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The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up. The sequel is Broken.

476 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 14, 2012

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Willow Rose

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Profile Image for Lily.
418 reviews27 followers
October 28, 2012
Review originally featured on Bookluvrs Haven

This YA novel was a little different than what I am used to.

1. It is set in the 80's which is actually my favorite era. Throughout the novel I forgot that it was set in the 80's, to be honest. But there were a couple of mentions here and there that brought that back to my mind.

2. Told from a male POV. Not the first YA that I have read told solely from the male character's perspective, but those are few and far in between for me so far. Not unpleasant. I enjoyed the change.

3. The POV was from an older Christian, recounting the story that, obviously, happened many years in his past.

The third point was a little tricky for me and my only point of struggle while reading this novel. I realized quickly that it was an older Christian that was speaking as there were many references throughout the novel that he was presently many years older than when the story takes place. This is a tricky thing that can go badly and not be received so well by myself as a reader, and I imagine, other readers as well. The writer runs the risk of telling the story, more than showing the story. I do feel that in the beginning of this novel there was too much telling, and I struggled with that. But the action does kick in fairly quickly so I wasn't put off for too long. What did aggravate me the most though, are the regular hints of how things turned out before they actually happened. I like to read the story as it plays out, and not have an inkling as to what may occur in the future before it actually happens. That stole a little bit of the magic of this story.

Otherwise, I did like this novel.

Christian was a likeable character that from the beginning, battled with the superficial or materialistic ideals of his father, and the family that took him in when he was sent to the U.S. to study medicine. Initially, his dream was to become a doctor, so that was not the problem. But he was put off by how there was so much focus on the rich lifestyle that he was surrounded by. That was most evident once he met the girl next door, Aiyana, who he fell deeply in love with.

Aiyana is a free spirit. She is completely carefree, and both her and her family are most definitely not the norm. Though the community sees them negatively, Christian is immediately attracted to their laughter and caring hearts. How could he not fall in love with her? I kind of did myself :)

Introduce a mysterious panther that saves Christian from almost certain death, and you have a storyline trimmed with gold. I really enjoyed the bond that Christian and the panther developed, and how much he wanted to save it from the people that hunted it, as they misunderstood the beast's intentions. As to the panther's identity... well that was pretty predictable, but no less delightful or tragic, depending on the part of the book that you happen to be on.

Though the beginning was a little slow paced, this novel picks up speed that the author does a great job of maintaining to the very end. Once the storyline began to take clearer shape, I was very invested, and had a hard time putting the novel down. The author leaves us with some open questions, but answers many. I look forward to picking up the second novel of the series to find out what is in store for Christian and Aiyana's futures.

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*
Profile Image for Tee loves Kyle Jacobson.
2,474 reviews170 followers
October 10, 2012
First I would like to Thank FMB Blog Tours for allowing to read and review an ARC of Savage. I have to say that this book was good. I love the cover and the premise of the story was very good but there was just something missing for me. I am not sure what it is but as I was reading I found myself wandering at times and lord knows anyone who knows me knows I LOVE TO READ anywhere anytime and anyplace. So it bothered me that I was wandering in the beginning. With that being said I will say this LOUD AND CLEAR I DID ENJOY THE BOOK!

In this story we get to meet Chris is an exchange student from Denmark. His father wants him to go to America to study medicine to be a doctor. Chris is not really interested in being a doctor but he doesn't want to upset his father so he goes to America to study medicine.

When he arrives in Florida where he is staying with a very wealthy family he is excited. He decides he is going to go out with a few friends he just met and while out he is attacked by an alligator and killed. Then he is brought back to life by another animal. When Chris wakes up he is not sure why he is still alive or who saved him. All he knows is that he is inexplicably attracted to the house next door. As things start to unfold for Chris he realizes he has supernatural powers and that the neighbor knows more than what she is letting on.

What will happen to Chris? Will he find out what his neighbor is hiding? Will he follow his heart? Will he follow his fathers dreams for him? Come along for a great adventure and see where the wild animals come alive!
Profile Image for  ~*~Princess Nya~*~.
1,004 reviews7 followers
December 1, 2012
This one took a completely different path than I had expected it would or even hoped for. But yet I still find myself loving it.

The year is 1983 and Micheal Jackson reigns supreme on the radio. Christian comes to Florida from Denmark to finish Med School. It's his first time ever being in the States, but he's looking forward to this new experience. His father sets him up in a nice house with a wealthy family and thus his adventure begins... With a near death experience his first night in Florida. And a journey of self discovery, passion, lust & a love like no other, with the beautiful "outcast" next door.

I could not get enough of this paranormal/supernatural/ romance read.
As I said the tone of this one will have you thinking you know where it's going and then you are slapped, dragged, & swung into a completely different direction.

I cried happy, sad, and angry tears with this one. It certainly doesn't end the way you hope or expect it would. And I can't wait to dive into book 2.
I would certainly recommend this read.
Profile Image for Alicia Huxtable.
1,685 reviews56 followers
January 11, 2023
Good read

Very well written. I'm not used to books by this author being so take, but I found, I really enjoyed it.
Profile Image for Elisa.
3,114 reviews35 followers
February 22, 2020
An interesting story with great potential I'm looking forward to reading more this was my first book by Willow Rose but I doubt it will be my last I had trouble putting Savage down it kept me hooked from beginning to the end.
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5,128 reviews272 followers
October 3, 2012
Blog Tour Stop Oct. 4

Review of Savage by Willow Rose
Reviewed for Full Moon Bites Blog Tour Oct. 4 2012
5 stars

“Savage” is a truly unusual story, interweaving more than one paranormal element and delivering a tapestry that intrigues, inspires, and delectates. Set against a background of well-delineated characters (even the seemingly shallow individuals dredge up depths), our protagonist undergoes a coming-of-age type of journey—really more of a “vision quest”—unlike any I can remember reading.

Danish medical student Christian travels to St. Augustine, Florida, to spend a year in the medical school at Jacksonville. He is to stay with the family of a wealthy surgeon, a man who is totally narcissistic, unaware of the personalities of his family or of their true dreams and desires. He tosses out expensive gifts, such as a Corvette and a windsurfer, to Chris, while simultaneously warning the young man away from his daughter, fickle college student Heather, who desire to get to know Chris sets off all the trouble in the first place.
While the good doctor warns Chris off Heather, his daughter is busy flirting and ordering the new guest to stay away from the neighbors, variously called gypsy-ish, witchy, and trashy-which is humourous as the neighborhood is upper-class, very wealthy, and the neighbours are aloof, quiet, and family-oriented.

Christian’s trauma begins on a nighttime visit to the swamp with Heather and her friends. While swimming, he is attacked by twin alligators, and mysteriously “saved” by a black jaguar. Of course, everybody but Christian wants the jaguar hunted and destroyed-but Christian understands intuitively that this is no ordinary animal, perhaps not an animal per se. As he diligently tries to prevent the jaguar’s death or capture, he begins to have precognitive visions, and to experience links to his new neighbors, the supposedly witchy all-female family line.

I reviewed an e-book copy provided to me by Full Moon Bites Blog Tours in return for my fair and impartial review.
Profile Image for Natalia Bona.
9 reviews7 followers
June 21, 2012
Wow... Im a little stunned right now to be honest.. because the lovely Willow Rose has actually done what I didn't really think was possible anymore. Stun me so much that I actually have to think about the message of the book, which can be summed up perfectly in this quote from the book:

"We don't want to be like other people, like normal people. Life has taught me that unhappiness comes when you try to be like everyone else rather than embracing the unique person that you are"

Christian, the main character is just the kind of guy who is typical of the modern man today it seems.. very science- orientated, doesn't believe in the supernatural stuff and is all about finding an escape from the pain he's carrying around from losing his mother. I won't spoil it for you guys but this book struck a chord in me that I think we all need to reflect on. We need to start being ourselves and not let others dictate what to say or do because in the end, we are the ones who will lose for it. So I hope this review will get you to pick up the book because thats not a decision you will regret if you like: splendid writing, adorable characters and an ending that will leave you wanting more ( I know I did) ! So yea thats all I'll say for now :)
Profile Image for Melissa Levine.
1,020 reviews41 followers
February 27, 2021
I found this story to be kind of boring. I mainly scanned looking for the action.

There were several things that stood out to me:

1. The writing style. The dialog was too robotic. There was way too much inner dialog and explanations, I guess you could call it. When they're explaining about jaguars on the TV, it just went on and on. It was like reading a school report or something. Because of this writing, I didn't feel connected or 'into' the story like I usually am. I could have cared less what happened to any of the characters.

2. Why at the beginning when the jaguar killed 2 alligators and then dragged Chris out of the water, did 'the kids' think it was going to eat Chris? I mean it just killed 2 other animals. It could have killed a gator and just eaten that first one or even the second. Why bother pulling Chris out of the water and then kill him, when it could have done that while in the water like the gators?

And for some reason Heather thought the jaguar was scared, that's why it ran off before killing Chris? Seriously? Wasn't Heather supposedly screaming the whole time? And what the jaguar only noticed after like 5 minutes of being around them, of the noise?

3. Not really a fan of Dr. Kirk. Too full of himself. I think he lives in a dream land, where everything's prefect. He thinks his daughter is perfect considering he thought Chris was the one that took them to the swamps. (haha) Even though that had been his first day in Florida. I get a parent wants to think the best of their child but seriously?

4. Yianna is way too open to a complete stranger. Yes she's been hearing his thoughts and whatnot since his arrival in Florida but still. She says several times that it's just bits and pieces. Yet when he comes over to introduce himself, she goes on and on, explaining about her heritage and telling him about all the 'special-ness' of her family.

5. I understand that Jim is permanently traumatized about what happened to his father years prior. But having to kill all wild cats? Are there really that many in Florida? There might be but he was just too much. I mean I've never been in that kind of situation before so who knows. Or better yet, after Chris and Jim are in the swamps looking for the jaguar, they come upon it. The cat is obviously trying to scare them away, yet Jim is against just leaving it alone. Even after the cat jumps onto him and is growling and whatnot, Jim is still yelling for Chris to shoot it before it kills him? Jim really thought the cat was going to kill him, when it was obviously trying to scare him. Why else would it have not attacked Jim? It basically just sits on him for several minutes growling.

6. The whole saying that goes something like 'kill it before it kills me' or ‘it's either it or me'... I really cannot stand those kind of sayings. Especially when it involves a person with a gun and wild animal that's trying to protect itself or it's family, like in Jim's father’s situation. His father goes after a cat trying to protect it's babies. Why would anyone be surprised that it would attack? Very stupid.

7. Why is it whenever Chris talks to a girl their head is always tilted? I get that he's dreamy and just oh so attractive with that long curly blonde hair. Does he mainly deal with ditzy girls or something?

8. How was it possible for Aiyanna to not need a blood transfusion after being shot 3 times and then lay out in the wild for several hours? Would the transfusion blood have cancelled out the 'special-ness' in her blood?

9. Or Jim for that matter. In this story it's like time is fast forwarded when it comes to the healing process, yet it's just been a few days. What was Jim in the hospital for, like a week or something? Then he gets out, he already has a fake leg. I don't think so. I might have just been a baby in 1983 but even nowadays you wouldn't be up and about and with a fake leg after just a week.

10. Jim doesn't want to live anymore because he can't run? Seriously? haha That has too be the funniest excuse I've ever heard. He can still do everything he's ever done prior, yet not running is what's causes him to want to die? haha

11. At the end, when Dr. Kirk is speaking with Chris, he's confused as to why Heather has such a thing for Chris. He compares Chris to her previous bfs. Is it really that hard to figure out? I mean Chris is living in the same house as Heather. They're probably on the same floor, a few doors down from each other, and the doctor is rarely there.

12. Lastly, Chris has to be a doctor because his father wants him to take over the family business. Chris goes to Florida where at the end it's Dr. Kirk who wants him to be the doctor to take over his family business? Stupid.

Sorry but this book did nothing for me. I struggled to get through it. Not going to be reading the next one. I honestly don't understand how this book got such high reviews?
Profile Image for Ramona Plant.
753 reviews20 followers
December 14, 2021
Savage by Willow Rose is a total miss for me. The writing style is pretty amateurish I find. The inner monologues are nonstop and just feel so inundating and take over most of the book. The dialogues between characters feel completely unnatural and I for one couldn't relate to them at all.

My biggest issue however are the characters. I couldn't relate to them at all. They felt very one dimensional and their development needs serious help. Chris, our main character, is just so full of himself and his allure to women, that he couldn't grasp that maybe some are not? He had no will power to stand up for himself and seemed like a simpleton in many ways yet thought of himself very highly. His moral compass was completely off for me, like he thought killing an animal that saved him was ok to give his new found friend a victory because Jim's father got paralyzed because he came upon a big cat and her babies? Really? That seems like a just reason to kill an animal that actually saved you? Yes he didn't go through with it but later on he thought it was ok to then trick the animal, he became friends with to give Jim an opportunity to kill it and then Chris ends up shooting it? At that point I have lost all respect for the main character and the book. There is just no coming back from that.

With all the other issues I already had prior to that, and now tricking an animal so you could get it killed, you are just a horrible person and yes he may not understand everything yet at that point, but still, that makes it not better. He is still a horrible person and how all that ends I will not reveal.

But he is not the only flawed character, they pretty much all are. The Kirks family is just over the top, they all are and that makes them just so boring and annoying in one go. Aiyana and her family are just so unrealistic, even have read so many paranormal books, it is just a plain joke. No paranormal EVER reveals so much about their secrets the very first time they meet anyone, especially when they seem to hide who they are so much in a community that seems to really dislike them.

I really struggled finishing this one and only did because I wanted to see how it ended. It was a complete waste of my time and can only say do yourself a favor and don't make the same mistake. I just have nothing good to say about this book unfortunately and I always try and find something. I can't even say that I didn't find typos and other errors because there were times I just scanned pages just to move on. I am sorry but this one just wasn't for me, not even close.
Profile Image for Rebecca Graf.
Author 49 books82 followers
October 27, 2012
I've read books on vampires and werewolves. I have never read a book about were-jaguars until now.

Willow Rose brings a unique paranormal romance into Savage when she introduces Christian from Denmark into southern Florida. A rich and snotty new family have taken him in. He has an unfortunate meeting with two angry alligators. But to top it off it is saved as he dies by a jaguar. Coming back from the dead, he finds himself suddenly with powers he never had before nor wants now. It doesn't help that the black sheep of the neighborhood keep catching his eye until he can longer hold back and finds himself in love with a girl that will change his life.

I found the beginning of the story a little slow, not boring just slow. It describes the young man as he arrives in America and introduces the reader to his past to better understand him. The story really picks up once he arrives at his new 'family's' estate and from there it goes at a very good pace with the alligator attack and such.

Speaking of alligators....That part was curious to me as alligators do not just attack. They only do so if someone is near a nest which would mean there would not have been two of them or if they were too familiar with humans. Also, if Christian had a dog smell on him, they could have attacked thinking he was a good meal. A little better explanation of that might help me, but that's me coming from the deep south.

The plot is well thought out and obviously leaves it open for book 2. There are sexual scenes that are not extremely graphic, but graphic enough that only adults should be reading it. There is some language and violence though the violence is minor when I compare it to other books I read.

I found this a very interesting read with characters that had some depth to them and a plot that had a lot going for it. It wasn't one that kept me glued to the pages, but it kept me wondering about it when I did step away from it which in turn brought me back eagerly.

If you like paranormal romances, this is a book you should consider trying out.

Note: This book was provided as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.
Profile Image for Ron Johnson.
95 reviews
January 3, 2021
I don't read "romance" novels. That's my wife's job, not mine. But this book defies easy categorization. Romance? Yes. Paranormal? Absolutely. Fantasy? A little. It was intriguing enough that I will probably wind up reading the sequel one of these days, when I get time.

Christian is a Danish medical student, living in Florida to finish up his last years of medical school. Living with a well-off family headed by a stern surgeon, with his wife and gorgeous daughter, Heather.

Chris's first day in Florida ends in a disaster. Invited out by Heather to spend the evening partying in the swamps, Chris is attacked and almost killed by two alligators. A jaguar, however, jumped in the swamp, killed the alligators, and dragged Chris's semi-lifeless body from the swamp. However, rather than finishing him off for herself, the jaguar, seemingly scared off by Heather's friends, left him lying there and ran off into the jungle.

All kinds of weirdness ensues. After this event, Chris is bedeviled by voices and visions flashing through his head. He meets a very unusual family living next door, three sisters, their mother, and her mother. The girls' father has disappeared, under rather mysterious circumstances, and the family themselves are held in poor regard by the community.

Chris falls in love with the eldest daughter, however. Despite a simultaneously burgeoning quasi-romance blossoming with Heather. Throughout much of the book, Chris is torn between these two women. Eventually, however, Aiyanna reveals that she MUST marry another man, that she can never marry Chris. Chris turn to Heather.

There are several rather terrifying episodes - Heather's mother being viciously attacked, and saved from almost certain death when Chris intervenes. Jim, and old friend of Heather's and now Chris's best friend, being attacked and mutilated by a jaguar, possibly the same one that had attacked Chris. Chris driving the jaguar off his friend's body, shooting it several times. Jim survives but loses a leg.

More events, many of them strange and paranormal, fill in and end out the book. Has some tie-ins tp Ponce-de-Leone and the "Fountain of Youth", Native American folklore.

Not a bad read at all. I'd recommend it to someone that enjoys this genre. As I said, although it is not my favored genre, I'll likely read the sequel, and will definitely be reading more of this prolific writer's work in other genres.
Profile Image for Marcy.
243 reviews
July 13, 2017
I have to admit, this book was nothing like I had imagined it to be (but in a good way).

I typically read books with strong female lead roles, so the fact this had a male leading role at first made me hesitate, but I gave it a chance.

Notes for me:
He is VERY in tune with his emotions, though claims of being cut off in the beginning seem to immediately evaporate once he's saved by a leopard.

Now the subtitle of this book pretty much gives away the 'mysterious house next door' that he seems to always be attracted to, but it doesn't take away from the story one bit. I still felt pulled to the characters. Clearly the leopard that saves him is the girl he ends up falling madly in love with, and the one girl he actually ever wants to be with and not toss away like all the others before her.

Yet Chris does a lot of settling in this book. As he keeps repeating--he was young in those days. He settles to be a doctor when his passion is music. He settles for Heather when his true love is a mysterious and magical were-leopard-human hybrid. He settles on always feeling guilty that because of him one of his best friends lost his leg (chasing the very leopard he was always trying to protect).

Also, the author clearly isn't English/American as some of the sayings are very clearly European, but that only distracted me slightly. Overall, this was a fascinating read that kept me entertained. I never once thought, "Man I need to take a break from this book" (like so many before it).
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Autumn Marci.
253 reviews2 followers
January 2, 2023
I have to admit, this book was nothing like I had imagined it to be (but in a good way).

I typically read books with strong female lead roles, so the fact this had a male leading role at first made me hesitate, but I gave it a chance.

Notes for me:
He is VERY in tune with his emotions, though claims of being cut off in the beginning seem to immediately evaporate once he's saved by a leopard.

Now the subtitle of this book pretty much gives away the 'mysterious house next door' that he seems to always be attracted to, but it doesn't take away from the story one bit. I still felt pulled to the characters. Clearly the leopard that saves him is the girl he ends up falling madly in love with, and the one girl he actually ever wants to be with and not toss away like all the others before her.

Yet Chris does a lot of settling in this book. As he keeps repeating--he was young in those days. He settles to be a doctor when his passion is music. He settles for Heather when his true love is a mysterious and magical were-leopard-human hybrid. He settles on always feeling guilty that because of him one of his best friends lost his leg (chasing the very leopard he was always trying to protect).

Also, the author clearly isn't English/American as some of the sayings are very clearly European, but that only distracted me slightly. Overall, this was a fascinating read that kept me entertained. I never once thought, "Man I need to take a break from this book" (like so many before it).
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Profile Image for Nancy Silk.
Author 5 books72 followers
November 27, 2017
"A Very Surprising Story"

Back in 1983, Christian, age 22, leaves his home in Denmark to attend medical school in Florida, staying with a rich family who fully supports his goal of becoming a doctor. One evening while spending time with a few friends, he has a mishap of falling into a swampy stream, naked. He is attacked by two alligators, and is quickly bitten on his arm and leg. But he is saved from possible death ... a jaguar leaps onto the two alligators, killing them both by biting them deeply on their heads. After this event, Chris has strange dreams and visions. He becomes a friend to the wild jaguar to the point that he can stroke the animal's soft coat. This book is a definite thriller containing violence and sexual situations so it's recommended for readers over the age of 16. It's a shocking, scary thriller, but it will also tug at your heartstrings. Fantastic achievement for author Willow Rose.
Profile Image for Keren Hughes.
Author 21 books211 followers
June 25, 2012
Taken from my blog post at:


When I first picked up this book, I was a little taken aback by the fact that an older Christian was narrating the story. I wasn't sure how it was going to work with an older version of him telling us what happened to him when he was younger. But - and this is a very big BUT - it worked perfectly. After just a chapter, I had settled into his narrative and was looking forward to him taking me on a journey.

That, is exactly what happened. A journey of discovery.

The year is 1983 and Christian is hoping to fulfill his fathers wishes and become a doctor. His father has paid for him to leave his home in Denmark and go to Med School in America for a year. So he goes, even though it's not really his own dream. No, Christian would go through life from one job to the next, one woman to the next. He's not exactly the settling type. More the 'love them and leave them' sort.

There's 2 quotes that I really loved that show you what kind of person Christian is.

"I loved girls, but I used them and threw them away. I devoured them. I exploited the fact that they adored me."

"Some even came into my life thinking that they would be the ones that could change my ways and make me settle down, they wanted to save me from myself, but they always leave with a broken heart."

He knows that he's good looking and charming. He knows that girls adore his curly mane of hair, his beautiful smile. He plays on these attributes to make girls flock to him, then he discards them as though they meant nothing. Fact is, that's exactly what they mean to him - nothing.

But he has an eidetic memory and feels that he can become a doctor quite easily. After all, he only needs to read a book once and it's there in his memory banks.
At this point, I don't really believe Christian thinks there's any more to becoming a doctor than 'book smarts' - I mean, it takes a lot of hard graft to be a doctor. It's not all about what's in the text books. There are things you need to learn that either come naturally or you work hard at - but he seems to think that because of his memory, he can waltz through it.

When Christian arrives in Florida, he is to live with the Kirk family. Dr and Mrs Kirk and their daughter, Heather. They have agreed to give him a home whilst he studies, but Dr Kirk would like him to keep his hands off his daughter. Which for Christian will be hard to do, Heather is beautiful. But being the 'love them and leave them' guy that he is, perhaps he really should keep his eyes off her. It would only cause problems within the household and having to live there for a year could become quite uncomfortable...

It's on an evening with Heather and her friends at the Twelve Mile Swamps that Christian's life takes a dramatic change of course. Both Heather and Christian are swimming in the water, but it's Christian that falls victim to an alligator attack.

They say that in a near-death experience, your life flashes before you. But Christian instead sees a jaguar come to his rescue. A beautiful creature with black rosettes in it's fur. This jaguar attacks the alligators, crushing their skulls with just one bite. Then instead of attacking Christian too, it drags him to shore.

His injuries mean that Christian can't start school as scheduled. Instead he spends his days at the Kirks home recuperating.

In the garden one day, Christian sees the little girl in the garden next door. She seems to be sitting amongst floating toys. Her and her older sister are playing and laughing. Christian witnesses this and can't help but smile. The older sister is a beautiful sight to behold.
So it's with this in mind he goes to introduce himself.

Little does Christian know that introducing himself to the girls and their family will take his life off the course he thought that it was on.

Aiyana - the beautiful older sister - and he become close. Something seems to take over his thoughts when he is with her. It's as though he needs her. He craves her affection. He's never felt this way about a girl before and it comes as a shock.
The family encourage him to play the guitar and sing his beautiful songs, something he hasn't done much since the alligator attacked him. He's been in a kind of funk and can't seem to bring himself out of it. So they encourage him to play for them, use his beautiful voice to sing them songs that he sang after his mother passed away when he was younger.
With this family, in their home, Christian feels something he hasn't felt in a long time, true happiness.

I can't tell you what happens from here. There are things that must be discovered for yourself. There are twists and shocks that I simply cannot reveal.

I loved this book. It was easy to get swept away with the story. There were ups and downs for all involved. But though there were trials and tribulations that Christian must face, on the whole, this story was a joy to behold. You follow Christian through from being a young 'Casanova' to being a more mature young man who finally knows what it's like to feel true love.
But it's not just a love story. And not all is as it seems. This is a Paranormal Romance - there are secrets to be told. Are you ready to listen?

I am grateful that Willow Rose got in contact and asked me if I would like to review SAVAGE. If she hadn't, I may never have come across this beautiful story. I am really looking forward to book 2. I can't tell you what happens at the end of this book to make me yearn for the next book - all I can say is, it's truly worth reading and discovering for yourself.
111 reviews1 follower
July 2, 2017
Loved it!

This book spent a great deal of time introducing and rounding out the characters. Love it when an author understands the importance of characters you "feel" for. Although the story basically follows a Danish teenager who has come to America for a proper education in the medical field, Willow Rose also introduced other characters of different backgrounds,age and sex so there is someone any age reader can relate too( however there is some sexual content so not best for children). Fantasy, romance, animals and adventure. It's all here! Thank you Willow Rose for a great read...beginning the sequel now

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405 reviews4 followers
July 4, 2020
Strange story.....

Christian.....a boy from down under who got an opportunity to come to America to study medicine. His mother died when he was young. His father checked out after that. He stays with a doctor and his family. Heather, their daughter falls for him. Friends party and accidents happen. A black jaguar saves his life. He meets the family across the street. Lots of strange people and situations.

This is a strange story that doesn't for any of my usual reads. It didn't hold my interest much. I enjoy reading this author, but this one just wasn't me.

Read on my friends
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71 reviews31 followers
March 20, 2018

I am not fond of paranormal, but have a fondness for the author and her stories. I must say, this story truly had my attention all the way through. It does end leaving you wanting more, which is good for book 2 in the series. Loved the characters and the story flow. A decent plot as well. A good read!

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640 reviews24 followers
November 13, 2018

This is definitely different from many books I've read and for that I highly enjoyed it. It was difficult reading a book set in the past as that's not usually how the books I read are set but i feel it was necessary for the second book in the series. Definitely unique
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650 reviews12 followers
March 4, 2019
Good Story, OK Writing

The story is very good, but I am not sure I love the writing style. There is a lot of telling what happens, instead of drawing the reader into the action.

I might read the next book in the series to see if the style changes any. This book is older, and the author may have developed her style more fully.

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141 reviews16 followers
September 30, 2018
Very good read

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. If you haven't already, you should read this book. You won't be disappointed and it will keep you glued from beginning to the end.
349 reviews4 followers
May 24, 2019

Once again Willow Rose wrote a fantastic book that I did not want to put down. She does not shy away from people getting hurt. A fantasy that somehow makes it seem possible. I really enjoyed it.
369 reviews2 followers
February 16, 2021
I liked this book, especially the characters next door. Not everything was believable, especially as the main Danish guy started changing, but the actions were believable (well, if you suspended "regular" belief) and the story well-written. Heart-pounding adventure around the hunt.
28 reviews1 follower
February 27, 2021
Surprises just don't stop.

This is a story of a youth that is very surprising get very enlightening, adventurous,frightening yet enlightening. The mystic aspect of this tale makes it very worthwhile reading. Enjoy this tale!!!
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163 reviews14 followers
June 20, 2021
I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. I confess I caught myself looking at the percentage left to read more than once. While interesting, it wasn’t what I’d call a page turner and I was never really able to lose myself in the story or characters.
December 6, 2021
Very interesting

Loved. Different kept my interest from first page to last.looking forward to finding out what the future holds for the jaguar. Nice love story with different ending!
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350 reviews
February 5, 2023

Chris begins this adventure with a traumatic experience changing his path forward. His rescue by a jaguar is astonishing. Making friends a risk he is willing to try. Secrets to keep, a broken heart, and more are found here.
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1,313 reviews
June 11, 2017
Good book

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA
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