Hello, lovelies! Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal and today’s stop for Withering Hope by Layla Hagen. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard nothing but the best about this book. And that is so, so true. Romance and pilots and jaguars. This book is so, so good, you guys! And all the feels ❤ Enter the giveaway. Follow the tour here. Have fun!
*This will be a STANDALONE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE.*
Aimee’s wedding is supposed to turn out perfect. Her dress, her fiancé and the location—the idyllic holiday ranch in Brazil—are perfect.
But all Aimee’s plans come crashing down when the private jet that’s taking her from the U.S. to the ranch—where her fiancé awaits her—defects mid-flight and the pilot is forced to perform an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
With no way to reach civilisation, being rescued is Aimee and Tristan’s—the pilot—only hope. A slim one that slowly withers away, desperation taking its place. Because death wanders in the jungle under many forms: starvation, diseases. Beasts.
As Aimee and Tristan fight to find ways to survive, they grow closer. Together they discover that facing old, inner agonies carved by painful pasts takes just as much courage, if not even more, than facing the rainforest.
Despite her devotion to her fiancé, Aimee can’t hide her feelings for Tristan—the man for whom she’s slowly becoming everything. You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.
Withering Hope is the story of a man who desperately needs forgiveness and the woman who brings him hope. It is a story in which hope births wings and blooms into a love that is as beautiful and intense as it is forbidden.
You can hide many things in the rainforest. But not lies. Or love.
The story that changes Aimee Myller’s life forever begins in an aircraft and it’s pilot, Tristan Bress. While enroute her fiancé’s ranch in Brazil, the aircraft loses its engines and down goes the mighty metal bird, “landing” straight in the middle of nowhere. And with her wedding just a week away, Aimee is very sure her fiancé, Chris, has started to search for her already.
But right now, Aimee and Tristan have to learn how to work with each other in order to outlive the dangers of the forest. And therein starts the story of survival, bravery and falling in love.
I expected Aimee to be rich, spoilt and really, really bratty. And before the plane actually crashed, her narration was kind of proving me correct. But the trauma of being in a plane crash and then learning to deal with it? She was so, so strong and I admired that about her. She was adaptive and succeeded in keeping me hooked to the book. Admittedly, the book is a short read, but I finished it in about 3 hours or so, because I just couldn’t stop reading! It was awesome!
And then there was Tristan. I think the thing I liked most about Tristan was his absolute loyalty to his employer, Chris, and his perseverance to keep his employer’s fiancé alive, no matter what. What really made me feel so sorry for him was his quiet desperation each night, while he lies unable to sleep because of the terrors of his past. And not once does he let that affect his behavior in the daytime. That, my dear friends, is what I loved about this guy. He’s sincerely a good guy. Like earnestly good.
Let me be honest. I wasn’t shipping this ship in the beginning. Aimee was constantly pining for Chris and she was right to do so. She’d been put in the most pathetic of situations just one week before her marriage and it wasn’t fair to her at all. And Tristan was so intent on keeping them both alive, that he replied to her in one words and in a brusque manner. But their chemistry unravels over their shared love of poetry, threats in the form of wild animals and snakes. But their attraction grew and grew and grew until it became this giant pink elephant in the midst of their wreckage. Did they end up together? You’ll have to read to know for sure!
For the most part, Withering Hope deals with a lot of the actual withering of Aimee’s hope, especially when even after 48 hours, there seems to be no sign of rescue choppers. And slowly, as she gets closer to Tristan—who has always been someone who’s kept to himself—and learns more about him, she finds herself losing hope and wondering if they’ve been presumed dead.
I think the entire process of surviving in a hostile environment with only bare essentials was very, very well outlined in this book. And in a way that does not make me puke in my mouth, courtesy of Bear Grylls. The way they did everyday stuff in the forest with non-everyday materials, their valor and the courage that they showed, no matter what situation the forest threw at them.
All in all, Withering Hope was a book that I totally did not expect to fall so completely in love with. It was all forest drama and wild romance. And originality, galore! Recommended for all readers who like slow burns in their romance and sweet, considerate men 😀
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My name is Layla Hagen and I am a New Adult Contemporary Romance author.
I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later.
I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world.
And I drink coffee. Lots of it, in case the photo didn’t make it obvious enough