I am so happy to present to you one of SHAY SAVAGE's awesome books!
A few months ago, I read her book SURVIVING RAINE and I never forgot it. I finally had the courage to read the next book and I'm excited to report that I LOVE IT!!!
Sebastian Stark just isn’t cut out for normal life with a girlfriend in the hot and humid city of Miami. All in all, he’d rather be back on the island where it was just the two of them, and he could keep everything in balance. The bar down the street tempts him daily, but he’s determined to remain strong. Adjusting to normal life is difficult, but Bastian is doing his best to keep himself together and the nightmares away. Raine’s happy, and that’s what matters to him the most.
But not all nightmares can be driven away.
When Bastian’s former mentor comes into the picture and presents him with an ultimatum, Bastian slips into old habits. Though he wants to shield Raine from the truth, the shady circumstances of his past form into a hurricane he can’t control. In an effort to protect her, Bastian has no choice but to throw himself back into his old job – death match tournaments – just one last time.
Dropped into the arctic wilderness with weapons loaded, Bastian has to compete against representatives from major crime lords all over the states. He’s studied his competition, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s ready to battle for the woman he loves. There’s only one opponent in the mix that causes him any concern. In order to guarantee Raine’s safety, Bastian will be pitted against the key hit man for Chicago’s largest mob family – a guy who’s known as one hell of a shot.
A guy named Evan Arden.
ACTION PACKED! AWESOME SEQUEL TO THE FIRST ONE!
First, let me admit to y'all that I waited for the perfect moment to read this book. You see, I thought the ending to the first book was already perfect. I thought I didn't need more confirmation of their happily ever after. However, I was wrong. I needed more of them. I needed to know about him and Raine. I needed more of Sebastian Stark.
They pick up where they left off in the first book. Sebastian and Raine are currently living in Miami. In a building with many other people. Hey at least they're near the beach, right?
Raine hates the beach now. She doesn't like it now because of their time at sea. Ironic really because Bastian loves it as much as she hates it.
And that's a problem.
You see, in the first book, we already know that Sebastian could be a jerk. A real jerk about almost everything. He has a temper, but he acts like he's a child around Raine. Here in this book, Bastian becomes more of a jerk. I think it's really the stress of having more people around. I know how he wants the solitary life (WITH RAINE), but since he couldn't have it, he put up with it but is all stressed about it too. In all fairness to him, I think the gentle, caring and loving (not that he ever stopped saying or expressing his love for Raine) Bastian has always been there, he just needed a purpose. He needed to be needed.
That's where the complication comes in.
He's called again.
I know, I know. He shouldn't be doing that anymore, being a retired fighter and all that. However, there's an important catch. That catch is his reason to stomach what he's about to do when he said yes to fighting again.
Yes, he's fighting again in this book and the number 1 rule is that there's only ONE survivor. ONE ONLY! He has the right motivation now, so he should really come home alive!
I had no doubt that he'll come out as the winner, but how he does just that is the thing that you have to look forward to.
THE ACTION. IT'S PURE EXCITEMENT AND THRILL! Honestly, it was like watching a movie - like the adult version of HUNGER GAMES. I loved every page of it. You must think that I'm some kind of a sadist, but no. I'm not all for the killing, I'm all for Bastian's survival and the methods of each and every one of them in that field. Definitely a must read! I love the way he pushes himself and the way he observes his opponents. His focus is the best thing. He's just plain awesome that way. :)
I admire Raine's strength in all of this. She might not be physically strong, but mind and heart? She's amazing! I love how she sticks by his side no matter what. She must really love him and I like that for them.
The twists in this book is never ending. I totally think that there's another book coming since there are some lose ends in here. I want to see what will happen to other characters like Landon. I actually want to see if Bastian would get a regular job. I know it's a long shot since I can't even imagine him as anything but a fighter. It'll be interesting to see.
All in all, Shay Savage is still a genius in my opinion. This is an awesome book. Truly awesome!!
5 FAIRY WINGS!
(as seen on Goodreads)
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.