3.5 Star Review by Ashley
With Every Breath is the first book I've read from Niecey Roy's body of work and I enjoyed it. While it touches on some topics that are heavy, it is very brief and not graphic, more gut wrenching than anything. I really liked the main characters Jaden and Cole. These two were such polar opposites that I just knew that all the back and forth would be worth it at some point.
Jaden, that woman is so stuck in the past she can't see past her own shadow. I liked how giving she was towards her friends. Which, incidentally, is what brought her back to her home town of River Bend; her best friend, Mia was in crisis mode. Jaden wasn't ready for what was waiting for her when she rolled back into town. Things had changed and she missed it. She quickly learns things with Mia are worse than she thought and her plans take a bit of a turn. I loved watching her see the town through fresh eyes and a camera lens and reconnecting with the best parts of her past, not just the pain. To help her along the way was the one who stole her heart and never gave it back years ago, Cole.
Cole, oh that guy is everything you want in a book boyfriend (ex notwithstanding). I love his charisma and charm. His patience and perseverance. His dedication and devotion- to who and what he loves. Especially his son, Mickey. Their relationship was special and only cemented how much of a good guy Cole is. The lengths he went to to worm his way back into Jaden's good graces had me grinning from ear to ear. They have a history that is less than stellar and lots to work though and time is against them. But what a fun ride it was to see them work on their issues and try to figure out where to go next. But when the past comes back to bite them both, I found myself wide eyed, wanting to smack a certain someone and reading furiously to find out just what would happen.
While With Every Breath wraps up nicely there were a few holes for me. I wanted some more closure on the whole Cole, Mickey and Kensie situation. There were so many places for that to go and I wanted just a touch more of it. Though it may coming in the rest of the series which Niecey Roy set up really well with the cast of secondary characters. This group of friends, and the things that came out of their mouths had me in hysterics, especially Trey and the ladies in ceramics class. Can you say crazy grandma's? This small town, second chance romance is full of heart and left me thinking of home.
About the Author
Once upon a time, there was a young girl who wrote sappy poetry about every relationship gone wrong. She had her heart broken many times before the man of her dreams stepped off a big Navy ship and swept her off her feet, promising to never hold her shoe obsession against her.
From that day forward, she swore she’d never again write sappy poetry of unrequited love. Instead, a sucker for smooches and happily-ever-afters, Niecey Roy now writes contemporary romance inspired by her sailor’s sexy brown eyes and charming sense of humor.
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