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She kept their child a secret. Can he give her a second chance and the happily ever after she’s always wanted?

Completing his newest renovation job is the chance Jake Nichols needs to prove himself to his mentor, to make his daughter proud, to feel like himself again after his divorce. He’s used to starting over. From troubled teen to successful contractor, sometimes it fee
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Published May 15th 2018 by CP Publishing
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Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

This is the second book in the Rosewood Bay series and can be read as a stand-alone. This book follows the journey of Phoebe Ward, we met her in the first book. She was the sister of Halley Ward. I enjoyed her in that book and I couldn’t wait to get her story and see if she could get a HEA.

This book is a second chance love story. A sweet, easy read that flows smoothly with little angst. The story takes us along the path of a lost love and fast forwards 11 years into the future. After
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in the foster care system wasn't an ideal situation for Phoebe Ward but it was the hand she was dealt so she tried her damnedest to make the best of it, and she gained more from it than she anticipated. Not only did it help to make her a tougher person, but it also brought love to her life, a love she had never experienced before, and has never been able to find since. When she met Jake Nichols she instantly knew there was something special between them, and before long that instant c ...more
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Breathe is the second installment of Carly Phillips new series Rosewood Bay. The story follows Phoebe Ward as she runs into her first love, Jake Nichols, who also happens to be the father of her young son. She hasn't seen him since her Aunt took her out of foster care but he's always been on her mind. Now that he's back though she has no idea how she's going to break her big news to him.

I thought this was a sweet novel and I really thought it spoke to how strong a
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
Release Date -15/5/18

"Breathe" was a delightfully sweet second chance romance.
It was such an easy read that was so easy to connect and get lost in.
As a rule, I'm not a big fan of second chance love stories but with this one; I just couldn't help but get pulled right into the excellent narrative and easy emotion that was portrayed between these pages.
Both Phoebe and Jake were so easy to warm to and I really loved the way these two were such excellent role models
Carly Phillips
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Breathe, Rosewood Bay Book 2

“It’s always been you,” he said, looking into her eyes. “It always will be.”

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3.5 ☆

Breathe has a feel-good vibe to it with low angst and great characters.

Phoebe Ward was taken out of foster care by her Aunt at the time she didn’t realise that she was pregnant, her Aunt Joy was her rock and eleven years later she has a strong career in real estate but the one thing she could never forget was the father of her son.

I like Phoebe, she is strong, although reserved she has a heart of gold, she can stick up for herself towards others and never backs down. She should take her own
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Breathe is the second installment of Carly Phillips series, Rosewood Bay that depicts a second chance love story of two former lovers who are tied by a bond of a child. This book is pretty much a straightforward sweet book with a few angst thrown into the mix but overall this book showcased two people who were meant together. So if you are in the mood for a light and charming love story then this books is for you.

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Sissy's Romance Book Review
BREATHE by Carly Phillips is book Two in the Rosewood Bay Series. This is the story of Jake Nichols and Phoebe Ward. I haven't yet read the previous book, so for me this was a standalone book.
Jake and Phoebe had met in a foster care and fell in love...but they were just teenagers. They were caught and Jake was sent away and by then Phoebe Aunt found her.
Years later they happen to meet again where we learn Jake is divorced with a daughter named Callie. Phoebe fell pregnant at 16 by Jake and ha
Amazeballs Book Addicts
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ok, first off I really didn't think there was any way that this book was going to be better than the first in the series, but SURPRISE it was! This book had so many feels and while the first one did too and was really flipping good like every other book this author writes, but something about this one just held my heart from page one right until the very end. I was so consumed with love for both main characters, Phoebe and Jake and then add then their cute as get out kids and I was completely wo ...more
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am absolutely loving this new series from Carly Phillips! This is Book 2 and it is about Phoebe Ward, Halley’s sister from Fearless, Book 1. It is a sweet and wonderful second chance romance with such a great story line and amazing characters. Phoebe is a successful realtor and she is so strong and relatable, and just an incredible single mom to her son Jamie. Jake Nichols has done very well in construction and is a very sexy divorced father to his 6 year old little girl Callie. He is such a h ...more
“When I’m with you, wherever I’m with you, I have everything I want.”

Another beautiful and touching romance to add to what’s turned out to be a pretty incredible series! BREATHE, book two in Carly Phillips’ Rosewood Bay series, was a wonderful, entertaining, and easy read! Full of charm, wit, heart, and so much sweetness, I couldn’t turn away, even if I tried! Jake and Phoebe’s connection was absolutely undeniable. Phillips gives us page after page of romance goodness, where a second chance
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Carly Phillips isn't new to me and she just so happens to be one of my very favorites in contemporary romance. She's an auto-buy and auto-signup author without even looking kind of author. She's never disappointed me, writing some of my all times and never failing to deliver the absolute best with a whole lot of heat and even more emotions.

The Rosewood Bay series blew me away with its first book Fearless, giving such a breathtakingly beautiful romance... but this book was different in su
Sofia Lazaridou
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was a little thrown off when I read that the hero had two children, but only knew the existence of one. I wondered how the author would pull that off and how four people and Jake's ex would fit into the picture. As it turns out everything worked well and I was happy with the final result. I do wish though that the author had dedicated more than 2 lines to show us how the two children handled the situation. I would have liked more scenes where the four of them are together, but that was sacrifi ...more
beachbum bookworm
Breathe is the 2nd book in the hot heroes' series by Carly Phillips. It is Jake and Phoebe’s story. Jake and Phoebe have a long history.... going back to being teenagers in foster care. What Jake doesn’t know is for the last 11 years Phoebe has been raising his child. A child he didn’t know existed, but now he is back and wants a relationship with Jaime.... and Phoebe...

I guess I'm continuing in the book slump. This book was ok...yeah just ok. I’m not a huge fan of 2nd chance love, but more im
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phoebe and Jake first met when they were in the same foster home. They thought they would be together forever, but life intervened. Now they’re back in each other’s lives but there’s a lot that has happened in their time apart. Jake has been married, divorced and has an eight-year-old daughter, and Pheobe is a single mother.

After reading the first Ward sister's story in Fearless, I was eager to read Phoebe's story and glad to get an early copy of Breathe to read. Phillips did a terrific job with
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read-author
Time to Breathe

I really enjoyed this second book in Carly Phillips’ Rosewood Bay series and I’m very much looking forward to reading the remaining two books. This story focuses on the eldest Ward sister Phoebe as she is reunited with her first love and father of her child, the gorgeous Jake Nichols. But a lot has happened in the 11 years since they last saw each other and it won’t be easy to reconnect after all this time. Throw in an ex-wife, Jake’s 6 year old daughter Callie and some secrets
***4 Stars***

After reading the little tease of what was coming up for Phoebe at the end of Fearless I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Breathe, and I have to say this was a great read. It was a quick, fun and smexy read that had a couple of twists in it that I didn’t see coming, but really liked how they were the catalyst for getting Jake and Phoebe to their HEA.

Jake is a good man. He may have had a difficult childhood, but he’s learned from it and become more than he probably thought he wou
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, 2018, ipad
Breathe is the second book in the Rosewood Bay series. It's a second chance romance focusing on Phoebe Ward. She and Jake were an item while in foster care. After being rescued by her aunt, she never saw him again. He doesn't know they have a son. Normally, I'm not a big fan of secret baby stories. However, to Phoebe's credit, she did try to find Jake with no success. I enjoyed their story and their journey of reconnecting. I loved how Jake was all in from the start, even more so once he found o ...more
Pam Nelson
Yes! I said in my last review I hoped book 2 would be Kane’s sister and it is! Phoebe and her son wormed their way into my heart in book 1. I was looking forward to seeing her get her HEA.
Jake and Phoebe go way back, so this is a second chance love and of course, these are my favorite kind.

Jake comes back to town and it was a shock to both Phoebe and Jake, but old feelings surface and they realize they might have to try again.

Their story is really adult and I liked that we didn’t get childis
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Author Carly Phillips offers up an engaging and charming second chance love story in Breathe. There was much I enjoyed about this book including the ability of the two main characters to put aside their past to focus on the future.

Meeting in a foster care home, teenagers Jake Nichols and Phoebe Ward formed a friendship that blossomed into more and got Jake expelled from the house when they were caught. Eleven years later they meet on a jobsite and Phoebe knows that no matter what she must fess u
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second chance romance was just delicious and hot and steamy and so sweet. I felt much more involved with these characters and rooted for their HEA. The audio was wonderful and I can't wait for the next book, which I have decided to read right away. Yeah, I'm hooked.

Phoebe Ward was in the foster care system for ten years before her rich aunt found her. Her home was one of the happy ones and she did okay in the system. She even found to love of her life in an angry boy named Jake. Pregnant at
Erin Lewis
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 star review Breathe (Rosewood Bay #2) by Carly Phillips
Not only is this the second book in the series, but it is also a second chance at love story and is about Jake Nichols and Phoebe Ward.
Both Jake and Phoebe met when they were in foster care and fell in love. Circumstances tore them apart and yet they never forgot their first loves, particularly Phoebe as their love resulted in her son.

Life hasn’t been easy for Jake and Phoebe; Jake having found himself in prison thanks to his anger issu
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet second chance…

This is the second in the Rosewood Bay series, a series that is growing on me by leaps and bounds. While I enjoyed the first instalment, Jake and Phoebe amped things up another notch as they quietly worked their magic, making me believe that love the second time around can be just as sweet…

Torn apart as teenagers, Jake and Phoebe went their separate ways, growing up, building lives and a future apart from each other - and alone. Well, neither is quite alone… Unexpectedly th
Reviews from the Heart (Kimberly Anne)
4.5 stars

Breathe is the second installment of the Rosewood Bay series, and arguabyone of my favorite books by Phillips. Breathe follows Phoebe Ward as she reunites with her lost love Jake Nichols. There reunion is more than just two lost loves reuniting after years apart, along with it comes the surprise that Jake has a son. Watching these two overcome their pasta and find their way back to each other while navigating the challenge of having a kid that Jake didn't know about was so fantastically
Jackie Wright
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Rosewood Bay Series and what a series this is turning out to be.
Jake Nichols has turned his life around from a troubled teenager in the care system to a successful contractor but now he finds himself juggling life as a divorce and father of a adorable daughter. When Jake shows up to price up his next job the last person he expects to see is Phoebe Ward the girl he loved and lost as a teenager. Phoebe Ward is now a successful real estate agent who is looking after a makeov
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn’t wait to read Phoebe Ward’s story and Carly did not disappoint! Having read the first book in this series we learn Phoebe is very successful in real estate and a single mom. The Ward sisters were both in foster care when their aunt took them in and raised them. Phoebe has never forgot Jake the boy from foster care who is her son’s father. Now 11 years later she comes face to face with him. Both have made good for themselves after life throw them some curveballs. Jake and Phoebe’s secon ...more
Pennie Morgan
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Phoebe Ward survived the foster care system and nearly 12 years as a single mom before walking into the house her client has put her in charge of having refurbished for a meeting with the contractor when she comes face to face with her first love, the one she thought she would never she again, the father of her child. Jake Nichols has overcome and survived so much in his life...foster care, prison, divorce, and now he all his hard work has led him to a job he loves which could lead to him owning ...more
Lisa Roberts
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing huge second chance between Nick and Phoebe who have lost years together at a young age and reconnect by accident with huge surprises and the connection at one look is still there. These two together are passionate and the attraction is unbelievably hot and I really enjoyed how they handled the situation are were so passionate about the children. Beautifully written and the whole story was just so enjoyable to read.
Ellen Anderson
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed Phoebe and Jake's story very much. Now I am already looking forward to Juliette's story and can't wait for it's release. Rosewood Bay is a very good series.
Isha Coleman
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
The Ward sisters learned at an early age that in order survive the hard knocks of life, you have to fight your way through. Foster care taught them how to be fearless. Can facing the past that almost broke them set them free? Carly Phillips prides herself on creating women of courage. If Fearless broke the heart, Breathe uplifts the soul. Jake and Phoebe were the right people who met at the wrong time. Now adults, with more maturity under their belts and a bit more wisdom in their hearts, fate p ...more
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NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestseller, Carly Phillips gives her readers Alphalicious heroes to swoon for and romance to set your heart on fire. She married her college sweetheart and lives in Purchase, NY along with her three crazy dogs: two wheaten terriers and a mutant Havanese, who are featured on her Facebook and Instagram. The author of 50 romance novels, she has raised two ...more

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