Alarm by Shay Savage {Review & Favorite Quotes}

 

Alarm by Shay Savage
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
Date of Publishing: 8th December, 2014
Links: | Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |  Kobo |
My Rating: ★★★
Chloe’s life is safe and comfortable. Meeting a tall, dark stranger covered in tattoos is not in her plans. Bad boys just aren’t her type, even if they gorgeous and built like a brick wall. The alarms in her head warn that Aiden Hunter is definitely on the list of men her mother told her to avoid, but she doesn’t listen. 

Still, she finds herself drawn to Aiden and the excitement she is missing in her own life. He fills her days with thrills and danger, and her nights with passion she’s never experienced before. Even though she knows he’s hiding something from her, Chloe pushes away her concerns and dives into this new way of living. 

Near the beach in Miami, Aiden teaches her to live life to the fullest as Chloe battles the internal warning bells that tell her to be wary. By the time she realizes her fears may be justified, it’s too late.

Aiden’s past is catching up to him, but is he the hunter or the hunted?

 

Review

Have you ever had a book that came to your bookshelf (virtual or otherwise), completely unexpected and donning a fancy cover? Were you thrilled that you hadn’t even requested for it…and yet there it was, staring you in the face. You’re completely clueless about it. You don’t know a thing about the book, and it doesn’t know how you’re going to react to it. It thrills you.

You love the premise, fancy the cover and say, “Eh. Why the hell not?”

And then, right there, begins your love story with this mystery book.

Chloe Ellison is living the definition of a comfortable life—she doesn’t venture out of her comfort zone, doesn’t do anything that might be considered even remotely “dangerous” and she’s content that way. She bends over backwards trying to keep her asshole boss happy, she sticks to the rules always and her weekends consist of grocery shopping, movies and talking to her superwomen action figurines.

But don’t we all think we’re content with our lives until we venture out to do things we won’t usually do?

And among the things that Chloe wouldn’t do is Aiden Hunter.

And if you’ve seen the cover, then you know that the tattooed boy is something a girl like Chloe would never do.

Aiden Hunter, you’ll see, is just something else entirely. One of the things I loved about him was the fact that he completely broke the stereotype of being a bad boy just because of the tats and the piercings. Of course I have a feeling that I’d love him regardless but still. He was a gentle giant and an absolute sweetheart. I want me an Aiden Hunter too!

But here’s the catch. Aiden’s hiding something. Something big. Something that includes drug lords and guns and death. And yet, Chloe—a good girl to the T—can’t seem to stay away.

I like that Miss Shay took her time with the romance. Insta-love makes me want to puke my insides aahl the time so I loved the fact that it wasn’t just love at first sight for these two. They got to know each other first. They actually fell in love before shit hit the fan. I like that, ya know? It makes the entire story so much enjoyable and fucking believable.

And there were some fun times. A lot of things that were so damned real just because they were written so well. I loved the whole skydiving thing. I loved the sea cucumber thing. I loved the dirty talking thing.

Oh yeah, the dirty talking. God. There are no words. None. At. All.

I’m going to leave y’all with this—It’s always the quiet ones, innit?

I think my favorite part of the story was the lack of phony characters. Everyone in the book was there for a reason, and I for one would absolutely LOVE to read linked novels about these characters too!

The prologue was Amazing with a capital A! It puts you right in the middle of the action and trust you me, you’ll want to keep reading and reading and reading this book just to understand what the action was all about.

Another good thing about Alarm? It leaves you with a message. It’s a good, important message too, especially in today’s troubled times. Judging people by the way they look is wrong and uncalled for. Alarm both raised the issue and also confronted it. Miss Shay did a great job of getting her point about it across and I absolutely appreciated the way it happened J

There were some things I didn’t like about Alarm. Chiefly, the condom issue. Not cool, you two. Not cool at all. Then there was Chloe being whiney, some times. And since the book was in her POV, there really was no way out of it but sometimes it just got a bit too much. I’d also have liked to see a lot more action but that’s really me. Besides, like I said, the book was in a singular POV, and obviously Chloe isn’t one to get into any unnecessary action so eh. Whatever.

Maybe you’ll gift us all with an an Aiden POV for notable scenes, Miss Shay? We’ll be waiting 🙂

Alarm is definitely a surprise. Everything about the book was a surprise and everything in the book was a surprise too! And the best type of surprise, definitely. The book really has all…action and drama and romance (ALL THOSE FEELS!!!) and some real dirty talking—which if you haven’t guessed by now is my guilt pleasure (#SorryNotSorry).

All in all, a great job by Miss Savage. I can’t wait to start reading all of her other work 😀

Aiden, my love, call me sometime.
 

Favorite Quotes

“I’d never felt this kind of frantic need to be consumed by someone. He wasn’t just in my body; he was in my mind, my soul.”

“Actually, the more I stared at his tatted skin, the more I wanted to trace every line, every skull, every flower…with my tongue.”

“Life isn’t about how it ends; it’s about what you do while you’re alive.”

“Just say you want it, and I’m going to tear every piece of clothing from your body, hold you up against that wall right there, and fuck you until you scream so loud you drown out the rain and the ocean…By the time the sun rises again, you are going to be covered in my cum and ruined for every man you ever meet again.”

Oh Holy Shit this particular quote. Oh God. GOD. I’m going to go straight down to hell for taking the Lord’s name in this context. 

Image Courtesy: Shay Savage’s Twitter

 

 
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family 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 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.

 

*I was provided a free eARC of this book in exchange of an honest review. This did not in any way, however, influence the content of this review.*
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