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Monday, July 6, 2015

5* #Review #Giveaway Fighting to Breathe by @auroraroseR @RSofRomance

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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.
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Review- 5 Fabulous Stars!
This book is flat out amazing. It’s absolutely beautiful, it will break your heart and then pick up the pieces to make them stronger than ever. Aurora is always reaching for new things, growing as an author, and blowing me away with every story she writes. 5 stars is never adequate for an Aurora Rose Reynolds book.
            Austin and Lea were in love, graduating high school, planning to get married, happy. So happy. Until tragedy strikes and sends Lea running in fear, leaving behind a broken man, and the life they could have had together.
            Years later, Lea must return to the place she hoped never to step foot in again. Once again, she is facing tragedy, a loss that will leave her all alone in the world. However, the world isn’t done heaping on the pain, the man she loved, the man she regrets leaving, he hates her. A hope she didn’t realize she had dies when he makes it clear that she is nothing but a terrible memory for him.
            When Lea left, Austin was desperate to find her, he couldn’t imagine living his life without her by his side. He believed he could help her work through her fears, come to terms with them so that they could be together. He searches, until he is told that she has moved on and that love turns to bitter anger. Those feelings fade until he is forced to see her, be near her. She is everything he loved still and he loathes the heart inside him that still beats for her.
            But, circumstances are not what they seemed and it appears that there may be a small glimmer of hope to get back what was lost. Not the years, but maybe the love and the future that was once before them.
            The backstory for these two is gut-wrenching. The way they are torn apart, there was a moment when I feared that I wouldn’t like Lea for the way she left Austin, but after only the first few pages of chapter one, I could see the pain she still harbored from when she was young and how it shaped her. She is such a loving person and damn, she has been dealt a crappy hand. I watch her struggle not to fall apart, and it just shows me how strong she is. She knows she should have done things differently, she has tried to make the best of her life, but everything goes wrong, and everyone leaves her. Yet, somehow among all of this, the author gives you enough personality and hope that you don’t pity Lea or look at her as weak. You want to reach out and help her, to be her friend, because she is worth it.
            Austin is dreamy. What else can I say? Well, a lot, but dreamy still sums it up nicely. I ached for him, the way he was basically deserted and felt forgotten by the love of his life. He is strong and moves on, as much as he can, but the anger and bitterness keeps him from being truly happy. So when he lets it go and we get to see the beautiful man underneath, I did a lot of swoony sighing. The way he cares for Lea, whether as a friend or more, is admirable and moving. He loves hard, and it can take your breath away.
            Swirling around inside the emotional funnel cloud is a blistering chemistry. These two light up like the fourth of July around each other and I was fanning myself from time to time. Their passion leaps right off the page, so I suggest you read this with some ice water.
            I devoured this book in around three hours and I started swiping at my kindle trying to get to the next page only to realize, it was over. But, hot damn, I love the way Aurora wraps up her HEAs. I’m always sad to finish one of her books, but I close it smiling, feeling warm and fuzzy over the beautiful ending.
            You won’t want to miss this incredible story of first loves and second chances. Infinite stars, as always.
*Review by Elle Christensen

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“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.

About the Author
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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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