Title : Fighting to Breathe
Series : Shooting Stars #1
Author : Aurora Rose Reynolds
Release Date : July 6th, 2015
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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.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Stars ~
There is a reason that I love this author. She is the queen of Alpha males and writing an insta love story that just works. Her books never seem forced or rushed to me. She has the ability to suck the reader into her stories and the lives of her characters.
What drew me to this story is that it is a second chance love story. I am a sucker for that type of story. This book is also about loss and forgiveness. This story was full of emotions, Aurora pulled all of mine out of me. I was crying, yelling, blushing, smiling and most of all loving!!! I loved that this book wasn’t overrun with excess drama, yes in the very beginning, we had a little bit with a secondary character and then Lea’s ex-husband came a little later in the book to stir up some crap, but I was glad to see that nothing dragged on and was rectified quickly.
Fighting to Breathe is a the first book in Aurora’s Shooting Stars series and I think this series is off to a fabulous start. In this book we meet Lea and Austin. Lea and Austin we hopelessly in love when they were in high school. With graduation approaching they had plans of getting married and living happily ever after. Then tragedy strikes Lea and her mom and Lea feels she needs to leave town. Leaving a heartbroken Austin. Fast forward 15 years and Lea is coming back to town to help her ailing mom. From here we follow the journey of two long lost lovers who are destined and fated to be together….no matter how hard they fight it. Secrets unfold, lies are revealed and fear tries to take hold of Lea. Will Lea and Austin be able to get back to where they used to be??? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
I couldn’t help but root for Lea and Austin all the way through the book 🙂 Even though Lea has seen her share of heartache and loss and my heart broke for her many times, she was a great character. One I was never annoyed with or felt that she was weak and whiney. Austin was just swoony!!! He will melt your heart while you read this book.
So if you are a fan of the second chance love stories, then I would 100% recommend this book. Your will go on a roller coaster but just know in the end you will have a huge smile on your face. I look forward to more books in this series and from this author!!!
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.
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.