Author: Jade West - http://www.twitter.com/jadewestauthor
Format: Kindle eBook purchased on amazon
Did it feel like a full novel: yes
Genre: romance, dark, erotica, bdsm
Dates Read: July 9-22, 2015
Official Blurb: They say Callum Jackson's a savage.
No home. No prospects. No self-restraint.
He's red-flagged on my system, a grade-1 aggression risk, totally off limits for a woman like me.
But the rules don't allow for my dangerous games; they don't bend for my twisted desires.
Callum Jackson is the most beautiful beast.
A beast I can't stop thinking about, can't stop wanting, can't stop hunting...
...I just pray to God this beast bites.
Sophia Harding runs a tight ship. She may work in the dregs of housing association slums, but her patch is on the way up.
Anti-social behaviour is down, employment is on the rise, and she's even been shortlisted for estate manager of the year.
It's looking good. Really good. Until Callum Jackson completes his jail time and lands right back on her doorstep.
She could do without a guy like him on her books: a failure of the system and a pain in the fucking ass.
She should tick the boxes, do her job and keep her distance – that's what the handbook says. The handbook says no one-on-one contact, no at-risk situations, no direct confrontation of any kind.
But the handbook doesn't know of her craving for hardcore submission.
The handbook has no fucking idea how she yearns to unleash Jackson at club Explicit, where his savage can really run wild.
The handbook doesn't know shit...
Sophie and Callum are extreme opposites. But well done ones at that! You really get to see why they are how they are, not just one’s angry and one’s looking for adventure. Sophie works hard and plays hard, but isn’t satisfied right now. Callum has a shitty life which gets even worse but he sticks by it because it is his life. The way they meet each other was nicely handled, not just “here they see each other and instant love!”. Their relationship as cautious acquaintances-to-friends develops nicely and smoothly into a more romantic one, yet keeping with the ‘savage’ theme.
Yes, the repetition that Callum is a ‘dirty bad savage’ grates on the nerves a bit, but I guess it’s one of Sohpie’s favorite things about Callum. Which could be good or bad, depending on how their relationship would develop post-book. Speaking of, the book starts off with a BDSM scene that is awesome in how real the lack of zing/chemistry can hurt it. The majority of the sex is written fairly well, with hot interactions between the characters. There is butt stuff, but minor. One scene near the end was gross not in the sexual aspect, but just pretty unappealing because of what happens during it, but also how it feels almost non-con despite consent being given. I don’t know how to explain that one, but it wasn’t a deal breaker, just something I had to read through to get past it.
The side characters that were more than mentioned felt pretty real, even that crappy boss. Raven and Masque were three dimensional, so much so that I really want to know more about them! I purchased this book because it sounded great, and was delighted to find out the first novel is about Masque, who intrigues me. He sounds like a nicey-nice guy who’s BDSM persona is magnificently masterful. Can’t wait to read that one!
The writing was really high quality, so don’t doubt that! I felt a part of this book, so much so that at one scene where you know one character is about to hurt the other I had to put it down because I couldn’t bare to see the second one suffer! Kind of like second-hand embarrassment when you’re watching TV or a film and you’re like “No, stop! Just don’t do it!” Fabulous book despite those little bothers that are easy to push aside in favor of the rest of the story. I hope to read more of West’s novels as she releases them!
Rating: 4 stars