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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Review: Savage Rising by Katie Reus

I’ve been a big of Katie Reus’ books for awhile now but I have to say that this series has me going crazy for each book!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: KR Press LLC
Release Date: September 26, 2017

He's a former Marine, her new fake boyfriend, and the only way to escape her dangerous past.
Having a child changed everything for Olivia—she vowed to keep her little girl safe from the mistakes of her past. But when the most dangerous person she ever met blackmails her into doing one last heist, the world she’s so carefully built goes into a tailspin. Frantic, she heads to Redemption Harbor in search of help. Sparks fly when she meets Savage, a man who will do anything to keep Olivia and her daughter safe. He’ll help her get her life back, but can he handle seeing who she once was?

Can they pull it off?
Savage poses as her obsessive ex during a daring undercover operation—and soon the line between reality and their cover story becomes blurred. He’ll use every trick he knows to keep the sensual woman alive and out of jail—and in his life. But the clock is ticking and if they can’t find a way to trust each other, no one will make it out alive.

What’s it About? The day Olivia became a mom she vowed to protect her daughter from the mistakes she made but when she’s blackmailed into doing one last “job” by a very dangerous man, Olivia takes her daughter to Redemption Harbor for help. There she meets Zac Savage, a dark and deadly man who promises to help her and keep her daughter safe. Olivia goes undercover with Savage posing as her obsessive ex in order to root out her enemies and end their hold on her. However, things get more complicated when Olivia and Savage’s attraction takes a realistic turn and the stakes get higher.

Overall reaction to the story? Katie Reus is one of the few authors who can write an addictive romantic suspense plot with two strong leading characters and a heck of a lot of heat, all while keeping each story different and engaging. Savage Rising surprised me with the heroine though. I was fully expecting her to fall flat especially when compared to the previous book’s heroine but she didn’t! Olivia had a few secrets and skills of her own which brought a whole new level of “cool” to the story. Now I’m going to have a hard time picking a favorite! This book definitely keeps up the pace that the previous book set and gave me something to look forward to in the next book.

Describe the hero in five words: Bossy. Stubborn. Protective. Intelligent. Loyal.
Did you like him? Yes. He was sexy in a scary way.
Why? Savage definitely lived up to his name. He was scary good at his job which up until now, I’m not sure what exactly it entailed, just that he was good at it. However, he also had a strong loyalty to his longtime friends and that said more about him than any skill set. There was nothing he wouldn’t do for them and that included going undercover with a woman he didn’t know in order to protect her and her child. Of course, Savage also has a protective streak a mile wide and a soft spot for Olivia’s daughter. All that made him an ideal hero to me. He was all alpha but with a heart of gold.

Describe the heroine in five words: Surprising. Intelligent. Protective. Kind. Strong.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Olivia was a surprise. I honestly thought she would be a bit on the dull, mousy side and need constant protection. I was so wrong. Olivia had quite the past and that left her some mad skills that put her side by side with Savage when it came to the undercover work. She was definitely not what I was expecting and I loved that about her! She was a strong, capable woman who found herself in over her head but never expected to be rescued, just helped a little along the way.

Let’s talk about the romance: Savage and Olivia had some mad chemistry together that started almost the minute they met. I say almost because they had a bit of a rocky start right before they were introduced. However, they just lit up sparks whenever they were around each other which helped when it came to their cover as ex-lovers reunited. I enjoyed the fact that Katie Reus portrayed Olivia as a mom AND a woman. These two complimented each other so well, Savage was the shield against the rough parts of life and Olivia was the softness needed to balance out those rough parts. Olivia also brought out the tender side in Savage and while no one would ever accuse him of being a softie, he was a natural at being a romantic and at hanging out with Olivia’s daughter.

How about that supporting cast? Savage’s close knit group are like a loud, dangerous family who know about fifty ways to bury a body but you know what? I love that group. They’re fiercely loyal to one another and nothing is off limits when it comes to protecting one of their own. They fight with each other and may even come to blows but at the end of the day they will always be there for each other. I also loved Olivia’s daughter, Valencia. She was a special girl who was wise beyond her years and was just too easy to like.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Savage Rising showcases Katie Reus’ talent for high stakes action, hotter than hot chemistry, and likable characters.

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