Posted by brriske
Title – Project Lexi
Series – The Lexi Series
Author – Lisa Survillas
Genre – NA/Contemporary Romance
Publisher – Lisa Survillas
Cover Artist – Cover design by Kimberly Knight
Photographs for cover by Geanette Trumbull of http://www.TLCbyG.com
Lexi Crandall’s, world is turned upside down junior year of high school. Her confession tears her family apart and leaves them broken. Looking for escape, she heads out of town for college. Wracked with guilt and shame, she keeps to herself, befriending only her roommate, Paige.
Derek Fressen experiences one tragedy after another. After learning to cope with being raised by a single mom, he and his sister, Tiffany, become closer than ever. When Tiffany escapes Seattle for college, Derek takes the opportunity to leave his past behind as well.
San Francisco State University is where Lexi and Derek find themselves junior year, thrown into the most uncomfortable situation possible, a group project that requires each to open up about their past. Their grade depends upon the ability to prove to the professor through a class presentation that they truly learned about one another.
Painful memories and terrifying tests of courage propel Lexi to learn how to take baby steps in the healing process and give her hope of one day feeling normal. Although he feels he’s pretty well healed from the horrible events of his past, Derek is lonely and longing for a life of more. Will they be able to share enough of their lives with each other to pass this class? How much will Lexi let Derek help her in the process? Are their tragic pasts too much to overcome, or will love be in their future?
I can’t get her to look at me, I think she’s ashamed that she has no experience to go with. When I’m finally begging, she looks up and I can’t help it. She looks so lost, so sad. I know that she just needs the courage, but how will she ever find it if she doesn’t know what the reward is like? So I lean over, I place my hand on her cheek, and my lips on hers. She doesn’t freak out, so I use my tongue to entice her. I run it along her lower lip. I feel her breathing pick up and I’m nervous she’ll push me away, but when she doesn’t I try to coax her lips apart so I can really kiss her. When she opens them, her tongue meets mine and I have to keep repeating to myself, “Slow, slow, slow,” or my body might take over and try to push her past her limits. She’s not ready for more than this.
I don’t let myself linger too long. I would love to kiss her all night, but she needs baby steps. I need to give her that or this won’t work. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself, but I should’ve made sure it was okay first.” I say it knowing that she needed the surprise of it or it would’ve never happened.
Her response takes me by surprise, “Don’t. Be. Sorry.” She is breathing hard and can’t form a sentence. I love it. That means she loved it. When she brings her hand up to touch her lips, I know I can make this better for her. I stop her hand with mine and leaving the other on her cheek, I lean back in for a deeper kiss. She responds immediately. I make this one longer, but not much. This time when I pull back, we are both panting for air.
“Wow.” A simple statement from her confirming that she liked it.
Lexi’s on her junior year of college and she is just barely getting by. The only friend and support she has is from her best friend and roommate Paige. Without Paige, Lexi wouldn’t have the strength or will to make it through the day. She tries to remain invisible in her classes as she fights overcoming the trauma from her past. Her therapist helps her through her problems but it’s not enough. In her Communications class she gets an unexpected project and is forced to work with someone. Worse yet, she has to open up about her past to them. This is a huge step for Lexi one she doesn’t know if she can handle.
Derek is focused on his classes just trying to get good grades and graduate. He moved away from home to escape his haunting past and start anew. Lexi and Derek are partnered together for this assignment and it’s going to be tough for both of them. Learning more about each other is just the first step. Talking about their past may be more healing then they thought. Maybe being paired together isn’t such a bad thing.
A sweet beautiful story filled with love and hope. This story made my heart soar and spirit dance. Derek was the sweetest guy ever. Even though he had a tragic past of his own he never faltered in his care for Lexi. He showed her kindness and understanding the likes of which are rare to find. Derek is every woman’s dream come true. Lexi is struggling to get by and deal with her past. She slowly becomes stronger throughout the novel. Trauma is hard to cope with but there is always hope and Derek shows her that. The story was a uplifting sweet read.
I recommend this to any contemporary romance fan looking for a beautiful hope-filled story. This is sure to make you smile and melt your heart.
I rate this 4 fangs.
I’m Lisa. I live in sunny southern California with my wonderful husband and two teenage children. Hubbyis a high school PE teacher and is the coach of three different high school sports. With two kids in high school and involved in activities both inside and outside of school, I have a lot to juggle. When home, I lock myself inside the office to write. I’ve always loved to write, but life always seemed to be too busy. When inspiration finally hit, I made the most of the time hubby and kids were busy and published my first book in February 2014. It’s a teen/young adult book and the first in a series. I’m currently working on a New Adult/Contemporary Romance series with the first book due out end of June 2014. Be on the look-out for more.