Title: Heart of a Savage
Author: Lashanta Charles
Genre: Romance — Contemporary, Sports
Rating: 4 Stars
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Bailey Ross-O’Malley has spent her whole life catering to others. She used to enjoy it. Until her father died. In an attempt to protect her, her father chose Connor to be her husband, but that was a mistake. Connor was supposed to love her, be her rock – but some rocks need to be tossed as far away as possible. She only has one source of happiness now, her son, and if Connor doesn’t get his way, he’ll take that joy from her as well.
MMA fighter, Dominic Prince, has only one mission in life: forget his past. Forget the pain, the drama, and the loss of things taken away from him too soon. He’s guarded and secretive and that’s the way he likes it. He was doing a damn good job of keeping it that way. Until her. Bailey showed up and Dominic’s life became a minefield. He can’t decide if he wants to kiss her or shake her, but he does know that he’ll fight to keep her safe. He’ll be as savage as he is in the octagon, outside of it.
Neither of them wants to accept it happening, but the past has a way of sneaking into the present. Hearts will be shattered and bonds will be broken. Will they survive it?
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Bailey Ross-O’Malley has the husband from hell. Dominic “Nico” Prince is trying to get on with his life. She comes to Nico to try and learn a way to fight her demons. Is Nico ready to have a woman in his life? She learns how to protect herself but she doesn’t use that knowledge against Connor. I couldn’t quite understand why she wouldn’t stand up to him but then you realize that it’s probably because she’s protecting something that she feels is more important than she.
What I loved was seeing how protective the guys at the gym are. They all want to make sure that she’s safe. The sad part, and just like in real life, a child pays the consequences for something they have no control over. I could do no less then to keep reading because I wanted to know that the jerk of a husband got exactly what he was due. But what’s great about Nico is that even though he has problems of his own he goes out of his way to protect those in need.
There are issues that are brought up here that may be difficult to read about – especially if you are sensitive on the treatment of women and children. What I found slow was how Bailey took her time in order to defend herself. But Connor is an evil character that is written perfectly. You can’t help but to get angry at him. You also want to yell at Bailey for her lack of fighting back. The book left me wondering if this is the end of Nico and his friends or if one of them gets their own story next.