Title: Fighting to Breathe
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 Sweltering Keys
**Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf were young when they fell in love. They never imagined the future could hold anything other than together-forever.Wow! Fighting to Breathe was such a touching love story that had me crying tears of joy and sadness. Lea and Austin's love story is one that truly stands the test of time and I really enjoyed seeing it come full circle. As the synopsis says, Lea and Austin were young when they fell in love but tragedy strikes which leaves Lea sacred to death that she will eventually lose Austin in the same manner as she did her father. In an effort to protect her heart, she does the only thing that she thinks can save them both. When she returns to their hometown she is met with Austin's anger and disgust. How can she move forward with her life until she faces her past? Lea must figure just that before she will be able to claim her future.
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.
Aurora Rose Reynolds has quickly become one of my favorite authors with her creative ability to weave angst into her love stories in a way that has you waiting with baited breath for the character's happily ever after! Watching Austin go from brutally angry to acknowledging he never stopped loving Lea was simply beautiful. Even in her absence, Austin still made choices and decisions that would somehow define their future. When the angst, anger and hurt starts to bleed out, Fighting to Breathe is an old fashion love story of how a boy meets a girl and decides that she will be his forever.
If you love small town romances, with funny and supportive secondary characters, you will love Fighting to Breathe. I'm giving this one 4 Sweltering Keys! Now I'm drumming my fingers waiting for the next ARR release.....*Geeze I need that chick to write faster*
Meet Lea & Austin in this amazing love story!**10 cents from every book sold will be donated to fighting cancer one chapter at a time**
“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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