Blog Tour: Fighting to Breathe (Shooting Stars #1) by Aurora Rose Reynolds - Review, Excerpt & Giveaway



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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. 

Review:

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Oh Little Lamb how I enjoyed reading your story. I knew Fighting to Breathe would be an emotional read from the prologue and it was. Lea and Austin have one of those special connections that time and distance do nothing to diminish. There is so much heartache and secrets involved in their story that right from the beginning I just wanted them to work everything out. I loved reading their story. 

Lea and Austin fell in love when they were still in school. They planned forever together, only plans changed. Lea left her hometown shortly after graduating high school and hasn't been back in 15 years. She has tried to move on from Austin, tried to find someone else, but she just can't. She never really moves on from Austin. Their connection is just too strong. They are meant to be. 

When Lea's mom needs her to return Lea does even though she is worried about seeing Austin again. When Lea left it crushed him. She is worried that he might have moved on, or if not what would that mean? He never came after her, never said anything in 15 years. As much as it hurt to leave him it hurt more to not have him come after her. What will it be like to see him again?

Austin has a lot of pent up anger toward Lea for how she just left him without looking back. He loved her so much, and he thought she loved him, so how could she do something like that? He has only ever wanted to be with her. He has tried to move on, but just couldn't. She is it for him, but he is so angry with her at the same time. 

It was just nice seeing these two try and work out their differences. Once you find out what happens, what secrets some people kept from them, you just feel so bad for both of them. It was hard not to be angry with some of the characters as these two are obviously not happy by themselves and they just deserve to be together. They could have had these past 15 years, but instead were kept apart.

Once things were revealed it was a really sweet story. Lea still has a lot to deal with, but Austin is so good with her. He wants to be there for her and help her through things. He doesn't want to rush back into something only to have her leave again. Oh I loved their story. It moved quickly at times, but they were so sweet together. Another great read from this author. 

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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.

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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