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Fighting to Breathe

Shooting Stars Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
Series: Shooting Stars Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
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Summary

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 15 years, he's believed the woman he loved with every ounce of his soul left him without so much as a backward 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 gave 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 breathe.

©2015 Crystal Aurora Rose Reynolds (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Misty
  • 15-12-16

Oh sweet angst

My favorite part of this book is that although it was angsty and emotional, it wasn't over top with a ton of back and forth like a lot of books I have read.

This book is full of heart warming sweetness and heart breaking life events. Add in an HEA and a hero that is completely swoon worthy and I am completely in love with this book.

Joe and Maxine were perfection. They always are.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 14-02-17

Loved this story!

The story in this audiobook was about a young couple, planning to get married as soon as they graduate high school, whose lives change when a tragedy takes her father. Terrified of losing her boyfriend to the sea like her father, Leah takes off leaving her hometown behind. Fifteen years later she is forced to return to the Alaskan fishing village she grew up in when her mother is dying of cancer. Running into the only man she has ever really loved is painful for both of them and finding their way back is the story. Very well written, sexy hot scenes and superb narration by two of the best narrators, Maxine Mitchell and Joe Arden make this book a real treat to listen to!

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  • Kelly - KCBookLover
  • 23-11-19

Fantastic, Emotional, Second Chance Romance

I love finding gems like this book in the Audible Escape package. This book was an absolutely fantastic listen - it had me in tears several times and had me swooning over a second chance romance coming to light. When her father was lost at sea in a fishing accident 15 years ago -Lea fled from Alaska and the boy she wanted to marry, Austin. Now Lea is back in town to take care of her ailing mother and is forced to face the man she left behind and the consequences of running away. The pure hate Austin had towards Lea was heartbreaking and made me hurt for both of them. The narrators nailed the hurt and anguish both of these characters suffered through and the love that truly never died between Lea and Austin. This slow building romance was a perfect second chance romance and I am so glad I listened! Plus the more I listen to books set in Alaska - the more I want to travel there!

“Looking out at the ocean, you sometimes forget it’s dangerous. The sea is like a woman; you have to respect her, listen to what she’s telling you, and never ever doubt that she has the power destroy you.”

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  • alice f hackett
  • 20-07-19

Predictable and emotionally immature

The story felt like it could have been half the length and each chapter repeated the same exact theme. I was waiting for when I would understand why the separation had to happen and why the return would be so difficult, but I never got there. Maxine’s reading was annoying and needy rather than strong as she kept saying the character she was tired of being. I loved Joe’s voice but his character was just not credible. I really wanted to like this but it was tiring.

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  • bookworm
  • 26-06-19

good story. .......but....

had a hard time with female narration, Joe Arden was excellent, could listen to him all day.....and night....ahem. Glad I stuck with it and finished it, story was well worth it, enjoyed the characters

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  • Tracy Arnett - Reviewer for Spunky N Sassy Blog
  • 27-08-18

Emotional Journey about Loss & Second Chances

Lea was always his little lamb and Austin was her big bad wolf. That was until tragedy struck Lea and she had to go away as she couldn't lose Austin the same way she lost her father. 15 years later Lea returns home with a heart full of loss and regret as she helps her mother dying of cancer. She still loves Austin but seeing him with another woman and him telling her he hates her, seems like more than she can bear. When Austin finds out the truth about what really happened will he forgive Lea, can Lea forgive herself? Wow! What can I say about this emotional journey? It was truly amazing and I loved every word. The story of loss and second chances always tugs my heart, but this story was so in depth and emotional that I was drawn in and never wanted to leave. Truly a love story that will stay with you for a long time. Highly recommend.

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  • Sandy Crossen
  • 04-03-18

Heartbreakingly emotional adventure from the begin

The main characters are creatively written and uniquely connected together. The story is what pulls the reader in and doesn't let go. Narration is delightful.

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  • SamK
  • 15-03-17

Amazing!!!

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This second standalone in Aurora Rose Reynolds's Shooting Stars series was FULL of emotion and heartache! I loved every minute of it! This book made my heart ache and had my insides twisted into knots! I loved this second chance journey that Austin and Lea had to take to forgive their past actions and learn to trust again! Maxine Mitchel and Joe Arden are one of my favourite audio combos, and their narration in this audiobook was amazing! ! 5 little lamb stars!!

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  • Jae Williams
  • 10-06-17

Pretty juvenile

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Nope. It was so predictable and ridiculous... I could not quit rolling my eyes!

What does Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They both do a great job, they just needed better material to work with.

Do you think Fighting to Breathe needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, please....