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Barely Breathing

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  791 ratings  ·  95 reviews
People see what they want to see. A burly guy with tats and a permanent scowl is probably a criminal and an asshole, right? And I can’t fault ‘em, because in my case, they’re right. My world revolves around righting the wrongs of my past. Atoning for my selfish stupidity. And it’s enough.

Until I meet Viv – a woman who sees right through me. She’s not scared or intimidate
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published November 10th 2015 by Silver Sky Publishing, Inc.
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Barely Breathing by Brenda Rothert is a heartfelt and beautiful novel that captures the meaning and essence of an intense love between two strangers. A love that is similar to the act of breathing. And so, Brenda Rothert will breathlessly steal our hearts and breaths with her gorgeous prose and raw characters in this heartwarming and touching tale of second chances and a love that you can't live without.


Atonement. The reparation for

3 Stars! Nice, but not enough!

Who doesn't love a second chance story?! I know I do. This had such potential and could have been so much better. It wasn't a bad read, I loved the main characters, Kane and Vivian, they oozed sizzling chemistry and even though they were different in so many respects, they embraced those differences in each other. Neither was judgemental of the other, although Kane didn't feel he was worthy of Vivian. They complimented each other nicely.

Where I think the author l
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A sweet romance with low/no angst and two characters I really liked, although it could have done with more character depth.

I do feel this needed more fleshing out, especially the Grayson drama and also would have liked more on Cori, she just seemed to fade into the background and after the stunt she pulled I wanted so at least see her squirm. Yeah, I'm evil and need retribution.

3.75 stars
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Rosa Sharon (iScream Book Blog)
Terrifying and exhilarating all at once…

Another Brenda Rothert vacation…sigh. She never fails to take me away from it all. She has a gift for writing her characters in a way that I connect with. She touches my funny bone and my heartstrings. And to wrap it up with a nice bow she uncovers hidden fantasies that I never knew I had until I read them in one of her love scenes. Yup, I have stay-cations where I don't have to leave my house, I just pick up my kindle and hang my DO NOT DISTURB sign.

Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it #loved
I freaking loved the epilogue
Brilliant #happytears
Deserie williams
Sep 03, 2015 marked it as just-not-for-me-stay-away-hell-no
self note: I really love this author reads. this one is not for me:/he has a kid with ow and he allows her to touch him plus he hesitates if he should Get back with her(ow) :/
Three Chicks
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I am a huge fan of Brenda Rothert’s. I have read most of her books and loved every one of them. I could not wait to read Barely Breathing. I really enjoyed it but at times was wanting more.

Matthew Kane has a past that he would like to forget. Since getting out of prison he has made something of his life. He owns a successful night club with a friend and is trying to move on from the past and be a better person. He still has his issues, especially when it comes to dealing with other peo
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars!
I loved this book. I recommend it to everyone! A great love story with a fantastic sweet alpha male. The female character was pretty perfect and the book was one of those I had to read cover to cover without stopping to breathe myself.

Love love love this.
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-cover-ever
3.5 stars!

First of all, I really like the cover. I think it's super cool, and it's what got me to look at the blurb in the first place.

This was a pretty light and short read. There is a little bit of angst but nothing that is too much or unnecessary. I found myself liking the heroine as much as the hero which hardly ever happens. The H is a reformed drug addict and felon; he's the co-owner of a hot club called "Six". The h is a family law attorney (of course she is...) who is looking for love. T
Darlene Avery
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Barely Breathing by Brenda Rothert took my breath away. It has been a long time since a character such as Kane has captured my heart and imagination in such a short time.

Rothert absolutely excels at writing characters and storylines that you get completely lost in, and Barely Breathing is Rothert at her best. Kane and Viv/Vivian are not perfect, but the honesty of who these characters are just jumps off the page.

I love that Rothert mixed in so many emotions and let Kane be vulnerable in his ow
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kane is the owner of a club who sees something happening outside of his club and quickly steps in to help. This is where he meets Viv and soon after you can see the chemistry between the two of them. Kane thinks he isn't good enough for Viv because they come from two different worlds. Viv doesn't see that, she sees the man he really is. I loved this story from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. It is definitely one of my favorite books. ...more
Đurđica Sarjanović
The story is good, but the whole time I had a feeling there is something missing. I can't really explain. I love this kind of books, and I loved this one, but I think some things aren't well described. Both characters have good storyline, but maybe they don't have enough depth. Either way, it's a nice one. ...more
Randi Gassett
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Despite like 1 or 2 small things that bothered me in this story, overall I could not stop reading. I fell in lust with the main male character, (beard/tats/a record, what's not to love?) laughed a bunch and teared up a little! Great read, I recommend. ...more
Ashley Berry
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed Barely Breathing. Viv and Kane have stellar chemistry! It was sweet without being too mushy and many steamy moments. Kane, he was a character that you just root for, and the way Viv reacts/handles him and makes him see he's worth was beautiful! Loved watching them bloom! ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 stars

Another winner from Brenda Rothert. A very enjoyable read with just the right amount of angst. A journey that was told at the perfect pace and an epilogue written perfectly.
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the story and once the characters got up and running...boy, did they ever!!!
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
DNF at 56%.

It's rare I can't finish a book. It's just not grabbing my attention.
Marisela M. Chavez
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So good!! 💙

Brenda sure had away with her words. This story of Kane and Vivian was everything!!! This book consumed me from the beginning to end. I read this in one sitting and have no regrets. Thank you, for such an incredible story.
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book. This along with the 'Come closer' one, are my top favorites from this author.

5 stars <3
After reading Anton I remembered how much I enjoy this authors work and went back and checked out a few of her books I’d read already when I noticed this one. I’d given it 5 stars at the time but I didn’t remember that much about it so figured it was a good one for a reread. I’m glad I did and even though I was foggy in my memories, after reading it again, it still deserves the 5 stars I originally gave it. I really, really like this one still.


I read about 98% ebooks these days and this h
Nov 10, 2015 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this. There were a few editing issues but they didn't take away from the story. Example: Sometimes the wrong word was used and the sentence didn't make sense. None come to mind now but I did notice them when I read the book. Also, kinda a spoiler(view spoiler) ...more
Janett The Pleasure of Reading Today
Mathew Kane met Vivian Marceau on a night when a date went terribly wrong, she needed saving and saving her he did. What he never imagined was that she was going to be the one to save him from his past, the demons he'd been carrying around for a good portion of his life, and help him see the goodness that was hiding underneath his tough exterior.

Kane is a very different character from those Brenda have written before, he's rough, he's raw, he has no patience for nonsense, but there's also a vuln
I knew I was going to like Barely Breathing when, in the opening scene and meet cute, our heroine calls out her date who suffers under the delusion that a woman who dares to wear a skirt is a cock tease and obliged to have sex with him. A romance novel that bashes misogyny over the head? Yay!

From the title, cover and description you would be forgiven for assuming Barely Breathing was an angst driven ride. I think that's a mistake. There is emotion in it, but it's not the kind of stupid plot even
My Own Bookshelves
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to My Own by: Darlene Avery
Shelves: contemporary
Whoa Hot Stud incoming! Kane saves our heroine in at the end of a terrible blind date. But, who wouldn't fall into a big pile of hormones at the sight of Kane. Ms Rothert gives the reader an experienced journey from jittery first date to learning how to lean on one another. My favorite quote by far is:

"You're damn close, woman. You wanna be wined and dined or not?"

Kane is everything in the perfect alpha hero you want. Never looking for a HEA as he believes his past restricts him from grasping th
5 Beautiful Hero Stars

Sometimes, you pick up a book by an author who is undoubtedly one of your favourites and they give you the gift of a book that hooks itself into your heart and reminds you why they are one of your top authors.

This book is superbly written with a hero and heroine who are beautifully crafted and developed within the story. Kane Matthews has a very shady past but he is trying to maintain the right path now and he is making a success of his career/life.He has secrets and he ha
Jessica Zelkovich
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Let me start out saying I chose to read this book over an internet crazy week with another epic release from a best-selling author and I chose Rothert over this other book because it's been a hard week and she is a solid writer, who develops captivating characters and is always careful with my heart (which I desperately needed this week.) All of that being said, Rothert did it again. Another great read with characters who were uniquely described. Reading a lot of NA books, suffice it to say, som ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Barely Breathing. Kane and Viv. They meet under not so ideal circumstances, him saving her from what could have been a horrifying experience. Not the type Viv usually is attracted to there is just something about him. Maybe it's his rough exterior that draws her to him and brings out her forwardness asking him to go out with her. Kane not the dating kinda guy but intrigued by this beautiful women relents and agrees to go an date with her. The attraction between them is undeniable but there is so ...more
Caroline F
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow! Wonderful story.

Vivian is a family law attorney and sick of the countless blind dates in a quest to meet someone worthwhile. One night, her latest blind date turns sour and she attempts to go home, but the guy attacks her and Kane come to her rescue.

Kane is a bald, tattooed, scowling hulk of a man. He has a rough past but is now clean and owns a successful, booming nightclub. He’s never been in a relationship and is completely blindsided by Viv’s interest in him - a woman who is beautif
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What I can say about this book is, I truly love the story of Kane and Viv there journey to find happiness. In this book you’ll get the drama that comes along, with a truly good story line as well some let’s just say hot steamy scenes. I loved how Viv never judged Kane past and accepted him for who he was. I could feel how Kane felt about his past, but felt he wasn’t good enough Viv. They did have their ups and downs, but Viv never gave up on him even though Kane had his doubt about the relations ...more
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