Series: Daughters of the Jaguar
Author: Willow Rose
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.
Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up. It is the first book in a family saga that covers three decades of the character's lives. The sequel is expected in September 2012.
“So how much do you know about St. Augustine, Chris?”
The woman driving gently touched her elegant yellow hair, careful not to mess it up with her colored nails. She spoke with a strong southern accent and was incredibly beautiful for her age, which I guessed was more than twice my age of twenty-two. Her name was Mrs. Kirk. I had just met her at Orlando Airport for the first time a few minutes before. She was waiting for me holding a sign with my name, Christian Langaa, printed on it.
The year was 1983 and I had recently finished my third year of med school at a university in Denmark. I had just left my country of birth for St. Augustine in Florida. Leaving Denmark was my father’s idea, really. I guess he thought it was about time I left the nest, so he called in a favor with an old friend of his, an American eye surgeon, to take me in and help me get a year at a medical school “over-there.” I can’t say I was unhappy about it. At that time all kids my age wanted to go to the States where stone-washed jeans and Michael Jackson came from. His latest album "Thriller" had just been released and was played on every radio station all over the world. Like so many else I bought the cassette and played it again and again on my Walkman. Where I came from anything that was American was considered hip and cool. That summer before I left, my friends and I had watched the movie Flashdance that made ripped sweatshirts popular and we loved the TV show Dallas and Dynasty that made everybody wear increasingly oversized shoulder pads - even us guys. We drank lots of Coke and dreamt of watching MTV, which at that time wasn’t something you could do in Europe yet and especially not in my small home-country Denmark, where we only had one national channel on our TV.
About the Author:
Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, mystery and fantasy. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Other books by the author: - One, Two ... He is coming for you - The eye of the Crystal ball - Beyond - Afterlife #1 - Serenity - Afterlife #2 - Endurance - Afterlife #3 Currently Willow Rose is working on the sequal in the series "Daughters of the Jaguar". It is expected to be published fall 2012.
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Review of Savage by Willow Rose
Reviewed for Full Moon Bites Blog Tour Oct. 4 2012
“Savage” is a truly unusual story, interweaving more than one paranormal element and delivering a tapestry that intrigues, inspires, and delectates. Set against a background of well-delineated characters (even the seemingly shallow individuals dredge up depths), our protagonist undergoes a coming-of-age type of journey—really more of a “vision quest”—unlike any I can remember reading.
Danish medical student Christian travels to St. Augustine, Florida, to spend a year in the medical school at Jacksonville. He is to stay with the family of a wealthy surgeon, a man who is totally narcissistic, unaware of the personalities of his family or of their true dreams and desires. He tosses out expensive gifts, such as a Corvette and a windsurfer, to Chris, while simultaneously warning the young man away from his daughter, fickle college student Heather, who desire to get to know Chris sets off all the trouble in the first place.
While the good doctor warns Chris off Heather, his daughter is busy flirting and ordering the new guest to stay away from the neighbors, variously called gypsy-ish, witchy, and trashy-which is humourous as the neighborhood is upper-class, very wealthy, and the neighbours are aloof, quiet, and family-oriented.
Christian’s trauma begins on a nighttime visit to the swamp with Heather and her friends. While swimming, he is attacked by twin alligators, and mysteriously “saved” by a black jaguar. Of course, everybody but Christian wants the jaguar hunted and destroyed-but Christian understands intuitively that this is no ordinary animal, perhaps not an animal per se. As he diligently tries to prevent the jaguar’s death or capture, he begins to have precognitive visions, and to experience links to his new neighbors, the supposedly witchy all-female family line.
I reviewed an e-book copy provided to me by Full Moon Bites Blog Tours in return for my fair and impartial review.