Romantic Suspense Books

A Reason to Breathe by C.P. Smith

Goodreads Summary

Love at first sight was never so dangerous.  Jack Gunnison has a problem, well, two actually, one is 5’5″ and the other…a Killer.  Jennifer Stewart needs a change after losing her husband and sending her daughter off to college. Moving to the high country of Colorado to restart her life and, follow her dreams, Jenn gets more than she bargained for when she attracts the eye of a killer.  Together, Jack and Jenn must figure out his identity, before he strikes again.


4 1/2 out of 5 stars


Thank you to my goodreads friend Erin for the recommendation of this book.  She must know I love alpha males and this book features a sure fire alpha male!

Jenn is a widow, 39 years old with a daughter in college, so she decides to move to Colorado, which has always been a dream.  She’s a reporter, and gets a job with the local paper, and one day, encounters a crime scene and butts heads with Sheriff Jack Gunnison.  Jack is an alpha male and Jenn doesn’t take his crap, give him lip, etc.  There is an instant attraction to him.  Problem is, Jack is kind of a “man whore” and has slept with half the town.

In the meantime, a killer is targeting women with Jenn’s profile and it comes to light that the killer is after Jenn.  Jack and Jenn work together to find the killer before he strikes again.

I have to admit, I really liked this book.  The pace was good, the story line was believable and the characters were utterly likable.  I absolutely loved Jack, thought he was a great character.  Jenn was a bit naive, due to getting married at 19 and having some limited life experiences.  The mystery surrounding the killings was interesting and believable.  The killer was revealed at 75% of the book, which was surprising (both because of where in the book and because of who it was), but there was more drama to come.  I also really like the epilogue.

This book had a real “Kristen Ashley” alpha male feel, and I thoroughly enjoyed.

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