• Love Him Breathless

  • On the Market, Book 2
  • By: E.M. Lindsey
  • Narrated by: Nick Hudson
  • Series: On the Market, Book 2
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Romance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Born and raised in Cherry Creek, Edmund Fitzgerald was the sort of man who tried to find the good in all things. As a natural leader, Fitz reclaimed his trauma after half his body burned in a fire and worked his way up to fire chief at the local department. He had a good home and good friends, even if his romantic life left something to be desired. In spite of his bad luck in love, he managed to keep a cheerful smile on for everyone. At least, until Antoine Tremblay crashed into town.

Literally.

As the older twin with absent parents and a chip on his shoulder, Antoine and his brother grew up nomadic - the inconvenient offspring of traveling teachers who wanted nothing more than to spend their lives seeing the world. While his friends were dreaming of road trips, Antoine was dreaming of a home to call his own.

Retreating into his consulting career, Antoine dedicates his life to stabilizing small-town economies and doesn’t hesitate to take a job in Cherry Creek - a town that makes it very clear it doesn’t want Antoine there. Before he even crosses the city limits, Antoine is run off the road by a wild goat, and he’s forced to accept a rescue by a wary man who makes it very clear that Antoine’s presence in Cherry Creek is not welcome.

And what’s worse, the ridiculously attractive, absolutely infuriating fire chief seems to be at the center of every single one of his disasters that happens after - and unfortunately there are many. All Antoine wants is to do his job and go home, but Cherry Creek seems to have it in for him, and Edmund Fitzgerald seems thrilled to watch him fall apart. It might be real hatred, or it might just be pigtail pulling, but Antoine isn’t sure which, and he’s not really sure he wants to know. After all, a place like Cherry Creek will never be his home.

Fitz has never found someone worth fighting for, and Antoine has never found a reason to stay, but they know that looking at each other leaves them absolutely breathless. Will that be enough to make a relationship work, or will they decide that their love isn’t worth the fight?

Love Him Breathless is the second book in the series On the Market. It contains no cheating and a happily ever after.

©2020 Elaine Lindsey (P)2020 Elaine Lindsey

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An amazing sequel!

This is book 2 in the series and can be listened to as a standalone.

Nick Hudson's narration had me spellbound and I loved how he seamlessly portrayed the characters.

The storyline was engaging and the characters were real and well fleshed out.

Overall a fun and enjoyable listen!

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Antoine and Fitz

Though I really enjoyed this story as a whole, there were times I didn’t feel the connection between Antoine and Fitz. I also have a few unanswered questions. I did like the characters in this story and how everyone genuinely seemed to care for each other. All I know is if I were Antoine I would have be pressing charges left and right. He's a much nicer person then I am.

I did have a good laugh regarding Parker and his prosthetic.

As for the narration… WONDERFUL. Nick Hudson did a fabulous job with the characters voices, hitting the emotions at just the right moment, and setting a nice tone throughout the story. Hudson is definitely becoming a fast favorite of mine.

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I Liked It

I liked the 2nd story set in Cherry Creek town filled with interesting characters and beautiful sites. I LOVED book 1 in the On The Market series and was very excited for this book. I was not disappointed, even though I enjoyed Love Him Free a lot more than this book, Fitz and Antoine's romance was a nice story with a touch of enemies to lovers development and some hot and steamy moments. In this story Antoine encountered many injury causing accidents where Fitz was the one to come to his rescue every time. I liked both Fitz and Antoine as well as enjoyed cameos from characters from first book. I felt that there are other books that I missed with love stories of these characters, but it didn't impact my enjoyment of the story. Narrator did a great job with voices & story, he is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators after his performance in both books in this series. Overall this was a good listening experience and I am looking forward to more stories set in Cherry Creek.

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Interconnecting Stories

It's hard to review this story. I wish there weren't so many characters from another series from a different author throughout the story. I haven't read/heard those stories and I don't plan to. I was lost and it takes away the enjoyment of the story. I enjoy Nick Hudson's narration, but I couldn't get past the characters.

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Enemies to lovers

I’m torn about this one. I really like Fitz and Antoine but I felt their story was overshadowed by all the other things that happened in the book. And there were a lot of characters. I had to go and look up the author to see how many books I had missed before this one and from what I could tell it was only 1. Fitz is Cherry Creeks fire chief. As a teenager he got burned badly in a fire but he worked hard to overcome his injuries. Antoine is coming to Cherry Creek to help them come up with ways to bring in money to the area. The poor guy has the worst time in Cherry Creek! Car accident, he almost drowned, he gets hit by a car... They both have things in their past they are dealing with. Fitz had a boyfriend that didn’t love him and left, Antoine has a twin brother who he had a falling out with. I did like how they reconnected. When they finally get together it’s pretty hot. I liked them together. There is a little drama towards the end of the book. I think part of my issue was the pacing of the book. I got bored in parts. And I felt like it just ended. Nick Hudson was awesome! I had never heard of him. I will be looking for other books done by him!

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Not my favorite, but not terrible

This book was not my favorite. A bit too much cliche and a tad bit far fetched. Each main character has a unique backstory, but as I read, I didn’t feel like that part of their lives was conveyed clearly enough, or in the best way, to be relevant to this story. However, the story did have some redeeming qualities, such as interesting characters from the town that we get to know a bit more throughout the story, a wild and crazy goat, and some very interesting interpersonal moments. The end seemed a bit too much like a cheesy rom-com, and I was disappointed that there was a huge issue with the nephew that was never resolved. The issue with the brother sort of got resolved, kind of. It just left me unsatisfied when it ended, and that is unusual for an E. M. Lindsay story.

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Tis a good story

The narrator was really good on this one.

The story on this one has a bit more angst then I like and it also has less sex.

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enjoyable

This is the second book in ther series and I was looking forward to it. I found it to be just as good as the first one. and thought the narrator did a good job.

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An Enemies-to-Lovers Romance for Fitz and Antoine

This audiobook was given to me as a free review copy after I made a request for it. This post includes my voluntary thoughts on 'Love Him Breathless' by E M Lindsey.

I am only familiar with the 2 audiobooks of the 'On the Market" series. I have determined that the couples and threesome that function as secondary characters to this story feature in a different series. While that doesn't negate the enjoyment of this book as a stand alone, and the author does a good job of providing pertinent details, there are a few scenes that I felt would have benefited from reading about those relationships first. That being said, I like a story that features an array of characters and situations that act to enhance the development of the main couple's relationship.

Small-town fire chief Fitz has instant dislike for big-city marketing specialist Antoine, and the feeling is mutual. Antoine finds himself in a series of mishaps, and hurt//comfort joins the enemies-to-lovers trope. After a few hate-tinged, sexually-charged encounters, the men begin to realize the feelings aren't so much hate, as they are desire for one another. Will their differences keep them apart or bring them happily together?

I've listened to a fair few Nick Hudson narrations by now and their all terrific, including this one. The cadence of his voice is natural with a wonderfully emotional interpretation.

Recommended.

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Enemies-to-Lovers Romance Heavy on Hurt/Comfort

Hurt/comfort is a favorite romance trope, and this story delivers on that in both the physical and emotional sense. I enjoyed the enemies-to-lovers aspect of this story, with Antoine seeming to have a chip on his shoulder for just being in Cherry Creek let alone being around Fire Chief Fitz despite a mutual attraction. Although Antoine's defensiveness does get a bit tiresome, his and Fitz's gradual opening up to each other feels very heartfelt.

A lot of attention is given to the many other Cherry Creek residents and friends, and I was left wanting more time just between Fitz and Antoine. Having listened to Book 1 in this series, I knew Cherry Creek and the characters are part of a larger multi-series crossover universe and while these books are billed as standalone, there were times I felt I was missing some needed backstory here. Most notable is Antoine's strained relationship with his twin brother Marcel, who I've learned is featured in the author's "Breaking the Rules" series.

Narrator Nick Hudson delivers a solid performance here with varied voices and accents that I really enjoyed, with Rene's Scottish brogue being especially wonderful. I received this free review copy audio book by request and have left this honest review voluntarily.

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  • Abrianna
  • 01-22-21

Love and Fighting go hand in hand

When Antoine goes to Cherry Creek, he expects it to be like every other job he's taken. He doesn't expect to find Fitz. Doesn't expect to feel things for the fire chief. He doesn't expect to have found the place where he wants to stay.

Fitz has proven over and over that he's stronger than whatever life throws at him. He's been fighting his whole life and now has the life that he wants, even if it's lacking the love his best friends have. When Antonie gets to town, he hates everything the man represents, until he looks deeper and sees something in him worth fighting for.

E.M. Lindesy is a brilliant author who shows that imperfect characters deserve just as much love as "perfect" ones, they don't shy away from the hard things, and it's so great to read about characters who fight for the life and love they want.

Nick Hudson does a great job at bringing these characters to life and making up feel and fall in love right alongside them.

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  • sarah mitcham
  • 01-22-21

Not A Great Start

Antoine Tremblay had come to Cherry Creek for his company after being hired by the Mayor to find ways to promote the area. Not everyone thinks anything needs to change in the town, especially fire Chief Edmund Fitzgerald (Fitz). He loves the town as it is and seems to go out of his way to be difficult.
Nick Hudson did a great job narrating.
This book is part of a series and ideally needs to be listened/read in order for maximum enjoyment. Another fantastic installment.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 01-21-21

Great town and great enemies to lovers story

Fitz and Antoine are like chalk and cheese but they are a perfect fit for each other. That is, after they stop hating each other long enough to see each other as they really are behind their masks. I love this town, which is a character in the books as well and all the secondary characters. I want all their stories, too! Nick Hudson does a superb job voicing all the different characters and capturing their emotions. He also sounds like he is having a great time performing this book.

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  • Erryn Barratt
  • 01-21-21

Can bad luck turn into good?

Let me start by saying, anytime an author chooses to name their character with a famous name, I’m left wondering for the entire book whether it was a conscious decision, whether it was an unconscious thing (they heard about the name earlier but it didn’t register), or whether they truly have no clue. Edmund Fitzgerald is the name of a famous ship that went down in a gale in the great lakes over forty years ago. I grew up with the legend (being Canadian and living near the Great Lakes) and there is, of course, the song by Gordon Lightfoot.

Anyway, one of the heroes in this book is named Edmund Fitzgerald so I had the song running through my head. Just one of those things.

I liked Fitz. He had a traumatic injury when he was a teenager and despite the injury, he’s gone on to be Fire Chief in Cherry Creek. Now, I’ve visited Cherry Creek before in book 1 and I loved it. Although I enjoyed this book, I didn’t have the same enthusiasm. I think that’s because of the other character. Oh, I liked Antoine. His backstory was interesting, and his journey to Cherry Creek engaged me. What didn’t I like? My boundaries of credulity were pushed. He just had so many bad things happen to him. Seriously, one of the those ‘if I didn’t have bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all’ people and it became a little much. And, of course, Fitz had to be there every time to save him. The first couple of times it was sweet. By the last time I was rolling my eyes.

Now, I don’t want you to think I didn’t enjoy the book – I did. And I don’t want you to think I won’t pick up every subsequent book – because I will. It’s just in comparison to the first, this one wasn’t quite as good. But you may have a different reaction, so I encourage you to try this story. You might be charmed both by Cherry Creek, it’s inhabitants, and the love story. Finally I’ll mention Nick Hudson who I think did a good job narrating the story. I’m looking forward to more On the Market stories.

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  • KBR
  • 01-21-21

Love Him Breathless - good listen

I enjoyed this listen. Nick Hudson once again did very well with the narration. I listened to the first audiobook and still was a tad confused by the characters. I can't remember if I noted in that review or not. Either way, it was a bit of a distraction. Otherwise, the characters were well written and the story interesting. I'd recommend.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 01-20-21

Great

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
This was such an entertaining story.
I can't wait to listen to more of this series on audio.

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  • DLav
  • 01-20-21

Good story

It was a really intense and sad story at the start. The main character had so much growth and interesting quirks. I liked the way EM Denning grew the story and the romance was adorably tender.

The plot was sweet and angsty and always interesting.

The narration was alright. Some parts better than others.

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  • Magnus
  • 01-20-21

Addictive

A super addition to the series by EM Lindsey. Chery Creek is a magical place, so happy to get to know the residence and their stories. Nick Hudson did a great job with the narration. Be prepared to keep checking when the next book is released.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Bookoutbelow
  • 01-18-21

Perfect in audio!

Ahhh so much love for this one! This series is shaping up to be one of my absolute favorites. Since Marcel’s book was one of my favorite stories Lindsey has ever written, I was a little worried that Antoine wouldn’t be able to redeem himself, but oh boy was I wrong. Right from the get go he acknowledges that it’s his own issues that caused all the tension between the two and so I was able to embrace him with a clean slate. And then he went to Cherry Creek and the small town magic happened. I’ve said it before, but it takes a lot for me to like an enemies to lovers story, I just don’t usually find them believable. But it so worked here. Even as they were falling for each other, they weren’t sugary sweet with each other, and I loved them for it that much more. Fitz was a stand out in the previous book in the series, so I knew I’d like his story, but I absolutely loved the way it was done. 10/10 would recommend! Nick Hudson is able to add an extra layer to this story that you definitely don't want to miss!

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  • Modwena Farrell
  • 01-18-21

really enjoyable enemies to lovers story

This was an enjoyable enemies to lovers story. It's dislike at first sight for Fitz and Antoine. Antoine is in Cherry Creek to give the town's image a revamp and fire chief Fitz tries so hard to keep him at arms length. Despite a few mishaps, Antoine begins to fall in love, not just with Cherry Creek but also with the grumpy firefighter. I also loved catching glimpses of the some of the other characters who have their own books but cameo in Fitz and Antoine's story.