Contemporary, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Surviving Eden (Surviving Series Book 1) / Virginia Wine /



Release Date-13th March 2018
Genre-Contemporary Romance
Kindle Edition-381 Pages

Book 1 in the Surviving Series 

Dr Theodore Grant worked hard his entire life to achieve his goals. He was a prominent, renowned psychiatrist. He had it all: wealth, prestige, respect. Or so he thought. 

When tragedy unexpectedly struck, he was forced to help his best friend’s daughter. She needed him. What he didn’t know was that he needed her, too—like his own breath. 

How could he know it would all go so terribly wrong? That he would cross the line? He fought the desire leading him astray with everything he had, but in the end, he wanted only one thing: her. 

To hell with what was right. Losing everything never even factored in his decision. All he wanted to do was live in the moment. Her moment. 

She found his demons and slayed them with her innocence. The answer was clear now: he had done the right thing. He was certain of it. People would believe what they wanted to believe. 

His notion of right and wrong was discarded the day Eden Barnett walked into his office. What he didn’t know was that it would be the day his life truly began. 

The day he followed his heart, and it lead him into the garden… of Eden. 

*Content warning: Contains adult content, language, and scenes that may not be suitable for all audiences. Intended for 18+ audience. * 



Surviving Eden (Surviving Series Book 1)

Surviving Eden by Virginia Wine
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Release Date-13/6/18

For the most part, this was an enjoyable read it just had some slight personal preferences that let proceedings down slightly for me overall.
Without these niggles, my final rating would have been much higher.
I still enjoyed “Surviving Eden” At its heart, it still was a well written and at times extremely poignant experience.
This is a story all about loss and rebirth; About two people finding each other in the midst of this soul-destroying pain and loss.
We have Dr Theodore Grant; successful psychiatrist and Eden the daughter of Theo’s deceased close friend; And when he takes her on as his patient to assist her in her grief after the passing of her family in a horrific accident; he knows he’s sinking fast.
To further complicate matters Eden feels the same pulling connection to Theo and it’s not long before these two succumb fully to there pulsing bond and ultimate attraction.
This has a touch of the taboo feel to it; there is a thirteen-year age gap between Theo and Eden but that’s not what sends up the red flags here; the differences in their years is a secondary concern and only slightly touched on; its the taboo nature of there relationship Doctor and patient that is at the heart of this book.
Surprisingly there doesn’t seem to be that much of a concern over the threat of disbarment; rather than the actual worry that it is coming.
Theo and Eden hardly seem to fight there connection at all; I was slightly sceptical as This is someone’s career and livelihood we are talking about here.
Theo has been closed off emotionally for years; would he then succumb so swiftly to the softer emotions all at the expense of his job; mmm I’m not so convinced myself.
Despite the above, I did still enjoy the romantic dynamic portrayed here between this pair.
But I also still struggled with the fact; that Theo was, in the beginning, a bit of a Man-Ho.
I really didn’t need or want the graphic descriptions of his exploits with other women.
In some senses these encounters were hotter than the actual main course; Theo and Eden; which I found a bit out of whack myself.
I felt this added nothing to the proceedings at all just not needed titalation; I know what the author was trying to portray; Theos actual disconnection; a kind of voyeur in his own depravity rather than an actual participant; but for me, it didn’t ultimately work I’m afraid.
he just came across as a bit of a douche with absolutely zero respect for the woman he was hooking up with.
I actually felt quite sorry for his Ex despite her overall bitchiness; she was just understandable jealous and took it out on the wrong individual.
There was also a great backstory here that was cleverly interwoven into the fabric of this tale.
Eden and Theo have so much more than there relationship to ultimately contend with; still lots of surprises to catch them unawares.
Things were also set up quite nicely for future endeavours.
There were only a few secondary characters here, but what we do encounter was quality; Gage, Edens bestie being my hands down favourite.
Once our couple connected they did stay true to each other, thank god.
This was told in dual POV and the finale was ultimately satisfying.
All things considered, this was mostly good for me.
Overall this was a bit swings and roundabouts, but taken in its entirety was mostly a good read.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of ”
Surviving Eden (Surviving Series Book 1) ” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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