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.
“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. When he’s finished, my landscape will be forever changed.”
Man! There is so much to love about this book. I have been following and reading Lia Riley’s books for a while now, and with each book she writes, she manages to make me fall deeper and deeper in love with her stories. I have to say that With Every Breath is by far my favorite book by her to do date. This book has it all! You have intriguing characters, a sexy brooding lead, and an exciting location. What more can you ask for???!!
From the moment I started reading this book, I had to know more. I was so intrigued by Auden. Her life was, well, it really was a mess. Things were just going from bad to worse, so when she interviews for an exciting internship, she finds herself embarking on an unexpected quest. This journey was supposed to be her chance to shine; her chance to make a name for herself and to finally take some risks. Falling in love and finding herself along the way was never expected. Rhys has a lot of regrets in life and his brother getting hurt in a climbing accident may be his biggest regret yet. He finds himself wanting to go to La Aguja in hopes of finding some peace and discovering his hearts desires. Meeting Auden was the last thing on his mind. Thanks to a storm, these two will find themselves stuck with each other (at least for one night) and as much as Rhys tries to fight it, there’s just something about this American he can’t shake…..
I absolutely loved this story. I was hooked from the very first page and was unable to put it down. I devoured it in just a few hours; it was that good. I easily got lost in the story of Rhys and Auden. Their story, so intriguing, so captivating. I couldn’t get enough of it. Sure the two of them had a lot of ups and downs along the way, but that’s a part of what made this story so good. I loved watching the two of them try to navigate their way through this journey.
With Every Breath was a fantastic read, from start to finish. I loved the characters and the story-line. I thought the story-line was refreshing and intriguing. This story frustrated me and intrigued me. It made laugh, swoon and fall in love. I loved the angst, the romance and the adventure. With lines like these, it was absolutely hard to not fall in love with Rhys and Auden…” In mountaineering, an anchor keeps the climber and their rope attached to the rock, breaks any fall. That’s Auden. That’s what she’s done, stopped my headlong descent into self-destruction.” and “The mountains will always be here, but this chance won’t be–don’t let me go…..” “As soon as I saw you, I knew my life would never be the same. You are my best adventure. We both came to this place with a goal, but can’t we move on, make a new one?”
I absolutely adored this story and can not wait to see what adventure Lia Riley will take me on next!
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*
About Lia Riley
A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn’t mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.
She and her family live mostly in Northern California.