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Thursday, August 24, 2017

InkSlinger PR Presents: Can't Hardly Breathe; #ReviewTour, #ExcerptTour, #NowAvailable, #OutNow, #Giveaway

From New York Times Bestselling author Gena Showalter, comes the next standalone romance in the Original Heartbreakers Series—CAN’T HARDLY BREATHE!

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Rating:  4.5 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from InkSlinger PR and from the author. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with an irresistible Original Heartbreakers story about a woman who’s never felt desired and the man who wants her more than air to breathe…

Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis’s past is full of memories she’d rather forget. But there’s one she can’t seem to shake—her longstanding crush on former Army Ranger Daniel Porter. Now that the sexy bad boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out…but his every heated glance makes her want to join him instead.

Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves the curvy Dorothea night and day, he’s as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her.

But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.


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My Thoughts:

Dorothea Mathis may work with family but her job involves cleaning up after others. And she lets us know that it’s not always fun to work with them. She has a creative way at wearing her heart on her sleeve. Daniel Porter doesn’t quite behave as a bad boy should. The least endearing character would have to be Dorothea’s sister. At times I wanted to get into her space and ask what got stuck. But then you realize that there has to be a reason for why she’s acting as she is.

Dorothea gives hope to those that have been bullied in school. She shows that you can come out in the end with a happily ever after. It may be a case of trial and error but it can happen. And it was interesting to watch her self esteem increase as the story progressed. I felt bad for her when she had to deal with her sister. In my family, I had three brothers and always wished I had a sister but after reading about Holly I’m almost glad I didn’t. She serves Dorothea a big serving of guilt and it made me wish I were there to defend her.

Daniel seemed to be the boy that all the girls crushed on in school – adds to an inflated ego. He surprised me though at what he would go through to catch Dorothea’s attention. The author does a great job of creating sexual tension without writing the actual act. It’s a great way to tease the reader and have them turning the page. That and what Daniel was going to do next to try and grab Dorothea’s attention. We see Daniel mature and watch as he realizes that women are more than a sexual outlet. It was as if they needed each other in order to change and grow into the person they wanted to be. The ending comes with a teaser for the next book in the series that left me adding it to my TBR list.


Gena Showalter’s CAN’T HARDLY BREATHE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 21st

Obsessed by books – Review
Scandalous Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
The Book Maven – Review & Excerpt

August 22nd

Alpha Book Club – Review
Beware Of The Reader – Review & Excerpt
Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt
Melena`s Reviews – Review & Excerpt
The Romance Rebels – Review & Excerpt

August 23rd

Booknerd1107 – Review
East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt
Reads & Reviews – Review
Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt
Under The Covers Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

August 24th

Lynn's Romance Enthusiasm – Review & Excerpt
Read. Eat. Love. – Review & Excerpt
Reese's Reviews – Review & Excerpt
Shannonbookishlife – Review & Excerpt

August 25th

Never without a book in hand – Review & Excerpt
Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

August 26th

Kayns Book – Review
The Lovely Books – Review & Excerpt
With Love for Books – Review & Excerpt

August 27th

From the TBR Pile – Review & Excerpt
Kdrbck – Review & Excerpt

August 28th

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt
Read-Love-Blog – Review
The Book Reading Gals – Review & Excerpt

August 30th

As The Book Ends – Review & Excerpt
Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Review & Excerpt
Red Cheeks Reads – Review & Excerpt
Smut Book Junkie Reviews – Review & Excerpt

August 31st

Embrace the Romance – Review & Excerpt
Milky Way of Books – Review & Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

September 1st

BJ's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Books and Things Blog – Review & Excerpt
Foxylutely Books – Review & Excerpt
Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt

September 2nd

A Fortress of Books – Excerpt

September 3rd

Francoise's Reading Corner – Review & Excerpt

September 4th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt
Lover of Big Books Cannot Lie – Review & Excerpt
Rantings of a Reading Addict – Review & Excerpt

September 5th

Escape Inside the Pages – Review & Excerpt
Taylor Fenner's Bookish World – Review & Excerpt
The Sassy Bookster – Excerpt

September 6th

Travels N Reads – Review & Excerpt
Sassy Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

September 7th

JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt
Sofia Loves Books – Review
Wrapped Up In Reading – Review & Excerpt

September 8th

Book Lovers Hangout – Review & Excerpt
Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt
Dirty Girl Romance – Review
Stuck In Books – Excerpt
Shannon's Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

September 9th

ContemporaryCween – Review & Excerpt
G & T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Jax's Book Magic – Excerpt
Ms. Me28 – Review & Excerpt
Relentless Romance – Review & Excerpt

About Gena Showalter:

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the spellbinding Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, two young adult series--Everlife and the White Rabbit Chronicles--and the highly addictive Original Heartbreakers series. In addition to being a National Reader's Choice and two time RITA nominee, her romance novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan (Red Hot Read) and Seventeen magazine, she's appeared on Nightline and been mentioned in Orange is the New Black--if you ask her about it, she'll talk for hours…hours! Her books have been translated in multiple languages.

She’s hard at work on her next novel, a tale featuring an alpha male with a dark side and the strong woman who brings him to his knees. You can learn more about Gena, her menagerie of rescue dogs, and all her upcoming books at or

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  1. The Darkest Night is my favorite, it was the first book of Gena's that I read, and started my addiction to the Lords of the Underworld series.


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