Monday, July 6, 2015

Fighting to Breathe

Title: Fighting to Breathe
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publication Date: July 6, 2015
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Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were young when they fell in love. They never imagined the future could hold anything other than together-forever.

When Lea’s father dies in a tragic fishing accident, she's crushed under the weight of her grief and catches a glimpse of another type of future, one she knows she's not strong enough to face.

Austin is angry. For the past fifteen years, he's believed the woman he loved with every ounce of his soul left him without so much as a backwards glance.

When Lea unexpectedly returns to their hometown, all the years of heartache inside Austin bubbles to the surface and presents itself as blinding rage.

Faced with the truth about the past, a newly discovered secret, these former lovers will learn that if they want to have any chance at the future they’d given up on all those years ago, they will have to rescue one another from drowning in pain so debilitating it will leave them both fighting to breathe.

“CAN WE STOP by the liquor store on the way to dinner?” Mom asks from the passenger seat of my car.
“Should you be drinking?” I frown then turn onto the main road—well, really the only road in town.
“What’s it going to do, kill me?” she jokes, making me inhale a sharp breath. “Honey,” she says quietly, and I look at her briefly, wondering how the hell she can be so casual about this. “I’m dying. When it will happen, only the good Lord knows, but it is happening, and there is nothing you or I can do about it. I have made my peace with it, and I want you to do the same.” She reaches over to pat my thigh.
“Make peace with it?” I repeat, shaking my head in disbelief.
“Yes, make peace with it. If you think about it, I’m lucky. I know I’m going to die. I know that sooner rather than later God is going to come take me home, and when he does, I will be ready. I will have had a chance to say goodbye to the people I care about and right any wrongs I’ve caused. I’m lucky, honey.”
“What about me?” I wring my hands on the steering wheel, feeling my chest get tight as I fight back tears.
“I love you, honey. I loved you before you were even a sparkle in my eye, and I will always be with you. I know this isn’t easy for you. I know there are going to be a lot of tears shed, but we’re lucky, honey.”
I press my lips together to keep from saying something I might regret. I’m not lucky; in fact, I’m unlucky to the tenth power. How many people have I lost, how many people do I have to loose before it’s enough.
“Oh look! Sheryl!” She yells, pulling me from my thoughts as she reaches over, pressing the horn on my steering wheel while her other hand shoots across me so she can wave out my window. Looking to where she’s waving my heart begins to beat wildly
against my ribcage when I see not Sheryl, but Austin walking into one of the many bars that litter Main Street, only it’s not just Austin—it’s him and a woman with her arm wrapped around the back of his waist as he holds the door open for her.
Even from the distance separating us, my lungs compress at the beauty that is him. The years have been good to him. His hair is still shaggy, only now a little lighter; his face is tan and covered in a beard that makes his crystal blue eyes stand out even more. My eyes travel from his face to his torso, which is covered in a dark green thermal that shows off the muscles of his arms, chest, and tapered waist, then down to his denim-covered thighs. When my gaze sweeps back up, his eyes are on me, and I see them crinkle in confusion then realization that soon turns into anger.

“You missed the liquor store,” my mom complains as I speed up.

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Fifteen years ago, Lea Lamb's world spun out of control. Not knowing how to deal with the loss of her father, she ran from the people that cared about her. Austin Wolf lost the girl he cared about more than anyone else when Lea ran, but he never forgot her and never forgave her for leaving. Now, Lea is back to take care of her dying mother, and back in Austin's sights. He's not going to give her up so easily this time.

ighting to Breathe is a beautiful story of loss and survival. Austin and Lea have been apart for fifteen years and their lives have taken them in two different directions, but the love they have for each other will bring them back home to one another. I loved reading about the struggles they each had to face and how they overcame them. 

I really liked the characters and reading about how their lives changed after they weren't together anymore. Austin was angry that Lea left him but once she was back he didn't fight the inevitable, and knew they were meant to be together. It was refreshing to have a Hero that didn't fight the attraction and his feelings, instead he fought for Lea.

This story was different than Aurora Rose Reynolds' usual stories but just as good. It was a great start to this new series and I already can't wait to read more about this town and the characters we got glimpses of. 

ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't know what to expect from this one because Aurora Rose Reynolds was a new author to me. What I didn't expect was to love this book this much!!

Austin and Lea were together when they were 16. They were supposed to get married as soon as they graduated because Austin already knew in his heart that Lea was the love of his life.Unfortunately, tragedy strikes and Lea decides to leave town and run away from everyone, including Austin.Fifteen years later, she comes back because her mother has just a few months left to live..
Will Austin be able to forgive her for all the pain she has caused to him? Will Lea overcome all her fears?

It's been a while since I read a book that made me feel like this one. I had butterflies in my stomach, a lump in my throat, goosebumps all over me..and I also shed a few tears because my emotions were all over the place. 

It felt like the events in the story were happening to me in the first place.

Austin and Lea were both amazing characters. Austin was sweet and caring and you couldn't help but love him from the first moment; Lea was a fragile woman who had a difficult past and who just needed some light and happiness in her life.

This is a great second chance romance story and I can't recommend it enough. It's a book that you certainly don't want to miss! I'm really looking forward to reading more by this author. 
In this book, we briefly met Shelby and the first thing I could think of was "I need to read her story". Then at the end of the book I read that it's coming next year! Can't wait!

*About the Author*

Aurora Rose Reynolds is a navy brat who's husband served in the United States Navy. She has lived all over the country but now resides in New York City with her Husband and pet fish. She's married to an alpha male that loves her as much as the men in her books love their women. He gives her over the top inspiration everyday. In her free time she reads, writes and enjoys going to the movies with her husband and cookie. She also enjoys taking mini weekend vacations to nowhere, or spends time at home with friends and family. Last but not least she appreciates everyday and admires it's beauty.

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