Title: As I Live and Breathe
Author: Lorraine Britt
Genre: Adult, Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 9, 2015
Photographer: Jennifer Tanner Photography
Cover Model: Bailey Lee
Life on the run has become second nature to Annalise Crockett. When a teaching position at a small university in the English countryside falls in her lap, she jumps at the chance. After all, what better place to hide?
To safeguard herself even more, she signs up for a self-defense class. As luck would have it the class is being taught by former football player Graham Whittington-James, the exact football player Annalise had cheered for in her days at university in England. Graham is instantly intrigued by her. He sees how broken, skittish and introverted she is, even though he senses this is not her true self. He can’t help wanting to protect her, to take care of her. He is determined to gain her trust, find out why she has all the walls and defenses, and help build her up again.
Just as she begins to let down her walls and let Graham in, the familiar sense of being watched returns. It doesn’t take long for her to know the reason she has stayed on the run has returned once more. This time, will it be different? This time, will she stand her ground? Or will Graham lose her forever?
As I Live and Breathe is an extremely quick read, but still gives you a pretty full story. The characters felt genuine, both the main and secondary ones, and I found myself falling for Graham just a bit. The story does address a difficult issue, but it is handled well-and it's great to see the author empowering her main female lead, Annalise, the way she does.
For as quick a read as this was, the reader is not shorted on character or plot depth. While not as developed as a full length novel would be, you still get a good sense of the characters' personalities accompanied by a well thought out storyline that does keep the reader engaged.
Annalise goes through a wonderful transformation, gaining strength both mentally and physically while becoming a more independent and self-reliant woman. Graham is supportive, strong and protective-everything a lead alpha male character should be. They just work together, though I would have loved to see a longer story so we could have more detailed relationship development.
This is a good story, and I'd recommend it for romance fans with the added touch of suspense. 3.75 stars, I really do wish it was longer-I could use some more Graham!
Lorraine Britt is a fourth generation Native Texan who is also immensely proud of her Louisiana heritage and solid Southern roots. As an enthusiastic lover of the written word, inspiration struck Lorraine and she began to bubble over with her own ideas. Grasping hold of her lifelong dreams, it wasn’t long before she was putting pen to paper and letting her fingers fly over a keyboard to bring her own characters to life. When she isn’t busy scribbling notes for her next idea you might find her whipping up delicious creations in the kitchen or putting miles on her car on road trip adventures. Lorraine is equally passionate about music, movies and sports. You’ll no doubt find these familiar themes woven throughout her books. Lorraine and her family currently make their home in northeast Texas.