Barely Surviving by Courtney Cross
Genre: erotic romance
He was captivating, scorching hot and wickedly tempting. The epitome of power and strength encased in the body of an angel and he had possessed me. Need for him coursed through my veins white hot and I had been incomprehensively burned”
Our connection had been instant, intense and all consuming, seriously unexplainable to most, but crystal clear to us.
Jonah Jacobson was the summation of all my fears, nightmares and smouldering deep desire. After living a life that knew only pain, violence and fear inflicted by successful, power driven men, everything he signified should have repelled me but it didn’t.
The driving force of our bodies needing to merge was immediate from the day he walked into my life. I was beyond wealthy, heiress to millions, but inside I was a numb, empty shell that he saw. He saw what lay within, the poison that runs through my veins. He saw the real me. And still he wanted me anyway.
But I also had secrets. Secrets I believed, if they were to be released, would shatter both our lives and destroy the tangible pulse of vibrant male sexuality the other half of my soul required to live.
Jonah had his own torment to bear, his own tragedies and heartbreak to carry. Both tired of barely surviving, my biggest fear was if our secrets were to be unleashed and truths were told, the lifeline he gave me would break and so would my heart, Forever.
‘Barely Surviving’ is the first novel in a two part series that follows the lives of a career driven, sexually virile alpha male and a strong willed, sensual female. Their connection is instantaneous, sexually charged and highly electric. Both characters are products of tragic childhoods who struggle to shake the shackles of their past and begin to live in the present. In each other they discover the other half of their soul, the one person alive who calls to their bodies and minds like no other. Driven to stop ‘barely surviving’ and begin living, they attempt to put their pasts where they belong and merge into the world of the living with each other.
(I received this book from the author for a honest review.)
After several years of putting the pieces of her dreadful life back together Ava finds her surviving in London. The past is a fuzy memory she tries to forget everyday. All of that changes on the day she receives a letter from a local lawyers' office. Ava knows lawyers alway equal trouble.
Determined not to go quietly Ava shows up to to the meeting with her head hel high, prepared to tell the dirtbags to shove it where the sun don't shine. The one thing she wasn't prepared for was coming face to face with the most beautiful man she has ever seen. Jonah Jacobson. Suddenly the walls that she built to protect her begin to close in squeezing the breath fro her lungs.
I really enjoyed each character. I liked watching Jonah slowly chip away at Ava's armor. Ava's strength was admirable. The electricity between Ava and Jonah surge from the page. I could feel the zing with each turn of the page. The raw emotion Jonah brought to the table with beautifully countered by the reclusiveness of Ava. Can Ava overcome her deepest fears and let Jonah in? Can both of them move beyond surviving and start living?
Courtney Cross is a 36 year old mother of three wonderful boys who earlier this year fulfilled a lifetime ambition by putting the workings of her dirty mind into her first erotic romance novel. She is an avid reader of many genres and when not reading or writing, she can be found hanging around football pitches watching her three sons indulge in their passion. With a love of all things erotic, thought provoking and emotionally charged as well as a believer in pushing boundaries, she hopes to be able to continue sharing the workings of her naughty mind with readers of her novels for a long time to come!