Book Review: Savaged
Review of the novel Savaged by Nacole Stayton.
The twist of a knife shredded Niko Kincaid’s world all around him, leaving him with two choices—accept his fate and die, or fight to live.
He chose to fight, but the aftermath became a daily reminder, carved into his once flawless flesh.
Despite years of self-imposed solitude, Niko hungers for companionship and suffers from an aching loneliness that the darkness cannot satisfy. He temporarily soothes his pain with women, hired women, whose only purpose is to service him. Easy.
He didn’t expect a complication like Cambree Evans, but desperation corrupts even the most innocent.
When emotions blend with lust, will Cambree’s softness and ability to look past Niko’s flaws be the one thing that releases him from his own personal hell?
Will the monster in the dark prove that his savaged heart is worth saving?
I’ve gone days, weeks, maybe even months without stopping and looking at myself. There isn’t much to see, my body is just a shell, a mask of sorts. The man staring back at me resembles a beast hiding my true self underneath its scarred reflection. I’m not even truly living. The death certification hidden away in my private safe is proof of that.
My lids slip down over my eyes as I remember the image I used to see when I came into this room – a man with russet hair that was a little longer on top and shorter around my ears and neck, dark eyes that were alluring and inviting, a little stubble on my jawline that screamed sex appeal. I was a businessman through and through, but the sexy gaze that I kept on my face at all times was enough for women to want me, a man in a suit, a man who broke all the rules.
My confidence died with the old me.
About the Author
Nacole Stayton is the Amazon Bestselling author of The Upside of Letting Go, as well as other new adult and contemporary romance titles, including A Graceful Mess and In the Lyrics. She is twenty-something years young and currently resides in the Bluegrass State where she spends her days working at a local hospital in the billing department and nights writing vigorously on her current novel. She has a passion for helping others and wears her University of Kentucky gear proudly. While her husband loves all things outdoors, Nacole enjoys the finer things in life, like getting pedicures while reading on her Kindle. She is passionate about her faith, family, and The Vampire Diaries.
My Thoughts on the Book
(Book ARC received in exchange for an honest review)
My initial reaction was that this was a modified version of “The Beauty and the Beast”. I never quite got past that connection, although it does have a bit of “Pretty Woman” movie mash-up built into it. By title and excerpt you’d do well to expect a darker, more twisted story, and while it definitely has a darker overall feel to it, it’s not as twisted as you might anticipate.
The main characters, Nico & Cambree, are both likable and interesting but I wanted to know more about them. For me, it was difficult to fully grasp Nico’s insistence that his world had been turned upside down or that he was some sort of “monster” because of what he’d gone through. I also never completely understood why he was so drawn to Cambree although I’m glad he finally figured it out!. The character details and interactions were a bit limited for me – I kept wanting more details, more depth!
Although a fairly predictable plot with the fairy tale correlation, overall it’s a good read for those wanting light erotic fare and a solid romantic read.
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XO – T.