Series: Brutal Birthright #3
Published by Self Published By Author on September 16, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, Mafia
Source: Kindle Unlimited
There’s A Reason I Never Go To Parties…
I saw him in a cloud of smoke, like sin made flesh. Even bruised and battered, I’d never seen anything more beautiful...
Unless I hate myself, I should stay far away from Nero.
He’s a heartbreaker.A mess-maker.A walking disaster.
Here’s the problem: I’m in deep trouble with a dirty cop. The only person who can save me is Nero. We’re not friends. If he saw me drowning, he’d throw me an anchor.
But he’s the only chance I’ve got.
He’s no hero, he’s a Savage Lover.
“Savage Lover” is the wild and reckless third act of the “Brutal Birthright” series. It’s a stand-alone bully Mafia Romance, complete with HEA and no cliffhangers. It contains blazing hot bedroom scenes for mature readers only!!!
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
Savage Lover is the third book in the “Brutal Birthright” series, and I have been trying to work through this author’s book. Now she writes mafia romance, and she does have a unique voice and I have come to respect her work. I first discovered her through Jenn’s channel “The Book Refuge” and she has had this author and her husband on her channel a couple of times now and I have really loved seeing these interviews, but I will admit I haven’t quite become sold into this author’s writing. Now the previous book “Stolen Heir” was actually SUPERB (I will be releasing that review soon here on the blog soon, as I read it during my hiatus) so I definitely came into this book with some higher expectations than I probably should have had but also there are some mixed reviews of this one on Goodreads, but after having read it now, I am not shocked. It wasn’t one that really packed a punch like the previous book so there is that. Its not a terrible book but you can tell its not her best work. I have heard that it does get better though so looking forward to that.
Savage Lover is a unique story that has its emotional twists and dynamic turns that features:
- Nero– loves working on his cars, one of the less favored of the children in the family, desires to give something more to his family and is a playboy with the women and is honest in how he treats them
- Camille -Grew up poor but honest, raised in a mechanic garage, a “grease monkey”, protective of her family and willing to protect them no matter the cost.
Savage Lover is a story that begins with our heroine Camille. Camille grew up very poor, barely making it by with her father and a mother that deserted her and was constantly mocked growing up for her parentage and for being one to tinker with cars more than socializing or dating in high school. Camille was more of a “pariah” in school and is still treated that way. But her younger brother, whom, she practically raised, is now in high school and she is determined that he makes something of himself. But when she follows him, finds him at a party, and has drugs in his possession and realizes he is being used by a drug pin in school, she will protect him even if that means having to work with a cop to save him from himself. But what she didn’t plan on was running into Nero, or forming a bond with him. He is the last person that she ever expected to build a friendship with or that more would develop between them. But he has his own goals to help his family, and he will need Camille for it, but also for so much more than he ever expected. He never imagined to have this sweet relationship with anyone and is determined to keep her ….forever
Savage Lover, while it was a decent read, was a bit of an average read and didn’t really spark anything considerable in me. In fact I would label this a bland book for a mafia series. And if I hadn’t read the previous two books in the series, I would be shocked that this is a mafia family that our hero Nero is actually a part of because it just doesn’t seem like that in this one here. I was really disappointed in this one. It just felt so all over the place in what happens and felt more of a edgy new adult romance rather than a dark mafia romance. There are aspects of the story that I did like. I really enjoyed the strength of the heroine and seeing what she is willing to sacrifice for her family. She is so devoted to her father and brother and I found that characteristic to be endearing, but she could be naïve at times. The actual romance that develops between Nero and Camille was quite an interesting take. I honestly didn’t expect Nero to make such a sweet hero but those sexy moments between these two were actually so poignant at times. It was these small sexy moments that really kept me eager to continue with the story. I didn’t like the “robbery” plot though, it just didn’t really fit with everything else building in the story so I found that a bit odd to be blended in with the plot. I did like seeing the cop that becomes involved here, to see more depths added to him than I expected of him and that he wasn’t all that bad. But who knows, I have a feeling we will see much more of him in future books maybe?
Overall I found Savage Lover to be a unique installment of the series and while it didn’t completely worked for me, I still enjoyed some aspects of the story and this author delivers a sweet romance amidst some edgier elements that I found to deliver something…different than I expected.