OMG I loved reading this book! If I could give author Pamela Clare a hug right now I would 🙂 Barely Breathing is the first book from Pamela’s new Colorado High Country series and includes some of her most loved characters from her hit I-Team series. I wont give away who is in this story, you will have to read it to find out. Her new contemporary romance is set in the fictional town of Scarlett Springs, a cute little community of only 1447 people situated in the mountain ranges west of Denver, Colorado. This cute country town is home to some of the most quirkiest characters, but one of the most handsome is local Park Ranger Austin Taylor.
Austin has spent most of his life in Scarlett Springs and has no plans to leave. He loves everything about the community, the people, his work, his friends and family including his puppy Mac. As an avid climber he also enjoys being involved with the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group. Austin enjoys spending his free time hanging off cliffs and forging new paths along Colorado’s mountain ranges. Life’s great…or it was, until he run into his childhood sweetheart, Lexi Jewell. It has been 12 years since the two of them broke up and Lexi ran away to the big city. He should have got over her, but the more he sees Lexi around town, the more those old feel ins come back and it isn’t long before he starts to wonder if Lexi feels the same.
Lexi Jewell is at a crossroad in her life. After a workplace lawsuit backfires, Lexi decides to visit her father in Scarlett Springs and take some time to unwind. It isn’t long after she returns home that Lexi discovers her father has a drinking problem, her step mother wants a divorce and that the families Bed and Breakfast has been neglected. Lexi wants to help her father, but no matter how hard she tried her father doesn’t seem to want her help. Amongst her families drama, Lexi is approached by the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group and asked to look over their financials. Money has been going missing and the team’s leader is concerned something more sinister is going on.
Lexi had her reasons for leaving her home town 12 years ago, and the longer she stays in Scarlett the more she wants to run away again. But things seem different this time. She likes working with the rescue team, she enjoys the camaraderie, the new friendships she is making and the her new relationship with Austin. The longer she stays in Scarlett Springs the harder it is getting for Lexi to leave. But she can’t stay, she doesn’t want to, or that is what she keeps telling herself. But Lexi has more bad luck in store, and this time it will take Austin and the entire community to show her just how much they care, and just how much they want her to stay.
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Amazon Premise –
A hot contemporary romance from the author of the acclaimed I-Team series…
Lexi Jewell left Scarlet Springs twelve years ago, vowing never to return to the small Colorado mountain town where she grew up. Now, here she is—over thirty, out of a job and with little choice but to move back in with her eccentric father. Lexi knows it’s just a matter of time before she runs into Austin Taylor, her first boyfriend and her first heartbreak. She’s determined to show him she’s over him—until he steps out of a pickup truck and back into her life, looking sexy as hell in his mountain ranger uniform.
As far as Austin is concerned, Lexi can turn her snazzy little convertible around and drive back to Chicago. After all, she ripped his teenage heart to pieces and turned her back on the town he loves. But from the moment he sees her again, he can’t get her out of his mind. Even her smile messes with his head.
When an evening of conversation turns into something else, Lexi and Austin agree to be friends—with benefits. But as Lexi starts making plans to return to the big city, Austin realizes he’ll lose her a second time unless he can show her that what she’s searching for has been right here all along.