Title: Surviving Us
Authors: Erin Noelle
Genre: New Adult, Romance
When Bristol Criswell travels to St. Lucia for an Enduring Life retreat, she hopes to discover encouragement and support from like souls. A vacation fling is the furthest thing from her mind, especially not with a cocky-mouthed, arrogant jerk like Davis McKay.
But when it becomes evident she can’t deny the magnetic attraction between the two, she gives in to her desires, and for the first time in her life, learns the difference between simply living and truly feeling alive.
As their time in paradise quickly comes to an end, will her heart be able to withstand another devastating loss when it’s time to say goodbye, or will their connection be strong enough to survive the real world?
Death brought them together, but love will give them a reason to live.
**This book is a full-length, stand alone novel that is not a part of a series**
This book is touching and frustrating at the same time. It is a story of tragic loss, how to move forward and live again. It is also about finding your path in life and jumping in with both feet, no holding back.
Bristol is a survivor, but she is still struggling to live life to the fullest without having constant guilt for surviving. She finally gives in to go on the trip that she hopes will help her find what she is looking for and better cope for the future. This trip of survivors ends up being more than she could have ever imagined. She finally gets to meet her on-line friends as well as meets a guy she is pretty sure he is a dick, but she sees something else there as well.
Davis, he is also a survivor but isn’t doing anything to live. After his tragedy he just gave up everything and everyone. He is on the trip of survivors for an entirely different reason and it wasn’t his choice. But after having a few interactions with Bristol he decides that this trip might be a little better with her.
The story is heart-shattering at times, but also heart-warming. The magic that Bristol and Davis find on the island is amazing to watch and see unfold. There are times in this book that I would have loved to yelled at Bristol for not taking action or listening to her friend when she told her, “Great love is worth the risk” It was great to see how much Bristol and Davis grow during such a short amount of time. I also would have loved to smacked Davis a couple of times and tell him to get his head out of his ass (so I was really happy when Mo put him in his place).
This is a great reminder of how precious and short life can be. There are no guarantees. You should treasure what you have and do what you want today because there might not be a tomorrow. To live life with no regrets, it is a hard lesson to learn but one not easily forgotten.
IT TAKES EVERYTHING I have not to smile as I watch Bristol throw her little fit. Knowing that she came by my place last night, and she’s jealous because she thinks I was there with another chick, makes my ego swell and my cock hard.
Once she’s finished digging her finger into my stomach and calling me a dick—which I usually am, but surprisingly don’t want to be one around her; I refuse to ask myself why this is—I do exactly what I’ve yearned to do since the moment I laid eyes on her. I claim her perfectly pouty lips with mine in demanding, caveman-esque fashion, hoping every person on this beach understands the statement I’m making.
I’m not sure if her ‘friend’ from last night is even out here, but I hope to God he is, because as a guy, I know with certainty the way he looked at her wasn’t how a big brother should look at his little sister. Ever. The way his eyes roamed up and down her body, how his hand splayed out on her bare back, holding her close to him, and the way he called her ‘baby girl’, all said plenty about his true intentions. I’m not usually one to cock-block, especially knowing the reason he’s even here is because something really fucked up has happened in his life, but I’ll be damned if he’s getting anywhere near Bristol while we’re here. She’s mine.
Her lips part with no resistance as the tip of my tongue requests entrance, finally allowing me to savor the taste of her sugary sweetness. My hands glide around her jaw to the back of her neck, fingers threading through her silky hair as I continue to explore her mouth, our tongues curling around one another’s in an effortless, synchronized movement.
She moans into my mouth, a direct command for my cock to stand at full-attention, and suddenly, I no longer want these other people around us. They’re the only reason I’m not laying her flat on her back in the sand right now and devouring every inch of her body, like I’d promised her I’d do. And based on the way she’s digging her nails into my shoulders and not-so-subtly pressing her body into mine, I’m pretty sure it’s what she wants too.
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Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History at the University of Houston, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. In 2013, she published the Book Boyfriend Series, which included books Metamorphosis, Ambrosia, Euphoria, and Timeless, and recently published When the Sun Goes Down, a contemporary romance novel. Her books have been a part of the USA Today Bestselling list and the Amazon and Barnes & Noble overall Top 100.