Title: Withering Hope, by Layla Hagen
This ARC was provided by Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: This is a standalone contemporary romance
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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 civilization 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.
Review: I’ve been in a huge YA run these days, so Withering Hope by Layla Hagen came at the perfect time. I needed an Adult Romance to cleanse my power and have some naughty reading material. I’m very picky about my Contemporary Romances, especially because there are so many out there. If you are like me and pretty picky about what you pick up than I think you’ll really enjoy Withering Hope. It’s a quick read, well-written, plenty of drama, and of course, a hot, steamy romance.
What I liked: Tristan. If you’ve ever read any of my previous reviews you’ll know that I love my book boyfriends tortured and slightly damaged. Tristan definitely fits the bill. Not only is he broody and guarded but he is also protective of Aimee, the main female character. From the very beginning, he does all he can to make sure that she is as safe and comfortable as possible, despite the fact that they are stranded in the Amazon. Speaking of Aimee, loved her! She’s a strong female character who, while flawed, is also pretty remarkable. Not many women would be able to hold their own in the rainforest. Personally, I would be a mess and relaying on Tristan to save my butt. Aimee is an active participant in her survival and kind of kicks-ass. A strong female character always makes a book more enjoyable and Aimee’s strength coupled with Tristan’s hotness makes this engaging. Plus, who the heck is writing about stranded passengers in the Amazon! And the ending is so beautifully amazing. I don’t want to spoil but it’s the stuff true-love dreams are made of.
What I didn’t like: For the most part I enjoyed the book; however, I feel like if you are stuck in the Amazon you’d maybe face a few more perilous encounters. Despite a few life-threatening situations I sometimes felt like Aimee and Tristan had it kind of easy, but that’s just me, I like a lot of drama.
Overall, this was a quick and engaging read. If you love romance and steamy men you’ll be a big fan of this book.
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 enoughAuthor links:
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