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Join the New York Times bestselling author on a journey to the sun-washed hills of Tuscany. Another sexy, wonderful, contemporary love story with all the heart, wisdom, and wit that have made Susan Elizabeth Phillips the gold standard for women's fiction.

She's Dr. Isabel Favor, America's diva of self-help.
He's Ren Gage, Hollywood's favorite villain.
Sometimes you just know that God has a sense of humor.

Dr. Isabel Favor, author of Four Cornerstones for a Favorable Life, has sacrificed everything to build her self-help empire. Then, in a matter of weeks, it all comes crashing down. She loses her money to an unscrupulous accountant, her fiancé to a frumpy older woman, and her reputation to headlines denouncing her as a fraud. America's diva of self-help soon discovers she can fix everyone's life but her own. Broke, heartsick, and soul-weary, she heads for Italy in search of a little breathing room.

Lorenzo Gage makes his living killing people... on the silver screen, that is. He's viciously handsome and sublimely talented. But as he begins his vacation in Italy, he's also vaguely dissatisfied. Being a villain with a face to die for has its rewards, but he hates the feeling that everything he's neglected in life is catching up with him. Then he spots Isabel sipping a glass of wine in a sidewalk café. A good guy wouldn't think of seducing such a tidy-looking woman... but he'd never seen the fun in playing the hero.

It doesn't take long for Isabel to realize she's escaped one kind of chaos only to be plunged into another. Even the shelter of a simple stone farmhouse nestled in a Tuscan olive grove can't provide her with the refuge she needs—not when the townspeople are scheming to drive her away, and her plan to restore her reputation has come up empty. And especially not when the man who deceived her refuses to leave her in peace.

Breathing Room is a book for any woman who's dreamed of wandering through a vineyard, of lazing under the Tuscan sky, or of reforming a deliciously wicked man. This is a story of hope and renewal, of love and redemption when it's needed the most. Sometimes it takes a special place... a special love... a little breathing room... for life to deliver all its glorious promise.

Topics: Italy, Tuscany, Hollywood, Funny, Romantic, Opposites Attract, Love, Writers, Vacation, and Bad Boy

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061795183
List price: $5.99
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This is the first of Phillips' books that I read. In addition to a great romance and beautiful descriptions of Italy, this book has one of the best lines I've ever read in any book; "He watched her moving through the crowd. Because of his years of doing soap operas, he knew exactly what was happening. Isobel's evil twin had come to town." I go back to the book and read that chapter over time and again, just to get the impact of those lines.read more
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After my two/three week binge on SEP last year I took a long break before reading another one. Though I didn't love it as much as some of her heavy hitters (AKA my favorites This Heart of Mine, NBC, and Match), this book was still entertaining. I enjoyed both lead characters but I felt like their back stories weren't described in enough detail--the reasons for their respective holdups were never really explored. Also, I felt like the townspeople/statue storyline was pretty contrived. (and the sex scene with the statue and the fiery dress at the end was totally ridic)

All in all, I still enjoy reading all that SEP writes...but this one was just okay.read more
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Isabel Favor watches her world crumble and has to rise from the ashes, a stronger, more complete person.Lorenzo Gage must face the idea that maybe he’s worthy of being a hero.Solid characterizations, concrete examples of what these two face. They both arrive in Tuscany, a little battered by their lives, and decide to have an affair. Toss in a subplot of Ren’s ex-wife’s fifth pregnancy and splintering marriage and a small Italian town turning itself upside down in the search of an Etruscan artifact, and you have a lovely view of 3 weeks in Tuscany.A self-help guru and a movie-star villain. “Sometimes you just know that God has a sense of humor.â€?Light and fun, the characters had some depth to them. Nice job of integrating the subplot and having it drive the main plot.read more
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Light and Fluffy. Never tries to be anything else. Lots of fun and escapism.read more
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Not my usual choice of genre but I was desperate for reading material. Breathing Room, however, hooked me easily and I couldn't put it down. Loved the characters and their quirks. What a fun, entertaining, and sexy read!read more
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Isabel Favor is a life-style coach whose life is falling apart. Her accountant has run off with her money, her reputation is in tatters and her fiance has just dumped her for an older woman. Isabel needs to escape so she heads for Tuscany determined to find a little perspective - breathing room - and start over. Instead she ends up in a hotel room with Hollywood bad boy Lorenzo Gage. He makes his living killing people...on the screen at least. Ren's reputation is blacker than black. But when you're everyone's favourite villain, it goes with the territory. Isabel's always prided herself on her neatly ordered life. But look where being good has got her. Maybe it's time to live a little...? (Amazon desc.)This is trademark Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Lots of romance, humor and colorful secondary characters. Highly entertaining.read more
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Dr. Isabel Favor is America's favorite advice guru until she loses everything. Lorenzo Gage (Ren) is the actor everyone loves to hate as a villain. When they meet in Tuscany, sexual sparks fly.read more
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is at her romantic, sexy best with "Breathing Room." You'll fall in love with Tuscany, the food, the atmosphere, the people. Isabel, the heroine, is funny and flawed and you just might recognize yourself in her. As for Lorenzo Gage, I haven't come across a hero this funny and sexy in far too long. After years of reading romance novels, I thought I'd read just about every way there was to write a sexy scene, but Ren and Isabel in the vineyard with a single grape was one of the most erotic scenes I've ever read.read more
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Excellent book. Love this author!read more
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Delightful book.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is the first of Phillips' books that I read. In addition to a great romance and beautiful descriptions of Italy, this book has one of the best lines I've ever read in any book; "He watched her moving through the crowd. Because of his years of doing soap operas, he knew exactly what was happening. Isobel's evil twin had come to town." I go back to the book and read that chapter over time and again, just to get the impact of those lines.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
After my two/three week binge on SEP last year I took a long break before reading another one. Though I didn't love it as much as some of her heavy hitters (AKA my favorites This Heart of Mine, NBC, and Match), this book was still entertaining. I enjoyed both lead characters but I felt like their back stories weren't described in enough detail--the reasons for their respective holdups were never really explored. Also, I felt like the townspeople/statue storyline was pretty contrived. (and the sex scene with the statue and the fiery dress at the end was totally ridic)

All in all, I still enjoy reading all that SEP writes...but this one was just okay.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Isabel Favor watches her world crumble and has to rise from the ashes, a stronger, more complete person.Lorenzo Gage must face the idea that maybe he’s worthy of being a hero.Solid characterizations, concrete examples of what these two face. They both arrive in Tuscany, a little battered by their lives, and decide to have an affair. Toss in a subplot of Ren’s ex-wife’s fifth pregnancy and splintering marriage and a small Italian town turning itself upside down in the search of an Etruscan artifact, and you have a lovely view of 3 weeks in Tuscany.A self-help guru and a movie-star villain. “Sometimes you just know that God has a sense of humor.â€?Light and fun, the characters had some depth to them. Nice job of integrating the subplot and having it drive the main plot.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Light and Fluffy. Never tries to be anything else. Lots of fun and escapism.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Not my usual choice of genre but I was desperate for reading material. Breathing Room, however, hooked me easily and I couldn't put it down. Loved the characters and their quirks. What a fun, entertaining, and sexy read!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Isabel Favor is a life-style coach whose life is falling apart. Her accountant has run off with her money, her reputation is in tatters and her fiance has just dumped her for an older woman. Isabel needs to escape so she heads for Tuscany determined to find a little perspective - breathing room - and start over. Instead she ends up in a hotel room with Hollywood bad boy Lorenzo Gage. He makes his living killing people...on the screen at least. Ren's reputation is blacker than black. But when you're everyone's favourite villain, it goes with the territory. Isabel's always prided herself on her neatly ordered life. But look where being good has got her. Maybe it's time to live a little...? (Amazon desc.)This is trademark Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Lots of romance, humor and colorful secondary characters. Highly entertaining.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Dr. Isabel Favor is America's favorite advice guru until she loses everything. Lorenzo Gage (Ren) is the actor everyone loves to hate as a villain. When they meet in Tuscany, sexual sparks fly.
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Susan Elizabeth Phillips is at her romantic, sexy best with "Breathing Room." You'll fall in love with Tuscany, the food, the atmosphere, the people. Isabel, the heroine, is funny and flawed and you just might recognize yourself in her. As for Lorenzo Gage, I haven't come across a hero this funny and sexy in far too long. After years of reading romance novels, I thought I'd read just about every way there was to write a sexy scene, but Ren and Isabel in the vineyard with a single grape was one of the most erotic scenes I've ever read.
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Excellent book. Love this author!
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