Stealing Breath

Stealing Breath

by Joanne Brothwell


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Deep in the backwoods of North Dakota, twenty-one year old Sarah Ross is searching for a missing child when she is attacked by a glowing-eyed, transparent... creature. Sarah survives, destroying the monster by using mysterious abilities she didn't even know she had.

Bloody and bruised, Sarah flees the scene and runs directly into Evan Valente, a handsome, charismatic stranger who helps her back to safety. But what is Evan doing out in the forest at five in the morning?

Turning to a healer, Sarah is shocked to learn her eyes bear the mark of the Indigo Child-an evolved human with the ability to feel the emotions of others. But her indigo aura also makes her an easy target for those who wish to consume her powerful essence.

Soon, Sarah is falling deeply in love with Evan and wants nothing more than to follow her heart and trust that he is the man he says he is. But she can't ignore the lingering feeling that Evan is hiding a terrible secret. The deeper she digs, the more danger she faces, leading her on a course that will force her to face the darkest, innermost parts of her soul.

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ISBN-13: 9781937254315
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication date: 03/01/2012
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.58(d)

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Stealing Breath 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
BookWhisperer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stealing Breath was not your typical supernatural love story. I began this book wondering if I had stumbled upon a horror novel, but was soon discovering that this author covers a variety of emotions throughout the journey. Sarah Ross is not your typical young adult, and she has known that her abilities set her apart from everyone around her. She is determined to keep her secrets hidden; but little does she know that many of her peers have secrets of their own. This story was a fast read that was enjoyable and mysterious. While it appeared to be lacking the power that would have propelled it from good to great.
JohannaP More than 1 year ago
Sarah runs the family business as a store manager of a sports equipment store while waiting to start college. She has found she has these abilities, feeling other peoples´ emotions and somehow she succeeds in fighting off a being not quite like man. While struggling to understand herself she finds herself trying to understand this new man in town as well. And his mysterious brother.. Quite a quick read! Something I did not expect was the steamy stuff going on, so a little warning is in place: the book does have adult content, sexual that is. The story got me quite excited, the paranormal plot felt like a mix of paranormal and mythological (not really sure if mythology is the correct word to describe what I mean). A different and new kind of background to a story than any I´ve read before! This one is yet another series that I need to read more about! And the name, that is just such a good name! A lot of the paranormal going on was really interesting, but most of all I really liked the romance (and the steaminess). I think it was quite close to a five star read, maybe if the paranormal plot woul´ve been put together into a whole a little more clearly it would´ve been exactly that, a five star read. Little things made me just a little lost, but maybe too much revealed would´ve spoiled it and I need to read the second to get the biggerer picture :)
Book-Whore More than 1 year ago
Sarah is your average young woman living in a small town surrounded by close friends. At least, she thought she was normal. One night Sarah has an encounter with a creature and by morning Sarah's entire world changes. As Sarah's world changes it also collides with Evan a tall dark and mysterious man hot man. Only one little problem with tall dark handsome Evan... Something about him is completely un-trustable. I read this book with Book Whore Online Book club and I have to admit I was a bit taken by surprise. It is no secret that recently I have strayed away from paranormal romance. The genre was getting sickeningly repetitive, hot vampires or shifters lurked nearly every book. When Book Club decided to read Stealing Breath I have to admit I was a bit nervous BUT I ended up being incredibly surprised which doesn’t happen often. I enjoyed how different Stealing Breath was from the typical PNR and it has such a creative spin on powers and mythical beings; I ate it up! I feel like Joanne Brothwell really researched her characters abilities to make them believable to readers. I need believable in my books, after all isn't the reason we read fictions because we secretly want to believe it could happen to us? We could wake up one day and developed powers and be thrown into an adventure just like our characters. I know I do!! Sarah's character was well written into the role of average girl. Sarah wasn't over the top perfect and you as the reader can relate to her. Evan oh boy; that Evan talk about well written. I didn't know if I should trust him, slap him, or do very bad things to him. I wanted him to be the bad guy, I wanted him to be the good guy, I was with him, and I was against him. I had bipolar emotions toward Evan as you can plainly see. It was so hard to have a discussion each week and not talk about Evan yet again! I loved how these two characters developed together and they also have some pretty how supernatural... Well you are going to have to read the story to find that one out. The only reason I didn't give this book five hearts is because toward the end I started to feel like the story started to get a little carried away. I mean I enjoyed it don't get me wrong but it was over the top. Something’s were thrown into the mix but never actually hinted at throughout the book. So you’re right at the end of the story and new things are starting to develop. I recommend this book to adult readers who enjoy paranormal and fantasy novels. I will be devouring book two in this series as soon as possible!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the action and twist and turns this story has. A very good read. I cant wait to see how it ends.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I loved all the different folklores that were woven within the story. That really kept things interesting. I still have many lingering questions, but I hope that the up coming books will answer them. I get the feeling there is so much more to be told about Sarah and Evan, and I'm excited to find out what's in store for them!
Erlessard More than 1 year ago
Overview: I liked the storyline and lore behind the book, but I felt like things unfolded in ways too convenient to be believable. I liked the Skinwalkers but the whole Indigo Child was corny and too blatant. Why if it is so rare do so many people seem to know what it is? I think with a little more background information and a little less creepy Evan, than this story would have really shined. Characters: So, Evan is creepy. Sarah is completely and over-the-top in love with him at the beginning of the novel, which I can overlook considering how in-tune she is with feelings. Over the course of the novel, they do have some up and downs which are entertaining. Evan becomes more and more creepy (although Sarah is oblivious to it) until the big reveal about him - and then it makes sense. I liked the narrative of Sarah. Since she's sensitive to feelings, every scary/paranormal scene she gets overloaded with feelings and descriptions. It makes her very easy to connect to. If you're a big fan of romances with your paranormal, then you'll probably enjoy these two. For me, I never connected with Evan and if I wished for anything from the sequel it would be that he isn't in it...I know, slim chance. Plot: The pace of this novel is fast and action-pack. Even the "love" scene ended quickly, which is plenty fine with me, since I like the focus on the paranormal not the romance. The scary scenes are scaryish (good for YA standard at least). The paranormal scenes are filled with things that are paranormal. This part of the novel deserves full marks. Ending: I'm not sure if I liked the ending or not. I think everything dealing with Evan I didn't like but everything else was pretty cool. I especially liked how not every character made it to the end of the book - but, of course, I won't tell you who! (I received a copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest review.)
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
This book was definitely a page turner for me. Stealing Breath kept my interest throughout and I was pleasantly surprised with its revelations. Brothwell did a fantastic job giving the reader a good, suspenseful story line that kept up at a good pace. I also enjoyed the characters that the author gave us in Stealing Breath. The heat & energy that literally ignites between Sarah and Evan is hard to deny. This relationship made the book for me. I love when there is a good romance in my reads, and this one was on fire. There is a prequel to Stealing Breath called Vicarious. I am guessing from the summary is we get a little bit of a back ground to Sarah. Will you have to read it before reading Stealing Breath? Nah, but from what I can see it is a really short read so what would it hurt? I guess the only problem I had was that there weren’t enough answers as to what being an Indigo Child meant. Sarah learns she is one, but no one wanted to tell her what it meant or why it was so special to begin with. I felt a little left in the dark with that revelation; like the answer was just within arms reach but you get nothing. Other than that, I really enjoyed it. I thought the author did a great job giving us a different story about skinwalkers and dark magic. I really look forward to the next book in the series, Silencing Breath. I am hoping we get a little more of those Indigo Child answers in it. So yeah, there you have it. I read, I liked, and I recommend!
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tamsparks More than 1 year ago
Romantic and atmospheric, and with elements of witchcraft and Native American legend, Stealing Breath is an exciting story that was far too short for me, and ended leaving me wanting more. Brothwell’s writing flows nicely and the characters were completely engaging, and the dangerous situations that the characters found themselves in made for a compelling read. Sarah Ross is camping with her friends Amber and Kate when she is awakened early one morning by a child’s voice, calling out for help. Thinking it might be a local girl named Jessica, who has recently gone missing, Sarah sets out after the voice, leaving her friends still asleep in their tent. Her search leads her not to the missing child, but to an old dilapidated house in the woods. Inside she encounters a translucent figure with horrible yellow eyes that tries to take over her body, but she manages to escape by “pushing” it out. Outside the house she runs into a handsome stranger, a man named Evan who helps her back to the campsite. What Evan is doing in the woods, and the strange sensations Sarah feels when he touches her are both mysteries. Sarah learns from Amber’s mother Paulette that she was attacked by a “Skinwalker,” a malevolent person who collects and feeds off the souls of others by leaving its body and walking around as an apparition. Paulette also informs Sarah that she is an “Indigo Child,” a special and rare human with an indigo aura who represents the next stage of human evolution. Because her “essence” is so special, the Skinwalkers are especially interested in Sarah’s soul. Several events also lead Sarah to believe that Evan, the man with whom she is becoming closer to day by day, is somehow connected to the Skinwalkers. The role he plays and the nefarious people who are trying to destroy both Evan and Sarah are explained in an exciting rush of events that lead up to the novel’s showdown between good and evil. Brothwell’s story kept me flipping pages quickly. The action is fast and furious throughout most of the book, punctuated by some pretty good romantic scenes. This is, after all, paranormal romance, and it had all the right elements: hot guy, beautiful girl, lots of misunderstandings, and an eventual resolution. The author gives her heroine lots of interesting powers, too. Sarah can feel the emotions of others, and later in the book she discovers that not only can she heal people, but she and Evan have a special power between them whenever they hold hands or touch in some way. Brothwell's story also includes some interesting historical background on Italian witchcraft and magic, which gives it another layer. The only criticism I have with Stealing Breath is that I felt it could have been better developed in some areas. Some of the revelations happen too quickly and are a bit jarring. For example, Evan and Sarah fall in love and jump into bed together right after they meet. I was also confused about some of the story elements that were introduced but not expanded upon. A book called the "Key of Solomon" seems to be important, but Brothwell doesn’t go into much detail about it. Likewise, I really wanted more information on the "Indigo Child" and why she is so special. I’m hoping the next book in the series will expand on some of these ideas. If you are in the mood for romance, mystery and a story with truly terrifying moments, Stealing Breath is a great read. Many thanks to the author for supplying a review copy.
InkandPage More than 1 year ago
On a camping trip near her home in North Dakota, Sarah Ross is lured into the woods early one morning by a child’s cry for help. Ever since her friend Amber’s eight-year-old cousin went missing from the Wakina Reservation, how can she not respond? As she plunges through the forest, following the sound, she comes to a clearing where stands a run-down, abandoned house. Certain that she will find the child inside, she enters. Slowly, she climbs the stairs and finds no child, but a hideous, translucent creature that tries to force its ghostly self into her very skin. Sarah, somehow, is able to repel the spirit. Sarah hastens from the house and on her way back to the campsite, she runs into a man who is walking in the woods. Seeing she has been hurt, he offers to help her back to her friends. While they walk, he tries to find out what happened to her. Then, when he touches her arm, some kind of electricity is generated between them along with a euphoria that Sarah has never experienced. Evan is a land developer and tells Sarah that he has just purchased the property where they walk. Sarah knows she should keep the incident at the house to herself so she doesn’t mention anything. She was born with a heightened ability to feel others’ emotions - an empath. The weird thing? She cannot read Evan’s emotions. At all. Amber’s mother, Paulette, knows what Sarah saw was a skinwalker. They are people who practice black magic and whose spirits can leave their bodies and travel. They search for souls to steal. And they are looking for Sarah. But why? And why does she feel this elation, this bliss, when she and Evan touch? And the power - the raw power they seem to build together. Why have these skinwalkers come to Sarah’s town? Who is the strange, evil-looking man who seems to be stalking Sarah? Why is she being called an “Indigo Child?” What is the truth about Evan and why he is in North Dakota? This is a paranormal story with a Native American twist. But does it pan out? Yes and no. Of course, the paranormal genre is still super hot. There seems to be different themes that come out as we go along; vampires, werewolves, angels and demons being the most popular. The skinwalker idea is a fresh take for sure. It has the additional appeal here of being a tale that originates from those first inhabitants here in the US. There have got to be thousands of characters in Native American folklore from hundreds of different groups that could be pulled into contemporary writing. Then to pair those characters with fantasy writing? Awesome. The downside, for me, was that even with this new idea, it’s the same story that we’ve already heard (though with electrifying [almost literally] sex). The relationship between Sarah and Evan happens too quickly to be believable, especially considering all the other action going on (the missing child, the skinwalkers, the unexplained connection between Sarah and Evan, the creepy stranger she keeps seeing). Why would she think Evan is okay when he seems to be stalking her? He shows up wherever she is, and she just goes with it. Plus, Sarah has questions. She would consider and wonder about things, but then seem to ignore these thoughts in the next breath. I felt like I was skimming the surface of the story, never reaching the depths that I wanted to - like there was a hurry to get to the “good part” without properly establishing the characters, background information and the build-up. The bones are there, certainly, but I need more meat on those bones. Another commonplace YA saw is to have the main character decide that they are going to do what they want, damn the consequences. This, of course, is a plot device that can be used to great advantage, but it can be frustrating for the reader when it feels like the only reason that an action took place was because the author needed it to, not because it was a logical move by the character. For example, while all these horrible sightings and attacks are going on, and Sarah knows she is at risk, she gives the old speech “I’m just going to live my life...” which you know means that she going to do the opposite of what she should do and put herself into danger. It reminds me a little of slasher movies when the audience knows that the character should not go into the basement, but they do it anyway. This was a nice effort that left me somewhat unsatisfied. 3 of 5 Stars (Based on Ink and Page’s Rating System) Genres: New Adult Fantasy Paranormal Romance Ages: Other than the sex, 14 and up (reader, use your best judgment) You might want to know: There are some heavy-duty descriptive sex scenes. Stealing Breath by Joanne Brothwell was published March 8, 2012 by Crescent Moon Press. A free copy of this book was given to Ink and Page in return for an honest review.
Lectus More than 1 year ago
Firstly, what year is this story set in? Because they talk about new comers bringing the faith to the community as if they are living in the 17th century. But if it is present day, why do they live like that: with healers, magic bath and skinwalkers? I wished Brothwell had explained in what kind of century this story was taking place, although I figured it to be present day because at some point I read Sarah drove a Honda Civic… Also, Sarah is at a campsite when she hears a soft cry for help. She sprints into the woods chasing after the cry and after TEN MINUTES walk she gets to where the cry is coming from… Nobody else sees anything wrong with this? Unless she has bionic hearing like Superman, how did she hear that cry from so far away? Then Sarah meets Evan and every time they touch she feels like flying and has fainting spells that last mini-seconds. When she comes back to she reputedly asks “what did just happen”? Well, didn’t you figure it out the first time? What I liked: mmm… I guess her indigo eyes…..
adria_r More than 1 year ago
A great way to get a reader sucked into a story is to start in the middle. In this case, the middle of the night, in the middle of an eerie encounter with what could possibly be a missing child or something...Other. Stealing Breath gets your blood pumping and your heart racing all in a matter of 8 pages. How can this reader possibly resist a story like that? Easy, I didn't. Duh. Told in first person, Stealing Breath is a fast paced paranormal story rooted in myth, grown with imagination and nurtured with a cast of strong, interesting characters. It is a mixture of mostly fantasy and paranormal with a dash of reality. It was easy to relate to Sarah, perhaps not in the way of mysterious abilities but in finding herself singled out as different for whatever reason and feeling as if there's more to her life than what she's been lead to believe. Sarah's a likable character, she isn't a drama queen, she isn't about constantly saying "Poor me, why me?" She deals with what's thrown her way with as much courage and bravado as she can. Evan, the mysterious and handsome hero of the story is still somewhat of a mystery even by the end of the book, and that works because Stealing Breath is not the end of the story, there will be a second book, Silencing Breath that will hopefully delve more into Evan as a character. I can't wait for that one. Sarah and Evan, what can I say? I loved how these two characters connected immediately without it feeling like an overdone, cheesy Hallmark movie. It was romantic but also important that they continue to be thrown together at every opportunity, each character was solid and strong on their own, so no weaklings here, but together they were a force to be reckoned with. I love an equal partnership in my books. The detail that author Joanne Brothwell puts into each scene shows dedication to her entire story. She didn't let descriptions of places, people, creatures or rituals slip through the cracks as I've seen with other stories. Some authors are so wrapped up in their lead characters' romance that they forget the rest of the story has to be just as strong. Not so with Stealing Breath. The paranormal aspect is what drives Sarah and Evan together, more so than their initial attraction to each other. Each aspect of the story is important, the whos, whats, wheres, whys, and hows are never forgotten or left to dangle in the wind in favor of the romance. They're all there, pulling their weight to bring readers an intriguing, suspense filled story. Don't hate me but I found myself more interested in what was going on with Sarah and her abilities than her budding relationship with Evan. I know I'm a romance novel reviewer and the romance is what I look for 99% of the time, but with Stealing Breath I got more wrapped up in the paranormal background and the Native American customs that the romance became secondary to me. There are some really hair raising, eerie moments in this book that definitely had me jumping at shadows at night. I'm usually not a fan of stories that keep me in that state of mind but I had to make an exception for this book. Make room on your shelves or e-reader for this one guys, it's a keeper!
What_She_Read More than 1 year ago
As said previously, the idea of Stealing Breath is unique and completely fresh intake. It's a romance between Evan and Sarah that we've seen many times before. The protagonist, because of some reason, doesn't trust the love interest, then due to certain circumstances that put the protagonist in a situation where the interest needs to touch/get close/save them, the trust issues are gone for the moment and they trust each other completely for the time being, until they realize again why they didn't trust the interest in the first place. This is what happens in this novel. Sarah is the protagonist, and Evan is the love interest that she doesn't trust. This novel is sexy and spicy with hot and steamy scenes as well as full throtle action that makes you feverishly turn the pages. The events within the novel went by rather quickly. Like many novels need, we connect with Sarah by learning about the reality of the world in who she is and the things around her. We start to understand and come to terms with the facts as she would and react how she would to all of the incidents she falls into. She is also a very strong person, even though we can react with Sarah to the incidents that happen, we do so in our imagination. So basically, what I'm getting at, is that, if this happens in real life to us, we wouldn't act how we would when we are with Sarah (as her character reading through her) because in actual fact, we might run the opposite way from all the trouble that comes her way and live a very secluded and safe life. Many questions that need to be answered, which I am hoping are in the sequel.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Stealing Breath was not your typical supernatural love story. I began this book wondering if I had stumbled upon a horror novel, but was soon discovering that this author covers a variety of emotions throughout the journey. Sarah Ross is not your typical young adult, and she has known that her abilities set her apart from everyone around her. She is determined to keep her secrets hidden; but little does she know that many of her peers have secrets of their own. This story was a fast read that was enjoyable and mysterious. While it appeared to be lacking the power that would have propelled it from good to great.
HKSavage1 More than 1 year ago
Skinwalkers, a piece of the supernatural I was not aware of. Ms. Brothwell did a wonderful job of bringing a Native American legend to life. The love story is one we've seen and enjoy, the mystery compelling, but the new twist on this that made this book unique was the skinwalkers. Think invasion of the body snatchers. Sarah Ross is a special sort of empath known as an Indigo Child. It's like she has that feeling times ten. Then she meets Evan. He's got his own gift, even if it isn't what he thinks it is. Curious? I won't spoil it but it's a good one and explains a lot when it's revealed. Sarah and Evan fall in love even if there are things that could tear them apart happening all around. This was one where I disagree with the rating system. The 5 star "It was amazing" to me means it changed my world. It didn't change my world but it went a bit more than "I really liked it" so if I could I'd give this a 4.5. I liked the character development, the fresh elements of the supernatural and Ms. Brothwell's easily read style. She has one of those voices that reads like someone is talking or even like a movie. Highly palatable and I'm curious if there will be more from this author.
NancySBrandt More than 1 year ago
I edited this book for Crescent Moon and I think Joanne did an excellent job turning a rough story into an engaging, exciting tale! This author has a great future ahead of her!