Blog Tour - Bastian's Storm (Surviving Raine #2) by Shay Savage ~ Ava's Review, Excerpt and Giveaway!
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.*
It was a long time coming for this sequel. I read and loved Surviving Raine last year, it was like a diamond in the rough, I wasn’t expecting such a great story between the pages and I was pleasantly surprised at the end when I discovered the story was not over.
Bastian’s Storm was just that; Bastian’s fight to survive back on civilised land. Bastian could cope when it was only he and Raine on their deserted island but throw in real life; routines and people occupying Raine’s time and you have one very volatile Bastian. He was really struggling to fit in.
“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 the story started slow, from the synopsis I knew Bastian was going to be asked to return to his old ways and I felt like I was waiting for this to happen, the percentage of the book was increasing and yet no one from Bastian’s old life had yet to appear. I guess the scene was being set. Who knows, I was just looking for action and a lot sooner.
The storyline took on a Hunger Games element, although entertaining, the romantic in me wanted more Raine and Sebastian time, I understand this was Bastian’s story and perhaps that’s where my problem lay, I wanted more time with Raine. But Bastian needed to sort himself out for them to move on.
“You are my world,” I whispered against her skin “I can survive anything as long as I have you with me.” My storm was calmed. At least for now, I closed my eyes and slept without dreams.”
There was plenty of action to keep me entertained and a surprise from Bastian’s past gave him another reason to keep fighting for his future. Knowing how it was going to end did make me want to skip the tournament chapters and race on to the finish but I’m glad I persevered as I loved Bastian’s strength and determination.
“Find the focal point and tie yourself to it. I’d always thought of Landon’s words as meaning something inside of myself, and maybe at one point it had been, but that all shifted. Like everything else in my life, it all changed when Raine became part of it. She made me a person who could be loved and forgiven. She made me the kind of man I might have been if I hadn’t been so fucked up early on in life. She took me for who I was –flaws and all –and made me better with nothing more than her acceptance of me. She was life.”
Although I didn’t find Bastian’s Storm as compelling as Surviving Raine, I understood it was needed; for Bastian to find some sort of semblance of peace after the island. After being forced to compete by his old demons, what he got in the end was peace and a prize, he never dreamed possible and I’m glad I got to witness that if nothing else.
For fans of the series, it marks great closure for Bastian and his Raine.
“As her strength flowed into me, she made me feel more powerful than I ever had before. Through her, I could endure anything thrown at me. I’d do it for her gladly because she was counting on me to do so. She needed me now more than ever.”
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Breathing through my nose, I tried to inhale deeply and let the air out slowly. It just made my chest hurt. I gripped Raine tighter and tucked my head into her shoulder.
Soft fingers caressed the back of my neck.
I couldn’t answer.
“What’s wrong, baby?”
“Nothing,” I croaked. The word was utterly ridiculous.
Raine moved her fingers down to my chin and pushed my face to look at her. I did so reluctantly, and as soon as I met her eyes with mine, some of the tension faded, and I could breathe right again.
“Can you tell me about it?”
I shook my head, and Raine nodded in response. She moved one of her arms around my shoulder and the other around my head. She held me against her chest as I tried to regain some semblance of sanity.
Raine knew me so well, it frightened me. Whereas she used to press for more answers, she was now quick with yes-or-no questions I could answer without speaking, and she knew when to give me a little mental space. Eventually I’d tell her what the dream was about, and she knew that.
Still, even when I heard her reasons, sometimes it didn’t make the feeling of inadequacy go away. Maybe it was all from the lack of affection during my fucked up childhood, like Raine thought, or maybe it was because the one man who did offer me any kind of parental connection was also the man who taught me how to be a killer—a damn good one.
Maybe it was because I missed being a killer.
“I can’t do this,” I whispered to Raine as my throat and mouth went dry. “I want a drink so fucking bad.”
“I know, baby,” she replied, “but you’re stronger than that.”
I closed my eyes a moment and shook my head vigorously.
“Only on the outside.” I met her eyes again. “You have more strength inside than I do.”
She moved her fingers into my hair and brushed it away from my sweaty forehead.
“You have more than you know,” she said. “You work at it every day, and every day you get stronger on the inside too.”
Everything in my head wanted to deny it. I didn’t feel strong. I just felt like drinking or fucking.
“I wanna fuck you,” I said. I saw the little twinge in her eye at the phrase but couldn’t bring myself to regret it.
“Always so crass,” she muttered.
I fought with my head for a way to explain.
“When I’m inside you, everything changes,” I told her. “It’s not about getting my dick wet; it’s about being so close to you that I can feel your strength in me. When I feel your arms on my back, and you hold me against you, that’s when I feel strong.”
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, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also and loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
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