Book Review: With Every Breath
By: Lia Riley
Published By: Forever
Publication Date: December 24th, 2015
Page Count: 288
Source: Review copy courtesy of the publisher
Genre: New Adult Romance
I really enjoyed Lia Riley's Off the Map series, so was looking forward to reading this one.
Auden is not a risk taker, but when the opportunity for a job comes up at an adventure magazine, a white lie leads to a trip to Patagonia and the imposing La Aguja to write a story on those attempting to reach the peak. Gruff mountaineer Rhys is one of them. Having been involved in a terrible accident during his last climb, he's looking for something, but it's not company, and it's definitely not the attention of a journalist. When Auden stumbles into Rhys' camp ahead of a major storm, the two are forced to share a tent in order to survive. Neither of them counted on falling in love, but Auden hasn't told Rhys the whole truth, and he's unlikely to react well when he finds out.
Things do get quite steamy quite quickly, and as such I would only recommend this to adult readers. Lia Riley writes characters with great chemistry, and With Every Breath is no exception. Auden and Rhys steam up the page. It's not all physical though, the book has a real emotional depth. Rhys and Auden don't have a smooth time of it, and Rhys in particular is battling some pretty big demons. The story had me in tears in some parts, and I had to keep reading to find out whether Rhys and Auden would get their happily every after.
I loved the Patagonian setting, I could really visualise the mountains and it's made me want to visit some day.
If you prefer a sweet/clean romance then this might be a bit explicit for you, but if you don't mind that then this is a very enjoyable addition to the genre.
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.