I LOVED this book! I have to start off my review by saying that, in case my gushing from this point forward doesn’t convince you. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve read a Mia Sheridan novel, not because I haven’t wanted to, but my reading life has been more hectic than ever. Usually, when she would release a new book, I’d be drowning in ARCs with no chance to add another to my list. It’s a crying shame! Fortunately, Savaged reminded me just how much I’ve been missing her writing since I read Preston’s Honor two years ago. Her books have a magical quality that completely absorbs me in her writing and holds me hostage long after the last page.
When wilderness guide, Harper Ward, is summoned to the small town sheriff’s office in Helena Springs, Montana, to provide assistance on a case, she is shocked to find that their only suspect in the double murder investigation is a man described as a savage.
But the longer she watches the man known only as Lucas, on the station surveillance camera, the more intrigued she becomes. He certainly looks primitive with his unkempt appearance and animal skin attire, but she also sees intelligence in his eyes, sensitivity in his expression. Who is he? And how is it possible that he’s lived alone in the forest since he was a small child?
As secrets begin to emerge, Harper is thrust into something bigger and more diabolical than she ever could have imagined. And standing right at the center of it all, is Lucas. But is he truly the wild man he appears to be? A cold blooded killer? An innocent victim? Or a perplexing mix of all three?
Harper must find out the answers to these questions because the more time she spends with him, the more she risks losing her heart.
Guys, when I read this blurb, I knew I was going to love this book. I can’t get enough of books set in the wilderness, with characters who are little different than the norm, whether by their own choosing or the cards life has dealt them. Add suspense, a slow-burn romance, and vivid descriptions of surviving in the wild — I’m hooked. My favorite thing about this book was just how easily it transported me away from the hum-drum of daily life. Things have been hectic lately with the end of the school year upon us, and I was struggling to keep up with my reading while finding the ability to focus when I had the time. Thankfully, Mia was able to help me turn off my mind to the stress of my own life, allowing me to get completely lost in Montana. I wasn’t counting down the pages until I finished the book, for a change. I was fully absorbed in the journey the characters were on and didn’t want it to end.
This book was completely unique and exciting, but with a bit of the flair of Archer’s Voice mixed in. I couldn’t get enough of Harper and Lucas’s interactions and was always anxious for the next moment they would be together. The many layers of their story were wonderfully done and most impressively, Mia was able to pull so many details together and tie up every loose end. I loved how every aspect of this story was wrapped up, leaving me with all of my questions answered, but still hoping this will become a standalone series of sorts. I would happily read countless books in Harper and Lucas’s world.
I can’t recommend this book enough!
Rating: 5 stars.