Book Review – Savage Love

If you are looking for a book that starts strong, and ends weak, Savage Love by Ashlee Rose is for you.

This book literally centers around a Royal Princess named, Royal.  Maybe the author thought it was cute, which is fine, but it is a bit confusing in the beginning.  And Royal’s father essentially sells her when he loses playing cards.  So Royal is sold into marriage to Xavier Archibald the third.  Now if you think I have a problem with the plot, I don’t.  I have read quite a few romance novels with this plot and it can work really well.

This book started out so strong, with great and interesting characters.  Royal was not happy to be sold into marriage (I mean who is?) and she protested and fought the entire time.  Xavier has been in love with Royal for five years, because she is one of the only people that have ever shown him true kindness. 

Before I delve too deeply into the major problem with this book, I do want to clarify something.  BDSM, is either something you are into, or you are not into.  Either way, is perfectly acceptable, perfectly ok, and there is nothing wrong with it.  HOWEVER, I am getting sick of reading books where the male main character is into BDSM because he is emotionally damaged, and then as he heals emotionally, he is no longer into BDSM because he doesn’t need it anymore.  THAT IS NOT HOW THAT WORKS!  Of course, limits, ideas, desires, wants, can all change.  But again, you are either into BDSM, or you are not.

And in this book, it starts with Xavier being interested into BDSM, and being more of a dominant than anything else.  And then as he starts to cope with his trauma, suddenly BDSM is not as interesting.  BDSM is not a tool, like say therapy is, to not be mentally ill anymore.  You don’t have a bondage session, and then suddenly no longer need an antidepressant. 

On top of that, as the book continued, the characters got weaker, and their personalities almost felt stripped from them.  The best way I can describe it, is the author wrote all of the scenes she cared about, then went “oh crap I have to finish the book” and didn’t think anyone would notice.

And it is a true shame that this book was not that good, because it started out good, and had a ton of potential.  I would love to see the author take this book, and research more into BDSM, and write a better ending.  Because the ending was cliché and weird. There was more than once where I was sitting there going “really?” with a confused look on my face.

Overall – as I said this book starts strong, but does not finish strong.  I am not however turned off of the author and I would happily read another book by this author and give them another chance.  That being said, I really want to see the author learn more about BDSM and portray that better.

Plot – 5/10

Characters – 5/10

Originality –  5/10

General Joy of Reading – 5/10

Overall Score – 20/40

Savage Love – Ashlee Rose

Cost* –  Kindle is $3.99, paperback is $11.99  Book is included with Kindle Unlimited

*Cost is based upon what the book cost when book review is published

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