Title: Project Lexi
Series: The Lexi Series #1
Author: Lisa Survillas
Genre: NA Romance
Release Date: June 19, 2014
Lexi Crandall’s world is turned upside down her junior year of high school. Her confession tears her family apart and leaves them broken. Looking for an escape after graduation, 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 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 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 Lexi and Derek be able to share enough of their lives with each other to pass the 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?
**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+ due to explicit sexual situations and alcohol consumption.**
"Derek, I . . . um, well . . . " Great, let's make thins worse by speaking like an idiot too. I take a deep breath before starting over. "I, um . . . I don't know how to do this, um, this friend thing. Paige is my only friend. It's that way for a reason. You don't want to be a part of my crazy. That is the only thing that is special about me. My special kind of crazy."
"Please let me make that decision for myself. None of us are damage-free. We all carry baggage. I'm not asking to empty yours, just to help you carry it when you need the help. No questions asked. All I need is friendship. You intrigue me, but if friendship is what we start with, then that is where we start. If that is where it ends, then we'll be friends."
I nod my head. I don't know what else to say. Friends? Can I do another friend? When the truth came out all those years ago, my friends left. They couldn't take it. People stared, whispered, and blamed. It was a lot for everyone. My biggest fear with this project is that those moments will happen again. I can't run this time, there is too much invested here already. I'll have a year and a half to endure it all over again. I won't be losing friends though. Paige knows and won't leave when everyone finds out. But if I let Derek in, will he stay or leave? Will I be able to handle having him look at me that way once he knows?
Project Lexi by Lisa Survillas is a story like none other that I have read before and I promise that it will break your heart into a million pieces and put it back together again at the same time. A story filled with the secrets of a past that still haunt and cultivate the actions of the present but hopefully not the future, the reader has no choice but to hold out hope that Lexi and Derek can overcome everything that they have experienced in their childhoods so that they can come together as a whole, and possibly on their path to finally healing. This book was a 4.5 star read for me and I won't lie that as soon as I turned the last page I immediate went onto Amazon to purchase book two because I just HAD TO KNOW what was in store for these two!
Lexi is in her junior year of college, a college she chose because it is far from her childhood home. A home that is filled with secrets that once set free changed her life forever, turning her into a person who was fearful of life itself but especially fearful of people; specifically males. When she is paired with Derek on a group project in a communications class that focuses solely on them getting to know each other and showing the class that they went beyond the superficial questions, she panics not wanting anyone to know what happened to her. With her roommate and best friend Paige by her side, she sees that maybe by talking about the tragedies she faced, she will be able to start to heal and actually live like a normal 21 year old.
Derek is a transfer student who needed to get away for the last two years of college, away from a past filled with sadness. Although he fights the guilt and lonliness everyday of what took place, he is looking forward to trying to forge a new path. Having one class that did not transfer from community college, Derek is forced to take communications which leads him to Lexi; a girl he is drawn to but doesn't understand why.
Together Derek and Lexi begin to fight the demons that haunt them on a daily basis. Lexi is struggling to survive all that she has been through and Derek is struggling to let someone get close to his heart and overcome the guilt of his past. Together they aren't as broken as they are apart. Will their relationship turn romantic? Can each of them give up the control that they need to keep the demons at bay to allow their relationship to last? You will have to read to find out.
Hi! I'm Lisa. I live in SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA with my wonderful husband and two teenage children. 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. I've published a total of 4 books in the past year and am hoping to bring you a few more before 2015 ends.
Come meet Lisa at the Naughty in the South Author Event in Birmingham, AL on June 6, 2015