Friday, 13 March 2015

Breathe You In, by Lily Harlem

Breathe You In by Lily Harlem


Thank you for inviting me today, Holly it’s great to be here, and I’m very excited because my new novel Breathe You In is just out - Breathe You In is a sexy romance with a twist and is set in Northampton, England. Here’s the blurb…


Soul-aching desire was only the first layer of emotion around a secret I had to keep for all of time.


If the road to heaven starts in hell, then I was ready to start climbing my way out and Ruben Strong was the man to accompany me. With his devastating good looks, seductively sexy charm and lust for adrenaline, he was sure to make it a sensual and erotic experience as well as one to re-awake the passionate, throw-caution-to-the-wind woman I’d once been.


I’d given Ruben something, though, without him realizing, and that gift had come from the man I’d loved before. But I couldn’t tell Ruben. I had to keep that a tight secret even on the nights our naked bodies wound together, sought out pleasure and hit the dizzy heights of ecstasy—because Ruben had my husband’s heart, literally, and that heart was still in love with me, so it seemed, and now I was in love with Ruben.


Emotions tangled with bliss and fears were locked away as I surrendered to the touch of Ruben’s hands, the taste of his skin and the sounds of his pleasure. I couldn’t deny that Ruben had brought me back to life the same way I had him, and there was no way I was giving up that feeling, not for anyone.


Publisher's Note: This book was previously self-published. It has been expanded, revised and re-edited for release with Totally Bound Publishing. 


Northampton is a lovely town in the centre of England, surrounded by rolling hills and lush fields. It’s also the home of Silverstone Racetrack which is the home of the British Grand Prix, it’s where Princess Diana grew up at the Althorp Estate and holds the countries largest hot air balloon festival each year. I’ve got two of these unique features about Northampton in Breathe You In. Ruben worked for a Formula One team and also his apartment over looks the huge park the hot air balloon festival is held in. Here’s an excerpt from that moment in his apartment. Katie and Ruben are sitting enjoying the festival from the comfort of his home and she’s just asked him to accompany her to her friend’s wedding.


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“No, I want you there. I don’t want to spend the weekend without you, and besides, Matt’s gone, it’s us now, Katie and Ruben.”

“Yes.” He stroked my cheek. “It’s us now.”

“I want everyone to know it.”

“Me too.” He smiled.

“So you’ll come?”

“Absolutely. And I’ll be on my best behavior.”

I rolled my eyes. “Right, because the girls are always so well behaved.”

“What I mean is, I won’t do any of this.”

Suddenly I was on my back and he was over me. I giggled and wrapped my arms around his neck, my legs around his thighs. “I should think not, Mr. Strong, and certainly not in church.”

“Mmm, but maybe later, at the reception.” He pressed a kiss to my lips. He tasted of wine and the salty crisps we’d been eating. “In our hotel room, maybe then I’ll have my wicked way with you and do all the things I’ve been dreaming of doing.”

“I’ve unleashed a monster,” I said with a smile then groaned when the hardness of his cock, through our jeans, surged against my mound.

“You really want to see my monster?”

“I think I’d better. See if it can ever be tamed.”

He kissed me again, slanting his head and probing deep. He swept his hand up the inside of my T-shirt, squeezed my breast then tweaked my nipple through my thin bra.

I became lost in him. Every sense was focused on Ruben. A hungry need settled between my legs.

“I want you now,” he whispered hotly. “Here.”

We’d made love several times since he’d left hospital, but in bed, at mine—quiet, slow, intense, the same as the first time. I wasn’t complaining, it was wonderful, but this was new, this was middle-of-the-day sex, and damn, I wanted some.

“Yes,” I said, “fuck me.”

He raised his head, stared down at me. A devilish smile curled his lips. “Say that again.”

“What?” I pushed his flopping hair back from his forehead.

“What you just asked me to do.”

Ah, he likes dirty talk. I can do that. “Fuck me, Ruben, fuck me now, make me come, make me scream your name.”

“Oh, Jesus.” His mouth went slack. “Get naked.” He reached for his top, yanked it off, his face now a picture of urgency.

I did the same with my T-shirt, wriggling on the sofa then tossing the material aside.

He dipped his head to my chest, tugging at my bra.

“Oi! Get a room!” shouted a deep, bellowing but distanced voice through the window.

We both froze.

“Shit,” Ruben said, screening my body with his. “What the…?”

I looked outside. Not thirty feet from the flat was a huge basket with two men in it. A massive flame burned bright behind them, sending an orange glow over their bodies. They wore flat caps but didn’t look particularly old—one had a black moustache, the other was holding a rope.

“I have got a bloody room,” Ruben shouted. “Bugger off!”

The men laughed, the flame burned brighter, and they started to lift upward.

“Have fun,” the one with the moustache called with a wave.

“We will,” I shouted, managing to wave back as they went from view.

Ruben looked down at me. “I’m really sorry about that, I had no idea they’d come so close.”

I swatted his shoulder and smiled. “It was funny, they couldn’t believe their eyes. They thought they were going to see some action.”

“Pervs.” Ruben grinned. “Now, where were we?”

“You were just about to fuck me.”

“Damn, you have such a filthy mouth.”



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As you can tell, Ruben isn’t too pleased at having visitors when he’s just getting down to the serious business of seducing his new woman, but Katie soon distracts him. I loved this scene, it was playful and sexy and things just get hotter for this gorgeous couple. Here is the link to the balloon festival, if you’re ever near Northampton, England in August, it’s well worth a visit.



I’ve got lots going on to celebrate the release of Breathe You In. Please join me on 14th of March at 5 p.m. GMT at Totally Bounds Facebook page. I’m hosting a party and there will be sexy gossip, fun, contests and discounts up for grabs.

The party it here so put on your best dress, your lippy and pour a glass of something cold. Hope to see you there!


There is also a blog tour next week  - I’ll tweet and post on Facebook about each day’s stops so be sure to follow/friend me.




And you can find out all the exclusive gossip about Breathe You In on the publisher site.


There’s a cool competition too. You can win Breathe You In plus three of my backlist books – details at Totally Bound.


Thank you for reading. I hope you check out Breathe You In and if you enjoy it you can find all my other books on my website and blog. Have a wonderful day.




Lily Harlem x


  1. Thanks for hosting this tour. Love the look of your blog, BTW.

  2. Thank you for having Ruben and Katie visit your blog, Holly :)

    1. Anytime Lily. I adore your work, feel free to drop me a line when you have new releases :)