Friday, May 10, 2013

Review of Savage by Willow Rose

Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar, #1)

"The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up."

My review:
This is the first book I have read by Willow Rose and I did enjoy it. I would say there were some adult sexual themes in this book so I would not recommend it as a YA book. A little bad language and no f words.
The book has Christian Langaa reminiscing about his life since he came to Florida to finish his medical school studies. He is staying at a doctor's home with Dr. and Mrs. Kirk and their daughter, Heather. Christian is from Denmark; Odense where Hans Christian Andersen was born.
Christian is a bit unusual in my mind but I did get used to him and his feelings. It took me about 65 pages or so to get into the book and it really got my interest when the "unusual' neighbors became involved. They were the family Christian needed as his relationship with his father was very cool after the death of Christian's mother and the Kirks were not a close family, in my opinion.
The first night Christian arrived in Florida, he went out with Heather and her friends. Heather persuaded Christian to take off his clothes and go into the water. Alligators attacked Christian and a jaguar pulls him to shore. Christian dies and comes back with some strange powers. The story goes deeper into the paranormal portion of the book.
A guitar plays an important part of Christian's life as he sings to bring peace into his heart. He thinks of himself as a lover who loves and leaves them. Christian does find an interest in Aiyana, the neighbor next door.
I like the information Willow Rose has added to the book such as Hans Christian Andersen's home town, information about jaguars (page 94), some history about St. Augustine's and the Timucua Indians of Florida ( It always adds to the story and shows the author has done some research.
I will give Savage a 4 star rating and not a 5 star because of the ending. The reader can decide why when they read the book.

I received a complimentary copy of Savage, Daughters of the Jaguar, Book One to read and review. The opinions are my own.
Leona Olson

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