Can’t Hardly Breather by Gena Showalter…Review Tour Stop


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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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 Review:

Being a huge fan of Gena Showalter’s paranormal worlds, I was so excited to dive into her contemporary side and oh my, it was just as amazing as I had hoped it would be!  Now, this is the 4th book in the series, and I totally failed at reading the first 3 before starting this one but it turns out that it didn’t matter and I was able to enjoy every delicious moment without being lost.  Thank goodness!

There are so many things to love about this story.  Dorothea is a wonderfully real and relatable character from the very first page.  We start out a day in her high school life and are introduced to the unkind words from her fellow classmates and the teenage hero who jumped in to her rescue.  Fast forward to the present and to where both of them are now.  Dorothea running the town’s Inn, going through the motions, not really having much of a life, certainly not much of a love life, and still holding a flame for that boy who came to her rescue all those years ago.  Daniel is also back in town after serving his country in the military and also just kind of going through the motions.  Not having any kind of serious relationships, building his business, and tending to family issues.  But he never forgot about that cute freckled girl he rescued all those years ago. Sure, they see each other often considering he stays at the Inn plenty, but there’s never been more than a ‘hi’ here and there in passing.  That all changes when Dorothea, fed up with the monotony of her day-to-day life takes matters into her own hands and decides to tell Daniel how she’s felt for him all these years…..in nothing but a coat.  And that’s where the fun begins.

I loved these two.  I loved Dorothea and her vulnerability, spunk, determination, and loyalty.  She’s smart, fun, interesting, and  a gal you would love to have as a friend.  She’s also very real and I know a lot of women will be able to relate to her. I equally loved Daniel.  He’s take charge, alpha, sexy, and also a tad vulnerable which rounded out the whole package beautifully.  Their relationship is so fun to watch unfold.  From the very moment Dorothea knocks on Daniel’s door, I knew their journey would be a fun one.  And it SO was!  Dorothea is a hard sell and Daniel has to work to win her over and it was fantastic.  I loved every second of this book!

You can bet I will be backtracking and starting with the first book in this series, because I have no doubt I will adore it as much as I did this book.  Thank you, Ms. Showalter, for a fun, flirty, and emotional read! I loved it!

Four-and-a-Half Loves






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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 genashowalter.com or Facebook.com/genashowalterfans



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  1. I’ve not had the pleasure of reading anything by Ms. Showalter, but I’ve never gone wrong with a recommendation from Jilly so I will be checking this one out when it’s released.

  2. Thank you so much! ~Jessica, InkSlinger PR

  3. Kathy Valentine says:

    Awesome review Jillian!! Shared on my socials!!!

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