Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fighting to Breathe by Aurora Rose Reynolds

Meet Lea & Austin in this amazing love story!
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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.


From page one this author built the anticipation up so well. You knew something was going to happen, but you had no clue what. It was obvious that the young couple, Lea and Austin, wouldn't get their HEA in Vegas after graduation - you just didn't know why. And when the reason came down it was quite the shock. 

But it worked so well.

Before I go any further I do want to address the one thing I wasn't too fond of in this book. 
I, personally, didn't like how easily Austin was willing to get romantically involved with Lea again. One minute he was all 

and the next he was all concerned for her well being and allowing those old feelings to take hold. 

What I did appreciate the most in this book was when Austin told Lea he hated her. Call me evil call me heartless - whatever - it was GOOD. It was raw, realistic and so unbelievably honest on Austin's part. Its rare when a person can be that honest about how they're feeling based on someone's actions. Austin was so believable I was all

 I also appreciated the way author pointed out how Josie failed Lea. As a parent, she should've steered Lea towards counseling but instead she fed into Lea's desire to run. 
So much going on and I wasn't in any rush for Lea and Austin to get back together. I was team Austin from day one and remained so up until the book ended. Its rare that I am 100% on the hero's side, but in this book I was. I tried to remain neutral and understanding of both the hero and heroine's side, but when it came down to it I found myself leaning towards Austin 90% of the time. 

BUT...when all is said and done. 

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