“Breathe You In” by Joya Ryan

 photo breathe_you_in-ryan_joya-25566510-4055419393-frntl_zps899022e6.jpgFor years, Amy Underwood has been wracked by guilt over her sister’s fatal overdose. With one last shot at redemption, she is determined to open a drug treatment center—even if it means her shameful secret will be exposed. But when she sneaks into the biggest political event of the year in search of funding, she quickly discovers that in the world of fast-paced politics there is always a price—and this one could cost her everything.

Running for a second term, the young governor of New York, Roman Reese, finds that his privileged past and dark childhood could not only threaten the blue-collar vote—but his reputation and livelihood as a politician. So when he meets a sexy woman with big ambitions, he quickly strikes a deal: He’ll see that Amy’s clinic obtains funding, and she’ll play the down-to-earth girlfriend to help his electability. They’ll keep the relationship strictly business, scripted to the last detail, and end it when the polls close.

But secrecy and desire have a way of binding hearts. As Election Day draws closer, so do Amy and Roman—until the discovery of one final deceit threatens to tear them apart for good.

I received a copy of this book from the author, Joya Ryan, in exchange for an honest review and that is exactly what you will receive.

The Review

First off, I have to say…this book’s description does NOT give it any amount of justice as to what this book holds within it.  Not a single bit.  Had I been flipping through Amazon.com books looking for an interesting book to read, this one wouldn’t have piqued my interest.  This actually came onto my radar due to a mutual friend(author) of Joya Ryan and I.  Until that moment I’d never heard of Joya Ryan or any of her books.  To be quite honest, I almost said no to the review based upon the fact the book description portrayed it as something I would really not care for.  Now would others have this same reaction? Maybe, maybe not. But this is about my experience.  That being said, I’ll quote exactly what I told our mutual friend…I absofuckinglutely loved it!

I have a select few authors I consider my favorites, even less favorite books and it is EXTREMELY rare a book will surprise me.  In fact I can only think of 3 at the moment that have actually made me close the book at the end and be completely speechless.  The closest I can come to explaining how I felt it is to say this book was like that Trojan Vibrator commercial. It blew my hair back. HAHA!

Would others have this same reaction? Again, maybe, maybe not.  I think a little bit of my surprise came from the book description not doing it justice.  It’s like seeing a clam and then finding a pearl inside.

ANYHOO…let’s get to the book.

It opens with Amy “crashing” a gala, with the help of her friend Paige, to meet some of the richer society members, in hopes to gain funding for a Drug Rehab Center.  She’s a small town girl in the middle of a high class shark tank.  When she meets Roman her immediate reaction to him is like a moth to a flame and damn does she burn.  He seems quite taken with her too.  When he kisses her she knows she’s never felt anything like this before.  When she discovers he’s the Governor, she’s shocked, terrified and torn.  Her little experience with the rich has not been good and she can’t believe he would be any different. Yet she feels she sees the true Roman, not just the Governor Reese facade he puts on for others.  When he “invites” her for dinner a few nights later, she can’t help but show up.  What she encounters when she arrives is by NO means what she was hoping for or expecting.

The man sitting at the table waiting for her is angry and she has no idea why.  When he accuses her of knowing who he was and trying to use him for her own personal agenda of getting the Rehab Center built, all she can do is sit in shock.  When she tries to defend herself, he doesn’t believe her and instead offers up a proposal.  She pretends to be his girlfriend to help gain the blue collar votes for reelection and he’ll help her get the funding for the center.  When she tries to turn the absurd proposition down, he then blackmails her.  She’ll do what he asks or he’ll fire Paige for sneaking her in. He gives her 24 hours to decide.

After that, the amazing roller coaster begins.  This book has everything.  If you want an Alpha male, Roman is your guy.  Amy is a strong heroine, which I really love to see in books.  I can’t stand weak leading ladies.  If you want sexual tension and chemistry…there is an abundance of it.

There is sex, secrets, tears, love, hate, laughter and did I mention sex?  Seriously though, this had just the right amount of everything.  I’ve had books make me tear up, but only 2 have had tears rolling down my cheeks in a constant flow.  This is one of them.  It’s not a bad cry though…it’s an emotional and cleansing one.  You know how you feel after you’ve went bouncing from emotion to emotion without getting a chance to breathe and then all of a sudden one simple thing sends you into tears?  This is one of those types of cries.

“Breathe You In” is about absorbing life’s ups and downs. It’s about accepting your flaws, accepting others’, accepting responsibility and letting go of guilt.  It’s about trusting yourself and trusting others even when you have no reason to do either. It’s simply about taking life and the adventures it holds, one breath at a time.


*NOTE*  “Breathe You In” isn’t officially released until March 11th, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.com.  I HIGHLY recommend you DO!  If you love books with all the elements I’ve listed above, then I can honestly say, this is a must read and I’m SO thankful I took a chance. I would’ve missed out on one hell of a ride.


Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 10
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 50

Rating –5 Stars

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