Beautiful Savage <— This Friday’s newsletter sponsor is extra fun for me, because this is a book I one-clicked SO HARD on one of my “Friday Finds” posts a year ago (not ever having heard of the author – just on the blurb alone). Thank you Nancy for pointing it out to us!! Oh yes, this book is RIGHT UP my alley.
So, like I often do, I one-clicked it because it absolutely HAD to be mine, but I didn’t get to it right away. And in my eBook hoarding, it was pushed further down until I couldn’t see it anymore, and completely forgot about it. Though never fully forgetting that haunting synopsis.
Luckily, the author recently contacted me regarding possibly reviewing it and/or promoting it (she described it as):
Lisa Sorbe: …as I’ve been following your blog for awhile, you’re one of the first that came to mind. 🙂
BEAUTIFUL SAVAGE (published in 2020) is a dark and moody romance (or, perhaps, anti-romance?):
Synopsis for BEAUTIFUL SAVAGE: Rebecca Cabot Crane was in love once. But she gave it up. Gave up love for money, and now she lives a hollow life in a cold house with an even colder husband. As each year passes, she grows more and more lonely, feels more and more lost…becomes more and more desperate.
Until her old flame, Hollis Thatcher, publishes a book, that is. As she reads his words, two things become crystal clear: he’s speaking directly to her, and she’ll do whatever it takes to get him back.Rebecca is certain that Hollis is the key to her happiness and quickly devises a mad plan that not only tests her limits, but soon has her life spinning wildly out of control. Because Hollis has a family now, ties to a wife and daughter that won’t be easy to sever.
And if he won’t cut them, she’ll just have to do it for him.
and the minute I read the blurb in her email, I freaked out.
Maryse: OMG WAIT!!! I TOTALLY remember that synopsis and was really excited about how crazy it sounded. YES!!! Here it is where I featured the new release and my reaction to it (and I bought it already). LOL!
Thank you SO much for reminding me. Now I can pull it back up to the top of my Kindle. YAY!!!
And let me tell you… while it’s not traditional “romance” per se (in fact, she’s quite the villain – a la “Dirty Red” if you get where I’m coming from), the writing is fantastic, I LOVE being in her head (even when it’s really infuriating), and best of all? There’s an INCREDIBLE SWOONY romance happening that I am falling so hard for.
As of writing this post, I’m only 70% into the book but I have no idea how it’s going to end. Hold me?
And now… a word from the author herself about her writing process (and in particular, the main character in this book):
I like to have my books be more character driven/focused than plot/storyline. I mean, there’s a theme/story, of course. But my main interest is to create characters with depth that make people think. That show that not everyone is all good or bad, and maybe there’s a reason that someone is the way that she is.
I guess I’d just like my writing/characters to encourage people to look past others’ perceived flaws and see the soul inside. I mean, we’re all so multidimensional.
Like in Beautiful Savage, Becca (on the surface) seems like a gold digger. But, when you look at her past, there’s a reason for her obsession. Gah, I might not be making any sense. lol!
I LOVE IT!!! And this is exactly what I love to read. 😀 YAY ME!!!! Thank you Lisa!