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Surviving Passion (The Shattered World Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maia Underwood
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Book Description

"It's a strange time when the safest place in the world is in the arms of the person who frightens you the most."

After the violent death of her father, it is Selena who becomes the ghost. Every day is a lone struggle for survival in the wilderness, more than a decade after the fall of modern civilization. No longer subject to law, order, or the social norms of its domestic past, the primal nature of man has reared its head with alarming swiftness.

From her own frightening experiences, Selena has learned just how dangerous men are. Now, she avoids them at all costs, mastering a thoroughly elusive lifestyle, until she meets her match. After a chance encounter, Selena's life is swept on a tide of chaotic involvement with Dan, an intense but disciplined leader who clashes with her approach to survival on every level. Through her wild experiences with this frightening but captivating man, Selena learns that the human animal loves as passionately as it kills.

Note: This novel is more dramatic, suspenseful and adventurous than sweet, loving and traditional.
Caution: Contains explicit sex scenes.

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  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 185 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037KMFJY
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So, so much more than romance February 24, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This book I would not call a romance, then again it isn't just a post apocalypse either, it's so much more. Maia Underwood has created a believable and tormented world. After the economy falls, the world falls and of course, thank you human nature, the human race begins it's rapid decline back to primitive times. Women are scarce and therefore a commodity. Communities with any form of civilization or morals are hard to find, and the worst are the human parasites that run in packs just taking whatever they need from whomever.

The story opens with a beautiful women looking desperately in a ghost town for any kind of survival books. She's been on her own for four years, her father died hiding her from above mentioned parasites, her mother died years ago. Unfortunately she's not alone and the chase is on, her vs. 5 or 6 bigger, stronger men who have probably been without... hmmmm... female companionship for a while. Lucky for her, her hiding spot is the same as Dan's. She's very lucky he found her, he comes from a community that abides by a code of laws, woman aren't just taken, and everyone helps out in the community. Selena's been alone far too long to trust anyone especially a 'community' of seven men and only four women. Well.... it doesn't really look like Dan will give her a choice.

My friends that is only the beginning, what follows next is a journey into the future, a future that is scary and feral and often times cruel. This isn't a romance, in fact there are only a couple... 'forest' scenes in the book. It's more about the morality of mankind, the journey of a woman and the fall of a man. Selena isn't used to interacting with people, this makes her a danger to herself. Dan isn't used to allowing himself the freedom of, well I guess un-controlledness.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good but a little off. March 5, 2011
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This was a very good debut novel from new direct-to-digital novelist Maia Underwood. I really enjoyed the concept of a disastrous future environment. Underwood imagines an America after an event has happened "The Crash" which basically was a financial failure.

"... the global economy had crumbled, forcing the closure of many industrial... giants; and bringing the essential transportation and distribution of goods to a grinding halt. ... the old way of life began to disintegrate... global anarchy took root.... (2%)."

It is in this environment that young Selena was raised, living with her parents on the run. Lucky for her, her mother was a nurse and her father an anthropologist, so she was able to learn survival skills from them, including becoming a leatherworker. After her parents have passed, Selena lives like a ghost in the shadows, deftly avoiding human contact. In the time of anarchy, other humans are a threat, not only because they would rob her, but could also threaten her virtue.

Eventually she runs into Dan... the son of a Special Forces Unit Military Officer who "convinces" the young lady to come with him and join a small hidden community of nice humans who have banded together. Selena has been far too long without human contact and it takes her time to learn to grapple with the struggles of living with others but she eventually finds her place.

As much as I enjoyed this novel... I'd say it was only good (not great) because it was marketed as a romance and it just wasn't very romantic. There is absolutely no POV from Dan, the hero, and the story is almost entirely from the perspective of Selena.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly good December 22, 2010
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After the fall of modern civilization, Selena and her parents strive to live in a world where survival of the fittest is the norm and the innocent, like Selena, live in constant danger. There are no laws, no order, and when a man attacks 12-year-old Selena, her parents rush her into seclusion. They learn how to survive on their own in the mountains; to hunt, fish, make shelter, and make clothing using leather hides. When the opportunity arises, they scavenge abandoned homes and towns for anything useful for their survival. The story opens on one such opportunity. Now 24, and four years on her own since her parent's deaths, Selena finds an abandoned home and searches for How-To books. While there, five rough and dangerous men arrive and in a panic, Selena steals one of their horses and rides fast and furiously to the closest town. It is there she meets Dan, a man determined to save her - whether she appreciates it or not. This novel follows the tale of Dan and Selena as they struggle against the criminal elements of the time, and with their growing feelings for each other. Selena, unwilling to place neither her very life nor her trust in Dan, fights him every step of the way. And no matter that she has tried to kill him and runs away every chance she gets, Dan is determined to take her to safety, his village, and hopefully his bed. Dan is a super hero. He is strong and brave and feels that he must be in control at all times - especially his emotions. This control, and the final breaking of it, is what spurs the most passionate and erotic episode I've had the pleasure of reading in a very long time. Ms. Underwood's ability to portray Selena's chaotic emotions as she learns to trust, accept and love Dan is breathtaking. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Great Apocalyptic read!! I really enjoyed the book but found the romance a lacking, although in retrospect I understood the author's perspective. Read more
Published 1 month ago by soraya_latina
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Not what I expected. I thought this I would be just another romance novel, however it read more like a survival book with some romance through in. Read more
Published 2 months ago by StarbucksAwesome
4.0 out of 5 stars good survival after the end of civilization type of story
This book was a good survival after the end of civilization type of story. I liked that Selena was an atypical heroine. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Justirishgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written for a sci fi, enviromental romance if ...
Well written for a sci fi, enviromental romance if I may say. The couple both are interesting and felt real for me. Refreshing read.
Published 8 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book was very exciting and kept my interest throughout the whole story! I enjoyed it very much and a lot more!
Published 9 months ago by Nano
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!
I was completely captivated by this story! Beautifully written and finally got me out of my book rut. Read more
Published 10 months ago by tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Beans!
Loved the series!
Published 10 months ago by barbara pursell
5.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more!
I read this book at the recommendation of a friend, and boy am I glad I did!

Why did I like it?

- The setting/environment. Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. Okumura
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story for all you romantics !!!
The story itself was really good, who doesn't love a good romance story. I bought book 2 and can't wait to start reading.
More proofreading needed for typos.
Published 14 months ago by Nancy England
5.0 out of 5 stars addicted
I loved this book! I was apprehensive at first because I wasn't too sure about the plot, but I did not regret it. Action packed with a kick ass female, how can you go wrong?
Published 16 months ago by RSaunders
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More About the Author

Maia Underwood is a self-published author who received a BA in environmental science with an emphasis in nature literature. Thanks to long periods of immersion in the wilderness during various conservation efforts, Maia has developed an intimate familiarity with the quality of life that comes with living in nature.

Maia's focus in romance writing centers largely around natural themes, as her storytelling consistently flirts with the primal or animal qualities that are inarguably present in our our humanity, no matter how suppressed they may be today.

Maia began working on Surviving Passion at the age of twenty-five and has now finished its sequel, Surviving Seduction. She initially envisioned a lifelong career in conservation but since stumbling upon romance writing, she is looking forward to a long and fruitful career as an author. She continues to read romance and erotica to further broaden her horizons, and hopes to bring something new to the genre with her unique post-apocalyptic setting in The Shattered World series.

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Maia Underwood, what is next?
According to her website, Maia says she's working on the sequel.
Jan 13, 2011 by Casey Dare |  See all 10 posts
Love Surviving Passion by Maia Underwood
just finished this great book and i'm really interested to know if anyone has read something similar? post-apocalypse-romantic-suspense i guess?!
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