Title: Surviving Love
Author: M.S. Brannon
“She is my heart and the other half of my life, and now, that life no longer exists." ~Drake Evans, Surviving Love
For Drake Evans, life was once happy. He was living the kind of existence that any man would envy. By his side was the woman he loved and a daughter he cherished. Life was truly perfect, until the day demons from the past came crashing into their perfect world, destroying everything he had been so sure would last forever.
Today, Drake’s life is shrouded in misery. Every day he faces the unyielding pain of losing the love of his life at the hands of a drug dealing murderer. On top of it all, he has to live with the anguishing betrayal caused by the devastating role his brother played in Presley’s death. Gone are the days of carefree happiness and impending futures. They've all been replaced with the shallow emptiness hollowing out his heart and the undeniable rage pumping through his veins. Drake is only moving through the motions of life, raising his daughter and earning a living, in the only way he can tolerate—alone.
Since the day she was banished from her family, Zoe Ledoux lives her life as a free spirit. For the past four years, Zoe’s been moving through life day by day, place by place. She never stays in one area long enough to establish relationships. She refuses to get close to anyone, protecting herself from the fear of once again being left behind. Then a turn of fate sends her to Sulfur Heights where she lands a job working as a bartender.
In a chance meeting, an instant connection forms, bringing together the wounded souls of Drake and Zoe. It is together that they begin to cope; to mend the brokenness of their pasts and feel what it is like to truly live again. However, will their newly formed friendship be enough to pull Drake and Zoe from their dark pasts? Can Drake overcome the fear of losing someone he loves and eradicate his anger just enough to let someone in? Will he learn that Surviving Love with Zoe is what he ultimately needs in order to be happy?
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(*I received a ecopy for this tour. I'm not a paid reviewer and all thoughts expressed here are my own.*)
Surviving Love was a heart wrenching read filled with so much passion, emotion and hardships. Its a story about new found love and learning to accept the past, so that you can move on with your future.
*Surviving Love is a continuation of Drake's story (Tragic Love #2) and it is suggested you read books #2 & #3 before you start Surviving Love.*
Surviving Love is a duel POV, switching back and forth between Drake and a new girl to the series Zoe. Both Broken and needing to be put back together. There is an immediate attraction that they both feel towards each other but Drake is stubborn, sad, and still morning the loss of his love, Presley. The story begins on the same day as the ending in Tragic Love, That is why it would be a wise choice to read the other books first. Both Tragic Love and Surviving Love are Tissue Alerts. They bring about the water works! I felt all the emotion M.S. puts into her story and her characters are very well written. The story is almost like an actual movie playing in my head.
Zoe seems to be everywhere and Drake can't seem to get away or get her off his mind. He feels afraid he lets himself fall in love or try to move on her will forget Presley and he really doesn't want to do that. Slowly he starts to open his heart again and lets Zoe in. Drake Plans a visit to see Presley grave to help him let go and be free to love. Its a very very touching scene and one of my favorite.
"You will always be with me, baby. I love you. And I promise... to never forget. I will never forget. I love you."
-Drake Surviving Love
After letting go and accepting most of what happened in the past he was able to truly give his love to Zoe.
"Thank you Zoe." She looks at me confused so I elaborate. " Thank you for being in my life. I know it hasn't been easy, so thank you for never giving up on me."
"I would never." she whispers back then places her lips to mine.
- Drake & Zoe Surviving Love
In the End Drake see a letter from his brother (who you will read about in Tragic Love #2 and Blind Love#3) he has done the unthinkable and even though Drake is being accepting of a lot of things he still cant see to move past and forgive his brother.
"Only time will tell if I have enough of my heart left to accept his betrayal and love my brother once again."
-Drake Surviving Love
I can't wait for the next book in this series (Redeemed Love) to come out and see what will happen next. This is a very addicting series that will suck you in! All in all I very enjoyed Surviving Love and would suggest this series/book. If you have yet to pick it up you are so missing out!
About The Author
M.S. Brannon was born and raised in the Midwest. She still resides there today with her wonderful husband and son. When she is not writing or reading, M.S. Brannon spends time with her family, watching movies, and discovering new music. She writes romance because she believes love and heartache is the rawest emotion one can experience.
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