on July 6th, 2015
Genres: Love & Romance, New Adult, Romance
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 breath.
Warning this book is intended for mature audiences and may contain triggers for some.
This was just the refreshing, sweet, second-chance love story I needed after reading several very dark and twisted books. Not to mention Fighting to Breathe flowed perfectly with just the right amount of angst and drama to tug at your heartstrings.
Lea and Austin are high school sweethearts who have their future together all planned out. But when a tragedy takes her father from her, Lea runs from her grief leaving Austin and Alaska and not looking back. Fifteen years later she returns to help care for her dying mother. Although she tries to stay away from Austin, who still lives in their small town, they have unresolved feelings that can’t be avoided.
“Sometimes in life, you’re only given the shot at something beautiful once, and when you have it in your grasp, you’ll do anything to keep it, even if you end up crushing it in the process.”
Austin is one sexy, alpha fisherman! His anger about the way that Lea left him all those years ago still lingers and this made for some very skokie (Three Girls word for smoking hot) scenes. I mean who doesn’t love “angry sex.” I loved his need to care for Lea and how he was willing to overlook the past and focus on a future together. Poor Lea has had to deal with a lot of death and grief in her life, but she is still a very strong woman that doesn’t want to have to depend on anyone. It was good to see her grow and move on throughout the book.
“I remember everything, Lea, every conversation, every touch, every kiss, every single thing about you, about us. I remember it all.”
This book is the perfect summer, beach read. It has swoon-worthy moments, some great secondary characters (that will hopefully get their own books in the series), and it’s a really sweet story!