by Karrie Roman
Release Date: April 10
Genre: Romance, gay, kidnapping, law enforcement, criminals, PTSD, thriller
Detective Jack Mitchell is not a people person. After fourteen years dealing with the monsters of society, he has learned to keep people at arm’s length. Failing is his biggest frustration, and on the case of his career, he is having no luck hunting down a copycat serial killer…or the one man who survived the original case.
Six years ago, Will Blaikie was taken by a monster who changed his life forever. Narrowly surviving, he has become a prisoner in his own home. Friendless and alone, he watches in horror as a new monster emerges who only wants to copy the murderous deeds of Will’s monster…including taking Will.
When these two men are thrown together, and the monster comes for them both, one must learn to feel safe and protected, and the other must learn to feel love and peace.
Considering this is a debut novel, I'm always a bit wary. However, I'm glad I tried Saved by Karrie Roman. Although this story is not perfect and I have a few things to pick upon, Saved exceed my expectation for a debut.
Detective Jack Mitchell sounds like your stereotypical harden cop who is a hothead with no self control and basically acting like a jackass. Being a detective, he was essentially married to his job, if he is the marrying type. When a copycat serial killer recently surface, Jack was met with the most mesmerizing man that ever capture his interest, the one who survive the serial killer six years ago, Will Blaikie.
Will Blaikie is a survivor and despite his tendency to live out a life as a hermit after his ordeal, he is no weaklings. When the police came banging at his door, Will knew that his day living as an anonymous is coming to an end and he had to face another monster again.
Considering I'm more of a romance reader, the lack of actual concrete police procedural plot didn't bother me. But I need to point out that Jack and his partner, Kate didn't do much detective work beside the mundane interviewing random people and waiting for something to happen. The only part that have me grappling my kindle is during the final show down with the killer, but that was also a brief encounter. Bottom line, this book isn't heavy on suspense.
The part that really engaged me is the romance department between Jack and Will. I like the slow burn romance that took the time to develop and both characters takes time to know each other. The reason that they were force to spend time together sounds rather far fetch to me. Isn't the serial killer gotta know where they both staying at? I'm expecting the police to put Will under something similar to witness protection program and not something so obvious like Jack's home. I'm no expert in protocol, but I don't feel like they should even be going out on a date in public, even though is a pretty romantic date.
Talking about romantic, Jack really make me swoon multiple times. Even though he acts like a brute most of the time on his job, when it comes to Will, Jack is a total putty on Will's hand. I love seeing Jack going all out wanting to protect and keep Will safe. Despite Will's baggage, he is a man who isn't afraid to love and he had so much to offer. He is such a courageous young man who is just waiting for the right person to bring him out of his shell.
In Saved, there is some minor suspense, a solid romance development and the right amount of sappiness. I will definitely in the look out for the next release by Karrie Roman.
Will Blaikie didn’t often watch the news. It wasn’t because he preferred to bury his head in the sand about the world. More often than not, he was just protecting himself. He knew very well what happened out there, and he didn’t often want to be reminded of it. He had one television in his house, a smallish thirty-four-inch flat screen that was mounted over his fireplace. It was rarely on other than for movies or, of course, for The Walking Dead.
Tonight Will needed the background noise though. So he had left the TV on after watching a repeat of last season’s final episode before the new Walking Dead season kicked off in a couple of weeks. He would proudly admit to being a diehard fan if anyone asked. He could hear the news broadcast begin from the kitchen where he was whipping up a quick stir-fry. There was no point in elaborate and complicated meals if you were only ever cooking for one. The breaking news item immediately caught his attention and left him cold.
Hesitantly making his way to the TV, he picked up the remote and rewound, wanting to have misheard. He hit play when the giant red breaking news banner crossed the screen. Will stood listening as a flawlessly presented, heavily made-up woman, who smiled entirely too much throughout her report, confirmed his worst fears.
“Police have yet to confirm the discovery of a second body with the all-too-familiar cross carved into the chest. Having viewed the body found in a semirural field today, I can confirm that a cross was indeed carved into the deceased’s chest. An unnamed police source unofficially confirmed that this was the second body found bearing the cross. Sydney-siders will remember the Beecroft Butcher from six years ago when the city was paralysed with fear during the yearlong killing spree. Twelve men were killed before the killer, Russell Coburn, was finally—”
He only just made it to the bathroom before the entire contents of his stomach came up. Will draped himself over the toilet seat, heaving and sweating as he vomited into the bowl until nothing but bitter bile remained in him. He could still hear the low mumble from the television, but thankfully, no words were clearly audible. He’d heard enough—too much. His entire body shook, and he imagined his mind would look a picture of complete panic and chaos if he could peer inside it right now. He lay on the cool tiles, curling his body around the toilet bowl, unconvinced there would be no more vomiting. He felt a wet nose snuffle against his arm and reached back to give a reassuring pat to Henley. The furry dog took up his position, laying himself practically on top of his master. Protecting him as always, not just from physical harm, but from the mental hurt Will was now threatened with.
An hour and a half later, both Will and Henley were still curled up together on the bathroom floor. Though his body was still wracked with tremors, they were easing as was the chaos in his head. Could this really be happening again?
Karrie lives in Australia’s sunshine state with her husband and two sons, though she hates the sun with a passion. She dreams of one day living in the wettest and coldest habitable place she can find. She has been writing stories in her head for years but has finally managed to pull the words out of her head and share them with others. She spends her days trying to type her stories on the computer without disturbing her beloved cat Lu curled up on the keyboard. She probably reads far too much.
Saved is set in Sydney. Specifically around Parramatta, North Rocks area which are Northwestern suburbs. I lived in the area until I was twenty-four. It's changed a lot but you never forget your hometown. Parramatta is now considered a suburb-come-satellite city of Sydney. In fact it's Australia's sixth largest CBD and bigger than some state capitals. North Rocks was once considered an unsavoury area as it was the haunt of convict bolters and bushrangers. The North Rocks the area was named after was a massive sandstone outcrop but much of them were sold off and used to make jail walls for Parramatta prison.
Fun fact about Sydney is that we affectionately call the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Coat hanger.