Review: Savage Hunger (Savage Trilogy #1) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Hunger
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 12/17/19
Length:  185 Pages
Series:  Savage Trilogy #1

Overview

The first book in a new savagely intense trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones.

Rick Savage, but they call him Savage and for a reason. He can make you laugh and then rip your heart out. No one knows that more than me, Candace Marks, the woman he left bleeding from the heart. I loved him. Lord help me, I’ve never stopped loving him.

Now, I’m engaged to another man, a brutal man I’m trapped into marrying, when to my shock, Savage returns home. Savage who I haven’t heard from in years. I want to hate him. I have ever reason to hate him, but I can’t. I still love him and I fear he will save me just to leave me bleeding one last time. He stirs my desires, a dark, delicious, and dangerous man destined to hurt me and leave me. This time I’m not sure I’ll survive.

My Thoughts

i LOVE Savage – you all probably know that by now from all the endless stories from LRJ that have anyone from Walker involved. He’s mysterious sure, but he’s got this amazing sense of humor that comes out at all times, and he’s loyal to a fault. We saw him get close to someone sort of in a previous series, when he was protecting a girl from a man who everyone thought was dirty CIA, and now we see why he’s so quick to defend and protect.

We pick up this series when the Walker guys are blowing off some steam at a bar, and someone from Savage’s past that he’d rather keep there comes around, cashing in a favor that he feels he’s owed from their shared days in black ops. Mind you, this guy Tag is dirty and everyone knows it. Savage decides that he can’t say no to this debt because 1) it’s a blood oath of sorts that he can’t back away from and 2) he needs to protect Walker from his past and this is the only / best way. So this mission that Tag needs him to go on, sends him straight back to his past in San Antonio, to kill someone, and to dig up all the ghosts from his past in the form of his family and his love.

This is where Candace comes in – the one woman that Savage ever loved and the one woman that could break hm. There are clearly still feelings between them, and feelings that neither can deny, even though Candace feels so betrayed and angry at him for leaving her all those years ago.

The irony of all this is that Savage starts to connect the dots that his mission is tied directly to the man that is engaged to Candace now, the man who also is a dirty ex CIA and politician, and a man who seemingly wants her father dead, and has connections that even the Walkers can’t dig up . And yes, the entire Walker firm is behind Savage on this as they protect their family.

In this first installment of Savage’s series, we see him reunite with his love, a woman that he’s not willing to let go again, and we see him still unclear on the motives of Tag and who he wants Savage to kill. There are so many unknowns and as a result, so many different angles that they need to explore in order to keep everyone safe until they get instructions and clarity.

This of course all comes to a head where we are left off in this book with a car chase and no clear idea of who’s behind the wheel of the other car.

In true fashion of our author Lisa Renee Jones, we get quite a bit of emotions in this story. We have intense chemistry and passion between Savage and Candace, we get deep rooted family hatred between Savage and his father. We have mystery and intrigue with the idea that we don’t know what these guys are walking into and we have anxiety since there’s so much illegal connection making going on that there’s no way that everyone will come out unscathed. I’m bummed that i have to wait until the end of Feb for the 2nd book since i’m completely tapped in, but i guess i’ll have to be patient. Enjoy!

Review: Savage Nights (Savage Trilogy #2) by Mia Gabriel

No-Brainer

Title:  Savage Nights
Author: Mia Gabriel
Publisher/Year:  St Martin’s Press 2/2/16
Length:  304 pages
Series:  Savage Trilogy #2

Overview

Amid the glittering backdrop of Edwardian London, a pleasure-loving lord and a sensually awakened American heiress give into the passion that burns them…and ignites their souls…

Evelyn Hart found the freedom to experience the most seductive pleasures in the arms of the Earl of Savage. But what began as a wickedly suggestive game amongst London’s wealthiest elite is about to become a much deeper connection between the two—where more than desire is at risk…

SAVAGE NIGHTS

Savage opens Evelyn’s eyes to an intoxicating world—and her heart to the most powerful kind of love. But with a profoundly intense bond comes even greater danger. When jealousy smolders— and passion ignites—it is too late to stop. And with the fire between them burning fierce and hot, Savage and Evelyn are bound together to resist all that threatens to tear them apart…in Savage Nights by Mia Gabriel.

My Thoughts

It’s been a while since i read the first one so i had to quickly take a glimpse back to what i had thought at the end of the book to ground myself here again.  I have to say that while i feel like this is a great continuation of the story – the same hesitation that i had the first time around continues here – in the sense that it’s a true period book, with verbiage and sceneing that’s so rightly set in the past but out of my comfort zone.  That being said, we had a good bridge as the story continues.

Where we find ourselves this time around is with Savage and Eve, now that they are leaving Wrenton and ‘The Game’ in the confines that they have known it for the past week, they have chosen to continue the game on their terms back in London and have fled the house in the middle of the night.

Throughout this next installment, we see Savage challenge and test Eve in ways that she’s not comfortable with but grows into.  She’s trying to overcome what she has known from New York and her protective father and older late husband, and really be the 25 yr old who lives in the moment and finds her own passions.  The issue that we can all expect to see though is that at the young age of 25, she’s going to fall for Savage more than what he’s willing to allow for and that’s going to lead to heartbreak.

We see just about everyone trying to keep her away from Savage and remind Eve that her reputation is one of high standings yet being in his company, residing in his house, all for the sake of passion and ‘the Game’ – she’s tarnishing that and everyone’s gossiping to that fact.  Does she care – not so much.  we’ll see what that means.

In addition to some really hot and steamy passion that you see coming from the pages, the way that these two connect on a physical level is something to be seen.  I don’t know if they are truly connecting on a deeper level.  Eve keeps trying but Savage is closed off.

The other nice thing that we get here to keep our attention outside of the bedroom is that there’s a Baron who’s still after Eve which causes some sticky situations.  we also see the appearance of Savage’s son, and what that means, well who knows.  There’s also a huge decision to be made at the end of this story given that Savage only promised a week and that’s not necessarily enough for either or both of them.  The issue being that they only committed to that, so we’ll have to see what happens in the next book i suppose.  On that note – happy monday all and have a great week.