Friday, May 1, 2015

SAVAGE by Jade C. Jamison

Title:  SAVAGE
Series:  N/A
Author:  Jade C. Jamison
Publish Date:   03.31.15
Publisher:  Jade C. Jamison
Category /Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Recommended for:  18+ due to sexual content
Received from:  Jade C. Jamison (in exchange for an honest review/Beta reading)
Date completed:  03.31.15
Goodreads link: Savage

Description from the publisher:
Kill or die…

From erotic romance author Jade C. Jamison comes a story about second chances and learning let go and find oneself again.

Nina Hardwick has had a rough life since leaving high school, but inside she is still the girl looking for a silver lining. The past several years have left their toll on her psyche, and just as she feels like she’s climbing out of a deep abyss, her life and the lives of millions of others fall into shambles as a virus overtakes the country and leaves a plague of undead armies scouring the land.

In a desperate attempt to get away from the infected, Nina and some neighbors speed out of town, nearly killing a man on a motorcycle. When they stop to rescue him, Nina realizes that he is the one man from her past she never got over, the guy who should have been her high school sweetheart until she messed it up. But this unrequited love, Kevin Savage, says he doesn’t even remember her. Or does he?

Nina, Kevin, and her neighbors head to the wilderness and fight to survive not only the plague but also hunger, cold, their inner demons…and even each other. Will they survive and, more importantly, will her heart?

This is a stand-alone story of survival and hope.

Savage – the boy who held her heart and filled her dreams in her youth.  Savage – the new reality of a world decimated by a zombie plague.  Savage – the man who can once again claim her heart and reignite her hope in a future.

When Jade C. Jamison first told me that she was going to write a zombie book, I thought, “I love you, but I don’t know if I want to read this.”  I never told her that out loud though, and I’m glad I didn’t.  Jade is best known for her heavy metal, romance series, Bullet.  SAVAGE proves that not all rock stars take to the stage.  Some only need to be the stars of our lives.  Kevin Savage has been the star of Nina Hardwick’s dreams, fantasies, and wishes for decades.

Kevin and Nina are in their forties.  It was refreshing to read characters that were past the age of ingénue and yet youthfully hopeful in their hearts.

Trust me, you want to spend a winter stranded in the Colorado Mountains with Nina, Kevin, and her neighbors.  Will they survive?  Will her heart?  Will the zombies find them?

Grammar/editing:  ungraded – book received as an unedited ARC / errors excused

Other Books from Jade C. Jamison:
  • MADversary
  • Then Kiss Me
  • Stating His Case
  • Fabric of Night
  • Worst Mother
  • Old House
  • Finger Bang
  • Substitute Boyfriend
  • Punctured, Bruised, and Barely Tattooed
Bullet series:
  1. Bullet
  2. Rock Bottom
  3. Feverish
  4. Fully Automatic
  5. Christmas Stalkings
  6. Slash & Burn (not yet released)
Nicki Sosebee Series:
1.       Got the Life
2.       Dead
3.       No Place to Hide
4.       Right Now
5.       One More Time
6.       Lost
7.       Innocent Bystander
8.       Blind
9.       Fake
10.    Liar
Tangled Web Series:
1.       Tangled Web: A Steamy Heavy Metal Novella
2.       Everything But
3.       Seal All Exits (not yet released)
4.       (not yet titled)
Wishes series:
1.      Be Careful What You Wish For
2.      Secret Wishes (not yet released)
3.      Carnal Wishes (not yet released)
4.      Dangerous Wishes (not yet released)

All those thoughts were in my head, whether buried or at the forefront, as the tears began to stream down my cheeks. I hardly registered when Kevin pulled me into his chest and held me tightly as I sobbed, letting it all go.

Once my crying jag was over, I marveled at the man holding me. It wasn’t too long ago that he had said he never knew what to do when someone was crying. So I swiped at my face and nose with my hand, realizing his coat had absorbed a lot of the teary evidence, and looked up at him. “You did just fine,” I said.

He started laughing. “So did you.”

Then I laughed hard. Between that and the tears, I was beginning to feel like a whole new woman. “No, I didn’t mean this,” I said, waving my hand toward my back, indicating the fully dead bodies in the snow behind me. My voice was softer when I said, “With me crying. You said you never knew what to do when someone started crying.”

“Oh.” Kevin was a quiet man, speaking less now than he had when he was younger, but I believed I had rendered him mute.

“What you did right there was perfect.”

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