Title: Surviving You (Shameless Series Book 2)
Author: Dawn A. Keane
Book Tour: December 7 - 18
Genre: Dark Suspenseful Thriller
Hosted by: S.B.B. Promotions
"Thou shalt take the boy out of Manchester, but you cannot take Manchester out of the boy."
Lee – I’m a killer, a hardened criminal born into the underbelly of an unlawful world that my father crafted, and I am to be crowned the next King. I used to covet the dark; it has forever been my friend and forgives me my sins. A slither of light has dared me to hope, it has my house of cards tumbling all around me. From the moment I saw her I knew she would be my downfall, for how can something that shines so bright not burn? Yet, she is my salvation and I gladly walk the path that I have chosen….
Rose – I cringe at my own shadow; dark corners of my mind forever torment me. I have yet to escape from my demons; they beseech me with every turn of my head. Yet lurking is a promise, a promise of things to come. It has my heart in a vice; squeezing the last dregs of a love I never thought I could feel again. From the moment I saw him I knew he would be my downfall, for how can something that smoulders so dark not singe? Yet, he is my redemption and I gladly walk the path that I have chosen….
“Thou shalt always protect the family.”
Loyalty doesn’t come much richer than family so when Lee Young decides to hang up his gun and head north he sets in motion a chain of events that cause murder and mayhem with every step closer he takes to walking. When two worlds collide, it forces Rose to meet her demons head on and has Lee frantically trying to keep both Rose and her daughter safe. The road they travel together will be their greatest challenge and their most dangerous yet. With so much to lose but everything to gain, Lee and Rose become embroiled in a game of cat and mouse as they try to confront the threats surrounding them. Running to keep one step ahead of everyone else, can these lovers climb out of the dark that they find themselves in and bathe in the light their love promises before the fire burns to embers and their world is snuffed to smoke?
An exhilirating thriller with a passionate but tragic romance, this book was a fantastic read. I loved seeing Rose and Lee's relationship grow as the story develop, as he torn down her walls and gave her hope of a safe and happy future for not only herself but her daughter, as well.
For all her fears and insecurities, Rose was fierce. I loved that she wasn't a complete pushover when it came to Lee, and although I understand that it mostly stemmed from the horrific past that still haunted her, I think even if she hadn't been through so much trauma she still would have given him a hard time. I had to love Lee for his patience and determination. He was a hard man, but his menacing exterior vanished wherever Rose was around, and although some people may have found his to be a bit controlling or even a little stalkerish, with everything that was happening and with the lifestyle he lead, he had his reasons for being that way.
The final moments in this book were shocking, devastating and so far from the HEA I've become accustomed to, and I have to applaud Keane for deciding to forego sugarcoating this love story. It was raw, gritty and intense. A great read.
I was brought up in Manchester and I am now living in the beautiful Scottish borders with my three children.
I have enjoyed writing my story as I had a pretty hard upbringing and have suffered like everyone does over the years in different situations, but everyone has a story to tell. I just hope my story can help someone out there who is, or has been through the same sorts of situations as myself.