Surviving Him (Shameless #1) by Dawn A. Keane
Released: February 17, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Reviewed by Lena
Dark erotic romance contains subject matter some might find distressing, also violence and sexual scenes. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18.
An explosive love story of a mother and her struggle to be with the love of her life against all odds. Logan is strong, sexy, and the type of father that Dana’s daughters deserve in their lives. Dana’s life is rocked by tragedy, she is forced into running from her psychotic ex-husband, Ian, and it seems he’s determined to keep them apart.
Left with nowhere else to turn Dana and her girls seek shelter in a women’s refuge in Manchester, where Dana finds lifelong friendships in the other women who live there. Sisters brought together by despair that haunts them every single day, but the laughter they bring keeps out the darkness that is Dana’s past, she hopes she can find herself again. But a life away from Logan and his ability to ignite the flame deep inside her is almost unbearable.
Dana’s not the only one, Logan will fight anyone and anything to be back in Dana’s arms again. Can they carve out an existence for their fiery passion amid Ian’s rage?
I have to admit that the first reason I bought this book was for the cover. I have a mad crush on Jase Dean. I can't say enough about him. But while reading the story it became less about the man on the cover and more about the story.
Dana is a single mother of two trying her best to survive an abusive relationship. She lives in a refuge with four other women all in the same situation. We've all read stories where the heroine was in some type of abusive relationship but this one takes it to a whole other level. Dawn had to include this so the reader would truly understand Dana and the choices she made. That for these women, survival isn't merely a word but a way of life not only for them but their children.
Logan is the man that Dana meets one night. They fall madly in love but Dana knows in order to keep him safe, she must live away from him. He was so right for her it hurt to see them having to live apart. Throughout the book you could see that Logan would be able to protect her and their girls. Her unwillingness to let herself and her children be in a place where they can be both safe and happy was frustrating. But this quote sums up her decision perfectly when speaking about her and her friends' situation, " Rose, like me, is unable to let go of the past and be or feel free to be with whoever she wants." That they want so much to move on but are so scarred by their past that they just simply can't is heart breaking. In the end, I liked that Dana did not rely so much on Logan to survive. I liked seeing that she was able to push through all those feelings of insecurities and fear of her past making their relationship that much stronger in the end.
If you like a great story about strength and determination and the willingness to survive while still winning the man at the end, this book is right up your ally.
Rating: 5 Stars
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You can always find me with my nose in my Kindle reading a romance novel starring a tough talking, hard loving alpha male and sassy heroine. For the past six years reading has been my addiction. I am always up for a good read and am excited when I get any suggestions. My other loves are working out and spending time with my hubs, family and friends.