☆✮ My Review ✮☆
Don’t you wish you could be the superhero of your own happily ever after? Why not take the chance? Why not, LIVE a little?
A 27-year old woman, living on the straight and narrow, keeping to the comforts of her norm and avoids acts of precariousness at all costs.
“Stay away from dangerous situations. The unknown is often dangerous.”
While at the bar with some friends, she meets a mysterious tatted stranger and her world is turned instantly upside down. Aiden is everything she SHOULD NOT WANT in a man and partner... Everything her Mama and Daddy warned her to stay from...
“Tattoos weren’t my thing. I wasn’t into guys like that. I liked nice, straight-edged guys who had office jobs and drove Toyotas. Regardless, I still thought he was kind of beautiful. Though I couldn’t make out the details of the designs on his flesh, they still left the impression of telling a story—an intricate and beautiful story.”
And yet, Chloe is instantly ensnared by the enigmatic newcomer. He makes her question herself... her way of living. And inspires her to want to take risks, take some chances, and perhaps do something as crazy as fall in love….
But, what to do when the person that you’re falling for, is keeping secrets from you? And what happens when those deep, dark secrets catch up to you? What will she choose?
“I never considered myself a rash person. I was the exact opposite of spontaneous. I always thought things through before I did them. I rarely opened my mouth without thinking first. I thought the impact of my actions of other people before I did anything.
Then I met him.
The alarm in my head went off immediately.
I ignored it.”
A 27-year old man (but a tad younger than our female protagonist!), as beautiful as much as he is tortured with demons of his past.
Aiden feels that there is no hope, no redemption for himself until he lays eyes upon Chloe.
“I just felt drawn to you, like maybe you were what I needed to keep me going. I was starting to give up hope, and I thought you could…I don’t know…bring me out of it.”
He constantly rebuffs and deflects questions associated about himself and his past, but when it finally comes catching up to him… Aiden must once and for all confront the skeletons in his closet to pave way to his future. Or risk, becoming the hunted of his own damnation and losing his greatest hope for atonement.
After all, what is life without a little risk? And what does it mean to truly be alive?
“When I looked into your eyes after we were back on the ground, do you know how you looked?.”
I shook my head.
“Alive,” he said.
“Really truly alive. Your eyes were bright and without fear. You looked like you could conquer the world right then.”
Can Aiden and Chloe truly ever have their HEA?
“As much as you talk about living for the here and now, you are completely stuck in the past…”
Or will Aiden’s haunting past and Chloe’s inability to branch out of her safety zone succumb them both?
“I felt like I was back up in the plane, looking down at the earth thousands of feet below, and preparing to jump. Excitement and terror merged, and I could no longer tell one from the other.” - Chloe
“This is life, Chloe. Live it.” - Aiden
So, my verdict?-
#A great, light with a sprinkle of angst and dark—romance, filled with sensual promise and a head to toe tatted alpha male who will make you ladies swoon!
As for Chloe, I really liked her character. She is one of those people who on the outside looks calm and content with her life and what she is doing, and yet, she is dying to break out of her chains and break free.
I could seriously see myself in her in how she rationalized situations in her head and could understand her quick to judge, pre-conceived presumptions that she had of Aiden and the world. I would have done and said the same exact things. I’m not saying that she was right in that, but come on, EVERYONE has their moments of judging and making opinions before actually knowing from time to time. Chloe is no different. She simply was a sheltered girl living in a straight-laced world and way of thinking. That’s it, really.
I know that author Shay Savage wrote this novel as a standalone, but, I’m hoping that she’ll also write follow ups for some of the secondary characters she introduces in Alarm. I really LOVED Aiden’s group of friends-- Redeye, Lance and his girlfriend Jennifer, as well as Lo and Mo!!♥ I would definitely love stories for them too and perhaps, Chloe’s BFF Mare (Mary). Maybe a Mare and Redeye pairing? Hmmm Hmmm? *Pretty please?!*
Anyway, a great, great story of love, loss, grief, and moving forward to new beginnings!!
Thank you Shay for allowing me a chance to R&R your lovely book title!!
Hugs and kisses!
-Overall : 8.5
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8
Always looking for a storyline and characters who fall outside the norm, Shay Savage’s tales have a habit of evoking some extreme emotions from fans. She prides herself on plots that are unpredictable and loves to hear it when a story doesn’t take the path assumed by her readers. With a strong interest in psychology, Shay loves to delve into the dark recesses of her character’s brains–and there is definitely some darkness to be found! Though the journey is often bumpy, if you can hang on long enough you won’t regret the ride. You may not always like the characters or the things they do, but you'll certainly understand them.
Shay Savage lives in Ohio with her husband and two children. She’s an avid soccer fan, loves vacationing near the ocean, enjoys science fiction in all forms, and absolutely adores all of the encouragement she has received from those who have enjoyed her work.