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Gray was the love of Russ's life until Gray's stepfather, Johnny, decided he wanted Russ for himself. When Russ is punished for rejecting Johnny by being locked out of Survival, the rock group he created, he hits the bottom, losing Gray, and his career. A few years later, on the night of Survival's homecoming, Russ is hoping to kill his pain on a barstool across town when Gray was the love of Russ's life until Gray's stepfather, Johnny, decided he wanted Russ for himself. When Russ is punished for rejecting Johnny by being locked out of Survival, the rock group he created, he hits the bottom, losing Gray, and his career. A few years later, on the night of Survival's homecoming, Russ is hoping to kill his pain on a barstool across town when he meets Eddie. Eddie has lusted over the gorgeous Russ since high school, but Russ didn't know he was alive. He was too enrapt


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Gray was the love of Russ's life until Gray's stepfather, Johnny, decided he wanted Russ for himself. When Russ is punished for rejecting Johnny by being locked out of Survival, the rock group he created, he hits the bottom, losing Gray, and his career. A few years later, on the night of Survival's homecoming, Russ is hoping to kill his pain on a barstool across town when Gray was the love of Russ's life until Gray's stepfather, Johnny, decided he wanted Russ for himself. When Russ is punished for rejecting Johnny by being locked out of Survival, the rock group he created, he hits the bottom, losing Gray, and his career. A few years later, on the night of Survival's homecoming, Russ is hoping to kill his pain on a barstool across town when he meets Eddie. Eddie has lusted over the gorgeous Russ since high school, but Russ didn't know he was alive. He was too enrapt

30 review for Survival

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ayanna

    ...clusterfuuuuuck... I want Gray and Russ to end up together and have an HEA of sorts... post-read ETA: This was definitely a "Can you feel ze schadenfreude?" book. Although the stomping on the phone really was excessively melodramatic, *tsk, tsk. Argh. I mean, it was cool at first, but then it slowly got more and more melodramatic and, actually, rather kitsch-y. Anyways, I decided not to question the campy cheesiness and just ride out the storm of melodrmatic purple. Gray's always had a bit of TSTL ...clusterfuuuuuck... I want Gray and Russ to end up together and have an HEA of sorts... post-read ETA: This was definitely a "Can you feel ze schadenfreude?" book. Although the stomping on the phone really was excessively melodramatic, *tsk, tsk. Argh. I mean, it was cool at first, but then it slowly got more and more melodramatic and, actually, rather kitsch-y. Anyways, I decided not to question the campy cheesiness and just ride out the storm of melodrmatic purple. Gray's always had a bit of TSTL about him, but that was part of his charm. The explicit TSTL moment towards the end was just ew. "What's going on? How is this possible? Did he really just ___? How can this be?" Oh, come on. You can't set something in the modern day and still have that shit. And then it gets really, really purply. It has a spectacularly aubergine Declaration of Mutual Love and then an aubergine Transcendent Fucking of Perfect Love. Oh, god. And thus appeareth the Angel from Above. Well, at least Gray gets to display that savant-like ability to Know all of the TSTL characters must have (it's written into their contracts). Personal pet peeve - when people write lyrics and call them songs. As an actual "music person," such callous disregard for the actual music part of music tends to annoy me. At least have the courtesy to call it what it is - uber cheesy bad poetry. (For those who can't tell, I am partially joking.) The song was clearly a badly veiled allegorical symbol of the entire story and whatnot. Simple, a bit uninspired, but I guess useful in its own way. But damn, it's a short-ass song. Unless there are many and numerous guitar riffs in between that, for obvious reasons, can't be written in... guilty-pleasure is basically any book I thought wasn't bad, but still kind of a waste of time. But it wasn't bad *shrug Argh. I hate it when authors Flanderize their characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Liza

    Holy hell, what a mindf*ck!! That was nothing like I expected and I am very satisfied. Russell and Gray were high school sweethearts and bandmates until Gray's stepfather set Russ up and broke them up. Years later, Russ is still in love with Gray and on the night that his old band comes to town for a concert, he meets Eddie in a bar. Eddie offers him the chance to get back into the band, but it comes with a price. From there, things get all kinds of crazy. Deals with the devil, sexual servitude, Holy hell, what a mindf*ck!! That was nothing like I expected and I am very satisfied. Russell and Gray were high school sweethearts and bandmates until Gray's stepfather set Russ up and broke them up. Years later, Russ is still in love with Gray and on the night that his old band comes to town for a concert, he meets Eddie in a bar. Eddie offers him the chance to get back into the band, but it comes with a price. From there, things get all kinds of crazy. Deals with the devil, sexual servitude, murder, demons, abuse, kinky sex, and a chance at redemption and true love. I had to force myself to stop reading at 2am last night to get some sleep, otherwise I would have been up all night reading. I wish there was a sequel because while there was a HEA, it left a lot open for another book! One could only hope....

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    So here's the thing, this wasn't a story I was in the mood for. I finished my last book and read the blurbs of all the ones that remained on my list for the month. This isn't what I wanted to read next. I don't know reading the blurb now, that I've finished the book makes sense. But before hand I didn't get how this story was going to be. It's a paranormal book about, with demons and a lot of non-consensual sex. It was a little light on the actual rockstar/celebrity parts and much heavier on the So here's the thing, this wasn't a story I was in the mood for. I finished my last book and read the blurbs of all the ones that remained on my list for the month. This isn't what I wanted to read next. I don't know reading the blurb now, that I've finished the book makes sense. But before hand I didn't get how this story was going to be. It's a paranormal book about, with demons and a lot of non-consensual sex. It was a little light on the actual rockstar/celebrity parts and much heavier on the dark and heavy parts. It was just much darker than I was expecting. I have to really psych myself up for that kind of story. I'm saying this because my mood tainted my opinion of this book, and I know it. Gray is almost too saccharine and Eddies is almost too pure evil. Russell is trapped in between his love of Gray and hos hatred of Eddie and is subjected to a good deal of torture and anguish, both mentally and physically because of it. There are some things in this story that felt unfinished or at least odd and unexplained. (view spoiler)[Rodney & Ivan, the rest of the original band, are off to me. I kept waiting for them to be revealed as angels or something. I don't know why. What became of Josh, the head of the record company? Was he one of Eddie's souls or did he have his own deal with the devil? As a demon will Russell live forever? So what happens with Gray as he starts to age? And now that Russell had been recruited by "the other side", what happens? What exactly does that mean? (hide spoiler)] In some places I felt like the book just dragged a bit. Mostly I feel like the more interesting story is the story that comes after the end of this book. I would be interested in reading that. This was my first DJ Manly book. I'm uncertain if this book is representative of his usually style, but from reading other reviews it seems not. If it isn't, I'd like to give something else of his a try. Maybe if a sequel to this book ever comes about, I'll even give this one a re-read to see how I feel.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Rolle

    Russell and Gray were in high school together and they were also sweetheart. Gray as singer and Russell as leader guitarist, they founded the Survival, a rock band very popular in the local circuit. But one fateful night Gray's stepfather, Johnny, made a move on Russ and when he refused his advances he set up Russ with another guy to be found by Gray. Obviously Gray dumped Russ immediately and Johnny managed to lock him out of the band. Now three years later Russ is still mourning the loss of bo Russell and Gray were in high school together and they were also sweetheart. Gray as singer and Russell as leader guitarist, they founded the Survival, a rock band very popular in the local circuit. But one fateful night Gray's stepfather, Johnny, made a move on Russ and when he refused his advances he set up Russ with another guy to be found by Gray. Obviously Gray dumped Russ immediately and Johnny managed to lock him out of the band. Now three years later Russ is still mourning the loss of both Gray and the band. So when he is accosted by Eddie in a pub, and the man proposes him an "evil" pact, Russ makes a big mistakes and accepts the help. Eddie is a twisted guy who has sold his soul to the devil. In exchange of a lot of powers, he needs to collect souls, and he starts doing it with all the men around Russ and Gray. But when Russ and Gray have the chance to meet again, love is stronger than ever, and maybe it will give them the strenght to face the devil. The story is pretty complex, and there are a lot of supporting characters that enter and leave the scene. Even if it's not directly connected, the setting is the same of another novel by D.J. Manly, Payment Due, and like in that book, the two main lovers will have to fight a lot to be together, and before the ending, they will experience a lot of things, some good and some very bad, and unfortunately they will not go out without being deeply scarred. Survival plays with what is good and what is evil, and maybe it doesn't end how you will expect it... maybe demons are not the evilest ones. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002GPGZ42/?...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen K

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I liked this a lot. Rockstars are one of my favorite subjects and DJ wrote them so beautifully. All in all it was really a heart-wrenching book - seeing all the things Russell went through basically because he loved Gray so much. He was a loving, broken, emotional character, as was Gray (with a little bit of honey-sweetness mixed in). Together they were perfection; a romantic, committed, almost old-fashioned love clearly displayed between them. As for Eddie, that man just needed someone to run h I liked this a lot. Rockstars are one of my favorite subjects and DJ wrote them so beautifully. All in all it was really a heart-wrenching book - seeing all the things Russell went through basically because he loved Gray so much. He was a loving, broken, emotional character, as was Gray (with a little bit of honey-sweetness mixed in). Together they were perfection; a romantic, committed, almost old-fashioned love clearly displayed between them. As for Eddie, that man just needed someone to run him over with a big old truck... more than once too. I thought the plot was original and though sometimes it delved into an uncomfortable zone with me (some of the non-con, BDSM), I still found I couldn't stop reading it. I would have loved to have seen past the ending of the book, to see what the boys' lives would become since they were back together where they belonged. Sequel, please!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Very dark story from D J Manly. This one deals with the idea of what would you be willing to make a deal with the for. Very well written and the connection between the Gray And Russell was very strong and built up throughout the book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lidia

    Beautiful and troubled history between the Gray and Russ. Very realistic storyline, I was disappointed just a little late.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex Hahn

    I like the paranormal aspect in the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    justanya

  10. 4 out of 5

    Suong Doan

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Treadway

  12. 5 out of 5

    Betryal

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jay

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra P

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mashkai

  17. 5 out of 5

    LoriO.

  18. 5 out of 5

    jules0623

  19. 4 out of 5

    Serena Yates

  20. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Gosselin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cecilia

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabetta

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Dettmer

  24. 4 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cat

  27. 5 out of 5

    Devon Rhodes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shaz

  29. 5 out of 5

    Evogue

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marty Rayne

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