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.
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.
I’ve been a fan of Erin Noelle for quite some time now and always loved her style of writing. As soon as I started Surviving Us, I felt it really drew me in. You meet Bristol a young woman who experienced a terrible tragedy in life and she goes on a retreat for people who are survivors of tragedies. It was something that she had been planning for quite sometime and was looking forward to meeting up with friends who to had also been through the ‘mill’.
Never did Bristol think her life would change as much as it did during her time away, nor did she prepare herself for Davis Mackay. Davis and Bristol’s connection becomes apparent really quickly in the story. Both young adults, their relationship evolves fast so you’re not waiting too long for the sparks to start and the sexual chemistry to build.
“I truly feel like I’m living in a fairytale in this moment.”
Both Bristol and Davis tried to keep their reasons for being there separate from what was developing between them, not wanting to taint their short time together, neither of them expected to open up their heart to one another and they both never expected to fall in love. But everyone knows love has its own plan.
“I never expected this when I came…never expected you…”“Me neither, Bristol. Me neither”.
Eventually their time together ends and they return to their own lives. Two people who leave with both their hearts broken but for a different reason compared to when they arrived. Both too stubborn and scared to put their true feelings out there they continue in their lives but missing one another and desperately wanting each other.
The story doesn’t end there. The beauty of this book is after they leave the retreat there is plenty of story left and I loved that. The ending wasn’t rushed and you got to know Bristol and Davis in their own lives.
I really liked both Bristol and Davis I normally prefer the male in books as majority of the time the heroine annoys me at some point, but not in Surviving Us. Bristol was such a sweet person and she really did have a heartbreaking start to life, and Davis, although he had his ups and downs I thought was definitely a hottie.
The story really made me see that even after awful events which can happen in life, there is so much psychological and emotional damage left, especially in those who ‘survive’. I never thought guilt could be such a hindrance in ones recovery.
I thoroughly enjoyed Surviving Us, it was a sweet and sexy read. The ending left me more then satisfied. Well done Erin for another great book.