Savage Dom is the first book in Jane’s new Savage Island duet. Now, duets tend to have cliffhangers between 1&2, but Jane decided to be nice to us, and didn’t leave us hanging too badly, by giving us an HFN. Plus the next one comes out in just a couple of weeks, so for those of you who don’t like any kind of cliffie, then you only need to wait for a few more days.
So, here’s our story. We open to a couple of creepy guys who are making creepy plans, and they mention a journalist named Harper. Harper writes about a lot of feminist and women’s rights issues. She is her younger brother’s guardian, but apart from him, she’s pretty alone in the world. When she gets given a free cruise, she double checks to make sure it’s not a scam, and a friend convinces her to go. After all, she won it, she should definitely take a break. And so she does, and she is smothered in attention. Each and every one of her whims, wishes, and desires are answered. Then one day, they are out and about, on a trip to a beautiful tropical island, and she’s out and taking pictures, and then runs into a very not nice person.
Cy was a Navy SEAL. He and his men, or what’s left of them, have been stuck on a deserted island for no one really knows how long. There were once 6, and now there’s Cy, and he thinks that there may be 2 others still alive. He doesn’t remember a whole lot. His mind is all fuzzy. He gets bits and pieces, but not all that much. All 3 of the surviving men on the island have gone feral to one degree or another and it’s very much every man for himself. There isn’t a lot of food, so when they find do find anything to eat, they hoard it and guard it so that no one else can get it. One day, one of the other men came up to him and they saw that there was a cruise ship off the island, a landing boat, and people on the island. By the time they get down there, everything and everyone is gone, except for one woman who is screaming her head off. She’s met the other guy on the island. The one who is way far gone. Super far gone. And is all kinds of rapey. And of course, Cy runs to save her.
I’m walking a really fine line here with this book, because I’m afraid that I’m going to spoil it if I talk a lot about the book, because I think it would be really easy to do. What I will say is that the story is very intense, and all kinds of things happened, and some of them were a little odd, and some weren’t.
I like Cy. I think, at his heart, that he is as good a guy as he can be. He might not be able to remember a lot about himself at this point, because well, he’s been left on a tropical island in a feral state for a while, but there is at his center, that good place. Of course, that doesn’t mean that he’s not still an asshole, because you can have a good center and still be an asshole. I have to wonder what Cy was like before he got stuck on the island.
Harper is a very strong woman before she gets to the island, and I think that there are aspects of what happens there that are actually kinda good for her. I mean, I’m sure that she would rather get those things in a different way, but still, they are there. I think that Cy is good for her and that she is good for Cy.
The story is going to continue most interesting. Envy me as I already have the ARC for the next one, and I’ll be reading it on Monday. I can’t wait to find out what happens. There isn’t anything below the picture today, because, well, there just isn’t.
So, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out! Happy reading!