Welcome to my audiobook review of Breathless in Love, the first in The Maverick Billionaires series by authors Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully. Narrated by Eva Kaminsky, this story is a new twist on the all too tried Billionaire trope.
The Mavericks are a group of five friends (Daniel. Sebastian, Evan, Matt and Will) who have been friends for years. Picking themselves up from neglect and abuse (and the resulting troubles) as children, they’ve moved on to more and better, never forgetting where they came from.
First up is Will, who has spent the intervening years atoning, for his past, but never quite believing he is worthy of the good things that are coming from his new focus on life. His past is tortured and heartbreaking, not always the best choices were made, but completely understandable in the situation he was thrust into. But, his guilt, often overriding, and the lack of self-belief are incredibly sad: he’s changed and reinvented himself, if only he could see it.
And then comes Harper, with her own set of overwhelming circumstances in the form of a younger (now 18 year old) brother who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a child and isn’t able to function completely on his own. Harper is bound and determined that she is meant to provide for Jeremy, and has done her level best to always provide and be the father and mother he needs. Until Will, she had no real thoughts of a relationship for herself.
These three are wonderful together. Will, most probably because of the past experience he had with being unwanted, misjudged and essentially ignored is wonderful with Jeremy, engaged and engaging, and seeing things in the boy that only he could. The fact that Harper trusts him to spend time with Jeremy, despite his past, gives him moments of hope for brighter things on the horizon. And the connection between Harper and Will is well-written and all the more striking for Harper’s unwillingness to accept Will’s self-doubt and self-deprecation. Moments of steam add to build their connection, and this story shows a dubious trope (the Billionaire) as something worth reading, presenting real life difficulties and challenges without overwhelming or losing the romantic moments.
Narration is provided by Eva Kaminsky for this story, and workmanlike or steady are the best descriptives. Slight variations in tone and delivery did highlight the different characters, but the long time spent in interior monologues did not give me the satisfaction of fast-paced one off the other dialogue that adds to the enjoyment of an audiobook. A decent listen which I would have liked to see in dual-narration.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 3 Story: 4
Title: Breathless In Love
Author: Bella Andre, Jennifer Skully
Series: The Maverick Billionaires #1
Also in this series: Reckless In Love
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Narrator: Eva Kaminsky
Published by: Oak Press, Audible Studios
Published on: 30 May, 2015
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 48 minutes
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Will Franconi has a dark past that he’s kept a closely guarded secret―very few people have ever heard his real story and he plans to keep it that way. After surviving a hellish childhood, he’s now living the dream life where everything he touches turns to gold. But something’s missing. He doesn’t quite know what until a simple letter from a teenage boy brings Harper Newman into his life. A woman who just might fill up the empty places inside him…if only he could ever be worthy of her love.
When a man has more money than he could possibly spend in five lifetimes, Harper has to ask herself what Will Franconi could possibly want from a woman like her? She’s learned the hard way that rich men always get what they want no matter the cost. If it was just herself she had to worry about, Harper would manage, but she’s guardian to her younger brother who depends on her for everything. After nearly losing his life in a car crash, she’s vowed never to let anyone hurt him ever again.
Still, sometimes Harper can’t help but long to change her story from one of an always-cautious woman to an adventurous tale of a heroine who’s wild and free…especially when Will’s kisses and caresses make her utterly breathless. And as he begins to reveal his story to her, she discovers that he’s so much more than just another wealthy, privileged man. He’s kind and giving, and he fills up all the spaces inside of her heart that have been empty for so long. Together, can they rewrite their stories into a happily-ever-after that neither of them had previously thought was possible?
A copy of this title was provided via Audible Communications Team for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.