Genres: Romantic Suspense
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They call him a monster.
Pale blue eyes as cold as ice that see right through you.
He lives in a castle fit for a fairy tale, but he’s no prince.
He’s a killer.
By an act of fate, our worlds collide.
They call him a monster, but he is my salvation.
Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18
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Savage is going on my Top Read list! I was glued to the edge of my seat with this hauntingly beautiful story. I don’t know if it can be described as a straight Dark read, per se, there are some elements that could be put in that particular niche. I think it’s the feeling of darkness and dispair, the surrounding forest and dreams, more than the subject matter, that makes me want to place it in that sub-genre. The story begins thirty years ago and swiftly moves to the present, with alternating POV that allow us to feel the horror, and sadness, these two kindred spirits lived their formative years. It’s a true Romance and I absolutely loved it!
Poor Brochan never had a chance. Abigail, his mother, had been warned a pregnancy was a high risk; she deceived her husband, Finlay, by going against his wishes and getting pregnant. Unfortunately she died giving birth to the boy; Finlay hated him on sight and blamed the innocent child his entire life for her death. His staff, Fenella and Fennegan, made sure he was named Brochan, just as Abigail had wanted, and they raised and tried to protect him from Finlay’s wrath as much as they could. When his teacher, Brianna, defended and protected him from his father, she gained his unsworn loyalty for life, too. The sweet child suffered terrible abuse from Finlay, until his disposition began to harden; he became bitter and feared by many.
Like Brochan, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Danton was born unwanted and unloved. Her father, Rodney, was a successful businessman when he had to marry her mother, Norah, due to an unplanned pregnancy. A child wasn’t enough to keep him at her side; he divorced Norah a few years later and for all intents and purposes, Lizzie too. Norah ignored and mistreated Lizzie, blaming her and making sure Lizzie knew she was unwanted and unloved. When Lizzie was twelve she was sent to live at a boarding school, where she was bullied and mistreated even more, if possible. Norah basically abandoned her there, never calling or visiting, making good on words. At eighteen she went to art school in NYC, painting was always a passion and a release, and she became a successful artist. When she’s informed Norah’s aunt, Brianna, died and left Lizzie a cottage in the Highlands of Scotland, she decides to go visit and immediately falls in love with Scotland. For once in her life she feels at home.
Brochan’s wary of Lizzie when he meets her; she is Norah’s daughter, after all. And Lizzie is warned to stay away from Laird McIntyre; he’s feared by everyone for a good reason but she hates preconceived notions and doesn’t pay attention to heresy. Fenella lays into him for judging Lizzie, due solely to the circumstances of her birth, something he knows firsthand. With so many references to the tale of Little Red Riding Hood, and Brochan cast as the quintessential Wolf, Lizzie should have heeded the many warnings.
“Brochan said he wasn’t looking to be saved. I wasn’t looking to save him. I understood some wounds cut too deep and his seemed to cut right to the bone. My mother was cold and manipulative, but I believed his father had been evil. The fact that Brochan could care about anyone—and he cared about Brianna, Fenella and Finnegan—showed the resiliency of the human spirit. His father hadn’t broken him, dented up and damaged, but that sweet boy Fenella remembered was still there. He was just hiding. I wasn’t about to bring him back into the light. I lived in that darkness too. Sometimes people didn’t want out. Like he said, sometimes we just wanted to know we weren’t alone in it.”
This book was so gripping! This is a tiny peek into the story; it’s filled with intrigue and mystery, a story within the story. And with so much foreshadowing, I was constantly guessing as to where it was headed and, I’m happy to say, I was wrong each and every time. Brochan and Lizzie were made for each other, she was the salve he needed to heal his wounds, and he kept the evil at bay for her. With the Highlands as a backdrop it’s hard not to fall in love with Scotland and want to try a haggis. Kidding! I’ll have a Glenfiddich instead. Here’s to the Savage beast!
Title – Savage: The Awakening of Lizzie Danton
Author – L.A. Fiore
Genre – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date – November 17, 2017
Savage is a story of fighting your own demons and chasing hope through love. A contemporary romance with a dark fairytale vibe set in the majestic Scotland. I fell in love with the characters and the vividly described scenery. – Elena’s Book Blog
Savage was an absolutely breathtaking read. From start to finish, L.A. paints incredibly vivid pictures that make you feel like you’re actually in the old castles on the rolling hills of Scotland. It was a masterpiece from beginning to end. –Sophie, Bookalicious Babes
LA Fiore weaved together the perfect romance with Savage. I fell in love with Brochan and Lizzie so completely I never wanted the book to end. – Author Jessica Prince
The author did a brilliant job bringing Scotland alive, everything was told in such graphic detail that if I closed my eyes I was taken on a mystical journey. Definitely a highly recommended one click come release day, this is a journey you will want to go on. –Kitty Kat’s Crazy About Books
Both the main characters were amazing. I ADORED Lizzie. She was smart. She was a fighter. She was feisty. She had a huge heart and accepted everything that was Brochan without censor or hesitation. Brochan was a bit more complicated. He had that sexy, brooding thing down to a science. –Eve, Between the Bookends