Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Review: Bastian's Storm ( Surviving Raine #2 ) by Shay Savage

Bastian's Storm by Shay Savage

Sebastian Stark just isn’t cut out for normal life with a girlfriend in the hot and humid city of Miami. All in all, he’d rather be back on the island where it was just the two of them, and he could keep everything in balance. The bar down the street tempts him daily, but he’s determined to remain strong. Adjusting to normal life is difficult, but Bastian is doing his best to keep himself together and the nightmares away. Raine’s happy, and that’s what matters to him the most.

But not all nightmares can be driven away.

When Bastian’s former mentor comes into the picture and presents him with an ultimatum, Bastian slips into old habits. Though he wants to shield Raine from the truth, the shady circumstances of his past form into a hurricane he can’t control. In an effort to protect her, Bastian has no choice but to throw himself back into his old job – death match tournaments – just one last time.

Dropped into the arctic wilderness with weapons loaded, Bastian has to compete against representatives from major crime lords all over the states. He’s studied his competition, he knows their weaknesses, and he’s ready to battle for the woman he loves. There’s only one opponent in the mix that causes him any concern. In order to guarantee Raine’s safety, Bastian will be pitted against the key hit man for Chicago’s largest mob family – a guy who’s known as one hell of a shot.

A guy named Evan Arden.




I finally finished this one, although it took me almost 5 days. I can't even pinpoint the reason on why I kept putting it off. The cover that looks like a M/M story is not my excuse.

The first 40% was a little slow, but I actually enjoyed Bastian's tantrum. As usual, he was an asshole extraordinaire, all messed up and can't cope with living in the civilization. He had Raine with him, but all he want is for them to go back to the inhabitable island. How dare they come to save me from the paradise!

I appreciate the love between them, it was intense and passionate and Raine really did put up a lot to be with him. But I felt the repetitiveness of the same issue going through Bastian's head for the entire first 40% of the book. 

"I don't know how to do this. I don't know how to beus here."

The monotonous domestic life was then brought to an abrupt halt when Landon, his mentor came bearing a news for him. If Bastian want to live a life ala picket fence and all, he will have to take part in a final tournament. 

Things got interesting when Evan Arden (the hero from the Evan Arden's trilogy!) make his appearance. Bastian together with Evan and three other fighters were dropped at an isolated island near the Arctic for a fight to the death. There is going to be only one winner and I'm nervous and excited to see how Bastian and Evan going to pull this off.

I love the last 30% of the book and the ending was perfect. I'm so happy for Bastian that he got his own fairy tale ending despite all the odds against him.

Rating 4/5