Breathless, by Becki Brannen, is a simple but sweet story about a movie star, Ryan Spaulding, who meets a woman who has no idea who he is. When Carly Sparks has an asthma attack in the mall, Ryan mistakenly assumes she is fainting at the sight of him. However, when he realizes that Carly wants to be with him because of who he is on the inside, Ryan tries to keep his true identity a secret. After her last boyfriend attacked her, Carly can hardly trust anyone. But something about Ryan makes her let her guard down. Will she let it down so much that she will get hurt again? Will she turn her back on her promise to God?
While I am a fan of real-world faith and real-world struggles, this book smacks of worldly faith. Carly speaks of her commitment and promise to God to remain pure until her wedding, but she lets go of that promise with little hesitation. Even afterward, her biggest concern does not revolve around her relationship with Christ, but rather her relationship with Ryan. His “salvation prayer” is similar – a plea for her to return to him.
If you are looking for a sweet romance, and nothing else, I would give this book three stars. Without judging it on its Christian message, the book still has two-dimensional characters and unrealistic plot-lines.
However, since this book is labeled a Christian romance, I will say that the star level is really low. It seems like the Christian message is awkwardly and falsely shoved into a story line that should just be in a different genre.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.