REVIEW: Still Surviving by A.M. Johnson

OH. MY. GOSH. You have got to be kidding me if you tell me now that you didn’t pre-order this book. WHAT THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN DOING ALL THIS TIME?! Get the book.

RIGHT.

NOW.

Don’t bother reading this review because you don’t have to. IT’S THAT GOOD. Actually, no. Good wouldn’t cut it. Still Surviving kicked the word perfect in the ass and replace it with something beyond that. This book found its way to my Top Reads Ever and A.M. Johnson one of my Most Recommended Authors and would stay there for like… ever. And if that won’t convince you to 1-click this right now, hmm… I believe you’ve got to have a problem.

I’ve been waiting for this book since last year! And you know what they say about waiting. Good things come to those who wait. And I couldn’t agree more because the wait was freaking worth it.

still-survivingAuthor: A.M. Johnson
Series: Forever Still #3
Release Date: January 7, 2016
Rating: 5/5
Source: ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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Hate… Anger… Distrust… it fed the animal.

Status… Money… Power it’s all women want.

Never yield… Never give them a piece of who you are.

These were the ideals that Seth Montgomery had lived with since he was a child. After his mother abandoned their family for another man, the same man who took everything from Seth’s father, Seth’s life turned dark. He’d never give a woman all that control. He’d never give them the satisfaction of destroying his heart.

Tiffany Webster had been falling in love with one man for the past three years. Her boss’s best-friend. The day Seth walked into her bar, the day his steel blue eyes met hers, she was hooked. But, Seth Montgomery was unattainable, and only into one night hook-ups with a certain type of girl. A girl Tiffany was not.

Tiffany was the one girl Seth had ever considered breaking his rules for, but swore he’d never corrupt.
Until one night… when everything fell apart… and hidden truths surfaced.

When your past hurts so much it makes it hard to breathe and your heart ache, what else can you do? What path should you take to feel something, trust someone again?

Two hearts… two souls… align…

One shift… one break… and you’re falling.

Feel this… trust this…Survive this.

**Still Surviving is an Interconnected Standalone in the Forever Still Series. Each book features a different couple.**

Still Surviving is just two words: fucking perfection. Fucking phenomenal. Fucking WOW. It’s every freaking thing I expected it to be and more. So much more that this review won’t be enough (I’m telling you now!) to describe the intensity and loveliness of this book. I had to collect my thoughts after reading because gosh, I couldn’t take in all the feels! In fact, I was reduced to a freaking basket of emotions but I didn’t regret staying up all night until it’s almost one in the morning that I finished it. The moment I started reading, I found myself in deep in The A. M. Johnson Blackhole that I didn’t mind getting out of. I could stay there forever and be content with life. Thanks.

Still Surviving is about two broken people, Seth Montgomery and Tiffany Webster, who were both trying to ignore that certain something between them because of their past. The same past that shaped them for who they are now, that destroyed their souls. It was painful to read because I learned how dark each of their demons were but also beautiful because it was obvious that they didn’t want their past to hunt their present and future. I was glad that they pulled themselves out of that hellhole. Doesn’t mean though that it wasn’t a struggle to read. Because it was. Every word, every emotion that came with it was heart-gripping on its own that I had no choice but to feel everything and to slow down because I did not dare to miss a thing because it’s beautiful, painful and downright entrancing.

Seth fucking Montgomery. Gosh, this tattooed, talented, smart, funny, deeply wounded with anger, hate and so much disgust man proved me how he totally deserved to be in my Top BBFs. I couldn’t even put into words how much I love this man. He’s so, so much more than what he thought he was. And among the Forever Still men, he’s my favorite. (Sorry Sawyer and Todd.)

Tiffany Narine Webster is the female version of Seth which was why they make a perfect match, only instead of music, Tiff’s creative outlet is art/making tattoos. She knew it was Seth for her when they first met at Blue Bar but she knew the real score because Seth was a huge ass playboy. But they made the best of friends. They’re always there for each other even when Seth’s busy having sex with anyone who wears a skirt and Tiff’s busy burying her feelings for him six feet under. She also has a spot now in my Top BGFs list.

Amanda made each of these characters strong, very real and soulful. And I couldn’t ask for more with that. Also, their love? My. Gosh. One word: MINDBLOWING.

Still Surviving took my breath away, swept me off my feet, made my heart bleed, made me grin like an idiot, sliced me open. And with Amanda’s outstanding prose and alternate POVs, I was sucked wholly and deeply in to the story. It pulled me under. It fucked with my feelings. (If you’ve read Still Water and my review of it, you know that Amanda’s one of the Queens of Plot Twists. This book wasn’t an exception. Thus, my feelings getting fucked.) It fucking tore me down. Bit by bit. And it lifted me up like I’ve gone to heaven at the same time. It wasn’t a dark story but it had its fair share of darkness that made way for the lightness to shine so fucking bright after everything that happened.

Still Surviving delivered a powerfully amazing, beautifully written, deep, heart-wrenching tale of feeling, healing, trusting and surviving.

Now excuse me while I bawl my eyes and try hard to gather my bearings and continue barraging Amanda’s Instagram DM with all my constant annoying fangirl messages because I can’t believe that this trilogy has come to an end, that she has the gall to end this amazing thing (aaaahhhh nooooooo), and that I need to accept that ugly truth, when I know I just want to bask in all things Seth and Tiff. What an ass, right?

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