Friday, January 1, 2016

Blog Tour Review: With Every Breath by Lia Riley

Happy New Year! I'm excited to kick off 2016 with a review for a brand new book by one of my favourite authors: With Every Breath by Lia Riley.

With Every Breath by
Lia Riley  
Series: Standalone
Published: December 29th, 2015
Publisher: Forever
288 pages (eARC)
Genre: Contemporary New Adult
Acquired this book: Via NetGalley in exchange for honest consideration
Warning: May contain spoilers
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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.

I’ve read (and loved) most of Lia Riley’s books, so I’ve been excited about With Every Breath since the moment I heard about it. Sexy Scottish mountaineer? Travel? THAT STUNNING COVER?! Put that all together and you get a book that’s emotional, sexy, and hard to put down.

Two things I’ve come to expect from Lia Riley’s books: a surly hero and sexytimes that leave you needing a cold shower. With Every Breath makes it official - Riley is the queen of hotter-than-hot sex scenes, and nobody does brooding heros quite like she does. Tortured heros aren’t always my thing, but Riley has a way of writing complex characters who have a good (and usually heartbreaking) reason for being the way they are, and they end up tugging at your heart strings and making you sympathize with them. Of course it didn’t hurt that Rhys was crazy sexy and I could picture him (and hear him - RAWR Scottish accent!) with perfect clarity. He and Auden were both great characters and I enjoyed getting to know them.

This book is a case of instalove done right. A lot of people complain about instalove, but I don’t mind it if it’s done right. Rhys and Auden were two broken, confused people, and they didn’t ‘fix’ each other, but they showed each other things that helped them overcome some of their issues and start to heal. There was no magical, overnight solution and neither of them was instantly healed; it was clear they both still needed to work through some things, but they aided in kick-starting the healing process for each other. While the book sometimes felt like it had more sex than plot, the story was touching and I think its themes - forgiveness and realizing your own self-worth in particular - will resonate with a lot of people.

With Every Breath made me run the gamut of emotions. I laughed, teared up, and swooned. It was heartbreaking at times, but I was smiling and satisfied when I finished reading. Lia Riley has written another fun, original story that packs an emotional punch.


Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.

She and her family live mostly in Northern California.

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Have you read With Every Breath? What did you think? If you haven't read it, do you plan to? Have you read any of Lia's other books? Let's talk here or on Twitter!


  1. Thanks for sharing your review, Marie! I do think some authors can do instalove well and I'm glad that their romance wasn't just to "fix each other". I think that's what bothers most people!


  2. I have yet to read a Lia Riley book, but I want to change that this year! I do love NA books, especially ones with great stories, characters, and romance. It looks like this book has that. :) Rhys especially sounds pretty awesome. Great review!


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