Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lia Riley’s latest, With Every Breath! I’m so happy to be participating in this tour today. I love Lia and her books!
With Every Breath by Lia Riley
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 29, 2015
Format: eARC, 288 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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BREATHE DEEP... AND JUMP IN
At the ends of the earth, Patagonia is a land where ambition trumps reason and the savage summit of La Aguja lures the most determined climbers. It's also the last spot a "play-it-safe girl" like Auden Woods expects to find herself. But she'll lace up her brand-new hiking boots and do whatever it takes to secure a dream job at an adventure magazine... even if it kills her. And it just might. When disaster strikes, her only chance at survival comes in the form of the surliest, sexiest mountaineer ever to come out of Scotland.
After a climbing accident cost him his brother, professional mountaineer Rhys MacAskill is at the end of his rope. Redemption is not in his future. That is, until a terrifying storm blows a budding journalist into his tent and it's up to him to make sure they both survive until morning. Despite the demons weighing on him, Rhys can't resist the temptation of the charming American and one wild night just isn't enough.
Auden and Rhys soon learn there are no shortcuts as they navigate their way between life, death, and atonement, and discover something they never expected — love.
I’ve been a fan of Lia’s books since I first picked up Upside Down back in 2014. Her Brightwater series brought me all the joy and sweet and sexy times last year. So, it’s no big surprise I fell in love with Rhys and Auden in With Every Breath in my first read of 2016.
With Every Breath was a gorgeous escape. For the reader, it was an escape from reality and fed the daydream of doing something daring and maybe finding love along the way. (And, if nothing else, having a sexy fling with a hot as hell Scot.) For Auden, it was a chance to escape her reputation as a “play it safe” girl. For Rhys, it was an opportunity for him to escape from some of the smothering guilt he felt about the situation that happened with his brother.
I couldn’t put With Every Breath down once I started. The characters drew me in immediately. I gave Auden credit from the very start for being brave enough to take control of her life and be more adventurous. I hoped things would work out well for her. I was taken by Rhys from her first meeting with him. I do love a good grumpy hero. He’s far more sensitive underneath his cool exterior than I imagined he would be. I liked him at the beginning, but I LOVED him after the first time they slept together. You’ll see why when you read it. Not only did Auden and Rhys have chemistry in spades, even from their very first meeting, but there were some very real things happening between them, despite their differences and unconventional situation.
With Every Breath was a great book. Thanks to Lia’s world-building and writing, I felt like I was right alongside Auden and Rhys. I loved being part of it with them. I definitely felt all the feels as these two characters grew and came into their own. I loved the romance, sexy times, setting and the more humorous moments mixed in. I’m not sure if this is a standalone or if there will be more books, but if Lia wants to revisit this world and these characters, I’ll be along for the ride.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
“I have a chance to be ravished by a sexy-as-hell Scottish mountaineer in a tent in the middle of nowhere. If I don’t make that happen, later I’m going to kick my own ass.”
“A kiss should be the simplest thing in the world. Not this gentle stirring, like wind through the underside of leaves, inexorable as the glacier grinding behind us. So hot and yet it doesn’t scorch. No, with every breath, with every touch, his kiss carves.”
“It’s selfish, but at the end of the day, that’s what we are – selves. If we don’t look out for our own interests, there are plenty who’ll be more than happy to chip away at our core, piece by piece, until we forget what we ever wanted.”
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