Surviving Love

Surviving Love

by M.S. Brannon

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�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?

**This is a continuation of Tragic Love**
**Mature Content Warning 17+ for language and sexual content**

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149195213
Publisher: M.S. Brannon
Publication date: 03/26/2014
Series: Sulfur Heights Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 269
File size: 1 MB

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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Surviving Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. Tragic love was an amazing and heart wrenching story and this was a great ending to Drake's story. What he and Presley had together is beyond words. And Mia has got to be the sweetest little girl ever.M. S. Brannon has a way of writing a story to draw you in and make you feel every raw emotion the characters feel even especially the pain. I highly recommend this series of books to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the way Brannon tells a story. Once I started reading Surviving Love I could not put it down. It was a heart wrenching emotional roller coaster from the very first word. It takes off diving back into Drake's loss head on and Brannon holds nothing back as she hooks her claws in you. She gives a little bit of closure and leaves so much room for the next installment in the series. I can't wait for Jeremy's story.  M.S. BRANNON ROCKS!
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chucha_13 More than 1 year ago
Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak Rating: 4.5 Stars 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. ¿Complimentary Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.¿
mwiegert2007 More than 1 year ago
I was gifted a copy for an honest review.  I am soooooo glad this book was written! I can't even tell you how much I wanted Drake to find his happy ever after, especially with everything he's had to through! I will say though, while reading this book, you are taken on the most heartbreaking ride of you life. You will cry for  Drake, praying he finally gets what he deserves and then you will bawl your eyes out because you are so happy because he was able to find happiness.  While taking this journey with Drake, you definitely see a totally different side of him that you’ve never seen in the other books. He has so much anger and hatred, and he seems to constantly look for an outlet to release it. The only reason why he’s continuing on with life right now is because of beautiful Mia. She’s his life now, and he’d never leave her.  But he never expected what would happen when the sexy Zoe came into his life.  Zoe has had a hard life. After being kicked out of her home at a young age because he mother wouldn’t except the truth, she’s been on her one. And she’ll do just about ANYTHING to get what she needs. However, she’s looking to change her life, so she leaves and ends up in Sulfur Heights. While in Sulfur Heights, she starts to wonder what she really wants in life. Drake and Zoe have some many heartbreaking things they go through together. Will everything the have to deal with bring them together? Will Drake ever realize that he can still be happy with out betraying what he and Presley had?  I hope you strap yourself in for the ride of you life. Even though Drake still has a long way to go, he finally gets his happy ever after. This book is totally worth all the emotions that M.S. Brannon pulls from you! Plus, can you say holy hot sex! I’m absolutely in LOVE with Jake, but Drake might be right behind him ;)  So grab a box of Kleenex, make sure a fan is around (to cool you down from the steamy scenes) and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again, she has left me speechless. The love and support from this family is just so beautiful, in its own way. Mia is just the cutest little thing, and Drake is so lucky to have her in his life. I was really glad that we could read about him again.
DStreet34 More than 1 year ago
**I was gifted a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.** 5 AMAZING STARS!!!!! This is the 4th book in the Sulfur Heights series and this series keeps getting better and better. This story begins where Tragic Love left off. Drake is trying to figure out how to go on with his life now that Presley is gone. He is struggling to make it day to day and without his beautiful daughter, Mia, he would give up. Except for when Drake is with Mia, he is simply going through the motions of life and relishes his Saturday nights when he can drink away his sorrows and thoughts of Presley at his brother, Reggie’s bar. Then one night, in walks Zoe Ledoux. Zoe has been through her own heartache in her young life and is a survivor. Zoe has been betrayed by family and just escaped an abusive boyfriend. Drake and Zoe feel a connection to each other but both are only looking to satisfy their sexual needs (And let me say, the sparks do fly between these two and the sex is HOT!!!!) Drake and Zoe then begin to bond over dealing with the terminal illness of Drake’s maternal figure/Zoe’s aunt, Mrs. Fields. However, Drake feels he cannot move beyond his past with Presley for fear that will diminish her memory and the love they shared, so he fights his growing feelings for Zoe. Zoe wants to open up to Drake and be with him if he is willing but is scared to trust again. Can Drake move on from his devastating loss and find happiness again? Will Zoe be the one to help Drake heal and love again? From start to finish, M.S. Brannon has the ability to draw the reader inside the story and feel every emotion along with the character. M.S. Brannon is truly a gifted author! And fair warning, I think I cried through the first 3 chapters of this book as well as some other places here and there but don’t let that scare you off. This book is well worth every tear I shed and then some!! This is a wonderful story about loss, healing and learning to love again. I would definitely recommend this book/series to everyone! I can’t wait for the next/final book in this series!!!
AleyD More than 1 year ago
No one—and I mean no one—can rip me wide open, emotionally eviscerate me, like M.S. Brannon can. I become a blubbering fool as I read, but like that train wreck that you cannot turn away from, I keep coming back for more. Why? Because her books are so powerfully written and evoke such beautiful, though often tragic, imagery that I cannot get enough. This book picks up where Tragic Love left off. You see the things that Jake touched on only briefly at the end of Blind Love then extend beyond that, and you get them from Drake's POV this time. It is raw, powerful, beautiful, emotional... I loved Drake's innocent optimism in Tragic Love, his blind belief that it would all be okay. It's gone now, ripped away as quickly as the bullet that flew from an idiot's gun. The only hope—the only light—is little Mia. She keeps him moving forward. Zoe is who I want to be when I grow up. Seriously. I'm an adult woman who would love the moxie of this young woman. She's been through Hell, and she stood up, walked away, and demanded that life would continue on her terms. She's a survivor, a bit of a risk taker, and she has some major trust issues. The story delves into learning to live beyond your fears and anger, hope, and survival. It moves you to tears, fogs up your windows, and leaves you wanting more of the Evans family that I have come to love throughout this series.