Surviving (Surviving #1)

SURVIVING (Surviving #1) by Michelle Leigh


Genre: Contemporary Romance/Suspense/Thriller

Series: Surviving #1

SOURCE: Received from the publisher for an honest review.


  • Print Length: 195 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Summer Solstice Publishing (August 13, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English


Book Description: From Goodreads

Publication Date:  August 13, 2014, Summer Solstice Publishing.



Emma and her twin brother, Danny, managed to escape the horrors of their childhood and their abusive father when they were sixteen. They have spent the last seven years trying to survive the world and build a better future. When Emma starts a promising new job at the Alexander Marketing Corporation she meets the boss and CEO, Trace Alexander. The chemistry is instantaneous and, although they try to fight the inappropriate attraction, they tumble headlong into a scorching affair. Soon after, menacing events and threats on Emma’s life have them believing that their abusive father has finally found them and wants to punish her for leaving. One bad decision places Emma in the hands of the man she has been running from and threatens her very life.

My Thoughts

SURVIVING is a very well written, highly entertaining book.  The characters are realistic, the story compelling and the romance touching.  Leigh snags the reader immediately with the intense, horrible situation young Danny and Emma find themselves in.  These kids are so good despite the horrible things happening to them.  Skip ahead to find they have not only survived their heartbreaking childhood but educated themselves.  Despite a recent set back, yet another evil Emma must overcome, she is working on a career.  Her past doesn’t cripple her but of course affects her deeply. Enter Trace Alexander, her sexy new boss.  He sees promise in Emma and more.  He knows better but can’t stay away. Trace is there for Emma in every way including facing the demon reemerging from her past.

The rich, privileged businessman, the poor but bright young girl, the roommate and small, inexpensive apartment, the Seattle setting all were reminiscent of Fifty Shades of Grey – minus the kink.  These similarities don’t distract from the book in any way though.  I hated the cliffhanger ending but it did leave me wanting to read the next book immediately as was I’m sure the intent.

Rating:  4.5

Heat Rating: Steamy/Sizzling

Reviewed By: Jeanne Stone, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More