Friday, October 10, 2014

Book Review, Giveaway: Life Support by Zoe Norman

Book: Life Support (The Breathe Series - Book 2)
Author: Zoe Norman
Genre: Contemporary Romance


Olivia Burke is ready to risk everything to be with Owen Maxwell.  She’s determined to discover his dark secrets, mend his broken soul, and convince him to make their relationship more permanent.  Owen is hell bent on not losing his sense of self, all the while trying to alleviate Olivia's fears that he'll leave her for any of the warm bodies ready to throw themselves at a sexy fireman.  For Olivia, the past interferes with the future she wants.  For Owen, the future he wants is being assaulted by his past.
With hard work and a commitment to love each other, their budding relationship continues to blossom until one fateful day when their utopia comes to a crashing halt and threatens the future they've been working toward.
Will the challenges life continues to deal them keep them together or push them further apart?  Is their love strong enough?  Right now, both of them are in need of some life support.
Life Support is the conclusion of Olivia and Owen's story that began in Rescue Breathing.

My Rating:

Favorite Quotes:

 “He and I have had many good times, a handful of bad times, a few too many drunk times, and a considerable number of times I promised not to talk about.”

“A smile that could make angels weep comes across his face.  It’s so infectious that I have to smile back.”

“I found what I didn’t know I was even looking for in you.  When I’ve found my other half, why would I need to continue looking?  I want you and only you – forever and always.  I may be the guy who’s out there saving people every day from burning buildings, but you save my life every single day.  You give me life.  You give me confidence and strength I didn’t know I had.  And more importantly than all of that, you give me your love, which I know, without hesitation, I would die without.” 

“You are my bucket list.  Everything I never thought I’d have, I have in you.  You will forever be my always.” 

“It didn’t come easily to us, the healing of our hearts.  But how lucky, how unbelievably lucky, are we that we got to do that together.” 

My Review:

I thought it would be impossible for these freshly minted authors to improve over their first effort Rescue Breathing – which I absolutely adored and still feel is near perfection.  But they have – and I am in a total meltdown over their sequel Life Support.  I found I had marked so many wonderful passages for favorite quotes, that considerable time was required to narrow the list down to 5 before I write this review, as so much of this book qualified as being a favorite passage.  On top of the intriguing characters, titillating and absorbing story line, the writing is so deliciously steamy, that while I was less than half way through the book, I was forced to make a trip to the store to purchase new underwear.  I have the receipt to prove my claim!  I bought 15 pair as judging from the rate I was going through them, I knew I would not be able to keep up with the laundry needs, and I do believe more than a few pairs were beyond salvage after igniting into flames.   I loved returning to the story of the O’s as I call them -Owen and Olivia - and the multiple Big Os they shared… which ultimately caused considerable feelings of jealousy and inadequacy for this old cougar.  The characters are smart, funny, witty, beautiful and handsome, filthy talking, well-endowed, insecure, limber, multi-talented, and imperfect - yet perfect for each other.  While I would love to know these people, I would not want to be their neighbor, I would bet good money they would be extremely loud. 

Empress DJ

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Author Bio

Zoe Norman is the pen name for Heidi Haveman and Stephanie Krulewitz, two women with one very important thing in common—their love of good erotic romance novels.  After a year of writing fanfiction and developing a swoon worthy friendship from across the country, the decision was made to write their own novel.  During that time, they developed a habit of texting each other daily and being marveled that one brain could span from one coast to the other.  Stephanie lives with her husband, two daughters and two dogs, Sophie and Zoe.  Heidi lives with her spoiled dog, Norman.

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Rescue Breathing (The Breathe Series - Book 1)


When Manhattan Psychologist Olivia Burke receives an invitation to present her research on trauma in servicemen in Seattle, she is determined to turn the business trip into the start of healing her own traumatized heart.
FDNY Firefighter Owen Maxwell is an unapologetic playboy who spends his days saving lives and his nights breaking hearts.  He puts his life on the line every day and is skeptical about doing the same with his heart.  But when he meets Olivia, the girl with the shattered spirit–sparks fly
They share a hot weekend in Seattle and discover that they want to share so much more.
Both Olivia and Owen are in need of help mending their hearts.  What remains to be seen is if they can do that for each other, or if they are so damaged they go up in smoke.
Rescue Breathing is the journey of two lost souls, trying to breathe new life into each other without losing themselves along the way.

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