Friday, July 11, 2014

Blog Tour: Bastian's Storm by Shay Savage



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unnamedSebastian Stark just isn’t cut out for normal life with a girlfriend in the hot and humid city of Miami. All in all, he’d rather be back on the island where it was just the two of them, and he could keep everything in balance. The bar down the street tempts him daily, but he’s determined to remain strong. Adjusting to normal life is difficult, but Bastian is doing his best to keep himself together and the nightmares away. Raine’s happy, and that’s what matters to him the most. But not all nightmares can be driven away. When Bastian’s former mentor comes into the picture and presents him with an ultimatum, Bastian slips into old habits. Though he wants to shield Raine from the truth, the shady circumstances of his past form into a hurricane he can’t control. In an effort to protect her, Bastian has no choice but to throw himself back into his old job – death match tournaments – just one last time. Dropped into the arctic wilderness with weapons loaded, Bastian has to compete against representatives from major crime lords all over the states. He’s studied his competition, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s ready to battle for the woman he loves. There’s only one opponent in the mix that causes him any concern. In order to guarantee Raine’s safety, Bastian will be pitted against the key hit man for Chicago’s largest mob family – a guy who’s known as one hell of a shot. A guy named Evan Arden.
Genre Romantic Suspense/ Erotica
Publication Date June 19th 2013


4.5 Star Review by Jen Hagen

I’m a little late in discovering Bastian…I just read the first book “Surviving Raine” a year after its release.  I must have been covered by a rock during that time because in all things that are alpha and hot, Bastian has got those covered 110%.  I seriously don’t know how I could have made the huge error in not reading him sooner.   Now I’ve had the pleasure of reading about him not only once but now TWICE and holy macaroni he is still alpha male in his second book. 

Bastian and Raine are now residing in Miami where Raine is taking college courses and Bastian is just trying to adjust to everyday living without taking a drink of alcohol, as Raine has made it perfectly clear that she will not stay with him if he resorts back to his old ways of drinking.  Bastien doesn’t know how to exist with Raine without being stranded on their island.  In his eyes, he sees nothing wrong with wanting to go back even for a weekend to “their” island. 

“I don’t know how to do this,” I whispered against Raine’s hair.  “I don’t know how to be us here.”

I felt so bad for Bastian.  Here he is the strongest alpha male who can survive in any condition, not knowing how to co-exist with sobriety and happiness.  He loves Raine so much and doesn’t want to share her with anybody or anything.  He wants her sole attention to be on him and vice versa.  He loves so strongly but yet feels so weak when it comes to Raine.  She could bring him to his knees if she would ever leave him.  His previous life included training to survive his “tournaments” and after that he had his ship to navigate.  Now he has nothing to keep him busy and he struggles on a daily basis on where he fits in with his new life that includes Raine.

“What am I supposed to do around here?” I mumbled.  “Just be the f*cking errand boy?  Got some light bulbs that need changing?”

Bastian should learn to accept the calmness, but before he is given the opportunity to fully embrace it his previous life comes back to haunt him.  He is being pulled in as a “favor” to assist the crime lord boss that he testified against.  He really has no choice in the matter…Bastian isn’t exactly staying out of sight since his and Raine’s name were all the media after being rescued.   If they wanted retaliation, Bastian would be easy to find.  Bastian is called in for one last fight and guess who he is going up against??  Evan Arden from another of the author’s series.  Again, I have not read any of his books but after meeting him in this book I believe I should probably know a little more about Evan. 

I don’t think I could choose which book I enjoyed more in the series; Surviving Raine versus Bastian’s Storm would result in a tie.  This book brought along more suspense which definitely kept my pulse racing.  I mean who wouldn’t feel their heart beating faster while reading about a tournament where the winner is the last survivor standing.   What happens if the last 2 competitors don’t make it out alive?

There was no way I was going to be able to get out of this without help, and as much as I didn’t want to admit it, I was done…This was going to be an all losers tournament.

The interaction between Evan and Bastian is not only competitive but there is also a level of humor between their dialogue.  They are at each other’s mercy while being a stone’s throw away from each other but yet neither is capable of offing the other one.   Evan comes up with a plan…”How about we make a deal?”

Bastian has never felt comfortable placing his fate in somebody else’s hands.  He is used to being the one calling the shots.  Is Evan’s deal for real?  Will Bastian come out alive?

Bastian is big, brooding, bold but yet so mushy on the inside.  I loved how he still tucked Raine under him at night and whenever Raine needed comfort he could tell her the words that made us all fall for Bastian “I’ve got you.”

About the Author
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
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