Barely Surviving

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“He was captivating, scorching hot and wickedly tempting. The epitome of power and strength encased in the body of an angel and he had possessed me. Need for him coursed through my veins white hot and I had been incomprehensibly burned”

Our connection had been instant, intense and all consuming, seriously unexplained to most, but crystal clear to us. More

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Published: July 26, 2013
Words: 83,060
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301858149
About Courtney Cross

I am a working mother of three amazing boys who at the tender age of 36 decided to fulfil her life long dream by putting pen to paper and writing her first novel 'Barely Surviving'

I have a true love for erotic romance, my writing genre of choice,and enjoy reading books of this topic as well as writing them.

While I may often be found standing beside a football pitch watching all three of my children play, if I am not working I will also be sat at my computer, tapping the keys and submerging into the worlds I create.

My true desire is to connect with readers who like me enjoy reading about strong willed but femine females and dominant, sexually charged alpha males. These are the characters I enjoy creating and hopefully will create many more to come.


Review by: Marinda Grindstaff on Oct. 21, 2013 : star star star star star
This book was gifted to me by the author through PR&ATR for an honest review. All I can say is OMG!!! This book is pantie wetting and scorching HOTTT!!! The story itself is about a 22 year old girl named Ava who was abused, physically and emotionally and a super hot sexy Irishman named Jonah. Four years after she escapes her abuser she is called to the lawyer only to find that the man she despised has died and left her everything he had. That is where she meets the hot lawyer Jonah and as soon as their eyes meet she's lost. The sex is written perfectly with just the right amount of hotness. Will Ava learn to trust and love or will she be destroyed again? You have to read it to find out, and can't wait for book 2.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Autumn Delaney on Aug. 09, 2013 : star star star star

*Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

Awesome, awesome prologue! I loved it! It was gripping and it makes you want to read faster know more yet you also want to read slower to savor it.

However, I cant believe it's a cliff hanger! I was kinda dreading the end because I can feel that I have to wait to know what happens next to Ava and Jonah.


"I was tired of barely surviving. I laso knew that I had to stay connected to Jonah to embrace life fully and at last begin to live."

Ava had it tough, she grew up without a father and with a distant, uncaring mother but with everything that happened to her, I liked that she found her family in London. She just need to get a grip and learn to share her feelings so it wont eat her up. She's sassy where it counts!


"... I'm tired of just surviving sweetheart, it's time to start living."

Jonah was hawt! As in panty-dripping, alpha male hot, take control man! And he's Irish, I love Irish men! Some things are left unsaid when it comes to his intentions and motives, that's what I wanted to know and I hope the second book would shed some light to this.

There are, however, some things that I did not like about this book.

1. Too much use of deep blues to emerald greens. It's just annoying for me. I mean, yes i get the color of their eyes, can we move on please.

2. The pacing from strangers to their i-cant-live-and-breathe-without-you is so fast, I feel like there should've been more, like something monumental (aside from the obvious sexual attraction) that made them so attracted and attached to each other.

3. There are grammatical flaws and some typos but it's nothing I cant move on and deal with. I know this is an ARC so I think there's still time to polish it.

Overall I liked this book, Their story is something that I would look forward to read, hopefully the second book would come out soon!

Great book, Courtney! Again, thank you for letting me read and review it. Best of luck in your career!

Would I recommend it? Oh yeah!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Maria Trojanowski on Aug. 06, 2013 : star star star star star
Intense, emotional read. Ava's childhood was far from perfect, ending in the worst possible way on her 18th birthday. Escaping from the brutality of her step father she leaves the states to go to London. Four years later emotionally closed off and surviving day to day things come to a head for her when the lawyers come out and inform her of Alex's, her step father, death. Tied in with the god-like man in charge of helping her with her estate, Ava is at a loss for what to do with her inheritance, as well as her attraction to Jonah. Emotions run high between the two causeing Ava to reevaluate herself for the first time ever. But secrets and lies come out causing her to question everything shes come to know about the man she has fallen in love with.

Amazing story I loved the explosive attraction between Ava and Jonah. Can't wait to read more from Cross and look foward to the sequel to this novel.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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