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Heart of a Savage

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Bailey Ross-O'Malley has spent her whole life catering to others. She used to enjoy it. Until her father died. In an attempt to protect her, her father chose Connor to be her husband, but that was a mistake. Connor was supposed to love her, be her rock – but some rocks need to be tossed as far away as possible. She only has one source of happiness now, her son, and if Conn ...more
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Imani Ink
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descriptionThe cover of this one is actually very good. Great representation of the hero. Great composition. Interesting title work.description

descriptionThe first half or so of this one was good. I enjoyed the writing. The pace was fairly good. I loved the comradery between the friends. I wasn't a HUGE fan of the heroine, but she certainly wasn't the worst I have ever read. Although I found it extremely unlikely that some scared little mouse would go from a victim of severe domestic abuse to an MMA fighter in a few weeks.


Lover of Romance
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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Baily Ross has spent her whole life in the shadow of Connor, a man her father chose to be her husband. She has spent years under his control and raising a young boy whom she considers to be her own and she will fight with her every breath for. When Connor takes her son to Ireland, to punish her. She decides to be able to fight back when he returns. Bailey goes to a MMA club, looking for ways to defend hersel
Lynn Reynolds
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
Bailey Ross-O’Malley has the husband from hell. Dominic “Nico” Prince is trying to get on with his life. She comes to Nico to try and learn a way to fight her demons. Is Nico ready to have a woman in his life? She learns how to protect herself but she doesn’t use that knowledge against Connor. I couldn’t quite understand why she wouldn’t stand up to him but then you realize that it’s probably because she’s protecting something that she feels is more important than she.

What I loved was seeing how
Kris Danielle
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart of a Savage!

I absolutely loved this book! This is the story of Bailey Ross. She's trapped in a relationship that was unwanted. The story of her finally breaking free and gaining control of her life was very inspiring. I literally screamed at the special appearance from my baby! Conner got everything he deserved. I was so scared towards the end but, love conquers all! Great job Lashanta!
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart of a Savage

First book of 2017 that I have read and it held my attention from the beginning to the end. I wasn't too sure of what the story was going to be about for the fact that I didn't read the synopsis, that didn't last long. I must say I loved Bailey and Nico. They had many odds against them but in the end the manage to be on top.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

I have to tell you. This was kind of a hard one for me. It dealt with some emotional things that weighed heavily on me. However, kudos to Ms. Charles for her careful writing and delicate handling of the subject.

The chemistry between Bailey and Dominic is electric. The push and pull they are doing is a tension-laced dance of sex and emotions.

A great read from a new to me author! I will certainly be looking out for more from Lashanta Charles!
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So it's been awhile since Lashanta had graced us with her literary talents. And let me say I missed this heffa's writing!!!! Her words roll off screen like a movie! From the first chapter I was caught up! I wanted more. I love fighters and Kick ass female characters and I got both from this book. Well a whole crew of sexy UFC fighters!

Bailey was the biggest surprise! I didn't expect her to come out swinging like she did, but she made me proud. Now don't get me wrong there are times when your ey
Cheryl  K
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a pleasant surprise; I was captivated from the first scene right through to the final paragraph.
Bailey Ross-O’Malley is stuck in an abusive relationship. A marriage her father arranged assuming her husband, Connor O’Malley, would love, honor and care for her. Instead she suffers both physical and emotional abuse. Connor controls Bailey’s family business, her money and will not allow her out of the house without asking permission; her only happiness comes from their little boy. When
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what I thought I was going to get with this book but this wasn't it and that's a great thing. This author not only brings us a story about mma fighters and a woman I know nothing unique about that. What is unique about this is the story that is told. This isn't about the fighting in the ring, it is about the fight they face in real life. It's about standing up and taking your power back. It's about finding yourself and being true to that. It's about this beautiful spunky lady who ne ...more
Julianne Macneil
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of an arc program. I really enjoyed this story about an abused woman named Bailey who decides to learn how to defend herself from her abusive husband Connor. Bailey goes to a MMA gym in order to learn self defense and meets Dominic (Nico) who runs the gym one night as he was leaving, he tells her to come back but she is scared and has to go back when Connor is out of town. Nico was left at the alter a year before he meets Bailey and has not been interested in women since ...more
Destiny Bridwell
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I got this book as an ARC for an honest review. This is the first book that I got by this author. I love the cover of this book. I think it is the ink. Bailey is married to Conner and he is the man her father picked to be her husband, but all he does is abuse and mistreat her. All she wants to do is protect her son. When Conner takes him away to Ireland to hurt she knows she has to do something. She goes to the local MMA club to help her learn to defend herself. That is where she meets Nico. Wil ...more
Shahla's World
Title - Heart of a Savage
Author - LaShanta Charles.
Series - No
Genre - Romance
Cliffhanger - No
Rating - 4Stars.
Recommended - Yes!

This was and amazing story of strength and redemption. Bailey's story got me in my feels big time. I love how even though she was gutted in the worst way imaginable, it didn't break her. She never stopped fighting and she came back stronger than ever. This is a must read for any romance lover.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heart if a savage

Lashanta you never disappoint. This was a very good read. I'm glad Baikey finally came to her senses. I wanted to reach through the book and strangle Connor. I think Nico is NY new book BAe!!! Great Job!!
Tera Taybron
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought...

Ok I have never gotten over Kalil's death and here it is he's mentioned quite a bit since Nico is his cousin. Anywho, this story is about finding your rage. The will to fight for whatever you deserve or want. And it's beautifully told.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story!!

Really enjoyed this book!! Nico and Bailey had me rooting for them from the start!! I hope more books to come making this a series with updates of Nico and Bailey!!! 💕🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book through netgalley

This book was absolutely amazing, Bailey lives in such an abusive and damaging relationship, we slowly find out exactly why she is with Conner and what is going on between the two.
Dominic (nico) Is a famous MMA fighter and owns and operates a gym with his friends Jax, Cade, East, and Van. When Bailey comes to the gym one night late to sign up for self defense classes Nico has a very strong reaction to her. She is comp
Sarah McDerment
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title - Heart of a Savage
Author - LaShanta Charles.
Series - No
Genre - Romance
Publication Date - January 31st
Cliffhanger - No
Rating - 5 Stars.
Recommended - Yes!

I just loved Nico! I found his character to so endearing and lovable. A real alpha male in every sense, but to those he lets close a real lovely giant.

Bailey's character was great, for someone who has faced so much hurt in her life and continues to face it all the way through the story she showed real bravery.

The way the author has writte
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book,This is a great read i really enjoyed it had me hooked from the start and i did not want to put it down.I just loved Bailey and Nico together tha ending had my heart in my mouth a fantastic read can't wait for more highly recommended ...more
C bond
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it

a great read. thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Vernice marcum
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book

Lashanta you did it again this book was another one I couldn't put down until the end. The blend of characters and their interactions I felt like I was there with every character. The end left me on the edge of my seat not knowing if Nico was going to find her in time. Please hurry up with your next book thanks in advance.
Shanta Gray
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Savage Prince & Princess

Bailey is such a selfless person but seems to only have selfish people in her life. Connor is a crazed maniac who believes it's his way or no way at all. Kaelen is the sunshine in all the darkness of her life. Finally enough is enough and she starts looking into self defense classes but she never thought she'd fall for the instructor Dominic who is also a MMA fighter. As truths are revealed & pasts come to the for front, they fight their way through. I loved all the c
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was and amazing story of strength and redemption. Bailey's story got me in my feels big time. I love how even though she was gutted in the worst way imaginable, it didn't break her. She never stopped fighting and she came back stronger than ever. This is a must read for any romance lover. ...more
Precum shenanigans left a bad taste in my mouth
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Full reviews are always posted originally on the blog:

There were parts of this book that I thought were brilliant. Then there were parts that confused me. And then...there were parts that made me want to throw my Kindle.

Let’s start with the brilliant bits:
1. LaShanta Charles is a great writer. Her dialogue has a very natural feel to it, and the story had a nice flow. This was definitely an engaging read that made you truly care about Bailey and Dominic.

2. I loved Bai
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LaShanta Charles is from South Carolina, but currently lives in Tacoma, WA. She's married, has three tiny humans who constantly mooch off of her, and is active duty in the US Army. She's a homebody who adores SLEEPING, reading (romance, especially RH, paranormal, and sci-fi), eating, white chocolate mochas, SLEEPING, Reese's PB Cups (but only the ones stuffed with Reese's Pieces), and writing. Oh, ...more

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