Breathless 1

by Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 12/06/2018

4/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $25.40 $17.35

A sensuous, delightful romantic women’s fiction novel from New York Times bestselling authors Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan!

She was “the Swan.” London’s premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain’s rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be her artist’s siren.

When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable—hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings.

There’s just one hitch the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He’s been a thorn in Brenna’s professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love…

Contemporary fiction
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
St. Martin's Press
Country of origin:
United States
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Celeste Bradley

Celeste Bradley is the NYT bestselling author of more than 20 novels.

She loves art, history, animals and books. She dislikes wasteful packaging and bathroom selfies. She has lived in eight U.S. states but now resides permanently in New Mexico.

Susan Donovan

Susan Donovan is a NY Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels and novellas, author coach, and former journalist. PW calls her books “the perfect blend of romance and women’s fiction.”

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4 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Story within a story

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    This is a story within a story.

    Brenna and Fitch are professional rivals but now they have come together to find the history of the woman in the famous Siren Series. As a result, they hope to find any remaining portraits of the Siren.

    This couple were instantly attracted to each other but Brenna is holding a grudge about some of the actions Fitch has taken in the past. With a history of untrustworthy men, she’s not open to a relationship with him. Fitch is drawn to her in every way and would love to see her let go of her professor persona and live free.

    Inside Brenna and Fitch’s story is the story of the Swan, her expulsion from Europe and her rescue by her Artist. As this couple track the Swan’s history they find themselves growing closer together, sometimes their emotions mirroring that of the woman that they are hunting.

    I must confess that I enjoyed the Swan’s love story more so than Fitch and Brenna’s. The Swan’s background is steep in emotion. The chemistry between her and her artist palpable. Their pasts so very heart wrenching and their love the perfect balm to heal them both.

    This is a relatively fast paced read, but I must confess to skimming some due to a lot of travel guide-ish commentary. This is a me issue as I’m not a fan of in-depth descriptions of locales or historical sites. There is a heavy emphasis on art that I did enjoy as it dealt mainly with the issue this couple were working on. Secondary characters hold their own, never taking over the story but pushing it along onto the path each of the main characters needed to get to their happy ending.

    Overall, this was a very pleasant read and it made me curious about any previous books that might form a series.