Genre: Romantic Suspense
Book Length (Est.): 386 Pages
In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…
As the captain of Field County’s ice rescue dive team, Callum Cook is driven to perfection. But when he meets new diver Louise “Lou” Sparks, all that hard-won order is obliterated in an instant. Lou is a hurricane. A walking disaster. And with her, he’s never felt more alive…even if keeping her safe may just kill him.
Lou’s new to the Rockies, intent on escaping her controlling ex, and she’s determined to make it on her own terms…no matter how tempting Callum may be. But when a routine training exercise unearths a body, Lou and Callum find themselves thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer who will stop at nothing to silence Lou-and prove that not even her new Search and Rescue family can keep her safe forever.
*I received an ARC of this book free from Sourcebooks Casablanca via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Callum is like drill Sargent perfection. Just one word from him and everyone snaps to attention. Everyone except Lou that is. Not that she doesn’t try, she just seems to be a complete and utter awkward mess when he’s around. Luckily she has sarcasm to cover up for distraction whenever Callum is around.
Lou in all her happiness and sarcastic glory somehow manages to bring a little sunshine into Callum’s life as well as others on her team, but when things start happening and it all leads to a deadly stalker on her heels she still manages to keep her humor, even when she’s scared.
I have to say that I honestly don’t think I’ve ever read characters like Callum and Lou. He’s the strong silent type and even when he doesn’t something completely out of character, like kiss Lou, it’s done kind of matter-of-factly. She on the other hand is out spoken and not afraid to jump right in, even if it’s against the rules. Opposites definitely attract in Hold Your Breath. It’s full of twist, turns, and a slow building passion that will explode and set the pages on fire.
The only part I liked, or not liked, I’m not really sure which one, is how there’s multiple suspense storylines happening at the same time. Not only is there a stalker, but there’s also an unidentified dead guy, and only one will be solved. With the semi-cliffhanger ending I’m hoping the other one will be solved in book two.
My Favorite Moment: I absolutely loved how Lou describes the hot Search and Rescue men, especially Ian.
“You know Walsh? With Fire?”
She thought for a second. “Ian Walsh? Big guy? Looks like he should be every single month on the firemen’s calendar, posing in just his bunker gear without a shirt and showing off those tattoo-covered pecs?”
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