Lord Savage (Savage Trilogy #1) by Mia Gabriel

For better or for worse, the publishing world is in the midst of a male dominance erotica explosion.  As most of us already know, some are better than others (and that’s an understatement in many cases).  Lord Savage is, in my opinion, one of the better examples of this sub-genre (in part due to the setting over one hundred years ago).

As usual, we have a beautiful woman (although Evelyn, unlike some other heroines, knows she’s hot) and a troubled, somewhat overbearing hottie of a hero.  Magnetic, fireworks style attraction and chemistry, blah blah blah.  I’ll admit that about a quarter of the way through Lord Savage I likely would have put it back on the virtual shelf on my Kindle, but since I got my copy through NetGalley, I persevered.  And while I wasn’t completely blown away, I don’t feel like finishing the book was a complete waste of my time.

Unlike Fifty Shades (I promise not to fall into a rant here) Lord Savage is actually a somewhat sympathetic character.  Sure he’s arrogant, but not in an annoying way.  Maybe that’s because he’s a peer of the realm, and his arrogance is somewhat expected and deserved (at least from my American perspective).  Plus, his reasons for being somewhat emotionally closed off are reasonable and believable.  He’s also not a completely perverted weirdo.  He’s just a manly man, and Evelyn is a womanly woman, and they fit well together (get your mind out of the gutter; that pun wasn’t intended).  I didn’t like her very much until near the end of the story, where her own self-absorption was tempered by her feelings for Savage.

The erotic scenes are pretty good, especially because there’s a level of emotional connection and respect, even in the beginning.  None of it was disturbing or off-putting, which was much appreciated.

And since the formula for such stories is to spread it across a trilogy, two more books are on the way.  I find myself often going back on my professed dislike of series, and this case is no different.  I will definitely be reading the remaining two books when they’re published.


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