With Every Breath by Lia Riley
Genre: NA / contemporary romance
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.
With each of Lia’s books, I think ‘is this the one I’m not going to enjoy?’ I’ve had an awesome run with Lia’s books – enjoyed every single one of them. The streak is jinxed coz I really enjoyed this book too. I’ll be honest again, when I read Scottish mountaineer, I did a half eye roll. Half because I remember doing a slight cringe when I saw her other book about a cowboy. Cowboys are just not my thing. Didn’t think mountaineers would be either, but I’ve never been happier to be wrong.
Auden is instantly likeable. She’s funny, she’s focused and she has a point to prove. Everyone doubts her abilities, dare I say it, she’s her number one doubter. She lands an internship and has to show that she’s the one for the job. She didn’t count on being stuck on the side of the mountain and having to rely on the generosity of a man that is the biggest story she could possibly find.
Through chance, she happens upon professional mountaineer Rhys MacAskill who provides her more than just shelter from the storm.
In a short amount of time, they are leaning on each other to battle their demons and they find solace in each other’s arms. There were many laugh out loud moments for me during this one sit read. Auden breaks down Rhys’ barriers. Rhy manages to bolster Auden’s resolve and together, they are a dynamic team.
There are some very funny moments and some devastating low moments. I found myself wiping my eyes a couple of times while reading. If Lia ever doubts that she can write – she needs to come to me and I will set her straight. The pieces of this puzzle were put together beautifully.
I get so caught up in the story line that the plot blindsided me a couple of times and I love that. What I love about Lia’s books, they are all about letting go of what’s holding you back. It’s a theme throughout all her works where the character show huge growth even with the smallest steps. I know this might sound lame but her characters inspire me.
Highly recommend this read.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion. Getting this book for free did not alter my opinion in any way.