Two minutes in and you know your reading Nina Levine caz its freaking awesome already.
I loved Luke, he was strong and sexy and dominating, I loved the way his character is with Callie and how he wanted her for awhile before something actually happened.
Callie is interesting she has so much to overcome. She is beautiful and courageous.
As a couple they really suit and shine. I loved all their moments together.
The side characters are a welcome addition bringing humor and controversy. I hope that Paris and Tyler get a story each I would love to read more from them hopefully ensuing a cameo or two of Callie and Luke.
The twists were well planned and kept you guessing as long as they could.
The sexy scenes = HOT!!
I loved the humor, the laugh out loud moments and the weirdness that was Callie!!!
All up I loved it, I couldnt put it down and I didnt want it to end. I cannot wait for more from Nina Levine.
Steal My Breath by Nina Levine. This title says it all. This is an amazing story that I couldn't put down, I laughed cried & felt extremely torn whilst reading. A story that stays with you days later & makes you wonder what would I have done...... Put this on your Must Read list.
I really enjoyed this book and felt it had a really good plot, though a couple times felt a little drawn out but only a minor thing really. There was a couple of surprises along the way that certainly kept me guessing and I really enjoyed that. At times both Callie and Luke frustrated me with some of their decisions but overall I found both characters likable and enjoyed the chemistry they had with each other. Lots of steamy scenes and I found it refreshing how much Callie verbalised how hot Luke was, made me smile every time. Lots of secondary characters which makes me wonder if there will be anymore? Overall a fantastic read that had me not wanting to put it down.
After being thoroughly teased by Nina when she shared a brief snippet of 'Steal My Breath' in the "For the First Time" anthology, I've been waiting ever so patiently to read the rest of Callie & Luke's story. I was originally shocked to find out there was NO bikers or rockers in this book, WHAT?? yep no biker what so ever in here.... but I quickly feel in, out & back in love with Nina's newest alpha. In true Nina Levine style 'Steal My Breath' is HOT, steamy, thought provoking... in so many ways just like Nina's Storm MC, Sydney Storm MC & Crave series, but also so different.
'Steal My Breath' had me intrigued within the first couple of chapters, wondering just who Luke is & his story. Because a man that screams ALPHA male had to have one hell of a story. Callie is a TRUE Nina Levine heroine, sassy, having strong beliefs & living by them, always thinking of others... I FLOVE Nina's leading ladies. Although it states that 'Steal My Breath' is a standalone, I hope Nina turns it into a series, there was a few other characters that I felt wanted/needed their turn in the limelight. Either way I can't wait to read what Nina Levine writes next.
Steal my Breath is the story of Luke and Callie – It’s a story of their love and lives, but it’s about so much more than that. Levine has weaved a tale that kept me riveted from the first word. Steal My Breath was a story whose secondary characters intrigued me as much as the main characters, and had a little boy who stole my heart. It was a story that showed me that life isn’t always black and white, and sometimes doing the right thing doesn’t always work out the way you expect it to.
Secrets…we’ve all got them, and Luke Hardy has some that are bigger than others. Right from the word go this moody leading man had me wondering what was going on beneath that tough guy façade. He was a man that loved with his whole heart once, and wasn’t sure that he ever wanted to go down that path again… Enter Callie St James she’s a feisty mid-20’s lady who is searching not only for her Mr right, but also trying to find her place in the world. She’s worn many hats – daughter, sister, waitress, and love, but what she really wants is to add published author to that list.
The chemistry between these two was palpable and present from their first interaction, and luckily we weren’t waiting too long for them to act on the attraction everyone else had no problem seeing.
Callie: “And just like that, Luke steals another little piece of my heart – the piece that totally wants a man to protect her and take charge when needed. The piece I never knew was there.”
As I said previously this wasn’t a story that focused solely around the romance, there was also a mystery aspect weaved through the story. I thought this part of the part of the story was done amazingly well, and even though I thought I had figured out what was going on fairly early, I was left wondering if in fact I was right.
Levine has created a wonderful story, and I recommend it to anyone who loves to read and get lost in the story and characters. Whether you’re a fan of her previous works, or not I urge you to give this amazing book a go.
I have read a couple of Nina's books and loved them, so when I got this I knew it would be a good read. Well let me tell you it was better than good! I read it in the afternoon. It was lovely to have the afternoon to read, and I couldn't have picked a better book. I laughed at the banter between the characters, very nearly cried, got angry, and frustrated (in more ways than one). I love it when you read a book and connect with the characters straight away, and feel what they're feeling. I read this on behalf of A Book Lovers Emporium. Callie St James, what a character she is. The Internet dating isn't going too well for Callie, she hasn't had sex for 3 months and she feels that's long enough if not too long! However she has morals and all the guys she has dated just doesn't have the spark. So her drought continues. Until Luke Hardy... Luke Hardy is Callie's best friends boss and they've known each other for over a year. He is a hot, moody, hot, alpha, hot male and one that Callie has been secretly lusting after all this time. Unbeknownst to her he has also been secretly lusting after her. Luke has never been able to act upon his feelings because of the complications in his life until they are put in the position when they can't resist each other! Did I mention he was hot? When Callie finds out about these complications, because of her morals she insists that they remain friends until they are sorted out. I admire her morals and her strength to not to give in. Once she thinks it's morally okay her and Luke spend a lot more time together as a couple and oh my they're hot together. Nina does not disappoint with the sex scenes she definitely knows how to write those jeeeeez! Callie gets a job at the local newspaper and finds out some things regarding the problems/complications Luke had, curiosity gets the better of her and she feels she has to investigate further. Which leads her to the biggest decision she's ever had to make. Does she forget about it for her own reasons and to save her heartbreak or does she do what is morally right? I don't want to give anything away but I can't recommend it enough, it's definitely a one click with no hesitation read! I read this on behalf of A Book Lovers Emporium.
Having only read this author's MC series which I loved to bits, I can honestly say that the subject she chose to write about in this standalone surprised me no end. Storyteller par excellence; she has a way with words in a plot where banter overflows and is nothing less than intriguing. It is complicated and different from what I am used to reading; however, what really swayed me was how such a delicate issue was handled. Told from both protagonists’ point of view in present tense is indeed, my preference.
Stubborn and as sassy as hell, I laughed out loud at Callie St. James sharp comebacks. No holds barred regarding her dirty talk, either. She’s got a problem and is prepared to go to anything lengths to solve it. Little does she realise the solution has been staring her in the face for a while. And much to her best friend’s bewilderment, when the tough gets going, Callie’s principles kick in. Her generous heart selflessly takes precedence over her strong feelings for a guy who is too stroppy for his own good. She has to do the right thing. She has to be able to live with a clear conscience which I truly understood. And when I thought everything was cut and dry in the story, wham bam! She has to go out of the way to find the truth and by doing so, rocks the boat and not in her favour.
“Why did I have to find the one best friend who has the morals you do? Why couldn’t I have found a loose-lips bestie?”
Luke Hardy’s drop dead-gorgeous, tattooed and got a ripping physic but in all his glory, perplexed me. Cloaked in secrets, he has a problem. In fact, a ginormous one. Between a rock and a hard place, most of the time I my heart went out for this guy. Firstly, I couldn’t have met such an emotionally closed off person and felt that to really get to know him would be like cracking open a hard nut. Until hidden truths unravel and at a slow pace at that, and I have to confess that his indecisiveness and his lack of fighting spirit to support Callie’s instincts made me want to throw my Kindle at him.
"You think things are so black and white, Callie. They're not."
Nevertheless, after discovering the reasons for his behaviour towards her made me understand his secretiveness. Highly protective of his own he is though and that I had to respect. The palpating attraction between them sizzles off the pages so get your fans ready for some hotter than hot scenes which much to Luke's frustration, isn't as clear-cut as he would like it to be.
“Who knew bowling could be so dirty? It’s a shame you’ll have no one to take care of that for you. I’ll be sure to think of you when I come later tonight.”
This highly emotional story has more unexpected twists and turns than any good thriller but saying that, there were times when I felt a tad lost and needed certain details to pick up at a faster pace. Regardless of whether or not I liked all the characters, their traits were well-developed; I adored Callie and even though I had my doubts about how Luke dealt with certain issues, he managed to wiggle his way into my heart. The author’s writing is as always, strong, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this read. Bravo Nina!
“I think you’re going to become my drug of choice.”
I was blown away by this deep beautiful heartfelt story. I've finished Steal My Breath a few days ago and I'm still feeling the intense emotions this story brought forth. Luke and Callie are friends who give into their attraction and discovere True Love. Luke is a passionate Alpha, one demand out of his mouth and it will have your toes curling! He just wants to take care of you and be your everything while scorching up your sheets. Luke has had a screwed up past but with Callie he finds happiness. Callie is so geniune, her doughty spirit and selfless acts make me love her! She's like a frkn "Mother Theresa" who happens to love Sex and Vodka! Callie loves deeply and is willing to sacrafice her happiness for others around her. Luke and Callie's friends and family are a huge part of this story and they made me laugh, they made me mad, they broke my heart, they made smile, they made me cry but they really made me want more of these characters! Nina's writing captivates me, her way with words find a way to stick with you and touch your soul. "Actions speak louder than words, but sometimes we hear the wrong things" This saying is so true and perfect example of how our prejudices and beliefs may manipulate how we see things. Steal My Breath will crush any reservations one might have of what can interfere with True Love and make you want a "Luke" of your own!