or do some scars never fade?
After a tragic accident took everything from her, Avery is left broken, struggling to find her place in the world again. Now back home in Mason, Alabama, she goes through the motions, carrying on for the people who love her yet longing for the life she lost.
Her future seems bleak until Reid, a handsome mechanic and ladies’ man, charms his way into her life. Though he screams trouble, he sparks something inside her too tempting to ignore: the desire to live.
Reid is tired of meaningless flings and one-night stands, but after betrayal left him with major trust issues, anything more is beyond his reach.
When Avery, the enticing and mysterious new bartender in town, awakens emotions he never thought possible, Reid has to decide if she’s a chance worth taking or if some risks are better left avoided.
Will love be their second chance,
or will the past consume their future?
Survivor is the second stand-alone novel in the Sweet Home Dixie contemporary romance series.
Review: Reid has been the “love-em-and-leave-em” type ever since he realized that he was never going to have the real thing. Just as he was about to make another score for the night, he notices the new bartender and is intrigued by her. Where has he seen her before? And why does she seem so unaffected by his Southern charms?
When Avery decided to move back into her old town, she’d swore she’d never get close to anyone ever again. But then she runs into Reid, who makes her tingle in ways she’d never imagined. Still, she refused to let him get to her in any way.
The first part of the book dealt with the two denying their attraction for the other in a typical chick-lit fashion. But then we soon dive deeper into the emotional ties of these characters. Reid can’t seem to forgive himself for the mistakes he made on his last relationship and Avery can’t shake off the emotional and physical scars from that horrible accident. There is nothing more crippling than Survivor’s Guilt.
Throughout the book, the two engage in a montage of fun and courtship that opens their hearts to trust and love.
Ultimately, the story is about loss and regret, but also healing and moving forward. Well-written, for the most part, story is charged with an emotional complexity that gave the characters depth; however, it also carried a somewhat languorous pace. After reading the first book in the series, I am quite familiar with Ms. Marie’s knack for tugging at heart strings, but I just felt that the emotional weight might’ve lingered a bit too much. Of course, I have no doubt that readers would be able to find a connection.
It’s a pretty good book.
My rating: 3 stars