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Can’t Hardly Breathe (The Original Heartbreakers #4) by Gena Showalter

 Hello readers,

Today I’m going to talk about another fantastic book by Gena Showalter – Can’t Hardly Breathe. This is the four book in The original Heartbreaker series and it’s about Dorothea and Daniel’s story. I have a place in my heart for the Strawberry Valley characters and this book in one of the reasons.


‘Bullied in high school, Dorothea Mathis’s past is full of memories she’d rather forget. But there’s one she can’t seem to shake – her long-standing crush on former army ranger Daniel Porter. Now that the sexy bad body has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out…but his eery heated place makes her want to join him instead.

Daniel returned to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, to care for his ailing father and burn off a little steam with no strings attached. Though he craves curvy Dorothea nigh and day, he’s as marred by his past as she is by hers. The more he desires her, the more he fears losing her. 

But every sizzling encounter leaves him desperate for more, and soon Daniel must make a choice: take a chance on love or walk away forever.’



I love this book and it’s no surprise because Gena Showalter is the master in making me laugh, smile and shed a tear or two. 

Dorothea Mathis was bullied when she was a teenager because of her body. She was alone in school (her two only friends were being home schooled), one day Daniel came to her rescue, and she fell in love with him. 

Now Dorothea is an adult and her mother left her the ownership of Strawberry Valley Inn. The hotel is old but Dorothea has ideas to making it more appearing, if only she had the funds to do so. She has been abandoned in her past, first by her father, and then by an ex-husband, for whom she gave up her dream of being a meteorologist. Her sister hates her and her mother is absent most of the time. Dorothea feels like she needs a fresh start, to have fun in her life and last to be more spontaneous. She needs to be a new Dorothea… 

And that’s when Daniel appears. He’s back in Strawberry Valley to take care of his father after serving several years in the military with his two best friends. He did and saw things that leave him with PTSD and nightmares. He feels broken inside and hates his father idea of getting a wife. 

After seeing Daniel with different women at least a couple of nights a week, Dorothea decides that she need to be courageous and makes a proposition to him. Her plan was to seduce him and to have just one night with him, no strings attached. But things didn’t go as she planned.

Dorothea takes the situation the wrong way and thinks that Daniel rejected her because he was not attracted to her. What she doesn’t know is that Daniel had always a thing for her and he knew one night would never be enough for either of them.  

Once he realizes the mistake he made by turning Dorothea away, he becomes a man on a mission and pursuits ‘Thea’ (Dorothea). But she changed her plans and now she wants more. She wants to be in a relationship, to be swept of her feet and to be treated like a priority. She know Daniel is not able to giver her those things when he tells her that they need to keep their relationship a secret from his father. Then she tries to find love with someone else…someone that has no ‘shame’ to call her girlfriend.

These two are funny, sexy and I love every single moment between them. The humor between them made me laugh so much that it hurt my mouth. And the chemistry is insane! Dorothea is one of the strongest women (she’s in the second place, after Harlow) and Daniel transformation was amazing. He really love her and we can see that. True, he doesn’t take the best decisions in life but he learned the lesson! Oh and I love jealous Daniel!

You can read this book alone but my advice is for you to read the previous books! You won’t be disappointed. If you are curious, you can read my other review on the book The Hotter you Burn.


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