Author: Nacole Stayton
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: September 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Page Count: 200
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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?
***Possible Spoiler Alerts***
Nacole Stayton is a new author to me. Savaged is the first book of hers that I have read. This was a quick read for me. It only took me a day. There are twenty-two chapters and then an epilogue, so it is not very long.
Savaged starts off with the introduction of Niko. A completely broken man. Everything about him is dark. He has survived a horrific crime and carries the scars of the attack both internally and externally. One could almost consider him a recluse, however he does keep in touch with people on the outside. He conducts his life in the seclusion of his own bedroom. Niko’s character reminded me of Christian Grey. Both are dominate alpha men. Both are closed off from outsiders. Both like to conduct relationships with women only after they sign a contract. Both carry harsh scars that do not let them live the lives that they should until they meet the women that will bring them back into the light. However, he ended up being gentle, compassionate, and loving. I love when Cambree tells him that she fell in love with him before she even knew what he looked like.
Cambree comes across as innocent as Ana Steele, however there is nothing innocent about the woman. She has lived a hard life. Losing her parents at an early age and growing up with her grandmother, we meet Cambree or Bree as she likes to be called when she is hitting rock bottom. She is approached by Niko’s right hand man, Jared with an interesting offer. Trying to care for her ailing grandmother who is living in a nursing home and not having any money, Cambree meets with Jared to discuss said offer. Cambree at first looks like a little lamb heading into the lair of the big bad wolf. Her character ends up really being strong. There is definitely more to Cambree than meets the eye.
Jared ended up being a surprising character. I liked him at the beginning however as you read the book, you will see his character go through a change. I was shocked at the end. My only complaint out of the book was that I felt the ending came completely out of left field. To me it did not fit with the rest of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the book and I will read it again to make sure that I did not miss anything. This was a book that I felt could have been a little longer to explain what goes one with Jared.
Ms. Stayton is definitely an author that I will add to the list of go-to authors for books that I enjoy. Give this one a shot. It is nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey even though Niko and Christian have similarities. However, I do think that if you enjoyed Fifty Shades, you will probably like this one too!
“I’m not scared of you,” Cambree’s voice is fragile and shaky when she finally speaks. “I’m scared of the dark.”
The admission almost brings me to my knees. I’ve never known someone to be so honest, especially in my home, where I control everything right down to the temperature, the mood, the lighting. She is not frightened because she is about to screw a complete stranger. She is simply scared of the dark like a child. Yet the thought of her being so forthcoming doesn’t irk me, it makes me feel normal, if only for a few seconds.
“I cannot help you there, Miss Evans. You see…I am the darkness. With me you have to accept that and move on. If that isn’t something you can become accustomed to, then I am afraid our business deal has ended before we gave it a chance to really blossom.”
My movement makes a creaking sound as I step forward on the hardwood floor. I can hear her breathing growing more erratic as I near. The smell of jasmine fills my nostrils. The scent is heavenly. “If you want to leave, you know where the door is.” I hope she doesn’t want to flee my presence already.
Unlike my new guest, my eyes are used to the dark. Where she fights to see me, I can see her silhouette perfectly and I use it to my advantage to drink her up. Cambree stays mute, her body swaying back and forth, her feet firmly glued to the floor.
“I don’t understand why you have the lights off. That wasn’t explained to me,” Cambree probes.
“I assume that you read our agreement very carefully?” I ask, taking another step in her direction, wondering why she is wondering such imprudent things.
“Yes. Yes, I did. But never once did it mention anything about the lights.”
My voice now exasperated drifts like fog in the air. “I hired you under the pretense that you while you’re here, with me, under my roof, you play by my rules. Rule number one, I like the lights off. I understand now, that you are frightened of the dark, and I do not wish for you to be afraid. Next time, I give you my word to try and be more accommodating to your fears. Now, shall we?”