THREE 4 Stars for Breathe Deep by Willa Okati #MM #Medical @willaokati @pridepublishing


Title: Breathe Deep (St. Hawk’s Medical #3)
Author Name & Publisher: Willa Okati (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 25, 2015 –  114 pgs


A golden-hearted mountain man. A nursing tech with a secret. Life and death are on the line—and they’re running out of time.

Shepherd knows what people think of him. He’s too big, too tall and too broad not to be scary. But though he looks like a grizzly bear, he’s all teddy on the inside. He’s dreamed of finding someone to love. Someone who can help him break through his shyness and who he can shower with all the affection in his heart.

Kit knows what people think of him. That he’s young, good-looking, and kissed by luck. He survived leukemia as a teenager, and he thought he had his entire life ahead of him. But now, the cancer might be recurring—deny it though he might—and Kit’s world has come crashing down. He needs someone like Shepherd. Someone kind and caring, who’s strong enough to lean on.

Kit’s falling fast for the big mountain man—but he hasn’t told Shepherd the truth. He’s afraid that knowing he may be sick will be more than Shepherd can handle. And now, after delaying treatment, he thinks he may be running out of time.

Secrets can be life or death—and when it comes to telling the truth, they can make all the difference.

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This is such a sweet story.  I love both main characters.  Kit is devoted to his patients, passionate about his education and terrified that his childhood leukemia has returned.  He is an inspiring mix of strength and fragility.  

In contrast, Shepherd is a painfully shy bear of a man.  I loved his compassion – and fancied the pants off him!

This novella is too short to really navigate the complexities of a cancer scare, but the author does a great job of offering readers highlights without simplifying or rushing the HEA.  I still think that there is more than enough material for a novel here, and I’d love to see more of Kit and Shepherd.

The characters are great, the sex is hot and the story is well written.  I was in tears in a couple of places!  A great short romance.


Let me start out by saying that this is on the shorter side for the type of romance that is within the pages.  However, I felt that Okati did a great job hitting the highlights of their relationship.  You have two characters that are, I felt, great together.

Kit is a geriatric nurse tech working his way through school.  He has such plans for his life.  I loved his favorite patient, Gib.  He made me laugh and cry. When Kit meets Shepherd, there is instant chemistry and attraction.  While I normally don’t like insta-relationships, Okati did a good job at pacing this one.

Shepherd just sounds sexy.  He not only is huge, but he’s so caring.  I loved his character.

This story had me laughing out loud and crying all within a short amount of time.  While I wish the story had been more in-depth and longer in order to really dive in to the complexities of the relationship, I did feel it was a complete story.  I would definitely read more of Okati.



I loved the play of the characters off each other. The big man being the shy one. The cancer scare made me sad and all that comes with it. The pain that he feels and the caution he tries to take so he doesn’t have to love and leave someone behind if it what he feels it is.
There were points of laughter and some of sadness mixed in with sexy scenes that seemed to make it all glue together.
I can’t wait for the next part of this story and more from Willa Okati.


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A multi-published author of GLBT erotic, romantic fiction since 2004, I love trying new things — I have 1001 crazy ideas and want to write them all! I exist primarily on caffeine and pixels, take “camera shy” to a whole new level, and persist in trying to learn the pennywhistle despite being woefully tone-deaf. During the summer, I’m a wild woman with henna.

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