Royal Savage – Victoria Ashley (audiobook)

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Date Finished: 11/13/2016

I CAN’T CLOSE MY EYES… I refuse to. Every time I do, all I see is blood, death, and pain. I can feel it – almost taste it, bringing me back to that night.
It doesn’t matter that I’m still breathing; I no longer need it, I no longer want it. I despise it along with everything else around me.
The only thing I long for is to fucking fade away. I’ve given up. Until her at least…
She comes into my world, knocking me on my ass.
It turns me on to have her around me. Makes me want to wrap my hand around her tight little throat and fuck her until she feels my pain, feels the monster in me, but also makes me want to protect her from the very thing that she should be afraid of… me.
Once she sees the damage that I’m capable of; she’ll look at me like everyone else around me does: with fear.
HIS EYES… THE DARKNESS IN them draws me to him, making me want to taste him, feel him… and save him. I shouldn’t have gotten on the back of his motorcycle that day. I know that now. Colton warned me. I was told it was dangerous. I was told that nothing would be the same. He was right.
ROYAL is dangerous, dark, and seductive; the very thing that keeps me hanging on, willing to give my last breath just to touch him… breathe him in.
He’s savage, inked, and highly captivating. So different from his brother…
He’s hazardous to my health, mind, and body, yet the only thing that I crave. I want to free him. I want to change his mind, but I’m afraid that he’s already too faded…

My Take
So Royal is messed up over her finance and their unborn child’s murder. He meets Avalon by chance on her quest to find a restroom at a party. They have this instant attraction and can’t seem to stay away from each other. Royal doesn’t actually want a relationship with Avalon but he can’t seem to let her go. Royal’s past is in the forefront of his mind at every turn and he’s out for revenge. To Royal he can’t move forward because he’s hung up on what happened to his finance. He doesn’t think he’s capable of being a good man for Avalon.

There is no development of these characters. The author only makes us privy to the last 18 months. There is no real reason to explain why Royal is the way he is. There is nothing in the story that explains why he seems like he’s from the wrong side of the tracks and is so angry. From what I gather, his mother was middle class and although he biological father went to prison, his step-father was well to do. I guess from that, you can infer that he rebelled and became who is he. But that goes out window because he owns his house and a bar/tattoo parlor. So again, I’m questioning where is anger issues come from because they were also there in the flashbacks.

Avalon’s history is a little more filled in, her mother pawned her off to her uncle after Avalon proved to be too much to handle as a teen. She’s a manager at a hair salon and she rarely talks to her mother. She was dating Royal’s half brother when they met but their relationship quickly dissolved after Avalon saw something better in Royal. She’s very understanding with Royal’s issue and chooses to believe that can make it despite Royal telling her that he can’t be what she wants.

Lorenzo Matthew’s voice is heaven. I think his voice is the epitome of the anguish that Royal is going through.

What I liked
I like the pace of this story. It wasn’t dragged out.

What I did not like
The lack of a back story for Royal
I’m not sure if I’m going to read the other books in this series. There was no lead in for the other character. If Madison and Blaine get together, I don’t see what would make their story interesting. Blaine was an orphan, lost his sister, and is a man-whore, yadda yadda. It disns’t seem like he was avoiding Madison but then again there wasn’t really any peripherial stories going on.

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