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Friday, January 30, 2015

Tour! A Review of Withering Hope by Layla Hagen

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen
Genre: New Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: January 19, 2015
Publisher: Self


*This is 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.

Withering Hope by Layla Hagen was full of suspenseful adventure, survival, a romance packed with anticipation, and two characters I completely fell for the more I read. This story felt real. From the impersonal conversations in the beginning to their more in depth conversations. As time went on, I felt like I really got to know Aimee and Tristan as they got to know each other. These two are survivors. The jungle was rough on them, but they learned how to live and keep each other safe. Tristan's survival skills were pretty amazing, and if all the details were accurate, it was pretty eye opening. Aimee had moments of silliness that made me cringe, but she's human. She had reason to be emotional, and not jump right into a relationship. It added to the real-ness. I loved the ending before the Epilogue. It's not that the Epilogue wasn't good, but I'm a sap. I would have rather left the rest of it, after the ending, to my imagination than cry over the Epilogue.

The writing in Withering Hope was like that though. It made you feel for these characters. Through it all, I felt like I was lost in the Rainforest right along with Tristan and Aimee, and to be honest, I want to go back.

The ARC of Withering Hope by Layla Haygen was kindly provided to me by Xpresso Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

Check out my reviews of other books by this author!

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

To learn more about Layla Hagen and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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  1. I love survivalist stories and this one sounds intense and full of romance, too, which is great! These kinds of stories always makes you appreciate what we have, eh!? Glad you liked it! :)

  2. WOW, thank you for this review !! i am so happy you connected with Tristan and Aimee so well!!



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