Catch My Breath: Lynn Montagano
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Well..WOW! Lynn’s début novel is certainly a cracker. I really got pulled into the story, angry at Alistair so much that sometimes I was wanting Lia to SCREAM at him “Stop being a jerk!!” He was so loving one moment then- off like a light switch, cold, blank-faced and unfeeling. Poor Lia, she deserved better…Of course as time goes on we see there’s more to him that that, he’s got some demons from his past that make him behave this way, but Lia too has her share of problems, yet tries hard not to let them impact upon their relationship – she doesn’t always succeed but at least she shares with him. When he has problems he just shuts her out, and that she can’t deal with. Rightly so, a relationship is a two person process, it can’t function if just one is taking part.
I’m sure this book is going to get comments that it’s very reminiscent of FsoG. It’s inevitable there’s overlap in some books, there’s only so many ways one can write a romance, and only so many excuses for bad behaviours. I feel though that yes I did get a fifty feeling, but that Lynn has put her own stamp on the story, swung it round and made it her own book, and given a new slant to parts. There’s a myriad of novels following that hero/heroine with a tortured past theme, and some are good some not so, this one for me works well.
I was so angry at Alistair part of the time and yet felt for him too. I loved Lia, loved her independence, and that she wasn’t a simpering vapid heroine, but a strong lady who’d worked and struggled to overcome and get out of a relationship where she was under severe stress. That takes guts especially when the man is as powerful as her ex. I have to feel I like the main characters, that I can laugh and cry with them, and these two were perfect for me.
It ends with a HEA – but I just feel that there’s enough problems encountered that aren’t really solved, just solved for now, and that there’s potential for more from Lia and Alistair – that they will continue to have problems, that the exes on both sides won’t give up that easily, and that both of them still have work to do before they can be totally happy together. I feel they’ve really got a happy for now, and that another book about them would make me feel more confident about them having a happy ever after 🙂 Some books get strung out when they could be a stand alone, this one is the reverse, it’s a good standalone but I feel it could still deliver more. Hope so anyway, and I’ve asked Lynn if there’s more planned. I’ll edit my review when I have a response if there is more to come from these two….
Its priced at £2.48 for 260 pages.
Stars: loved it – four and a half. I’d have gone five except I feel they need a bit more work before they get a solid HEA.
ARC received via Netgalley
Edit: I contacted Lynn over whether there was more to come and there is – hurrah! Not long to wait either!! This is her reply:- “This is the first book in a trilogy, so there is more to their story. The second one is called Unravel Me and is due for release this July =)”