A Review of STOLEN BREATH by Mia Hoddell

Stolen Breath

by Mia Hoddell

Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Suspense

Release Date: December 5th 2016

Pages: 344

Blurb

My name is Zeke Lawson, but you probably know that already because everyone’s heard of me.

I’m the bad boy of Formula One.

The player.

The heartbreaker.

At least that’s what I allow people to believe.

The truth is too precious to be tarnished by reporters, and no matter what my fans think, they don’t deserve access to every detail of my life. It’s just a shame Nadine Hadley doesn’t see it that way.

She’s writing the feature every driver longs for on me—the one that can make your career. The only problem is she wants more than I’m willing to give her … and she’s playing dirty to get it.

Flirtatious smiles, skimpy dresses, sex: Nadine is using my reputation against me, and it’s working. No man could resist her, especially when she swears not to print my story.

So now I’m in too deep.

I want her more than anything, yet falling for a journalist may cost me the one thing I vowed to protect. Although, that seems insignificant when compared to another issue I face this racing season.

Did I forget to mention someone is trying to kill me?*Each book in the Chequered Flag series can be read as a standalone and is complete with a HEA.*


 

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A 5star Review of STOLEN BREATH by Mia Hoddell

By Amy at Pages Abound

 “And you should have realised before you jumped into bed with me I’m not a woman who will walk away quietly. I will not be brushed aside like some floozy. I have a job to do and I’ll be damned if I let you get in my way.”

 

I have waited months for this story to finally make it to my kindle. Armed with a hot cup of tea, my blanket, and no one to disturb my immersion back to the Chequered Flag Series, I settled in to discover if Zeke and Nadine were destined for the fueled sparks that seemed to be waiting to ignite. Mia Hoddell absolutely did not disappoint.

As is Mia’s trademark to writing, she built an emotional story filled with a beautiful balance of humor, banter, intrigue, honest friendship, and love. Her characters are flawed but strong, and Zeke and Nadine are no different. Deep in the world of racing, Zeke has worked hard to build his persona, to build an image as the bad boy of Formula One racing by embracing the fast, playboy lifestyle he portrays to his fans. He is a private person and wants to keep the details of his past locked away. But what happens when the very sexy, smart, and sassy Nadine Hadley is the reporter assigned to write a feature story—a feature story in which she wants to dig into what makes Zeke Lawson the man he is? How can he keep Nadine from the private details when he is so pulled to the person she is?
Nadine Hadley is a strong, sexy, and independent woman bound to make her mark in journalism, and being given a chance to write a featured article on one of the top names in Formula One racing is just what she is looking for; besides, maybe having an inside angle will help her find the answers the public is seeking. But as Nadine gets to know more about Zeke, as her feeling grow for the man behind the façade, will she be willing to sell out her friend and his need for privacy for the story she pitched?
Sometime the walls that are built are impenetrable, and sometime the walls need to be broken down to allow one to live. What Zeke and Nadine bring to light is that sometimes allowing the gate to be opened, to allow a small piece of the past to be known can be freeing. It does not have to mean that you forget the past, but by allowing yourself to become more vulnerable–that is what allows you to finally move forward and live the life you dream rather than simply surviving. And sometimes the dreams we thought we wanted, the goals we set for ourselves are not the same when our hearts are captured.

What reviewers are saying:

 
“Filled with romance, suspense, chemistry and mystery.” Melissa: HEA Fanatics on Chameleon Soul
“I wasn’t prepared for the full emotional journey this book takes us on … Hands down, this will be one of my favorite reads of the year.” Mignon Mykel on Chameleon Soul
“To say I was absorbed in this story would be an understatement.” Jess: Nerdy, Dirty & Flirty on Chameleon Soul “I’ve never had a book effect me the way this one did. From the mystery and danger to the realness of everything Raine and Teo go through, this is one book that had tears rolling and love pouring from my soul.” Amanda Barbee: The Magic of Books on Chameleon Soul

“Their story will have you gasping with bewilderment, worrying about the emotional roller coaster the two have endured, and cheering for the happily ever after these two both deserve.” – Amy: Pages Abound on Twisted Mind
“Twisted Mind made my heart race. What a great love story of two people trying to move on from a hurtful past.” MAustin: Alpha Book Club on Twisted Mind

 

Excerpt

Stan stood as I moved to sit down and held out his hand.“I’m afraid I have to head off, but you have my number if you need to discuss anything.”

I shook his hand and, with a final pointed look at Zeke, Stan left.

“Are you going too?” I prayed he’d say yes so I could head home early. I needed to regroup after the shock he posed to my system.

“Yep, but you’re coming with me.” Zeke signalled for the bill while I remained standing, dumbfounded. He paid, and only when he started to slide out of the booth did I find my voice.

“Why would I do that?”

“Because you like your job and wouldn’t want me making a complaint to your boss.”

I planted a hand on my hip. “You wouldn’t.”

“Sure I would.”

Really? You’re blackmailing me?”

Zeke stepped out of the booth, forcing me to wobble back on my heels. “I prefer to think of it as gentle persuasion. After all, your boss wanted personal, didn’t he? For that you’re going to need to be my shadow. If you’re not, you aren’t doing your job.”

“You’re unbelievable. Where the hell do you even need to go?”

“First we’re going to get you some new shoes, then I need to meet up with some triathlon buddies.”

I picked up my file and followed him from the restaurant, irritated. “You do triathlons?”

“See, I’m being helpful. You wouldn’t have known that if it hadn’t been for me.”

“I can think of a few things you are, and helpful isn’t one of them.”

Zeke chuckled. “One of them is sexy, isn’t it?”

I grumbled in response, choosing to change the subject so we didn’t stroll into dangerous territory. “Why are we getting me new shoes?”

“Because the ones you’re wearing are too big. You’ll slow me down or break your neck trying to keep up with me.”

“I’m fine, you worry about yourself.”

“You’re getting new shoes, princess. Deal with it.”

As if to prove his point, I tripped over the kerb as we crossed the road. This time I was sure I’d hit the concrete, but Zeke’s arms locked around me and pulled me upright. He didn’t need to say I told you so, his expression said it for him, and I resisted the urge to slap the smirk off his mouth.

“See? Why are you wearing these death traps anyway? I’ve never seen you look so … not put together.”

I huffed. “Mine broke on the way to work and these were the only ones someone could lend me.”

Zeke set me safely back on my feet and took my hand. I glanced down at it then up at him. The gesture felt unfamiliar and personal, not something I associated with Zeke. As if reading my thoughts, he explained, “In case you fall again.”

“Sure, because the only thing you’re interested in is my safety.”

 

 

Teasers

 

 

About The Series

 

Chameleon Soul (Chequered Flag #1)

I have it all: my dream career as a Formula 1 driver, more money than I can spend, crowds who cheer my name “Teo Coates,” and an endless supply of beautiful women to warm my bed as I travel the world.

I should be happy. I should love my life.

But none of it means anything without her.

One year ago, the love of my life broke off our two-year relationship via a phone call. No explanation, no apology, and no sign it was coming. She shattered me…ripped out my heart. And the worst part is that I couldn’t stay to fight for her without losing my career.

However, now the racing season’s over, I’m back, and I intend to reclaim my girl’s heart.

There’s just one problem.

The girl I left behind no longer exists. Plagued by fear, something has broken Raine Wilkins to the point where she’s struggling to cope with each day. It’s going to take all of my skill to gather the explanation I was denied a year ago and persuade her to reveal her secrets. But if there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s I never lose. I returned to the UK with one goal: win back the girl I love, and nothing and no one will get in my way.

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Twisted Mind (Chequered Flag #2)

She’s toxic.

Everyone tells me to leave her—that she’s going to destroy me.

But things aren’t that simple.

Elora’s pregnant with my child and I endure her twisted games of manipulation and violence to protect my unborn baby. I never predicted she would do the unthinkable or that she was cruel enough to kill.

Yet she did, and now everything’s spiralling out of control.

The light-hearted jokester on the race track isn’t a part I can play anymore. The Dustin Coates everyone loved is no longer me. I’m merely a grief-stricken man who’s barely able to function.

At least until Tazia Nixon moves in next door.

She soothes my aching heart and helps me forget. With every second I’m around her, I can feel myself being revived.

However, beneath her eternal optimism is a distressing past, and the lies are starting to unravel around me. I should have protected my fragile heart from her when I had the chance because now it’s too late. Someone out there wants to destroy me, and the odds are stacking up against us. They know Tazia can break me beyond repair, and they aren’t afraid to use her.

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About the Author

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#1 Amazon bestselling author Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading, loves anything romantic, and has an overactive imagination that keeps her up until the early hours of the morning.

Mia has written over ten titles including her Seasons of Change series, the Chequered Flag series, the Elemental Killers series, and her standalone novels False Finder, Not Enough, and Bet On Me.

Her favourite genres are contemporary romance or romantic suspense, and with an ever growing list of ideas she is trying to keep up with the speed at which her imagination generates them. She also designs book covers on her website M Designs and is the organiser of Virtually There Book Fest.

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