Review ~ Steal My Breath by Nina Levine





Title: Steal My Breath
Author: Nina Levine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
 Release Date: May 31, 2016

I let him steal my breath and I want to give him my heart too.
But it’s complicated.
Internet dating and Callie St James do not go together.

Desperate for sex.
Earns shit money waitressing while desperately trying to get a publishing deal.
Only does yoga to keep core muscles strong—trust me, guys thank me.
Reads too much because gets no sex.
Did I mention desperate for sex?

She’s about to give up on love when the guy she’s been lusting after for a year breaks her three month sex drought.
Luke Hardy.
Mysterious, moody and all alpha, Luke is hiding a secret—one that Callie never saw coming.
The secret, however, is nothing compared to the discovery she makes about Luke’s family when she starts a new job at the local paper. Callie finds herself caught between her morals and her desires. Whichever path she chooses, someone will lose. Is she ready to give up the man she’s just found or will she go against everything she believes in so she can finally have the love she’s always dreamt of?

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 This book was a trip. While reading Steal My Breath I came to realize how much differences in culture can effect an experience. This has to be the most Aussie book I’ve ever read. And I say that like I actually know what I’m talking about when, in fact, I more than likely don’t. But honestly, there were times that I felt like I was reading an entirely different language. It was weird and challenging all the time and by the last page I realized how odd it must be for non-Americans to read our books.

Now, when I say “odd” I don’t mean it negatively. Steal My Breath was emotional and sweet with a touch of sass and NOOOOOOOOOO!!!! I liked the characters (especially Sean) and the plot was pretty interesting. I’m still at odds as to how to review it though; I enjoyed reading SMB, but what pops into my mind are the things that made me twitchy. So maybe it’s more fair to list those.

Things That Made Me Go Hmmmm
1. I had to constantly remind myself that I had no idea if the “WTF?! They can’t do that?” running through my head was accurate, because Australia has different laws. This is kind of a bullshit problem, and shows a little bit of small mindedness on my part. Not cool, man, not cool.

2. There were some inconsistencies but they really don’t amount to much of an issue. They just had me go “huh?”

3. The general way of speaking. Again, this is my being an asshole. I like everyone to talk like me; or at the very least use phrases and slang I’m comfortable with. It is my failing, not the author’s. HOWEVER reading Steal My Breath makes me want to read MORE books outside of my cultural comfort zone to correct this personal flaw. THAT says a lot about a book, don’t you think?

4. There were some political subjects. Okay, it was more like one, but when you disagree with a character about something you hold very near and dear to your heart, it makes it hard to come back from. But when you do read the book (because you absolutely should) don’t think I’m speaking specifically about what is discussed; it’s much broader than that. That’s as much as I’ll say on the matter because I respect people’s right to disagree with me.

5. Everyone wants Luke. This isn’t a new concept, the dude is usually highly sought after, but for some reason, the fact that he was kind of blind to it irked me.

I hate how negative this reviews comes off because I really did enjoy reading it.

Things That Worked For Me

1. Callie is independent, hardworking, and fun. She didn’t have the most supportive upbringing, and to see her still strive for her dreams is pretty freaking cool.

2. Luke does what he thinks is best. Always. He is a protective alpha (my fave *wink wink*) with a soft side he reserves for important people.

3. The touch of suspense thrown in. I dig a good “who done it” so when that subplot popped up I was like YEEESSSS!!!!!! This was where a few of the technical/legal differences came into play, but I still had fun trying to piece everything together.


Here’s a taste of Luke & Callie…

I stand and move to him. His back muscles tense when I place my hand on his shoulder. “I want to get to know everything about you, Luke Hardy,” I say and he spins around to face me.

His eyes search mine. “You already know the important bits.”

“No, I don’t.” I rest my hand against his chest. “I don’t know the secrets you keep locked in here. They’re the important bits.”

His intake of breath is sharp and he wraps his hand around mine. His other hand slides around my waist and he pulls me close.

Oh, shit.


Too close.

But his lips brush across mine before I can move out of his embrace. His hold is tight and his message is very clear—he’s in charge here and if a kiss is what he wants, a kiss is what he will have.

He surprises me, though, and angles his face away from mine. Still keeping hold of me, he says, “I know we’re doing the friends-only thing for awhile, but a man’s got needs, Callie. If you put your hands on me, you better be prepared for the consequence of that.”

I’m pretty sure my eyes almost pop out of my head. I knew Luke was bossy—oh, boy did I know—but this is a whole new level of bossy. His deep voice vibrates along my skin, scattering goose bumps, while his eyes penetrate my soul. Those intense, green eyes of his will do it to me every time. They’ll cause me to forget everything I’ve ever said or thought and just cling to him for the ride.

He dips his face again and his mouth finds mine. The moment our lips connect sparks of desire burn through me. I’m so damn hot for him and I can’t control myself. I push my body hard against his and open my mouth to him.

He tastes like whiskey and I make a note to buy some just so I can remember this moment forever. I’ve never loved whiskey before, but it may just be my new favourite drink.

This kiss will forever live in my mind. Luke doesn’t simply kiss—he possesses. He takes me mind, body and soul.

In this kiss I find hope.

Hope that he will fight for me.

For the us we both want.



Author Bio



Coffee Lover.

Gypsy at heart.USA Today Bestselling author who writes about alpha men & the women they love.

When I’m not creating with words you will find me planning my next getaway, visiting somewhere new in the world, having a long conversation over coffee and cake with a friend, creating with paper or curled up with a good book and chocolate.

I love Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Pink, Florida Georgia Line, Bon Jovi, Matchbox 20, Lady Antebellum and pretty much any singer/band that is country or rock.

I’ve been writing since I was twelve. Weaving words together has always been a form of therapy for me especially during my harder times. These days I’m proud that my words help others just as much as they help me.

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