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Friday, April 3, 2015

Review & Giveaway! Savage by @JadeCJamison @RSofRomance

Are you ready for the ultimate tale of survival?

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Kill or Die
Nina Hardwick has had a rough life since leaving high school, but inside she is still the girl looking for a silver lining. The past several years have left their toll on her psyche, and just as she feels like she’s climbing out of a deep abyss, her life and the lives of millions of others fall into shambles as a virus overtakes the country and leaves a plague of undead armies scouring the land.
In a desperate attempt to get away from the infected, Nina and some neighbors speed out of town, nearly killing a man on a motorcycle. When they stop to rescue him, Nina realizes that he is the one man from her past she never got over, the guy who should have been her high school sweetheart until she messed it up. But this unrequited love, Kevin Savage, says he doesn’t even remember her. Or does he?
Nina, Kevin, and her neighbors head to the wilderness and fight to survive not only the plague but also hunger, cold, their inner demons…and even each other. Will they survive and, more importantly, will her heart?
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Review- 4 Stars

This book is like a cross between the Walking Dead and Jericho.  Add in some romance this is what you get.  This is my first book by Jade so I have nothing to go on with how she writes.  I will say I was impressed by this book.

These past twenty years Nina has had a hard life.  With her kids away in college and her husband has passed away from a debilitating illness, she's alone.  Yet, she is a fighter.  She's fought to keep her family afloat all these years and she's determined to survive on her own now.  Just as she starts to think things might be looking up and outbreak of a virus attacks.  Leaving people "infected" it's a kill or be killed situation.  When she receives a call from her aunt in distress, she needs to get too her, with the help of her neighbors Larry and Vera they set off on a journey to her aunts.  When they try to get out of town they collide with a motorcyclist.   When they stop to offer assistance...Lo and behold the man is none other than her secret crush from high School...Kevin Savage.  This is a man who still has crept into her thoughts from time to time over the years.  WTH!!!!  

This story goes from Nina's past to present memories.  The past memories show how she was in love with him.  How he consumed her thoughts, but yet she never told him how she felt.  Back then she was the shy and quiet girl, not the hardened woman she is today.  As Nina, Kevin, Larry and Vera head to the woods they don't know what is in store for them.  They are fighting for survival.  Will they survive?  Will the "infected" get them?  As the cold, hunger and cabin fever set in....so does the doubt and the trust.  Will this be the end?  Will they get out of the hell they are in? 

This isn't really a book about zombies or "infected" people.  It's about a love story that asks the question What if...what if she took a chance with Kevin years ago...what if she never married her husband...what if she hadn't had the struggles she had.  Can these two find comfort in each other?  Will they get another chance at love? 

I will say this book was a little slow to start.  It didn't capture my full attention until about 60%.   Once there, I couldn't put the book down.  Without giving away too much, this book is definitely interesting...that be a understatement....You don't know how you would act if in this situation.  Basic survival instincts kick in and then just when you think things might turn around the author throws a twist into the situation.  It's a kill or be killed theory...  It is a little dark, but does have a sweetness to the story....a second chance at love feel.  Overall I enjoyed the story...it's out of my comfort zone, but sometimes you need to change it up.  I will say the ending leaves you with a smile, but it also leaves it open for maybe more books.  4 Stars for an interesting and different love story.  

Review by Heather Driscoll 
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I froze.  My heart was thumping in my chest and time seemed to have slowed to a crawl, so I watched as they got closer and my friends steeled themselves for engagement.  As though I was removed from the action, I saw chopping, swinging, lunging…as if I weren’t there on the battlefield.  Then I saw the violent gray body lunge at me, teeth gnashing and fingers clawing, but I couldn’t make myself move.  All around me, I saw my companions felling these creatures but I couldn’t seem to bring myself to do it.

It would be my demise.

I could hear Kevin beside me, yelling at me while fending off his own attacker, but then he lunged in front of me, shoving the tire iron in the neck of the creature that was ready to eat me alive, making it drop to the ground.

And then, suddenly, it was over.

They were all dead.  My friends’ weapons—and their response—had saved us.

Everything became more vivid then.  The blood seemed even redder on the pristine snow; the skies were a brilliant blue, the evergreens, the richest shade of olive I’d ever seen.

And then time sped up again, and Kevin gripped my shoulders, forcing me to look at him.  I could sense Larry beside me ready to say something too, but he was leaving it up to the man who had my attention.  “You can’t just stand there and do nothing.  They’ll kill you, Nina.  It’s you or them.  Kill or die, Nina Davis.”  His jaw rippled before he repeated each word with force.  “Kill or die.”

In spite of the fear that had drained my body and despite the new appreciation I suddenly had for living, it didn’t escape my attention that he’d called me by my maiden name.
His face was so close to mine, his expression intense, his eyes like cold steel.  He was a thing to be feared, and yet…I expected him to kiss me… 

About the Author
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Jade C. Jamison was born and raised in Colorado and has decided she likes it enough to stay forever. Jade's day job is teaching Creative Writing, but teaching doesn't stop her from doing a little writing herself.
Unfortunately, there's no one genre that quite fits her writing. Her work has been labeled romance, erotica, suspense, and women's fiction, and the latter is probably the safest and closest description. But you'll see that her writing doesn't quite fit any of those genres.
You'll have to discover Jade's writing for yourself to decide if you like it.

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