Review: Free To Breathe by KL Shandwick

~~Synopsis~~

The price of fame – One life – FOREVER.
The price of love – Heartbreak.
The price of one regrettable mistake + fame = Hopelessness

Be careful what you wish for.

Noah Haxby learned that lesson a little too late.

Young and impressionable, he followed the orders from the kingmakers of rock, gathered a massive following, and gained notoriety for his hellraising behavior.

Years later he was buried in hurt and regret; living a shell of a life that was almost in ruins – that is until tragedy struck and his life took an upward turn, bringing second chances in more ways than one.

However, Noah is still unable to shake his past, and the rock star’s life wasn’t truly his own until in a moment of clarity he risked it all.

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~~My Review~~

Noah Haxby is the frontman of Fr8Load, so he’s a rock star. His life is all over the media, for all to see and judge. Noah started his career at a young age & he was being told what to do and how to act by his management team. That has left Noah with a reputation that precedes him, and a life that isn’t what he wants. Noah doesn’t feel like he’s living, he feels like he’s surviving. That is until after the performance in Australia.

Maggie is a school teacher, she’s seen the media and knows of Noah, not just because of the media, her sister Shona has been kinda obsessed by Noah for years. Shona also works as part of Fr8Load’s image team. Maggie is the one looking after Shona’s daughter Molly whilst Shona is off doing her job. Maggie’s life is turned upside down after tragedy strikes and she has to travel to Australia.

Maggie and Noah are drawn together through a tragic circumstance that no one could have foreseen or really controlled. Maggie has understandably been hostile to Noah and doesn’t want to even be in the same place as him. Noah cannot understand why she’s like this towards him and wants to find out why.

This is when we start to see the real Noah Haxby. We discover the man behind the media portrayed bad boy.

Ok, that’s enough about the storyline, I wouldn’t want to give too much away!!

The characters are fantastic, they are realistic, loveable and sometimes hateable too 😉 

Maggie is level-headed and thinks things through before making decisions. It’s the way she’s always had to be and has to be now too. That said Maggie has chosen to believe the things she’s read and seen about Noah. After speaking to him she realises that she has no idea who he truly is and that she shouldn’t have believed everything in the media. Maggie has a lot to deal with right now, but she’s a strong woman.

Noah has been through a lot, he’s always in the limelight; whether he wants to be or not. He’s done some stupid things in his past that he’s not proud of and he’s paying for them now. Noah wants nothing more than to be able to live life without everyone believing the that he’s a bad person because of those mistakes. He’s a good, kind and loving man.

There is so much emotion in this book, all of it is real, the only way to describe it is it’s like being on an emotional rollercoaster ride that you can’t get off, and more importantly, don’t want to get off.

KL’s writing is as good as ever. I did find it to be fairly similar to other books by KL but that doesn’t take anything away from this particular book.

As a reader you can feel the emotions KL has put into her work and you can feel the emotions the characters feel as well as your own feelings and emotions that the events and characters invoke as your reading.

Free To Breathe is written from both Maggie and Noah’s POV, this makes it easier to understand them both and their feelings surrounding the events they face. 

I really have enjoyed reading Free To Breathe and I think that anyone who loves romance books will find themselves hooked on this book very quickly.

~~K.L. Shandwick Bio~~

Writing came relatively later in life for K.L. Shandwick after a challenge by a friend led to The Everything Trilogy and now she loves creating new storylines.

Her characters have flaws and she hopes this helps the connection between them and her readers. K.L. enjoys the journeys they take her on during the creation process and each character has his or her own voice. She also doesn’t use prepared outlines for her stories preferring the characters to take their own direction as the story progresses. These days K.L. lives in the Yorkshire countryside and writes full-time.

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~~Other Books by KL Shandwick~~

The Everything Trilogy:

Enough Isn’t Everything, Everything She Needs, Everything I Want.

Love With Every Beat Alfie Black’s POV on music, fame and love.

Everything Series:

Just Jack (Jack from The Everything Trilogy.

Exhale and Move on Rick Fars appears in all the Everything series books

Everything Is Yours a novella with characters from The Everything series.

Last Score Series:

Gibson’s Legacy, Trusting Gibson, Gibson’s Melody novella

Ready for Flynn Series:

Ready for Flynn, parts 1, 2 and 3 and Flying Under the Radar, (Lee and Niamh from Ready For Flynn)

Standalones:

Missing Beats, Notes on Love and Free to Breathe.

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Review: Gibson’s Melody by KL Shandwick

~Synopsis~Gibson's Melody

This novella compliments Gibson’s Legacy and Trusting Gibson (Last Score Series).

They say the past always catches up with you… For a guy like Rock God, Gibson Barclay, it wasn’t totally unexpected.

Everyone always knew living down the kind of legacy he’d created for himself was never going to be easy. But just when he thought there were no more skeletons to find, his wayward past raises its ugly head and sets his mind reeling.

Historically, nothing and no one had ever fazed this hotter than Hell rock star, but that was back in the days when he only had himself to consider.

Never one to shirk his responsibilities, Gibson takes the shocking news in his stride, but faces hurting the one person he loves above all else. When he shares his secret, can the love of his life cope with the inevitable changes to their daily lives and how can he balance his new responsibilities while managing to maintain the hard earned trust of his woman? .

˃˃˃ Series: Yes ˃˃˃ All Series Books Released: Yes

MATURE CONTENT

This story contains sexually explicit material, mature subject matter, and is intended for individuals over the age of eighteen.

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~My Review~

This novella compliments the Last Score Series. That said I am yet to finish the Last Score series, but that didn’t cause me any issues when reading Gibson’s Melody.

Gibson & Chloe! Wow! Seriously, what a pair. These two work so well together. They truly do even each other out and keep each other grounded.

I felt for Chloe so much throughout this whole book. She tries so hard to push her own feelings aside and to be supportive to Gibson and considerate to his feelings. Gibson too is very aware of Chloe’s feelings and he does his best to show Chloe that his feelings for her are still as strong as ever. He tries to ensure that she knows how he feels throughout everything that they are dealing with.

Piper is welcomed into their family and under their very protective care and she realises that life can be so much better than what she has experienced so far. She seems to fit in really well with these two and slowly starts to show signs of coming out her own protective shell. Chloe and Gibson help Piper deal with both her grief and adapting to her new life.

Once again KL Shandwick has delivered an exceptional piece of fiction, that enables the reader to escape from their own reality and become fully immersed in Gibson, Chloe and Piper’s world. I was sucked deeply into the world that KL Shandwick has created and I was help there until the last page.

KL Shandwick’s writing style is as good as ever, feeding you the details that you need to feel a part of the tale she is weaving and to keep you there wanting more, needing to know everything.

The characters that KL Shandwick has created are realistic, they are not perfect. Each has their own flaws and each one’s personality shows through in the way the talk and behave. It would be very easy to picture these 3 as a real everyday family, you know the ones, that rich family at the edge of the village in the acres upon acres of land 🙂 That’s my thought anyway.

KL Shandwick~About The Author~

Writing came relatively later in life for K.L. Shandwick after a challenge by a friend led to The Everything Trilogy. She loves creating new characters and story lines.Her characters have flaws and she hopes this helps the connection between them and her readers. K.L. enjoys the journeys they take her on during the creation of her stories, and each character has his or her own voice. She doesn’t use prepared outlines for her stories preferring the characters to take their own direction as the story progresses. These days K.L. lives in the Yorkshire countryside and writes full-time.

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