Sometimes you meet the right person at the wrong time…
Mark Williams has loved Meredith since he was seventeen. A successful man with a strong family, he’s worked hard to move on from Meredith breaking his heart all those years ago. When his path crosses with the only woman he’s ever loved again years later, Mark knows there is nothing he won’t do to keep her in his life. But when the going gets tough, will Meredith stick around or will he lose her again?
…But true love has a way of finding its way back.
Meredith Summers is a dancer. One of the first things she learned in following her dreams is that timing is everything. She has spent the past ten years following her dream touring with mega-stars while trying to forget the high school sweetheart she left behind. Now she’s back in Seattle, running a successful dance studio with her best friend Jax and determined to move on from her gypsy past. Until the day she sees Mark Williams and time stands still. It’s as if no time has passed at all when Meredith finds herself in Mark’s arms again. The chemistry, the bonds and the love are as strong as ever and hearing Mark whisper breathe with me in her ear is a balm to her wounded soul. But will she grab onto this second chance at love, or is the timing all wrong for them again?
Don’t miss catching up with the Montgomery and Williams clans in this latest installment of the With Me In Seattle Series from New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Proby.
“There were days that I would have exchanged a year of my life just to touch you one more time.” –Mark Williams
So here we are, Book 7 of the With Me in Seattle series. And what a series so far! We have met so many characters, watched them grow in their relationships, have babies, go to BBQ’s, enjoy good times. And Breathe With Me is no different. This book we follow Mark Williams and Meredith Summers. Mark is Luke’s brother. We didn’t get much of Mark in the other books, just that he was always single and a flirt. Which is fine by me, but he’s a Williams, which means he’s drop dead gorgeous. Yep! He might even top Luke! And then we have Meredith, Mark’s high school sweetheart.
The book starts off with a bangin’ prologue; we learn that Mark and Meredith are just the fucking cutiest couple ever. Kristen does a great job of really showing the readers the connection between them just in the prologue alone.
“It’s you and me. M and M, against the world.”
They are adorable and they nicknamed eachother M and M. Both have so much love and respect for one another and they are only in high school. Truthfully, I was a blubbering mess reading it. Yep!! That’s pretty much how it started off for me. But I immediately fell in love with Mark and Meredith. Especially Mark. Certain circumstances tear them apart though, which was the need for the tears.
Chapter 1 fast forwards 10 years later, WOW!! Mark is all man; working for a construction company, bangin’ body, blonde hair, light eyes. Just Unreal. Always the gentleman. Meredith, who is a dancer from when she was kid, is still dancing. Just not like she was when she was in HS or college; completely dedicated to her dance career. She used to tour with the big names, and now she’s home in Seattle, living with her best friend Jax, who happens to be gay, and they co-own a dancing school for little girls. CUTE!! Love this chick.
Mark and Meredith wind up reconnecting under different circumstance this time. And the chemistry is there; everything is there. Kristen Proby does such an amazing job of making you feel that connection so early on in the story. I was instantly in love with these two. More so for me, it was Mark. I honestly had no idea what this man was going to be about. HOLY SHIT!! I have always been firm on my Will Montgomery obsession. BUT I am going to say now, Mark has moved into 1st place in the Book Boyfriend department. And let me tell you, its not the HOT dirty talk that gives him the appeal. Not even close. It’s in the way he romances Mer. Even all those years apart, and he still wants her. Bad!! His heart aches for her.
“There were days, ” I begin softly and rub my nose against her soft hair, “that I would have exchanged a year of my life just to touch you one more time. You are my biggest what if, M.”
And it starts with the first date he takes Mer on. The whole damn night, I was like putty in his hands. Or she was like putty in his hands. Yes the book is about Meredith not me! DURR!!
They fall into a wonderfully easy pattern, which I adored. This Proby story made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. As I sit here writing this review, and re reading some of the million quotes I highlighted in my kindle, I am actually getting all teared up. Some of the things that Mark says to Mer, are just amazing. But now, Mark knows those feelings are reciprocated by her, and that just sealed the deal for me.
“Do you know, whenever I got nervous, whether it was in an audition, or right before a show…whatever, it was your voice I heard. Breathe with me, M. I clung to that more times than I can tell you. You were with me, every day. Even when I tried to forget you.”
Just breathtaking. The whole book, every line that was written, every feeling that I felt, every moment…breathtaking. I felt my heart melting, actually melting. This is by far one of the most heartfelt books I’ve read. Meredith is such a strong, welcoming, captivating, smart, talented and beautiful person. She is such an amazing dancer and teacher; such a talent. And she has this best friend Jax that I adore more than you know. Jax played such a important part in this story. And to me, he wasn’t just a secondary character that just pops in here and there for an opinion or some advice. He really plays a roll in Mer’s life. He has been her best friend, dancing partner, business partner; her everything for 10 years since Mark wasn’t in her life. She needs him, and he needs her. And the way in which Jax is protective over her with Mark….turns me the fuck on…don’t care if he’s gay! He’s a strong character and I love him to death! Good character development there Ms. Proby!!
“I’m fucking jealous, yeah,” he says and wipes the towel over his hair. “Not because I want her the way you do, but because for a long time, it was just her and me, dealing with life and we were doing just fine. You need to know, man, I’m here for the long haul. Meredith is my only family, and I’m hers.”
Okay let me stop a second and talk about everybody else! YES…Everybody Else!! I think the best way to describe my feelings on the rest of the gang would be to say that this book has the BEST DIALOG EVA!!!!! I laughed my ASS OFF!! YES!! VEGAS!! That’s all I will say!! One whole chapter of dialog…No monologue! Just mother freakin funny ass dialog!! Not sure who I loved more!! I mean Jules always kills me, NAT I just wanna eat her up! Meg, Brynna, Stacey….SAM might take the cake!! So many good things happen in Vegas!! And the guys, they kill me!! Fuck as shit!! Luke and Nat play a much bigger role in this book, and that makes me happy in pants. Luke is such a great, supportive brother and friend. Again, the Montgomery BBQs…still waiting for my invite!! It’s not even normal how much this cast has grown since Come Away with Me! If I could be anybody in this world, it would the wife of a Montgomery or a Williams! Hands down.
Kristen doesn’t realize it yet, but she coined a new phrase….TLT…Turkey, Lettuce and Tomato! My new favorite sandwich! YEP!! Just had to put that in there…
Okay getting back to M and M. They move sooo fast. Which scares me, because they lost 10 years. SLOW DOWN?!! What’s the rush! But they don’t….they push on! They can’t keep their hands off each other and I love it…Mark is an animal…But he also makes such sweet love to her, it makes my legs shake…
“Trust me, I’m going to fuck you. I’m going to fuck you blind, but I’m not going to fuck you right now, baby.” He strokes my hair and nudges my nose with his.
“I’ve waited such a long time for this moment. I’m going to make long, slow love to you. I’m going to explore every inch of this amazing body. I have to re learn you, M.”
Really M?? My God he’s killing me.
But of course there always comes a time when Proby throws it the angst and fucks me all up. And cue the water works Trish!! Yep! I did my ugly cry! And trust me it was ugly. It was a very sensitive chapter that Proby wrote so well. And handled with care. But I still cried, a lot. Then moved on to the next chapter and cried some more!
“But I can’t help the way my heart feels.”
“How does it feel?”
“Panicked. Terrified. God, I’m so scared. “
M and M have some serious issues to iron our. Mostly Mer’s issues, but this causes a serious problem for them. How will Mer overcome her fears? It is too much too soon…? Too much love too fast? It’s such a great story.
I will go as far as saying that Breathe With Me is “THE BEST” of all the With Me in Seattle series. Hands down. This is a 6 star book in my eyes. Every single character is well thought out. The new characters blew my mind. Reading it is like a movie. As you read you move through it with ease, and you feel like your watching a freaking movie! How cool is that!! If you all know me, you know I am re read whore! This series has been read numerous times. BUT this book here, Breathe, this is the book I will be re reading again and again. It touches me in ways a book hasn’t done in a long time. It DEF gets my 5 HOLLAS!!! It’s MINT times ten!!
And the best part…wait for it…we get ONE more in the series!! The HOT Italian brother Dominic! Can’t leave him out!!! NOPE!! He needs his story and we need to know more about him! He intrigues me!! And here he is below…..enjoy ladies…nothing like a HOT Italian….straight from the boot!! HOLLA!!!!
About Kristen Proby
KRISTEN PROBY is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps.