Book Review: Surviving by J.L. Sprague

SurvivingTitle: Surviving
Author: J.L. Sprague
Genre: Romance / Suspense
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Living in a world where there are only lows and never highs, Jenna’s memory has trained itself to forget. Forgetting the bad was never a problem for Jenna until she forgets the one memory she never should have forgotten.

Landon has never forgotten, even when he desperately wishes he could. She haunts him. By chance they meet again but Jenna still does not remember Landon. What Landon doesn’t know is that Jenna has secrets. Secrets that change everything.

Their love for one another is the only thing that can heal years of abuse – for both of them.

When tragedy strikes memories are triggered and Jenna’s whole world changes.

Can Landon help Jenna survive at the hands of a madman?

Surviving was an interesting read, even though it took a few chapters to relate to the main characters. The first few chapters switched from past to present, they switched POV between Jenna and Landon, and showed how both characters had met before. Lanodn had never forgotten that night, but Jenna’s memory is trained to forget.

The book starts out slowly, with Jenna and Landon meeting each other again after spending a night together years ago. Landon feels attracted to this mysterious woman, who can make him feel a thousand things no other woman has ever made him feel before. Jenna is always a bit hesitant, reluctant. Not that she doesn’t like Landon, but almost as if she’s afraid of something. They start spending time together, and the relationship between them grows.

Things got interesting when we start to figure out more about Jenna’s past, and when a madman starts chasing her. The secrets, mystery and suspense, was what really pulled me into the novel, and I wouldn’t have minded had the suspense started picking up a bit sooner.

The writing was okay, the plot was intriguing, especially toward the last half of the book, and the characters were interesting. I liked Jenna more than Landon, mostly because of his history with women. I’m not too fond of guys who can only threat one woman respectfully, and with Landon it seems the only woman he’s decent to, is Jenna.

A good read for people who like romantic suspense with a bit of a darker side.

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