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Can't Hardly Breathe

(The Original Heartbreakers #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,009 ratings  ·  293 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with an irresistible Original Heartbreakers story about a woman who's never felt desired and the man who wants her more than air to breathe…

Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis's past is full of memories she'd rather forget. But there's one she can't seem to shake—her long-standing crush on former army ranger Dani
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by HQN (first published August 21st 2017)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Original Heartbreakers Gena Showalter

Can’t Hardly Breathe is book four in The Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter. Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to read these wonderful books. Books that make me smile, swoon, laugh, and maybe shed a tear or two. This is one of those times. I have loved this series from the start and was so excited to see this new addition and it was amazing.

“I think you’re perfect just the way you are.
It was funny how one sentence - one moment - could impact a life forever.”

Can't Hardly Breathe - Gena Showalter


2.4 I rolled my eyes all the time stars

I had a really hard time enjoying this book. I thought I was going to like it –since I adored the first three books of this series and our MCs but, sadly, that was not the case whatsoever.

I found Thea annoyingly immature despise all the things she’s gone through while simultaneously acting she’s wiser than her years. I didn’t find her quirky and I’m getting real tired of this new trend –making your characters quirky and “relatable” but really coming off
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

Nightmares didn’t really come to life. Nor did pornos. Not that she watched those…very often. But dang it, this had to be one or the other. The sexiest man on the planet had just strode into the room. He was shirtless, sweat glistening on his eight pack—and his name was Daniel Porter. The Daniel.

I love an underdog heroine with a backbone and who's full of sass and witty banter. I love a broody hero that goes after what he wants with single minded intent. I love Gena Showalt
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

Fierce and gorgeous and battle ready, he jumped to his feet. He was a thousand dreams come true…a million fantasies in the making. An illusion. He was nothing but a heartbreak waiting to happen.

I’ve always wanted to try a Gena Walters book and finally found the opportunity with CAN’T HARDLY BREATHE. This is the fourth installment in the ”Original Heartbreakers” series but can be read as a standalone. Each book focuses on a different Heroine
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
An ARC has been provided by Harlequin (US & Canada)HQN Books via in exchange for an honest opinion


4 to 4,5 “building self-esteem” stars


This book has been a whole journey! One that looked a lot like a roller coaster rather than a stroll alongside the beach.


In the beginning Dorothea was really annoying.

OK the teenage girl was bullied, slightly or more overweight, had no Dad etc. So she had reasons to complain BUT she really did look like a kicked puppy with huge wet e
“Let me assuage my curiosity and find out if you’re this sweet all over. Let me see the exquisite body that haunts my dreams.”

This happens in Chapter 3. Chapter. freaking. 3.

Nothing about this book was realistic or believable. Not the insta-lust, not the random earthquakes, not the farfetched reason for why the hero won't date anyone in Strawberry Valley and not the attraction between the leads. Everything is overly exaggerated. There's a flashback scene that was ridiculous and kinda ske
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dorothea Mathis was bullied for your uniqueness while in high school and fell in love with Daniel Porter the day he came to her rescue in the hall. That same day her heart was crushed when she stumbles into his romantic rendezvous with another girl.

Years later, Dorothea is happily running the family inn. Her mother has turned the inn over to Dorothea’s control and she has plans to update, but finds herself short on cash.

Daniel, Dorothea’s high school crush, has returned to Strawberry Valley to
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Can’t Hardly Breathe is book four in The Original Heartbreakers series. This book made me smile, swoon, laugh, and cry. It’s a story of getting that chance with your high school crush later on in life. I adore this series and was so happy to get Dorothea and Daniel’s story.

I really enjoyed the prologue. We are taken back to high school where we see bullying, dreams, and crushes. Both Dorothea and Daniel captured my heart. I was totally enthralled with Can’t Hardly Breathe. I was amazed at how w
Geri Reads
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved this one!

It's a bit campy and cheesy at times but oh man, what an enjoyable ride!

Full review to follow...

ARC provided by the publisher
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

What a wonderful story! I was totally enthralled with Can’t Hardly Breathe and was amazed that Gena Showalter was able to bring these characters from insecure and afraid to confident and trusting in such and beautiful way. I also loved the way she shined the light on bullying, how much it affects people throughout their lives and how forgiving they can be. Then there was the PTSD storyline and just what it can do to people. But, what really hit me right in the heart was how both Dorothea and Dan
Julia's Book Haven
This one surprised me, the first three in the series were good but this one is by far my favourite so far. Very much looking forward to the next 2 books.
Amy J RAREtte4Life
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can't Hardly Breath by Gena Showalter

The Original Heartbreakers series is new to me and I've only read Gena's Paranormal book . Can't Hardly Breathe was such a great surprise read, I adored this story. Sometimes when a PNR author writes Contemporary there may be a bit of insta love and or the story gets rushed. This is NOT the case here. The author takes her time fully developing each and every character where you feel as though they are real. Perfect timing and pacing enhances the reading exper
Tpagirl Loves Romance
Can’t Hardly Breathe was the fourth book in the Original Heartbreakers series by Gena Showalter.

Daniel Porter was the gorgeous former military hunk that Dorothea Mathis crushed on since childhood. He was back in town taking care of his father, running a security firm, playing the field with a different female every night and running from demons that plague his nightmares.

Dorothea was the local innkeeper. She grew up in Strawberry Valley and returned recently after a bad divorce. She was bullied
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
Loooove this hilarious series!! I really need to go back an catch up on the books I haven't read yet. I can't get enough of the Original Heartbreakers!

Review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.
Originally posted at SmexyBooks-


Favorite Quote: “Have fun and stay safe, and make sure you get home by midnight. Excuse my French, but by then there ain’t nothing open but legs and hospitals.”

Daniel Porter, Strawberry Valley’s own hometown hero, has come home with his two best friends to take care of his dad and start their security business. A lone wolf whose time in the Army changed him dramatically, Daniel spends his days working and his night
Under the Covers Book Blog
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma is such a sweet small town to visit.  In this installment we have Dorothea, who owns the town's inn we saw in the previous book and Daniel who is ex military.  Dorothea used to have a huge crush on Daniel back in high school and he was one of the few people that treated her nicely, even if he never saw her as anything more than that.  When given the opportunity to have a wild fling with him, Dorothea leaves all her inhibitions at the door and grabs hold of that kn ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Dorothea Mathis is the owner of the Strawberry Valley Inn. Daniel Porter is one of the owners of LPH Protection, a security firm. Dorothea and Daniel have known each other since high school. Dorothea runs the Inn with the malicious help of her sister and her absent mother. Daniel moved back to town to take care of his father. Daniel suffers with PTSD, and he uses sex to deal with it. He wants Dorothea, but does she want him?

I wanted to rate this book higher. It must be me, because the novel has
Lover of Romance
This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance

Can't Hardly Breathe is a another fabulous addition to a heartwarming series that this talented author has given us. Now I will admit I don't think I have read book three so I was hoping that I wouldn't get too lost, and I was more than fine. From the get go, was I hooked on this story. What I have always admired about Gena Showalter is the way she spins a web of depth of personality into her characters. It doesn't matter what genre she wri

I don’t know how Gena Showalter does it but she’s really spun her magic wand with this series.

Dorothea Mathis has had a crush on Daniel Porter since school but although he was always nice to her and thought she was sweet and cute he spent school having fun with many other girls. Now he’s back from the Army suffering from PTSD and chasing ice queens to distract him. So he uses Dorothea's inn as his hook-up place. Normally this kind of beginning spells disaster to me but the author made it work.

4.5 stars.
I can't believe that this is the first book that I have read by Gena Showalter. I have really been missing out on a talented and amazing contemporary romance writer. Now I badly want to read the rest of this series.
This book had such a unique style. It was funny and depicted real life situations but also so very sweet and sexy. A really interesting and feel-good type of romance. I liked that Dorothea and Daniel had history together and though I wouldn't necessarily classify this as a
Ann Lorz
Reviewed for Romancing the Readers Blog: https://romancingthereaders.blogspot....

I have been loving this series. There is so much emotions, both good and bad in it. You learn that life isn't always fair but that people can change if they want to.

You met Daniel in the prior book but for the most part he was very one-dimensional and very cold. I wasn't sure how I would like him as a hero. When you first meet Dorothea she's also not what I call a warm person. She's very mean to Harlow, getting her
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can’t Hardly Breath is the fourth book in The Original Heartbreak series. It can be read as a standalone. If you love books that have unrequited high school crush genres this is the book for you.
Can’t Hardly Breath is Dorothea and Daniel’s book. I think Dorothea might be one of my favorite characters. She had so many things happen to her, but she kept her head up and had a positive attitude. She could have let life beat her up, but she decided she was going to keep going after what sh
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC Paperback copy of Can't Hardly Breathe from Gena Showalter. I've read each book in The Original Heartbreakers Series and loved them all so far. I was hoping that I would love this one but I always get a little worried when series move past three books.

I absolutely had no reason to be worried. Gena Showalter continued with this series in the best way possible. Her amazingly crafted characters were solid, emotional, relatable, broken but healing, and unforgett
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Oh my goodness. I felt like my emotions were on high the entire time I was reading this. Daniel and Dorothea were such rich, deep characters, I loved them. These two together had an awesome story with an exceptional slow burn. I thought it was a fantastic read!

Dorothea and Daniel seemed to be such tortured soles, trying to work though past issues. I could really relate to Dorothea and I loved her strength and perseverance to pick herself up and keep fighting to stay strong. She was such an amazi
Isha Coleman
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can't Hardly Breathe (The Original Heartbreakers) by Gena Showalter  
For all the survivors of spiteful bullies and heartbreakingly cruel jokes.  To every person with a beautiful heart, but a tortured soul. For every hero in disguise looking for salvation.  Ms. Showalter wrote Can't Hardly Breathe for you.  Dorothea is the girl that longed to fit in, but never quite managed to do so.  Daniel is the boy that is beautiful both inside and out, yet has never felt good enough.  Gena Showalter is good
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gena Showalter is an author I have been reading for a very long time.  I started with her Lords of the Underworld, fell in love with her extremely underrated Tales of Extraordinary Girl series, and I've even dabbled a bit in her Alien Huntress series.  But I was never really into her contemporary romance.  Yep, you guessed it.... until now!!

On a whim, I purchased the first book in her brand new The Original Heartbreakers series.  And then I totally forgot about reading it.  Oops...

Fast forward t
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Can't Hardly Breathe will tear you apart right along with the tragedies the characters have had to endure and them build you back up piece by piece as the characters slay their personal demons.

My heart ached for Dorothea and the bullying she experienced through her teenage years and the way it affected her self-esteem even years later. I loved Dorothea's determination to reinvent herself into the woman she wanted to be despite the alteration in her life goals. The collapse of her marriage after
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Can’t Hardly Breathe is exactly the reason why I love books by Gena Showalter. Let’s be real for a minute here… romances are fairly formulaic. The thing that makes one romance stand out over another is are the characters. Gena Showalter has a way of writing such amazing characters that you can’t help but be drawn into the story. Yes, the story is still formulaic but it’s not even an issue when you are enjoying the journey so much.

What a journey! Our couple is Thea and Daniel. I think they’re an
[I received a free advance review copy in exchange for an honest review]
Can I just say, I haven't read any of the previous books in this series, but I somehow fell head over heels for every single character in this book. Small town romances are my favorite. They don't only portray gorgeous familial love, but also express how beautiful it is to live in a small town where everyone knows everyone and people consider each other as family; again, I can relate a lot to that. But this one was heartbre
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
I just can't get enough of Gena Showalter's stories, each one captures me completely and this book was no exception. From start to finish I was hooked!

Gah!! I hate bullies!!
I got all emotional watching (reading) Dorothea go through all that emotional pain from a bunch of nasty girls in her high school.
 Dorothea's high school crush, Daniel, came to her defence and the things he said stuck with her. 

I was mentally hugging her through the whole ordeal lol.  Dorothea is an amazing character and eve
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family an ...more

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