by Cari Hunter

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Jemima Pardon, a paramedic with a daft name and chronic asthma, has never had much in the way of good luck. The only things she attracts are traumatic jobs, and no one wants to work with her for long.

But when Jem bumps into devil-may-care police officer Rosie Jones, her fortunes seem to be changing. Rosie is bright and funny, and she doesn't mind that Jem can't go far without her inhaler.

Things are looking up, until a suspicious death draws Jem and Rosie into an investigation that spirals beyond their control. As torrential rain floods the city, they face a battle to survive if they're ever going to have a chance at finding love.

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BN ID: 2940161434338
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 33,203
File size: 600 KB

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Breathe 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
diversified-reader 10 days ago
Even though I was not familiar with some of the wording the author used throughout the story, I still found it extremely captivating. This was mainly due to the very likable characters and the storyline itself. When you place an asthmatic paramedic and an exuberant cop together, you know there will be some interesting situations involved. One placed both their lives in danger as they tried to rescue two teenage runaways…and had a first date of sorts at the same time in a hospital. This was also where the characters connected on a deeper emotional level after a harrowing shared experience. Their dialogue was both witty and emotional with a rather cute scene that took place, of all places, in the hospital bathroom. With scenes like this one, the author allowed her characters to slowly develop a trusting friendship which eventually developed into a romantic one. Their relationship was well paced and felt real. The angst moment between the characters was true to form with the character’s expected emotional meltdown. It was not forced or played out, but it dealt with the realism of their situation. It was well written and supplied very meaningful insights into Jem’s foster care system background. This story dealt with many dangers and the author successfully added to those intense situations by throwing torrential storms in the characters’ path and thereby heightening the level of engagement. This was one of those books that was hard to put down until it was finished. It was one of those stories that demanded your attention and it all began with its one word title-Breathe. Highly recommended!
Anonymous 13 days ago
Ok so I’m going to start off with saying Cari Hunter is a legend in the mystery/thriller genre and that part of the story was as usual brilliant ! No one can deny her ability to keep you hooked and demand your full attention because with her books, you can’t just let go. You have to keep reading and reading :) Unfortunately and I have a big feeling that I will be one of the very few who had a problem with this book. My god I had such a tough time understanding the British slang! It reached a point where my confusion was extremely frustrating which unfortunately led to me almost giving up on continuing the book. It’s ok if you check the dictionary one or twice but at a certain point I just couldn’t even understand the dialogue between the characters. Having said all this, I do recommend it to everyone who can let go of the language barrier because the storyline itself is brilliant! “I received an ARC for an honest review.”
Bugs-cheeky 13 days ago
I was really looking forward to reading new material from Cari Hunter since "Alias," which was utterly brilliant, btw! *Psst! If you haven't read it yet, READ IT!* Anyway, so when "Breathe" dropped on my lap, I devoured it. In no time at all. Honest. I was taken aback when I reached the end page. Whaa?! Anyway, I just knew it was going to be a blast because Hunter has a knack for developing a captivating story that starts off with unassuming characters and their routine work settings but quickly captures your attention and intrigue with her addicting storytelling style, conversational dialogue that immediately sucks you into the world of her MCs. No exception in this story about Jem and Rosie, two unlikely souls who were hit by Cupid's arrow out of the blue at the most inopportune time and place! And then the adventure began, with more and more compelling build-up to the story involving their friendship, collaboration, to eventually an accidental case, whilst the development of their characters and their relationship slowly climbed up a notch at every turn until the tipping point at the end. BREATHE. I was intrigued by the title of the book, "Breathe," alongside a loaded V Fib (ventricular fibrillation) ECG reading on the cover below the word. I was immediately mesmerised! I knew it would be symbolic, not just about Jem's asthma but Jem and Rosie's relationship, their lives, their crossroads, the catalyst that propelled them to their ultimate, well-deserved ending. In essence, I pictured Jem and Rosie's story in ECG terms, pulsating as situations changed from normal to intensity back to normal in their journey towards love. Sinus. V Fib. Extrasystole. Sinus. First chapter alone hooked me like no other! I just latched on to Jem and Rosie immediately. Even more precious was the utter hilarity of Hunter's depiction of the "situation" that befell poor Jem whilst Rosie looked on, bemused! Priceless, really! And, can I just say, I absolutely was rejoicing my heart out totally chuffed to bits to read the story in all its unapologetic Mancunian glory - in language, culture, and vernacular, not to mention, the location settings! Bloody hell YES! Thank YOU, Ms. Hunter, for being committed to telling stories from the NW region! I hope your books continue to represent that particular geographical location in England. If two people can have chemistry, an unspoken connection by shared interests or just plain carnal desire, Jem and Rosie certainly fit the bill as they were "hooked" on each other, most adorably, I might add, by an uncanny set of sheer madness of circumstances that always happened to end up in themselves, mostly! Accidental love? Like cupid trying to muck about with their lives just to get a rise out of their poor, accident- or rather, disaster-proned proclivity? Honestly, I never read a lesfic character who was as calamitous as Jem!! Hey, Calamity Jem! Top that up with a string of bad luck following her throughout her life, Jem was a character like no other and I bloody loved her! Rosie, on the other hand, was like the Tasmanian Devil with a death wish - barking mad (in the most adorable way, mind!), ultra-compulsive, impatient and an everyday daredevil, really! In essence, "Breathe" is a must-read and I highly recommend it to all fans of crime/mystery, cops-n-docs romance. A BLOODY entertaining and satisfying read! Well done, Ms. Hunter!
Judeinthestars 13 days ago
Why have I never read Cari Hunter’s books before? How did I miss them? Jemima – Jem – Pardon is a Manchester paramedic with severe asthma and what she sees as the worst luck, both in her personal life and in her work, as the cases she’s sent to often turn out to be more serious than announced. I’m pretty sure these people are actually lucky she’s the one sent to take care of them but I’m not the one she needs to hear this from. On a rainy night (there’s a lot of rain in this story), she meets Rosie Jones, a police officer whose outlook on life is a lot more optimistic than hers. They meet again on another case, the death of a teenager and that’s when it all really starts. First of all, I love that Hunter stuck to English English rather than some universal English (thank you Bold Strokes Books for letting it be), it gives the story a different flavor and tone. The atmosphere building was excellent. Reading is also a way of traveling and I love it when I get the feeling that I’m really « there ». I don’t usually need to check the meaning of words and it was a little fastidious but totally worth it. The meaning was usually obvious in context so don’t let that stop you from reading. I just like to learn stuff on the way, from time to time. That’s how my mother taught me to read in English when I was a teenager: most of the time, you don’t need a dictionary, since if you keep stopping to check words, it gets boring really fast. Either the word is a common one and will come back later in the story and the context will make it understandable, or it’s not a common word and you probably won’t ever really need it. Anyway. The whole plot around missing teens was well thought and intriguing, the action scenes were breathtaking (Jem is not the only one who needs to remember to breathe, at times). Yet what I enjoyed most was the characters. I enjoyed meeting Rosie and Jem most of all, and laughed out loud more than once at their dialogues, but I also liked Harriet, Ferg, Jem’s dad (I wish there had been more about her mum) and both women’s colleagues, and enjoyed disliking Steph. There’s also something about the way Breathe is written that makes it very visual, I kept feeling like I was watching TV, or a movie. What it reminded most of, in its atmosphere, is Collateral, with Carey Mulligan. It’s not always easy to explain why you like a book, what makes you give it five stars. Some books I love because they make me feel warm and cozy, others because they make me happy, others (especially adventure, sci-fi or fantasy) because they bring this excited energy I associate with childhood, this feeling of sheer freedom. Others, and this one falls into this category, because they make me feel my brain working, the cogs turning. In other words, they make me feel alive. Cari Hunter wrote on her blog about Jemima Pardon graduating from a joke to a full-blown story and am I glad she did. I received a free copy from the publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Jem Pardon is a paramedic sent out to a bridge where a bachelor party prank turned ugly, leaves a groom dangling over a severe drop. Police Officer Rosie Jones is the first to assist and one crazy rescue scheme later, Jem is both charmed and in awe of Rosie’s lively, unabashed nature. Rosie is all smiles herself from the meet and they become good friends who occasionally find themselves assigned to the same emergencies. A murder mystery, torrential floods, and arson are all mixed in with plenty of humor and a bit of romance that build into a lively and compelling story. What I love the most about Breathe is that the main characters are imperfect but continuously strive to be decent human beings which means that they resemble most of us. The author makes it so easy to identify with the mc’s that I feel like I inhabit every space the characters experience, whether it’s the chaotic hospital wards, the creepy old mill, or the pitch dark woods. While I’m reading passages, I’m soaking wet and shivering right along with Jem and Rosie while they fight to bring back life to one of the victims or I’m struggling with Jem while she wheezes and gasps for air during an asthmatic exacerbation. I can empathize with their fears and insecurities because they’re so intimately drawn by the author. As far as action, Cari Hunter generates non stop suspense with a sneaky ferocity that will keep you on edge. Before you know it, you’re all in and it’s way past your bedtime. Quick note on the Britishisms that some readers are commenting on, fairly easy to decipher from context and fun if you’re into learning new words and meanings.