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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,264 ratings  ·  319 reviews
Lincoln McCaw lost everything — his home, his job, his partner — after he caused a fatal accident. A year later, he's drowning the guilt and despair in whiskey, but he needs to move on. His sister and her kids are counting on him. Then he meets a man who ignites a passion Lincoln thought he'd never find. Too bad one night is all they can have together. Now he needs to figu ...more
ebook, 1st Edtion, 254 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Loose Id, LLC
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
This book took me forever to read. And I'm not sure why. It wasn't that long.

But I liked it. Mostly. It was definitely different and not a premise I have read in MM.

The writing was really good, which I think took the story a long way. But if I really really think about it not a lot happened.

Lincoln and Jay definitely fall in love under rather strange circumstances.

I'd like to believe that something like this could happen. What happened was a true tragedy.

I also have to question whether the
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m

"Breathe," Lyncoln said in a low whisper to the hair above Jay's ear. "Just breathe ."


Breathe is a well-written story about forgiveness and redemption. It's thoughtful. It's sad. Yet very hopeful.

Dear Lyncoln,

I know you are a good guy, Lync. You have a kind and generous heart. What happened destroyed you as much as it did Jay, his family and Katie's family. It is reasonable that you feel ashamed, and it's good to recognize what wrong you did. Howe
Loved it, though it might be hard to believe that these two guys would hook up in normal circumstances, not that there is anything normal about their situation. Did I mention the angst, drama and heartbreak? There's plenty of it going around, it's emotionally draining, so pace yourself and suck it up, its worth it.

Jay and Lincoln have no idea what they are both about to unleash when they meet, the past is about to blow up in their faces. After finding out who Linc really is, Jay has a lot to th
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**4.5 stars**

"Breathe" was an amazing read for me! Very nicely done Sloan Parker!

"Breathe" is about two men and their experiences following a horrific tragedy and their individual journeys towards forgiveness. Surprisingly, I read a M/F book with a very similar premise only a few months ago. I'll put the other book's name in spoiler tags because the fact that the guy was involved in the girl's accident is a huge plot twist (view spoiler). However, this book blo
~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
2.5 stars

Sloan Parker and I are breaking up. I liked this book better than More but not that much better.

It started off promising, and the premise (falling in love with the person who took something from you) was interesting. However, I didn't feel that the relationship between Jay and Lincoln developed organically or realistically. I didn't learn anything about the MCs other than their shared tragedy, and I kept questioning what they really had in common besides passion (and even that felt fl
Bark  |  Laurie  |  LOHF
Feb 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
OMG the angst. I'm an angst loving girl but there is a limit and this book reached it.

"I love you, I need you but I will ruin your life and I don't deserve a man as kind as you. I must push you away and then a moment later, pull you back in. I can't resist. Your touches make me feel again but I don't deserve them. I deserve to wallow in a pool of self-pity and drink myself to death. I must leave you alone. You're better off that way. Wait, I need you back. Get those hot lips over here!"

Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves angst and drama
Recommended to Macky by: Bev, mark, Tina, Gina.
So another successful buddy read with my great friends Mark, Tina, Gina and Bev and another 5 star rating from me.
My first thoughts before reading was how can someone make a romance between a man whose wife is killed in a in a dreadful car accident fall in love with the man who was the cause of that accident? I couldn't see how it could work at all but I hold my hands up because Sloan Parker took a sensitive subject that could have been a complete mess and made it meld so well that by the finis
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

2.5 stars

Well gee... *kicks dirt*...I don't know...I know everyone loved this book, but, um...I really struggled with it.

It starts off with so much potential. How do you not jump into a story about a man who loses his beloved wife in a car accident and then falls for the man that was the driver of the other car? Oh the possibilities. And yes, a lot of the grief and the guilt and the struggle for everyone involved to move on were here in this story. And throw in a gay-sex virgin and a host of per

Buddy Read with Gina, Tina, Mark and Macky....thank you. 4 stars for this from me

Well, there were things that I loved about this book, and then there were things that I couldn't quite understand (view spoiler), but as others have done long reviews, this will be a shortie.

The two MC's Lincoln and Jay were extremely hot together...spontaneous combustion-type heat between the two, and I have to say the sex scenes
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, lendle
Not a perfect book, but despite the overdose of drama in spots, the age gap (which I honestly didn't really notice), and the speed with which the relationship developed I liked this story. I think because, despite the angst, it was ultimately a story about forgiveness, acceptance, moving on, and learning to live with those things that cannot be changed. In the end it is a hopeful story in a very real, and honest way. ...more
Heather C
This book was all kinds of awesome!

Yeah, there was tons of angst, angst and more angst. But not the bad kind. No cheating! This was all about guilt and grief and forgiveness and moving forward. Most importantly it was about getting a second chance at life and love.

From the outside, Jay and Lincoln were absolutely wrong for each other. But in truth, they were right. Absolutely right for each other. It was the only way either of them would ever heal.

Their passion was intense and the sex was some
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, buddy-reads

Buddy read with Bev, Gina, Macky and Mark. :)

Breathe isn't a pretty romance. It's quite dark, has some plot twists and some angst and suspense.

After a fatal accident Linc has lost his home, his job and his partner. A year later he realizes he needs to move on. He meets a man who arouses a passion he thought he'd never find. But someone decides Lincoln needs to suffer more than he already has...

Jay is surrounded by grief and misery until he finally gives in to his sexual fantasies about being wit
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I was up into the wee hours of the night a few nights ago finishing this book. I tried to go to sleep, really, I did, but Jake and Linc wouldn't let me!

Jacob Miller is 22 years old and a widower. Lincoln McCaw has been recently released from the county jail after spending six months locked away for vehicular manslaughter. They're a very unlikely pair. Jacob loved his wife, Katie, and Lincoln is responsible for her death. It was an accident, sure, but that doesn't change the fact that he's the re
Steph ☀️
Good :)

***3.5 stars***

I really enjoyed reading this. I wish there was a bit more to the Epilogue. As to what, I’m not sure but it just seemed something is missing.
Fact is stranger than fiction. This story touched based for me and dealt with some very emotional aspects. I felt drawn into their world from the very beginning and the author's style felt comfortable and smooth making it a compelling, non-stop read. The plot development and many threads was well handled and left me wanting more at the end.

So, now to the story. Jay and Lincoln, two guys on opposite ends but joined together by a common person who although in death brings them together. Jay suffer
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of love story that is slightly complicated -- because it provides good drama and can make readers emotionally involved. This story provides a very good start to that theme.

The circumstance that brings Lincoln and Jay together is a tragedy -- one that takes one life. Here we have two guys, who might never cross path if not for the accident; but now after they do, both recognize each other's soul. Lincoln and Jay have their own version of grief ... and it's beautiful to r
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wonder if things like this happen in real life.

Oh god this was a really rollercoaster of tension, angst, love. Both character are broken, just looking to feel good with each other but were so many thing between them it kind of scary me, sometimes i think that this would not have a happy ending, a ending that both of them deserve.

The plot wasn't really difficult to follow, and i almost guess everything, but that didn't made me enjoy this less, the last 15% got me really bad.

In general a good s
Nov 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Very good m/m romantic suspense about a guy who's just spent six months in prison and is returning to his home town. I don't want to say more about it, because part of this book's strength is how what happened in the past and what's happening in the present unfold together. Every time I was sure I had things all figured out, I was wrong. :) ...more
3.5 Stars

There's angst and then there's Angst. Now, I love angst as much as the next romance reader (provided I get my HEA), but even I have a limit and I think this book met and then exceeded it. Lincoln got into a wreck and a young wife died. It was an accident; he wasn't drunk, he wasn't speeding, he was distracted in his desperation to get to his destination (to rescue his sister from being abused by her husband) and momentarily took his eyes off the road. Nonetheless, he caused an accident
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing story about forgiveness and love. A love that most would agree can never work but somehow does. It’s also a story about judging others without knowing the facts. You assume you’ll know what happens next, but you don’t. You assume that the storyline will be predictable, but it’s not. I was pleasantly surprised and was never so glad to be proven wrong. My attention never faltered and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

I loved this story. Both Jay and Lincoln are suffering. Both a
Karen K
Wow - this book was amazing - a complete rollercoaster of emotions for me. The characters were rich and personable despite the harsh subject matter and often painful storyline. I knew it was going to be a hard book to read because of the plot but the writing made me just need to keep reading until I was done. The author did an excellent job of writing about a heartbreaking subject and tumultuous family situation, and I admit that the final scene was so touching and beautiful that I had to read i ...more
The DRAMA, have mercy, my heart still hurts! Liked it more than 4 stars but not quite enough to push it to 5. I had some niggles with the mystery part of it, enough that it distracted me from other things somewhat. Still very much a great read. Now I'm thinking about redoing my shelves, plain old "angst" doesn't seem adequate anymore. There should be levels. Maybe one for a bit of angst, one for moderate angst and one for ulcer inducing angst. This one would fall under the latter. ...more
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
Jay is a man who's world has been crushed and everyone around him keeps compressing it--suffocating him.

Lincoln is a man who's paid the price for bad judgment.

They're both hoping to find a way to move on with their lives and reach out to the other little realizing the existing relationship they already share. Awkward. I liked the premise and the MCs, but the story just seemed to be stilted at points that just didn't flow for me when I was reading it.
Damon Suede
Feb 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous, thoughtful writing. Clever inversion of romantic tropes and genuine surprises and suspense in a story so front-loaded with angst that at times you'll want to pass out. Real journeys by complex characters. Delicious.

Full review coming shortly.
I really liked this one. I was not quite are how they would pull it off but it was well done. the relationship and character development was very well done and a joy to read.

the mystery on the other side could have been better. it just did not seem like part of the story most of the time and then suddenly it was there again.

but all in all it was a good book to read.
Kaje Harper
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lincoln went to jail for his role in a car crash that killed a young, married woman. In his guilt, self-loathing and the mechanics of the trial, he's lost his race-car job to the driving restriction, his money to a civil settlement, his lover to his mix of depression and self-flagellation, and a year of his life to jail. His sister has been at the mercy of an abusive husband, and her kids are doing without because money is tight. Lincoln should leave town, but he won't leave them. So somehow he ...more
Stacey Jo
OMG!!!! What a fabulously awesome wonderful book!! I couldn't put it down; an all-consuming page-turner. Ok, I'm gushing, but it's so well deserved. Clearly, this book is going on my favorites shelf.

Lincoln caused an accident that killed a young woman and serves six months. He's consumed with guilt and has lost everything - his job, his partner. So he finds himself at the local bar where he meets a beautiful guy who has the same haunted, broken look in his eyes as him and they seem to be kindred
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was really able to connect with this story. It's like my life right now: A car crash that's happening and there's no turning back. It's like your life as it was flashing before your eyes, everything going wrong and you can't turn time to change it and it will haunt you for the rest of your life, till the end of your days almost to the extent of the way it did for these two men in this book. Never done a thing in your life and WHAM in one instant it's all over and done with.

Maybe it's the timi
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story was all about guilt and forgiveness and having a chance at being happy again. This was such a strange pairing but it worked so much and I couldn't help but just fall in love with both Lincoln and Jay. Lincoln was so torn up for what he had done and Jay who just needed someone to listen and acknowledge how he felt and what he needed in order to move on in his life. I enjoyed the mystery of who was doing everything and the author did a good job keeping you thinking of who it could have ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
This is the second book of this author I have read, and I enjoyed this one so much. The premise of this book was a bit far-fetched to me, but the author managed to pull me in and make me care about these two men more than I thought I would.
This book was like a roller-coaster for my heart. The sadness of these two men was heartbreaking, but watching them struggle to move forward and love again was uplifting. I wanted to hug them both from time to time, and I had my fingers crossed that they woul
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Award-winning author Sloan Parker writes passionate, dramatic stories about two men (or more) falling in love. She enjoys writing in the fictional world because in fiction you can be anything, do anything—even fall in love for the first time over and over again. Sloan lives in Ohio with her partner and their neurotic cats. Her greatest moments in life are spent with her family, her friends, and he ...more

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“Jay advanced. For the second time in his life, he didn’t give a shit what anyone else said about his choice in a lover. He seized Lincoln by the waist and crushed his mouth to the other man’s. Lincoln spread his lips and grabbed hold of Jay. No hesitation. No delay. Everything faded but the strength of that kiss, the power, the depth, the drive of man against man.” 10 likes
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