Meet Lea & Austin in this amazing love story!
Title: Fighting to Breathe
Series: Shooting Stars #1
Author: Aurora Rose Reynolds
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 25, 2015
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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“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.”
“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:
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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I love Aurora Rose Reynolds with her bad biker boys and incredible love stories. But this new book is completely different from everything I've read by her so far. It is a story of a love of a lifetime and a huge heartbreak. The writing is superb as ever and the characters are so captivating and real. The book had every ingredient to be amazing: a dominant and alpha male whose heart belongs to the woman he met when he was a teenager, a broken heroine whose heart belongs to only one man but a tragic accident shattered her life, and fifteen years later they have the chance to correct the mistakes from their youth.
Austin Wolf is one sexy as hell alpha that will make you salivate with his shaggy blonde hair and mesmerizing blue eyes. And he is also a broken man. His heart was broken once, fifteen years ago, and can be healed only by the woman who broke it in the first place. The interactions between Austin and Lea span from angry and hurtful to fun and comedic, from cold and frustrating to hot and breathless. They fit each other like two pieces of a puzzle, but someone stayed in their way to being together years ago and now they have to learn how to heal and fight for the love of a lifetime. And let me tell you, that does results in some incredibly hot scenes.
Lea is quite an interesting character. Her life is spun out of control when she loses her father in a tragic fishing accident. Not knowing how to fight the hurt and the frightening feelings in her heart she runs. For fifteen years she looks for something to fulfill the gaping whole in her but then her life is spun out of control again when she has to return to her hometown once again. That's when she starts healing but she also has to face her greatest fears again. Together with Austin, they fight for the love they lost all those years ago.
I have to say that I really cried while reading this story. I've experienced similar heartache as the one Lea goes through with her mother once she returns to her hometown and I know it is something that can nearly destroy you, it is one of the most awful and painful things a person can ever experience. I don't know how, but Aurora Rose Reynolds managed to relay all those feelings to the pages. It is painful and heartbreaking to read but that only shows how masterful she is in relaying feelings and experiences with her words.
In a few words, this is an amazing book, probably one of the most heartbreaking books I've read recently. The characters are entertaining and intriguing and the story is simply incredible. I am already a fan but I know that if I haven't been, this book would've made me a fan for life. So yes, I definitely recommend it and I think you should #oneclick it right now :)