Book Review: Surviving Raine

Surviving Raine (Surviving Raine #1) by Shay Savage: As the captain of a schooner catering to the elite on the Caribbean Seas, Sebastian Stark does his best to avoid any human encounters. Interacting with people isn't his thing, and he prefers the company of a bottle of vodka, a shot glass, and maybe a whore. There’s no doubt he’s hiding from a checkered past, but he does well keeping everything to himself…

…until the night his schooner capsizes, and he’s stuck on a life raft with one of the passengers.

Raine’s young, she’s cute, and Bastian would probably be into her if he wasn’t suffering from alcohol withdrawal. As the days pass, DTs, starvation, and dehydration become the norm. Even the most closed person starts to open up when he thinks he’s going to die, but when she realizes their traumatic pasts are connected, it’s no longer the elements that have Bastian concerned.

He has no idea how he’s going to Survive Raine.

TeriLyn's thoughts: Surviving Raine is one of those highly addicting books that I wish I could go back and read again for the first time. The writing flows seamlessly. You're caught in the core of the uniquely crafted plot and cannot escape. The development of the plot and characters centers on survival. The love that derives from that most basic of needs is epic, making both main characters equally as addictive. Bastian is broken and a complete mess. He has never been accepted for him, he's been used and unloved. His history is brutal and violent yet I felt so much compassion for him, much like Raine. Raine is the strongest, purest kind of heroine. I absolutely loved this character. She's not a woman who self-destructs after a tragic event in her life. She's Bastian's complete opposite in almost every way and ultimately his savior. They're connected by their attachment to each other and their vulnerability. Surviving Raine is a gripping story and kept me rapt through the entire book. The ending, while not a cliffhanger, left me staring at my Kindle willing more pages to appear. Bastian and Raine's love story of survival, letting go, and finding home is a must read!

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