Audiobook Review: Can’t Hardly Breathe (The Original Heartbreakers #4) by Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)

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The Original Heartbreakers #4
Gena Showalter (Narrator: Savannah Richards)
Contemporary Romance
Harlequin Audio
August 29th 2017
11 hours and 55 minutes


New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter returns with an irresistible Original Heartbreakers story about a woman who's never felt desired and the man who wants her more than air to breathe…

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 boy has started using her inn as his personal playground, she should kick him out…but his every heated glance 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 night 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.


Can’t Hardly Breathe is book four in The Original Heartbreakers series. This book made me smile, swoon, laugh, and cry. It’s a story of getting that chance with your high school crush later on in life. I adore this series and was so happy to get Dorothea and Daniel’s story. 

I really enjoyed the prologue. We are taken back to high school where we see bullying, dreams, and crushes. Both Dorothea and Daniel captured my heart. I was totally enthralled with Can’t Hardly Breathe. I was amazed at how well Showalter brought the characters insecurities to the for front and how they learned to trust and deal with their issues. I liked how she shined light on bullying and how much it affects people throughout their lives. Then their’s the PTSD storyline with Daniel and how that can affect people too. I was enchanted by this couple and how they came together and ended up relaying on each other. The dogs where a delight, an added bonus and it was great how they helped Daniel realize he needed support. The friendships in this series have been phenomenal. I just cherish how Daniel and his friends plus Dorothea and her friends come together to help make things right. 

Showalter brought out the best and worst in her characters. She surrounded them with friends who are loyal. She wrote sensual and tasteful sex scenes that sizzle of the pages. Can’t Hardly Breathe is a lovely story of romance, love, forgiveness, and trust. 

Audio: Narrator Savannah Richards has such a soothing and alluring voice. I’m captured from the moment I listen until the very end. Her rendition of the story brings everything out and makes it all that much more real. I highly recommend the audio version for The Original Heartbreakers series. 

Rated: 4 Stars

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Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons
April 8, 2018 11:20 am

Showalter does do a great job bringing out the best and worst in her characters. I haven’t tried her contemporary romance, only Lords of the Underworld. Glad you enjoyed this one.

April 6, 2018 4:18 pm

I love the sound of this. I have not read any of Showalter’s adult books, but this series sounds like one I would enjoy. Great review.

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict
April 6, 2018 5:47 am

I loved this too! Dorothea and Daniel are so sweet together! I’m glad you’re still enjoying the series. I’m really wishing I had of listened to it now seeing your review of the narration.

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine
April 5, 2018 9:41 am

Awesome review angela!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!