Saturday, January 9, 2016

review || STILL SURVIVING { blog tour } by A.M. Johnson

Blue Tulip Publishing | Date, 2016 | Contemporary Romance
Forever Still, book 3


Hate… Anger… Distrust… it fed the animal.

Status… Money… Power it’s all women want.

Never yield… Never give them a piece of who you are.

These were the ideals that Seth Montgomery had lived with since he was a child. After his mother abandoned their family for another man, the same man who took everything from Seth’s father, Seth’s life turned dark. He’d never give a woman all that control. He’d never give them the satisfaction of destroying his heart.

Tiffany Webster had been falling in love with one man for the past three years. Her boss’s best-friend. The day Seth walked into her bar, the day his steel blue eyes met hers, she was hooked. But, Seth Montgomery was unattainable, and only into one night hook-ups with a certain type of girl. A girl Tiffany was not.

Tiffany was the one girl Seth had ever considered breaking his rules for, but swore he’d never corrupt.

Until one night… when everything fell apart… and hidden truths surfaced.

When your past hurts so much it makes it hard to breathe and your heart ache, what else can you do? What path should you take to feel something, trust someone again?

Two hearts… two souls… align…

One shift… one break… and you’re falling.

Feel this… trust this…Survive this.

**Still Surviving is an Interconnected Standalone in the Forever Still Series. Each book features a different couple.**

{ about a.m. johnson } .

Amanda Marie Johnson was born and raised in Valrico, Florida. She’s now surrounded by mountains with her husband and three children in Ogden, Utah. She attended Weber State University and graduated with her A.S.N. She is a full-time registered nurse and works on the mother/newborn unit. Reading and writing have always been something she is passionate about. She loves to write about the human experience, love and happily ever afters.

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She was everything, and I was… nothing. I was darkness… sickness… I couldn’t corrupt her like the others. She was too good for my brand of love, my black heart. I watched the chill creep into her flesh, the goose bumps splayed across her arm as the heat left her body. We were so close. I should reach out and warm her, comfort her, tell her what she wants to hear, but I’m her shadow and this can never be.

The deep pink of her lips paled as they trembled; I couldn’t watch her suffer much longer. The slight green tint of her hazel eyes blurred as they filled with more tears. “Why?” she asked, the voice so familiar to me — the voice of fear, of rejection, of the never-ending inevitability of failure.

She shivered, and I couldn’t let her dangle on that ledge any longer. The rain beat against my back as I rested my forehead against hers, my hands grasped at the back of her head cradling her even closer. My heart was heavily beating inside my ribcage, my veins full of the poison of love; this fucking girl had infected me, and I had to let her go. I was her shadow, meant to follow, always stalking behind, never truly there in the present, always a half a step behind — it was safe to admire from afar.

“I’m not who you think I am.” My whisper sounded false to me. She knew me, better than anyone would ever know me, but this had to stop here. She’d never understand who I was deep down; my flame — my light — blew out a long time ago.

“What the hell are you talking about?” She pulled away from me, forcing my hands to frame her face. The look she gave said it all, said I was crazy for ending this, for not letting it even start, for not letting her in. She didn’t have the faintest idea of what I could do to her. My faith was broken.

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{ review } .


Can I go back and change STILL WATER to a 4.5-star? No? Heck, it's my review, so I should, but that wouldn't be fair to the book, because at the time it was my favorite of the series -- especially considering I didn't see Todd coming. He annoyed me some in the first book, but he definitely proved to me he was a great lead in WATER.

Oh-ho, ho, but just you wait until Todd's roommate, Seth, has his story told.

Let me remind you of a line from my STILL WATER review:

While I enjoyed STILL LIFE, I absolutely, positively adored STILL WATER.

Well, the series just gets better and better. Hands down -- feet too, if you want to add them -- favorite of the series. I felt that this particular book had amazing character strength, plot strength, and the hint of drama was done so well -- the author's talent has grown since STILL LIFE (...and that was still a well written piece).

Both Seth's and Tiffany's backgrounds draw the reader in, and watching these two come together, finally, was so much fun. And while I don't tend to care for books where the characters are with other people throughout the story, I felt that Seth with his random hook-ups and Tiff trying to date, all before these two finally bit the bullet where one another were concerned, was executed extremely well and added to the realness, the believability, of their story. Seth definitely is being added to my 'favorite hero of 2016' list -- his care, his passion, his drive... his tattoos and their meanings for him, as well as the ones he gets where Tiffany is concerned... my goodness, definitely worthy of book boyfriend status. And then on top of all of that, on top of the falling in love goodness, we get the friendship with all the previous characters.

So much love for this book. I'm sad to see the series ending -- but before that happens, we should be getting one last taste of these friends, as Colby finally makes an honest woman out of Cam. I can't wait to watch that go down.

{ previous reviews in series } .

STILL LIFE 4★ { review }
STILL WATER 5★ { review }

{ giveaway } .

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