Series: Davison & Allegra #1
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary Romance, Romance
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As a gifted opera singer, Allegra Orsini's only obsession is music-until she meets him. A strikingly handsome and powerful man with a life splashed across the tabloids, Davison Cabot Berkeley isn't what she expected. He's unlike the other wealthy patrons who dine at Le Bistro. Davison sees more than just a coat-check girl working her way through grad school. And from the moment he looks at her, those deep green eyes ignite a fire inside Allegra she's never felt before.
She craves Davison's touch-his possession-endlessly. Even though every fiber of her being is telling her to stay away, that it's best for both of them, she can't. As his passion consumes her, Allegra can no longer deny Davison's hold on her. He'll never let her go. But as much as she wants him, Allegra can't surrender to his love-not until she faces a painful secret from her past that could destroy them both . . .
There are a lot of girl meets rich man and falls in love with him stories out there, and while I really liked them in the beginning, I have found that unless there is some kind of secondary plot line within the story it just isn’t enough for me to really like the book. But Breathless for Him has an interesting twist part that starts building up right from the beginning, and its definitely a mystery I enjoyed reading.
So Allegra is an opera singer/student who is putting herself through school at a very upscale restaurant at the coat check. When it turns out the hot billionaire guy who is all over the tabloids is actually a silent owner, and is suddenly going to be around on a nightly basis, Allegra’s life really starts to change. I liked how Davison and Allegra’s started out, he’s clearly smitten with her, and there is clearly an electric connection between the two of them, but neither one of them just jumps into bed, there is a slow build up that happens over many nights where Davison drives her home.
Allegra clearly has something hidden in her past that is clearly haunting her, and as you read on through the book you get more and more of an idea about what that event from her past is. It’s clearly something that affects her, something that she thinks makes her undesirable, and on several occasions it causes her to pull away from the connection she has with Davison, because she doesn’t want him to find out about her past. I have to say that I really did enjoy when her past started to become a part of her present, although I thought that at the end it was wrapped up a little two quickly.
Davison I like a lot. For a lot of different reasons. He’s a very take charge kind of man, which I love. I liked that he stood up and said what he thought no matter who to. One of the first times you meet Davison he is with his then girlfriend and when she acts so superior and rude, he is sure to tell her what he thinks of her behavior. In another instance he has no problem standing up to his father. He’s also very accepting of people for exactly who they are, and he is really just a great guy to Allegra, he’s not overly dominate or too submissive, he’s the perfect blend, he knows when to stand his ground and when to give space.
Overall I would say I enjoyed reading this book. I thought the pacing was great, the mystery of Allegra’s past was solid, and the relationship build up was spot on. I liked the characters, and I liked the infusion of Italian culture into the book. I would easily recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary romance, especially if you have a love of opera or Italian culture.