Sunday, July 6, 2014

Tasty Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Catch Your Breath by Shannyn Schroeder

Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Tasty Book Tours, for Catch Your Breath by Shannyn Schroeder.  Please leave a comment or question for Shannyn to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  

Catch Your Breath
By Shannyn Schroeder
The O’Learys, Book 4

Publisher: eKensington
Release date: July 3, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 358 Pages
ISBN:  9781601831859

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About the book:

As kids they steered clear of one another–but now a beautiful, well-connected reporter and a sexy, driven detective are all grown-up and on the job. . .

Moira O’Leary’s work as a reporter gives her access to some of Chicago’s swankiest soirées. She knows how to navigate the jet-set crowd, and her style and confidence help her blend right in. But when her childhood crush starts popping up at posh events, her poise begins to falter–until she realizes she has the upper hand in a high-stakes game of secrets and seduction. . .

Jimmy O’Malley has always tried to avoid his friend Liam’s little sister. Something about Moira spelled trouble. But he’s out of his element working undercover in Chicago’s high society, and Moira is his ticket to the inner circle. As sparks begin to fly–and their chemistry heats up–Moira gets dangerously close to his investigation. Will Jimmy be forced to push her away to keep her safe–or will they surrender to a desire that could leave them breathless?

Author Info
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids.

Even though she wrote from high school through college (mostly poetry), she’d never considered a career as an author. Writing fell by the wayside as she focused her energy on creating lesson plans and new and fabulous ways to torment her teen students. One group in particular dubbed her “The Torture Master,” a title she carried into motherhood.

After the birth of baby number two, Shannyn resigned from teaching and fell in love with reading romance novels. She read so many books so quickly that her husband teased, “If you’re going to read so many damn books, why don’t you just write one?”

So she did.

That first book is safely buried on her hard drive, but the process set Shannyn on the path to where she is today—agented with a debut ebook coming out with Kensington in late 2012.

She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.

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Fans of contemporary romance who like a light dose of mystery will definitely want to pick up a copy of Catch Your Breath by Shannyn Schroeder.  Set in Chicago and filled with colorful characters, Ms. Schroeder’s story is well written and her characters are easy to connect with.  Well–paced and filled with just enough action to keep you turning the pages, Ms. Schroeder’s fourth installment in her The O’Leary’s series is sure to please both series followers and new readers alike.

A reporter who covers the society stories, Moira O’Leary, navigates her way among the powerful and wealthy elite of Chicago hoping to get a crack at a big story.  When a childhood friend, pretending to be someone he’s not, suddenly starts appearing at society parties, Moira realizes this could be the chance she’s always wanted.  After all it’s not every day a girl gets a second chance at a childhood crush and a chance at the story of a lifetime.

Recently promoted detective James “Jimmy” O’Malley has just been assigned an undercover case.  Attending parties as a “rich friend of the mayor” is supposed to give him access to a jewel thief taking advantage of rich and powerful men.  He never planned on running into Moira O’Leary, his friend’s “little sister”, or on being blackmailed into letting her play a part in his investigation.   He also never planned on realizing she’s all grown up and falling for her.

Ms. Schroeder does a good job developing both Moira and Jimmy’s characters; they have great verbal and physical chemistry.  While Jimmy tries to think of Moira as only the “sister” of a friend, he soon realizes she’s all grown up and that he really likes her.  While Moira has always had a crush on Jimmy, she’s never had a chance to really get to know him and while she has to blackmail him into working with her, she doesn’t regret their new found closeness. 

The secondary characters are well developed and I enjoyed getting to know both Jimmy and Moira’s families.  While both Moira and Jimmy are ambitious and want to get ahead, they also want more out of life than just work.  They both want what Moira’s brothers (the primary characters from previous installments in the series) have; the love of a real partner and a family.  The mystery of the stolen jewels is also well developed and adds just the right touch of suspense and danger to the story. 

Will Jimmy be able to capture the jewel thief with Moira tagging along on his investigation?  Will Moira get the story she needs to get a promotion at work or will falling in love turn out to be more important than her career? You’ll have to read Catch Your Breath to find out, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Schroeder’s work.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Tour Schedule

June 30th- Girl Meets Books- Promo/Excerpt
(Stop 2) My Written Romance- Guest Post/Review/Excerpt
(Stop 3) Trina's Tantilising Tidbits- Promo
July 1st- Craves the Angst- Promo/Excerpt
(Stop 2) In Between The Lines- Guest Post/Excerpt/Promo
(Stop 3) Born to Read Books- Review
July 2nd- Ramblings From This Chick- Guest Post/Promo
(Stop 2) Deal Sharing Aunt- Promo
(Stop 3) Ramblings of a Book Lunatic- Review/Excerpt
July 3rd- Sara Walter Ellwood Blog- Guest Post
(Stop 2) Storm Goddess Book Reviews and More- Review
(Stop 3) Brit Nanny Reads- Review/Promo
July 4th- Turning the Pages- Review
(Stop 2) Crystal Blogs Books- Review

July 5th- Book Reviews and More by Kathy- Promo
(Stop 2) Books with Leti Del Mar- Review/Promo
July 6th-Queen of the Night Reviews- Review/Promo
(Stop 2) Book Freak- Review

July 7th- Romancing the Readers- Review
(Stop 2) 3 Partners in Shopping- Promo
(Stop 3) Twin Sisters Rockin Book Reviews- Review/Excerpt
(Stop 4) Hot Guys in Books- Review
July 8th- Renee Entress's Blog- Review/Excerpt
(Stop 2) Reading Bliss- Review/Promo
July 9th- Crazy Four Books- Review/Excerpt
(Stop 2) Paranormal Romance and Beyond- Promo
July 10th- Read Your Writes- Review/Excerpt/Q&A
(Stop 2) Booklover Sue- Review
July 11th- The Phantom Paragrapher- Promo
(Stop 2) Christine's Words- Guest Post

**FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 


  1. Thank you so much for hosting and for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed it.