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Barely Breathing (A Keep Breathing Novel #1)

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RIVER

Buried deep under a mountain of lies, I’m struggling for air. My life, my choices are being dictated by my father.
I was forced to give up the man I love in order to protect him and now I must marry a man who I hate.
I thought I had found a way out.
I thought my time in this gilded cage was almost over.
Then one day Jaxson Holden walks back into my life, flipping it
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Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published January 30th 2020
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Jeeves Reads Romance
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A twisty, steamy second chance romance, Barely Breathing draws you in on the first page and holds your attention until the very end. Marselas' writing gets better with every book, keeping the reader guessing and building up the tension. It takes just the right second chance romance for me to even consider a 5-star rating, but this sat unwaveringly between 4 and 5 stars the whole way through.

The story follows River and Jaxson, former lovers who thought they had forever to look forward to...
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Rochelle
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has stayed with me from the very first time that I have read it. I love a good second chance romance and this was one of the best. Jaxson and River has so much emotion that I was feeling wrung out by the end of the book. I cried along with them, I yelled at them, I hated them and I loved them. I highly recommend this book. You won’t be disappointed with this selection. Believe me when I say, you will left breathless and want to read their story again and again. This story has reminded ...more
Wendy *cr8zysockbookblock*

Absolutely Unputdownable! Remarkable! Phenomenal!! Erica is one of my absolute favorite authors. I totally have a fastest one-click finger in the south when it comes to her books. Barely Breathing is my new favorite book of hers (At least until her next one comes out) River and Jax’s story sucked me in from the first paragraph of the prologue and I instantly knew I was in for an emotional ride. I was lucky enough to early read this fantastic book, yet still I keep finding myself going back to
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Stephanie
Feb 12, 2020 marked it as dnf
DNF at 3% lol

way too repetitive already. cut back on the times you mention breathing and air and maybe it wouldn’t have annoyed me right away.
Melissa
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such an intense read! Loved getting to know Jax and River. Such great writing that drags you into an emotional, angsty mess - it’s amazing! You MUST read this!
Cassie Ashford
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I’m hooked!

River and Jax are undeniably perfect together. Their chemistry is palpable. There is no denying their love regardless of what is going on with them.

This series will be amazing if you go off this first book!
Sherlock Hughes
This book was wow... that's the best way to put it! As I was reading the story I was so engrossed in it that all I could say over and over again was wow. This author weaved such an emotional story that I was left thinking about it well after I finished it. It not only has 2nd chance/enemies to lovers vibes but it has family drama, corporate corruption, and so much more. Even writing my review I am treading lightly as I don't want to ruin anything for future readers.

The story follows River who is
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Beverly
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just keep breathing...

As always, I excitedly anticipate every one of Erica’s books. And this one did not disappoint! If I could, I would rate this as more than five stars!

It had me fuming with anger, giggling at little funnies here and there, my heart melting with the passion, some serious smirking with the steam, and definitely some tears. There was so much angst and hurt and betrayal. But there was also so much love, passion, connection and unrelenting friendships. My emotions were all over
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Victoria Weston
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is the first book I've read by this author and this was an emotional and powerful read.

River has been through alot she met and fell in love with Jaxson 'Jax' when they were young and they had the world at their feet. Until one day things take a bad turn and River makes a decision that changes everyone's lives. After her grandfather left a stipulation in his will regarding the business.
River does not get along with her father and he hates his daughter with a passion.

Jaxson is a really
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Cate at Fiction Beer & Cupcakes
I was granted an ARC from Give Me Books and Erica Marselas for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

River has been under control of her father for fear that he has the means and motive to truly hurt the one she loves and his family. In order to protect them she makes the ultimate sacrifice and leaves Jax high and dry. Fast forward 2 years and River is now engaged to Harry, her dad’s right-hand man. Since River’s father was forced out of his own company, he is determined to
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Ashley Olson- lovestoread08
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Barely Breathing switches between flashbacks and present time so if you are looking for all the answers right in the beginning then this isn’t the book for you. I will say that not everything is as it seems so it will leave you guessing and trying to piece everything together. My heart absolutely broke for River and Jaxson! This couple has been through so much and for them to be able to put the past behind them and talk things through shows just how much they still love each other and are ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
River and Jaxon believed they would be together forever until out of the blue, River called it off, breaking both of their hearts in the process. She then took her place in the family company while becoming a shell of her former self. Some years passed, when she comes face to face with Jax, as he’s sliding his way into her company, and instantly, it’s apparent that they aren’t over what had transpired in the past. The intense chemistry is still present, which won’t be denied for long, but there’ ...more
TheGuideToRomanceNovels
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Shonna
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow I’m at a loss for words I finished this several days ago and I can’t get this book out my head! I absolutely adored jaxson and river were absolutely perfect together! I am staking my claim on jaxson lol

Erica has created something magnificent and she really pulls at your heartstrings with this book! I can’t wait to read more of her work

River is being controlled by her father and has been forced to give up the man she loves in order to protect him and being forced into an arranged marriage
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Jessica Wilcox
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Erica Marselas has this amazing ability to capture you right from the start and this book definitely does that. I absolutely adore River and Jaxson. They have the type of connection that many look for in their lives. Their love is put to the test and even when faced against evil trying to to tear it apart it can withstand. What River has to deal with really shows how strong she truly is. Jaxson is amazing and exactly what she needs to help her through it while reminding her to take a breath when ...more
Sarah Allen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was unable to put this book down!!! River and Jaxon’s story is amazing and beautiful!!! This is a steamy, fun, thrilling second chance book that you have to read!! River has had a rough life and had to give up the love of her life because of her evil father! She has a plan though to take down her evil father! This book has soooo many twists and turns and everyone needs to read it!!! I loved this book and can’t wait to read more by this author!
Reading_Junkie28
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved this story from start to finish. River is one strong woman to go through what she was going through. I just wanted to reach through the book and protect her! Jaxson is PERFECT!!! Everything about this man will have you swooning. The way this story is written will having you wanting more & more. The flashbacks were heart wrenching. My heart hurt so much for this couple. The ending was AMAZING!!! Really had me on my seat there with the letter!!!! So happy this story is going ...more
Sheila
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is wonderful book with River giving up the man she loved just so that she could protect him from her controlling father breaking her heart in the process. Jaxon never knew why River left him without explaining and now that he has found her he is determined to find out why. Loved this story and the characters were just great and Jaxon is my new book boyfriend.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Gladys
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this keep you on the edge read. River and Jaxson are complex characters that share a very complicated history. As their second chance at love unfolds you can expect plenty of tension and an overall feeling of suspense as secrets, angst, raw emotions, drama, a sacrifice for love and a quest for revenge combine into an all consuming, page turner. This is my frank, freely posted review.
it.sgottabethebooks
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second chance romance by Erica Marselas was sooo good. Jaxon and River are so good for each other. When one needs air to breathe Jaxon offered that to River. This story had plenty of suspense and oh the sexy times were hot! I am looking forward to Liam’s story as his character is super intriguing!
Kelly Russ
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just when I think she can’t beat my fav Love Plan of hers she comes out with this one. Second chance romance is one of my fav troupes. And when Erica told me she was writing this one and sent me an arc I was excited, and jumped on reading it. All the feels rolled up into one with this one. A must read that I recommend that’s 5. ...more
Jeanne Richardson
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book I've read written by Erica Marselas; she has done a great job at writing a good book; I can’t wait to read more of her books.

The story line caught my attention at the very beginning and kept me interested throughout the entire book.

I loved the chemistry between the characters.

I received a free copy of this book via booksprout and I’m voluntarily leaving a review.
Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
River and Jaxson are soul mates but her father gets in the way and two years later he is back. Everything may seem one way to him, but River has been suffering the whole time without him. There are misunderstandings and miscommunications galore but the chemistry and connection they share is undeniable.
Maja
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first read from this author. This was such an incredible book. River was a very strong yet conflicted character who was forced to live the life her parents planned for her. I will definitely read more from this author, amazing story from start to finish.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Ashleigh
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Geez I cannot recommend this book enough it has a little but of everything from sorrow to rage, to sweet romance to heat!!
Jax and River had to deal with so much, God even I wanna knock her dad and Harry on their butts! Can't want for the next book....

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Phillys James
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love this story. I live that River was able to find herself. I can't say that I would be as strong as she was but is was great to see her and Jax together .

This story had a me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. I reccomend this story for everyone.
Sophie Ruthven
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4 and a half stars.
Was a new to me author and one I'd definitely be interested in reading more from.
There are many times during this book where you will want to shake the characters to get them to see sense or listen, and more than a few throat punches to those wielding abuse.
All and all was a mostly enjoyable suspense, even if this self confessed suspense junkie would of liked a little bit more sprinkled in.
France
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yay another fantastic book again from our dearest Author Erica.you did it again the story is well written and totally blows my mind..#secondchances #nopushandpull #amazingcouple #emotionalread #strongheroine #nocheating #fantastichero #topreads2020
Jennifer Richey
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a 2nd chance emotional twisted with a bit of steamy book! It captures you from the beginning to the end! Jax & RIver have insane chemistry love it can’t wait to read more!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Suzan McCann
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best Book I've read so far in 2020!! It's definitely a must read Erica knocked out the park with this gem. You won't be disappointed.
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