Monday, February 24, 2014

Review: Transcendence by Shay Savage

Transcendence by Shay Savage
Excerpt

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle. 

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

Genre

Fantasy

Review

When it comes to Shay Savage, I might be a little biased. But she did have the best male's POV story around. This time she gave us Ehd, the caveman! When I heard the word caveman, I automatically think of alpha male, primal, treats woman like property, a total jerk in the mainstream romance. If you are looking for that, you have the wrong book!

Ehd was the sweetest and most naive man I have ever encountered. When we met Ehd, he was living by his own in a cave after his tribe had been burnt down. Apparently, he was the sole survivor and had been losing the will the live any longer. Until one day, a woman dropped into his hunting trapped and he finally found the motivation he needed. One look at her, he knew she was going to be his mate and they will have a family.

Apparently, our heroine, Beh seemed to be from the 21st century from her clothing, the way she talked and some modern skill set that she knew of. Ehd found her to be extremely strange and weird most of the time, but he still wanted to keep her for his own. 

“She may be strange; she may not know how to make baskets, and she may be very noisy, but she is my mate, and I'm thrilled she is here.” 

Told entirely from Ehd's POV, he didn't know any verbal communication and the entire story hardly have any dialog, but I found myself fascinated with Ehd's naivety. He was swamped with internal confusion and frustration in regards to Beh. He was like a child discovery the new things in life and learning how to please her. He tried to impress his mate with his gatherings, showed her how he was able to protect and provide for her, in hopes that she will accept him and let him to put a baby in her. I laughed everything Ehd thought of implanting a baby because he thought about it every single day since he met her.

The large part of the story was about their lives together, how they taught each other new skills and basically their day to day lives. I did found some part of it feeling draggy, they woke up, gather food, cook, sleep and repeat. But every time when I said to myself 'Please let something happen already', I was treated to something new and intriguing. Beh slowly learnt to accept Ehd for who he was, a caveman who willing to do anything for her. Ehd's journey to the discovery of romance was really fun to me and fascinating to him. He had no idea that there are more than one sexual position for procreating! 

The ending perfectly warmed my heart, I can't think of a better way to end it and I found the epilogue brilliantly wrap up all our unanswered questions. Lastly, the uniqueness of this story definitely left a deep impression. I luffs Ehd. 

“My life with Beh was beautiful, transcending everything that set us apart from each other.”

Rating 5/5

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