LIA RILEY HAS ANOTHER BOOK THAT YOU CAN BUY AND LOVE AND PET! Ahem. Welcome to Rhea’s Neon Journal. Completely normal person running this blog. And With Every Breath by Lia Riley comes out TOMORROW!
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.
When I first read the synopsis of With Every Breath, I was all like, “Patagonia? La Aguja?? MOUNTAINEERING????” I thought this book would be wildly out of my league (basically the every movie star ever to my Rhea) and I remember thinking how hard that would suck because, in case y’all missed the memo, I really fucking love Lia Riley. And then I remembered thinking “that’s okay”, and “she’ll write other stuff that I’ll enjoy” and “gee big deal, I’ll get to it once I figure out if a mountain book is my thing.”
This “argument” that I had with myself did not even last for ten minutes, and as soon as I had the invite email for the ARC, I had jumped on board. Hopeless. I Am Hopeless. And yet? No regrets.
Rhys MacAskill was aptly named, you guys. You ask too many questions to this sexy, gruff hero, and he goes straight for the kill. You can basically sum up Rhys in three words: Scottish. Sexy. Wounded. Rhys, after being in an accident that lost him his brother, is wary of company—and for all the female company he has in the world, it includes them only getting off. And you’d think that he’s the typical silent-type hero with a heart of gold, and you’d be right, but damn it all to hell, because you’d be kind of wrong too. Rhys MacAskill was flawed, you guys. Too many times in the book, I found myself wondering why exactly he was the way he was, and if his stupid, stubborn behaviour would ever change. Spoiler: He got better. Kind of.
My first impression of Auden Woods was not very favourable. And that kind of stuck with me throughout the book, which is stupid, I know, but there it is. I couldn’t shake the fact that she was a bit of a whiner and a melodramatic type of person—both of which are things I hate to see in people. Here was a girl willing to risk her life for the sake of what? Proving a point? Feeding her pride? I didn’t quite get it. I failed to see any growth in Auden from the beginning to the end, and to me, at least, the book was more Rhys than Auden.
Auden and Rhys together, however, were a firecracker. Sexual tension aside, these two were the personification of insta-love and even though they knew that their feelings for each other were much too fast, it didn’t stop them from falling completely and absolutely. Now, I don’t know what to make of that, honestly, but I can say that I was pretty glad to see the two of them together. They had this spark that was obvious to me and even though there was copious amount of lovemaking, there was also talking. And that made me really, really happy!
With Every Breath is a breath of fresh air in the monotony that New Adult fiction can be. It’s not only about discovering love and sex, (though it is that too) but at its core it really is more about discovering yourself. Forgiving yourself. And hopefully, finding yourself again. Both Auden and Rhys were lost in ways I can’t give away because spoilers. But their meeting, their finding each other, and their staying together, that was essential to each of them individually, seeing where they were at the beginning of the book. We’re talking about two fundamentally messed up people, who are so, so flawed, so tired, and then we’re seeing them taking strength from each other without tearing the other apart. And that, I thought, was the most beautiful part of the book. That is what you should be reading the book for. For all the faults in it, the principle of two people being good for each other and helping and raising each other up is what you should come to this book for and stay.
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After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. When not torturing heroes (because c’mon, who doesn’t love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about as-of-yet unwritten books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. She and her family live mostly in Northern California.