Fighting to Breathe
Synopsis: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.
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An Excerpt from 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.
I’m a big fan of Aurora Rose Reynolds so, of course, I made sure I was first in line when it came time for our blog to sign up and review this book. Being a new series, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pretty certain I would enjoy the book. Thankfully, I was right! I was drawn in right from the prologue. Young, high school love…sigh…one of my favorite things!
FTB is the story of Lea and Austin, two young teenagers destined to be together until a terrible tragedy forces them apart.The next thing I knew, it was 15 years later and Lea was forced to come back to her hometown to take care of her dying mother. Of course, it isn’t even 5 hours later before she encounters her long,lost love, Austin “Super Hotty” Wolf.
Although there are bad feelings because of how things ended, these two soon realize they can’t stay away from each other. While at times I wanted to grab Lea and shake her until she saw reason and the delicious man right in front of her, I NEVER had any issues with sweet, perfect, HOT as hell Austin! I was pretty much in love with him from the get go. He is everything I love in a book boyfriend. Gorgeous…check! Amazing body…check! Protective…check! Alpha to the core…check! And lastly and most importantly, he is a diiiirrrtttyyy talker…check, check and mothereffing CHECK!!
“The first time I come with you, I’m doing it deep inside you, not in your hand.”
O…M…G!! And that doesn’t mean he can’t melt your heart too.
“I remember everything, Lea, every conversation, every touch, every kiss, every single thing about you, about us, I remember it all.”
Um….excuse me while I SWOON for a minute!! Ok…I’ve recovered. I won’t say it is all smooth sailing for these two. There is an annoying ex husband and a stupid flight attendant but they soon learn there is no coming between two people that are as meant to be as Lea Lamb and Austin Wolf.
“It’s always been you, Lea. There has never been anyone else for me but you.”
And that pretty much says it all. If you are looking for a fun, hot, HEA read, then Fighting to Breathe won’t disappoint! 3.5 big, sparkly stars from me