no idea who he is. Even without knowing who he is, she falls for him, too. Given Ryan’s secret, they experience more than their share of relational ups and downs.

I’ve discussed my complicated relationship with romance before, so it may go without saying that I love my romance like I love my coffee - loaded with of other stuff (not unlike Car
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Dee/ bookworm

This review contains spoilers.

This book, or the thought pattern of the main characters were very inconsistent. For example: Carly consistently worried about her job when in the hospital, but at end of book okay taking off for being "sick". It was too early in relationship to think about marriage, but ok sleeping with guy after big speech about making a vow and holding on to said vow for 10 years and then throwing the vow away.
At the end she is suddenly ok with marring Ryan, even though in her la
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Margaret Tidwell
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Breathless by Becki Brannen

Breathless by Becki Brannen was a fun book to read. I have read several books with similar plots to this one but I still really enjoyed this story and the author’s writing. I know that from the start Ryan not being up front and honest with Carly is going to end up badly because it always does but I was still interested in reading the rest of the story because I want to know how it all worked out and how long Ryan was able to keep pretending he wasn’t famous. Even thoug
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Tia
"Breathless" by Becki Brannen is about Carly a new attorney who while out shopping at a local mall has an asthma attack. The last face she see's while frantically looking for her inhaler is Ryan's, a movie star in town filming and also known for his womanizing ways. There's something different about Carly that draws him, the fact that she has no idea who he is! He decides to take the attraction as far as it can go, but how far could that be when the paparazzi are always vying for his attention?

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Marinda
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A simple but sweet story about a girl who meets the man of her dreams. Carly Sparks falls at Ryan Spaulding's feet literally, she has a severe asthma attack at the mall and Ryan calls 911 and stays at the hospital with her pretending to be her husband. Ryan is a famous actor and this years "Hottest Hunk Under 30". Carly works so hard she doesn't have time for tv or movies so when he introduces himself as Ryan Andrews she doesn't recognize him. What follows is the story of falling n love but what ...more
Vonze
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance fans!
Carly Sparks is a busy, successful lawyer. She doesn't have time for trivial things, such as which actor is Hollywood's newest, hottest hunk. So, when the handsome, sweet Ryan Spalding enters her life, the fact that he's a megastar doesn't even register in her mind. What will happen to their relationship when she learns the truth?

I highly recommend Breathless! Carly is a strong, smart heroine. She is an independent, Christian woman with a mind of her own. Ryan is a dreamboat! In the beginning, h
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Melissa Layton
Carly and Ryan have a chance encounter and quickly fall in love. I'm not a huge fan of love at first sight in novels, and this went really fast for me. (Having said that, I know it can happen in real life!) I wanted to know the characters more, and I didn't connect with them as much as I would have liked. However, the book was fun to read and I let my imagination fill in the blanks.
Lisa Dess
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. The characters were likable and it was a quick read. I think it portrays just how much being in the spotlight impacts people. Although I understand why Ryan did what he did; it's never good to start something off with lies.
Joyce Shaw
Loved this book. Couldn't wait to start the second book in the series. I bought all of them at one time. Looking forward to her new one coming out soon.
Candice
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review coming.
Michelle
Jan 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Breathless, by Becki Brannen, is a simple but sweet story about a movie star, Ryan Spaulding, who meets a woman who has no idea who he is. When Carly Sparks has an asthma attack in the mall, Ryan mistakenly assumes she is fainting at the sight of him. However, when he realizes that Carly wants to be with him because of who he is on the inside, Ryan tries to keep his true identity a secret. After her last boyfriend attacked her, Carly can hardly trust anyone. But something about Ryan makes her le ...more
Lorene
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway. Carly is a busy lawyer that does not have time for going to the movies. She is at the mall when she has an asthma attack. Ryan sees her fall and calls an ambulance. He then stays with her until she wakes up. He thought he was the reason she passed out because he is a major movie star. When Carly wakes up, she doesn't have a clue who he is. Ryan finds this so refreshing that he finds himself spending more time with her. He tells her a fake name. The ...more
Thomas Muriuki
Oh Boy! I just read chic-lit! Not what I expected at all!
"Breathless" failed to get me anywhere close to being breathless!

This novel is a plain Christian-moral interpretation. The Author uses One-dimensional Characters which honestly are unlikely and unbelievable.
The lead Character "Carls" and his stalker Ryan are fairly predictable and fail to measure up to any degree of suspense.
I read to the end, but I found no surprises by a flat tone of narration.
Disappointing.
The formatting and grammar wer
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Treena Beavers
Sweet easy reading chick- lit. Reminded me of the film while you were sleeping.

I received this ARC via instafreebie in exchange for an honest review.
Shona Gibson
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Fast easy read. Liked the premise of the plot. The main characters were likeable and believable, could have used some more character development but maybe we will see it in the next book.
Karen
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
review to come...
Themi
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
Horrible. Horrible. Disastrous. No solid plot, weak character development. I wasted two hours of my life I'll never get back.
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