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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  178 ratings  ·  102 reviews
A sensuous, delightful romantic women's fiction novel from New York Times bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan!

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
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 12th 2018 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 Liberating Stars
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Years ago I read A Courtesan's Guide to Getting Your Man by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan. (also known as Unbound) One was an Historical writer, the other Contemporary. Together they blended their expertise into a captivating tale. The book worked from the premise of present day people discovering important new insights of a person from the past. The main characters from both worlds were involved in a romance of their times and by using the
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Two similar and yet different romances told side by side is a cute premise. The contemporary couple discovering the history of another romantic couple was interesting. I couldn’t wait to find out more about the history and potential identity of ‘The Siren’ depicted in a much sought after painting series.

The problem with having two very separate and distinct romance plot arcs happening in the same book is that I was much more interested in
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Two connected storylines. One set in the present and one set in the past. I was more interested in the latter. However, they both ended up being disappointing for different reasons. In the present time storyline the relationship between the main characters rated a solid meh on the chemistry scale. It's no wonder I wanted more pages to the storyline set in the past. Then again, the way that it wrapped up would have been disappointing anyway. I was mildly pissed off, to say the least.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I love romance, I love historical fiction, and I love mysteries set in the art world, so I wanted to read Breathless as soon as I've seen the blurb. And I am happy to say that this book did not disappoint. Sometimes I find dual timeline books hard to enjoy because I get invested in one story and one set of characters and don't really care for the other story and set of characters, but with Breathless I loved both timelines. I couldn't get enough of The Artist and his Siren's story, but I also ...more
Jenny Q
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I signed up to review Breathless on impulse and then chastised myself because I needed another review commitment like I need a hole in my head, but I'm so glad I did! This will end up being one of my favorite books of the year. I'm not going to delve much into plot because the blurb does a good job of teasing you and I want everybody to be able to discover the story for themselves and savor every minute of it, like I did.

I was instantly drawn into the story with
Joanna Loves Reading
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arty, cr, arc, hr, reviewed
I enjoyed this book as something different, yet still satisfying as a romance. It is divided into past (1827-ish) and present (current day). I picked it up with few expectations, having only tried a couple of Celeste Bradley’s audiobooks and nothing by Susan Donovan before. Bradley is a Historical Romance author, typically focused on the Regency period, and Donovan is a contemporary romance writer. So, I assume the past timeline was written by Bradley and the present was by Donovan. The premise ...more
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
Historical fiction, women's fiction, all the right combinations of a third perspective romance novel that compels you for more...

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True rating 4.5 stars!

Breathless is an amazing example of historical fiction intertwined with contemporary fiction. I found reading this story to be very exciting, sweet, gripping, and heart breaking as well. At the core of this story there is a mystery surrounding a series of paintings that have come to be known as The Siren Series and the unknown origination has been a mystery that many in the contemporary setting have debated over. None more than Harvard Professor of Sociology Brenna
3.5 Stars

This is a story within a story.

Brenna and Fitch are professional rivals but now they have come together to find the history of the woman in the famous Siren Series. As a result, they hope to find any remaining portraits of the Siren.

This couple were instantly attracted to each other but Brenna is holding a grudge about some of the actions Fitch has taken in the past. With a history of untrustworthy men, she’s not open to a relationship with him. Fitch is drawn to her in every way and
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Donovan (Sea of Love) and Bradley’s (Wedded Bliss) second collaboration and sequel to Unbound is a breath of fresh air and will leave readers Breathless from beginning to end. It’s a beautiful mix of romance and women’s fiction, and an utter joy for all the senses, a tale about courage, love, loss and starting over seamlessly told in the two time lines of present day and 1827/1828 with a richly detailed and atmospheric narrative from these two powerful voices. The diverse stable of authentic ...more
Austine (NovelKnight)
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-releases
This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I hadn't planned on readingBreathlessoriginally. When I first read the synopsis, it was. . . interesting, but not enough to make me want to pick it up. But I read and review enough romance that I agreed to share an excerpt on the blog later this month to celebrate the book's release.

Then a copy ofBreathlessarrived in the mail unexpectedly and I found myself in the mood for a romance
This is two love stories set in two different times, connected by a painting – the sixth and previously unknown painting of a lady who has become know as the Siren. The stories of the two eras are told, sharing the present day search to identify the Siren and what actually happened to her.

Starting in 1827 with the lady who calls herself “the Swan” being washed up on a rocky beach, the story of how she meets and connects with the Artist is emotively described. She has nothing, not even a name but
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Breathless by Celeste Bradley; Susan Donovan is the story of Brenna Anderson and Fitch Wilder.
This book besides having two great authors it also has parallel stories with one in the present and one in the past. The present story is dealing with Brenna a college professor needing a help with her career takes her on a path to follow a painting that leads her to Fitch. Fitch deals in fine arts and he too wants the Siren Series paintings.
While reading their story we also read about The Swan /
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC copy from netgalley for an honest review.
This co-writing is very pleasant to read. The two stories are individually nice to read and both couples are cute.
It’s been about ten years since I read my last historical romance and I enjoyed the historical part very much. The contemporary story has good suspense.
Rose Blue
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A top pick at Roses Are Blue:

Brenna Anderson's career as Sociology professor at Harvard has hit a rough patch, and she decides to take a sabbatical. New information has surfaced about a mysterious series of paintings featuring "The Siren," and Brenna intends to investigate. These paintings were the subject of Brenna's thesis, and she has always been fascinated by them. She also hopes to be the one to make a significant discovery about them, one that will wow her
Carolina Godinho
Im so lucky, lately all my requests at Netgalley have been accepted, which means I get to read my favorite writers for free. Can get it better than that? Yes, it can, and it does. Because, even if it is one of your favorite authors, it does not means you like the book. But, Im that lucky, not only I get to read them for free, I also enjoyed them. And Breathless, its no different. I like it very much.

Not only was well written, its plot didnt have holes. Even with several small intertwined
3.5 stars rounded up being nice. Usually I would keep a 4-star read on my shelf for a re-read, this one I enjoyed but would not read again.

A Harvard art professor and an art hunter (I think the author tried for an Indiana Jones type?) reluctantly team up to find out about the artist and his muse for a series of sensual nude paintings from the 19th century. Their research leads them from London to Catalonia, Spain. While these two sort out their differences, the reader learns about the story of
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Breathless by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan is a collaboration by two romance authors, one historical and the other contemporary. They deliver a satisfying and rich love story and a quest to learn the truth about the "Siren". A genre-crossing novel. BREATHLESS will certainly entice fans of Regency, contemporary and Women's fiction romances.
Set in 1827 and 2018, where the past and present collide. It is set in France, Spain and Catalonia. A beautiful, compelling and complex story. It follows
Vikki Vaught
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Neelam Babul
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An exceptionally magnificent and tantalizing story of two women born in different ages and times, one, the Swan who is from the past, a courtesan who was once admired and feared by everyone in society. However, one wrong relationship leads her into a life of fear and survival for herself.

The other is of the contemporary era, a renowned and successful sociology professor at Harvard, Breanna, who is on the search for the mysterious paintings popularly known as "the siren series". In her search,
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come on June 18th as part of the blog tour.
Rhonda Lomazow
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Breathless travels between two timelines each one engaging full of romance mystery a wonderful read. Thanks#st.martins #netgalley.
glcdys pang
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
oh my god
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book, even if it was about the plot than the characters, their romance and their eventual interaction. I was totally captivated by the story that was going on in the past so I was slightly disappointed but in the end it was a good and enjoyable reading.

Questo libro mi é piaciuto in generale per la trama, piú che per la storia d'amore o per i personaggi coinvolti. Quello che stava accadendo nel passato mi interessava molto di piú di quello che stava accadendo ai nostri giorni, per
Jessica (RomancingtheBookworm)
This book was just lovely. Really. Though at times it reminded me more of a literary fiction novel it nevertheless hits all its romance beats, and the result is a love story that you just don’t want to miss. From the prose to the setting Breathless is a lush, descriptive novel that makes you feel like you’re basking in the warm sunshine of the Catalan coast where much of the novel takes place. When I finished it (and when I finished crying) all i wanted to do was get on a plane.

It does have a
Ezza Syuhada
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was quite excited when I was invited to read this book because I was interested to read how the authors were going to merge the two differing perspective between the perspective of the ‘The Swan’ in the past (Regency England-ish) and Brenna who is in the present. These two ladies are our protagonists for this book. It also helped that the book was sold to me as a mystery book with a huge whollop of romance.

After reading it, I have to say that my feelings are mixed regarding this book. Not that
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-2018
Dr. Brenna Anderson is damn good at her job. A Professor of Sociology at Harvard, she knows a thing or two about how art reflects the best and the worst in humanity. But she always thought that The Siren Series communicated so much more.

To her, the mysterious paintings are more than just art. They are a breathtaking example of feminine power and erotic heat. She would recognize the hypnotic technique of the one and only Le Artiste anywhere – even when it was hanging unexpectedly in a friend’s
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I finished Breathless ages ago and I have been so swamped with work that I did not have time to actually sit down and pen this review for all of you.

I know!

I am terrible, but sadly work comes first because I am not lucky enough to be paid to read books all day long (Willing to accept job offers with that specific description!)

I have read books from Celeste before; but to be honest, I do not think I have read some of Susan's work (I could be mistaken) but I need to go play catch up and read more
Danielle Urban
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breathless by both Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan is a book unlike any other. A contemporary romance that brings a story about erotic art paintings to life. In this story, I got to learn more about this modern like art that would appear to be just sexual in form to me. But to those who really know art, it really wasn't about the sex appeal. It was more than just that. That's where an academic woman scholar and a sexy male art hunter come together to find out more about The Swan paintings. ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Breathless by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan by NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. This is a past/present story that intertwines two romances and their growth.
In the past, The Swan was a premier London Courtesan until she took the wrong man as a lover. Kidnapped and forced onto a ship, she is at a loss of what to do. When a storm takes control, she ends up on Spain's coast hurt and with no past. She is taken in, and taken care of, by The Artist, who is himself a tortured
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