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Surviving Eden

Surviving Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Heather Firth
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

The first book 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 listeners 18 years old and older.

©2018 Virginia Wine (P)2018 Virginia Wine

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Steamy and intriguing

I really enjoyed listening to this book Heather Firth is a great narrator, her voice bringing the characters to life with a purr, certainly a good choice for this book.
The story is sweet in all the wrong ways. It has love, betrayal, death, twists and turns and hot sex. What more do you need? Great write Virginia White!

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Great Story, Great listen! 4.5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I enjoyed this book very much, Virginia Wine has a nice writing style, her characters are intense and well developed. Her storylines are deep and emotional at times. I loved the twists & turns in the story, as the plot thickened I could not put the book down. This is a great start to a new series, interesting characters with interesting stories. Alexander Kincaid Storm III is up next in “Surviving the Storm” Thank you Virginia Wine for the great read!

Heather Firth does a wonderful job narrating and performing all the voices, Changing characters flawlessly and keeping the story in a perfect flow. Thank you for the great listen.

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Forbidden Romance with some twists!

Surviving Eden, the title caught my eye, but the book was nothing like I expected. Theo is a well known psychiatrist. He is going to help Eden, the daughter of his best friend after the untimely death of her parents. He had no idea the attraction that would be there between them, and was forced to confront his own ethics. He can't have a relationship with his patient, yet he can't stay away from her. This moral dilemma is one that Theo is fighting, he could ruin his career. But despite this relationship, there is a lot of backstory and history of the two that goes into their character building. I loved this part of the story, the making of the person is so interesting and gives me the feelings needed to understand their motives and decisions. With the search for Eden's birth parents and the Theo's surprise, an underlying angst and feeling of suspense lies in background too. All woven together this is a good book.

Heather Firth narrates this book, and it's my first listen by her. I loved her voice! She has a warm tone with the perfect pace. With distinguishing voices for each character, she is able to produce both male and female voices with ease. She made the story enjoyable to listen to .

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Utterly seamy!!

This was an excellent listen; it's well-written and super steamy. I was wholly immersed in the storyline and the characters. I liked the premises of the story; it's engrossing, romantic and hot. The characters are fascinating, intense, and well-developed, with a charged connection.

Heather Firth nails the narration. Her performance is outstanding; she always brings the characters and story to life, further immersing the listeners.

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Interesting

This was an interesting book that took me directions I was not expecting. It doesn’t end on a cliffhanger but there is definitely unfinished business that I would like to find out soon. Narration was great. I had to check that it was only one narrator at one point in the book.

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Forbidden and so much more

I enjoyed listening to Surviving Eden. The story was interesting with a nice steamy level. I can honestly say this was not one of those stories that you can tell what's coming next. I was in the dark until the author revealed answers. The narrator did a really great job portraying different characters. I'll definitely pick up more by both the Author and the Narrator.

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Eden

The chemistry between Eden and Theo is great! The author does a great job of making this feel like it shouldn't happen but it does anyways, which made it that much more exciting throughout. There is great character building to set the stage of the story dynamics and I was intrigued by the quest to find Eden's family.

Loved the narration! Heather Firth is on my list of favorites and this performance is a perfect example of why. She really brought out the emotions of the characters and kept us engaged as the story progressed.

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Very interesting

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of surprises and twists and hot sex! Heather Firth did an excellent job of narrating this book!

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Surviving Eden

This books has so many surprises in it that you don’t see coming and so much more than what the blurb said. These two have so much pain to work through and are able to find it with each other even though it may not be the most professional way to begin a relationship. A great beginning to this series. I can’t wait for the next couple‘s story

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Cute

I really did enjoy this audiobook quite a lot. Definitely more than I thought I would. I wouldn’t say it was a favorite of mine and that I will listen to it over and over, but it was enjoyable. I fully recommend.

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  • Shayay19
  • 06-08-18

Sweet, Forbidden romance, Great Narration

First off, the narration was great for Surviving Eden. She does great with both the female and male voices. Solid, clear quality performance. I'd recommend the audio if you decide to give this book a shot.

I enjoyed the premise for Surviving Eden, and the romance is really sweet. Overall, I liked both Theo and Eden. Theo is manly and take charge, but still a sweetheart; well mostly. Eden is confident, and doesn't play games. Theo's family (Parents and Sister) died when he was a kid and Eden's parents have just been killed in a car accident, so they both are dealing with grief. This draws them together, but there's a little bit of a problem. Theo was Eden's dad's friend, and he is now also Eden's psychiatrist. I love a forbidden romance, so I was all on board for that. Eden is 22 and Theo is 35, so it's not a crazy age difference. So all of that is good, but then there's these things that just didn't work with the story or that I just don't like in stories. What I don't like, plenty of readers probably don't mind. I did find the story entertaining. I'm going to have to use some spoilers to explain, so here's the warning! They are fairly minor spoilers and mainly happen in the beginning of the book, but some may not want to know. Spoilers Ahead! Spoilers Ahead!

*Spoiler starting*

Why didn't Theo just stop seeing Eden as a patient. She doesn't even need therapy. Also, if it's so taboo of a relationship, why in the heck are you going out in public all the time with each other. They don't even try to hide it at all. It made no sense.

I don't like when the hero has sex scenes with other people. Theo has a girl with benefits that wants more from him, which he has 2 detailed sex scenes with. There's also some random tennis skank that he has a detailed sex scene with, which I didn't see any point for that to happen. This also happens after he has already met Eden. They aren't together yet, but I still don't like it. I would normally just skip past those pages while reading, but since I was driving while listening to the audio I couldn't, so that made it worse.

Also, Eden and Theo have sex without a condom, but then the next time, the author chooses to mention that Theo puts on a condom, then the next time no condom again. All of these scenes without any mention of not using a condom, so why would the author even have him wear a condom that one time after they have already had sex without?

Eden is working as a stripper to gain information about her real parents. She has been doing this for 3 months already, and she never mentions when she is supposed to receive the information. What guarantee do you have that they (whoever they is) will give you this information from 17 years ago. So, this all seems idiotic to me and fit oddly in the story.

There's also a chapter that takes place in the past that added nothing to the story. All it did was show that Theo was friends with jerks. Maybe it will have some purpose in the next book or something. There were quite a few odd things added to the story that just fizzled out.

I just don't think this series is for me. The main characters for the next book were introduced in this book, but so far, they have left a lot to be desired. The female main character for the next book is engaged to a man because her father chose him, she cheats on said fiancé with a man she met that night. These actions scream weak to me, so I'll probably skip it. Plus, I don't want to read anymore sex scenes with random men or women.

*Spoiler End*

Overall, it's a sweet romance with some good sex scenes. There's too many things getting in the way of the characters growth and development; things get muddled. I do like Surviving Eden, so I went with 3 stars, but it didn't quite reach the level the story could've. The narration is on point and great, so I'd go with 5 stars for the narration.

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  • Vicki
  • 06-02-20

Surviving Eden - Good Story

This was a good story that I enjoyed listening to. Theo and Eden were both broken and they deserved to be happy. Eden was Theo’s patient so was this forbidden? It was a bit emotional though. I was happy when Theo found his sister.

Heather Firth did a good job with the narration but I feel the book could have benefitted by having both male and female narrators. I received this free copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • kgagnon
  • 31-07-18

Poignant Forbidden Romance!

This is a poignant forbidden romance between two broken souls who have suffered heartbreaking loss. Dr. Theodore Grant has had years to build walls and protect himself from the guilt of losing his sister. He wants to help others who suffered as he did. After the sudden death of a college friend, he has a chance to help their adopted daughter, Eden. He thought he could council her but she sees past his walls and they have an instant connection. As they navigate their forbidden attraction, Eden is determined to find her birth parents. But there are those who want to destroy what they have. This moving, suspenseful and steamy story is narrated by Heather Firth. Her voice was enjoyable to listen to. Her different characters were unique and I could easily feel their various emotions. She does a good job bringing this story to life, making you feel like you are right there with them.

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  • seelk
  • 24-07-18

surviving and more

I picked this book because of the voice. Ms. Firth's is a new voice for me and I really enjoyed listening to the many voices and emotions of the characters. She really pulled off this dual POV story with passion. Her talent is evident and I am looking forward to many more.
New author for me, Ms. Wine gives us a forbidden love story. But when love is present, is this relationship really forbidden? I thought so too at the beginning, but following their story, I couldn't help but cheer them on as Eden and Theo heal each other and the HEA ending changed my mind. When is the next book out in audio? I hope soon.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-02-20

great story

This was an awesome story of lose and love. It tells a wonderful account if finding love and fighting to keep that love at all cost just beautifully done and the narrator did a very good job.

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  • Fuzzysaver
  • 07-11-19

Good story

Its a good story. There is a continuation but this book still stands alone so no cliffhanger worries.

I wasn’t crazy about the narrator but am still honored to have the opportunity to review this story!

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  • Lady Di
  • 24-08-19

Good

This was a really good book. However very rushed. I wish it had been more in depth. Narrywas really good however if a male voice doing POV would’ve made it so much better

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  • Jocelyne
  • 29-10-18

Great Story! Great Narration!

This was my first Virginia Wine's book. This was the first book in The Surviving Series. This forbidden romance is very well written. This story is emotional and beautiful. I was hooked from the start to finish. Theodore (Theo) and Eden were two great and beautiful characters, two broken souls. Their chemistry was immediate and very intense. The storyline was captivating, filled with twists and turns. Their story will continue in the next book in the Series and I can't wait to listen to it!

This was my first listen to Heather Firth's voice. She has a great voice and the narration was well done. She has a great male voice! I enjoyed my listening.

I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Geri Nelson
  • 20-10-18

Finding his Eden

I loved the narration and the story line. This had me at the end of my seat. I am glad he found his sister. I so want to hear Alex's story next. I am glad Theo and Eden found their HEA for now. They deserved to be happy. This story was real, deep and emotional. Can't wait to start book two.

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  • Wanda
  • 17-10-18

Beautiful story

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this story but I was pleasantly surprised. The story line over and above my expectations. Eden adopted discovers why and what happened. Theo discovered his dead sister was not dead but had been adopted. Throughout this discovery they have a once in a lifetime discovery of love. My first thought was that they were brother and sisters but the age difference disproved that. So many discovery’s and forbidden love.
I loved this book
I was given this free for an honest review from the author or narrator.