Blog Tour (Book Review, Excerpt & Giveaway): Fighting to Breathe by Aurora Rose Reynolds

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Title: Fighting to Breathe
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 202 pages
Rating: 4 stars

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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Grace Review

A second chance love story about forgiveness, moving past anger and loneliness, to something that as always meant to be.

It all kicks off with a sweet prologue with two young people in love and promising forever’s.  Yet one blink later, it seemed everything was ruined.  While the reason for the change was sad, it still didn’t make sense to me.  And then fifteen years pass.  WTF!  Didn’t these two love each other?  I was very confused.

Returning home to care for her dying mother (yes, waterworks are likely), Lea is forced to face the man who’s heart she broke.  He’s not very happy to see her, as you might expect, but I was a little surprised how he let his anger towards her go.  Maybe he’s a glutton for punishment, but he works his way back into Lea’s life, quickly claiming her as “his”.

“I’m drawn to you in a way that even if fifty years passed, I would still crave you on a primal level.”

I struggled a bit with how quickly anger and hurt between the two turned to lust and then love.  But I guess those elements never went away, even after 15 years.  Little revelations along the way show that they didn’t give up on each other like it may have seemed and someone with good intentions, delayed their reunion.  But ultimately, that person makes up for their mistake and brings them back to one another.

This is the first book I’ve read from this author.  I know, I know, I am very late to the game.  I actually own most of the Until series, but just never seem to have the time to read them.  Not a good excuse, but it is what it is.  What I did notice in this book was some influences from Kristen Ashley, who I know this author loves, just like me.  The story is laid out a little differently, lacking details in parts, but Austin was clearly a KA Alpha protege.  With his claiming, and grunts, along with success in a blue collar business, I couldn’t help but draw the comparisons.

Ultimately, this is a sweet and quick love story.  There’s a lot of sadness, balanced with a whole lot of sweet.  Once forgiveness happens, I enjoyed the chemistry between the couple and how even with their 15 years apart, they never forgot the details that mattered.

I lay there looking up at the ceiling, fighting to breathe, and then Austin’s arms wrapped around me and carried me away.  I buried my face in his neck, the smell of his skin calming something deep inside me as he sat with me in his lap, holding me close, talking softly until I was able to breathe again.

– Grace

*An ARC was provided for an honest review.

Excerpt

“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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About

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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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