This is one of those sequels I have been looking forward to since I have read Tragic Love. The novel was too heartbreaking and too earth-shattering for one character, he really did deserve his happy ending, and I wonder if M.S. Brannon will be kind enough to give him his happy ending, and how will she able to give him that? Drake had found his one great-love in Presley. Granting that their relationship was more on the rocks and volatile, but their love for each other remained unquestionable, especially Drake’s devotion to her. How can he possibly survive her loss? How will he learn to love another woman when he had given everything to Presley?
It started with her death, then a series of events starts to unravel, one painful truth at a time. Things he didn’t expect that had shuttered his broken world some more. His heart is filled with anger, hurt, and grief that was palpable in every pages. It was painful to watch him suffer, and I wished someone would heal him, fast before he kills himself.
But despite all his pain and anger, he still tries to live- and it was all because of the adorable Mia. Their daughter. He tries to live his life one day at a time, earning for his daughter, breathing for her, but he still crave for his time alone with Jack Daniels. Alcohol numbs his pain. It masks his sorrows. It allows him to forget everything – temporarily.
Then here comes Zoe. She was something I never really pictured out for Drake. He was already broken. He didn’t need another broken person to fix him – how can it possibly work? Zoe was kicked out from their home because her mother chose to believe another person than her. For the past years, she became a nomad, moving from one place to another, from one bed to another, from one relationship to the next. She surrounded her heart with walls, protecting herself from people who are bound to leave her behind. Then, fate had pushed her towards Sulfur Heights where she landed herself a job, and found a long-lost relative.
CALL IT FATE.
Drake tries to stay away from the girl who stirs powerful emotion inside of him. He didn’t want to forget Presley, he didn’t want another woman. So no matter how much he wanted this girl? He was fighting it with every bit of his being. The funny thing about fate is that the more you stay away from it, the more it chases you. Because they seemed to be bumping into each other a lot.
A common person allowed them to become friends, an impending lose had allowed them to become closer to each other – and before they knew it, a steamy encounter soon followed. But there’s one problem though, he wouldn’t kiss her! It was so frustrating, her wanting him badly to kiss her, and him trying to avoid her lips at all cost. No matter how hot and steamy their encounter was, you can feel the void, you can feel that it was just him meeting his needs rather than him trying to put in his emotions and I really felt bad for Zoe during this time.
Zoe, this amazing girl, wasn’t the type of person to give up. She tried, and tried, and tried – and no matter how many times he pushed her aside, she fought with everything she has, until finally – she was reaping the fruits of her labor. It took a while, a whole lot of bumpy and painful ride, but both got what they deserve – an HEA.
Just as when you thought you can never find another love as strong, as powerful and as true as your first, fate gives you one heck of a surprise that will leave you dumbfounded – another chance for love which will be greater and stronger than the previous one. Just as when you thought your heart is broken and shattered in a million pieces, and it’s remains has been scattered, someone will be nice enough to find it for you and patient enough to glue each pieces one at a time. The ending was pretty much amazing, it wasn’t what I expected it to be, it wasn’t that much of an HEA (on another level), but it was reality. Some things needed time to heal, and other sins may need time to be forgiven.
M.S. Brannon had once again given as a book that will engage your emotions one page at a time. Surviving Love is a story about two broken people who found a way to heal each other, and found their second chance in love. Surviving Love is a story about love, healing, and second chances.
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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