Surviving Raine by Shay Savage
Series: Surviving Raine #1
Publisher: Shay Savage LLC (Self-Published) on May 19, 2013
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense (Adult)
As the captain of a schooner catering to the elite on the Caribbean Seas, Sebastian Stark does his best to avoid any human encounters. Interacting with people isn’t his thing, and he prefers the company of a bottle of vodka, a shot glass, and maybe a whore. There’s no doubt he’s hiding from a checkered past, but he does well keeping everything to himself…
…until the night his schooner capsizes, and he’s stuck on a life raft with one of the passengers.
Raine’s young, she’s cute, and Bastian would probably be into her if he wasn’t suffering from alcohol withdrawal. As the days pass, DTs, starvation, and dehydration become the norm. Even the most closed person starts to open up when he thinks he’s going to die, but when she realizes their traumatic pasts are connected, it’s no longer the elements that have Bastian concerned.
He has no idea how he’s going to Survive Raine.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Sebastian Stark has little use for people, and he makes that clear in his few interactions with them. Captaining a small ship allows him to travel freely, all the while ignoring his passengers and indulging in drink and women as he pleases. But when the ship capsizes, and the lifeboats are gone, he finds himself on a raft in the middle of the ocean, suffering through withdrawal from his vices and the company of the only other survivor he managed to pluck from the sea — a pretty young woman who can’t survive without him.
Like many of you, I first read Surviving Raine when it was fanfiction, and I loved it as much this time as I did before. I watched and waited for the sequel to come and then kept my fingers crossed that it would happen when it went to publication.
Sebastian is an ass, plain and simple. There’s not much about him to like at first, aside from the fact that he immediately takes responsibility for Raine’s survival, and even then, his attitude leaves much to be desired. But as more is revealed about his childhood and… well, just his whole crappy life, it’s easy to see why he is the way he is. Raine seems to be the one good thing that’s ever happened to him, and she’s willing to overlook his abrasiveness and recognize what good is left in him. It’s hard not to fall in love with him as he becomes so utterly devoted to her that he’d give up literally everything to stay with her, keep her safe, and make her happy.
I did feel like the story dragged a little in the raft, but I’m not sure the writing is at fault. It may just be that I’ve read it before, so I was itching to get to the next part. Or maybe it was the situation itself, being trapped on a raft for days and days and days. But once they spotted land, things really picked up and got interesting.
Surviving Raine is classic Shay Savage, with characters that are so insanely flawed that they shouldn’t even be liked, much less loved the way we readers never can resist. There’s danger and violence and angst and a gritty romance that makes for an incredible adventure and sizzling love story. If you’re tired of the same old romance stories, this one is sure to entertain.