I loved LORD SAVAGE. I thought it was sexy, dark, and a little bit dangerous. It was basically everything FIFTY SHADES OF GREY wanted to be - but wasn't, all set amongst the glorious backdrop of Edwardian England. With BDSM. Okay, how could I not like that?
I waited for a whole year for the sequel to come out, and then I began to wonder if maybe it wasn't going to come out, but then it did, and I was given an exclusive advanced reader's copy, and nobody was happier than I was at that moment because -
OH MY GOD LORD SAVAGE
The last book left off on a wicked cliffhanger, so I was eager to see what Lord Savage had in store for Evelyn (and vice versa).
There isn't much plot in this book, apart from the sex, so I am going to sum up what I didn't like about this book in list format.
I felt like Lord Savage was almost emotionally abusive in this book. I'm not sure if he was like that in the other one, too, and I was able to overlook it more, or if it was just more pronounced in this one, but yeah, Lord Savage was kind of an asshole. The way he treated Lord Lawton was disgusting (more so, once you find out who Lord Lawton actually is). And he uses BDSM to deal with his emotional issues with Eve, which is never a good thing. Also, at one point, he basically tells her that if she wants to stop, that means stopping their relationship, too, because that means she doesn't trust him. Uhhhhh...nope? Also, why are you using emotional blackmail to get your sub to play with you?
Some of the sex scenes in this book were just as hot as I expected, but others were...not. This book attempts to get artsy with sexual language. Eve refers repeatedly to her nipples as "rubies" or "berries". She calls her clit a "pearl" and at one point refers to her vagina as a "wanton jewel." I got tired of hearing her talk about how she was a pagan love goddess, and how awesome her red nipples and white skin are (seriously, white skin is such a fetish in here, it's mentioned only about 23431242 times). Fuck and cock are bandied about so often that it's not even sexy, and also, Lord Savage's cock pretty much becomes a character on its own, since it's referred to so often. Please.
The bulk of the conflict is Eve wanting Savage to have sex with her and only her, and telling the people warning her of her ruination to fuck off. Eve just completely loses herself to Savage. It's all about pleasing him and what he wants, even at the cost of her well being and her reputation. I have trouble getting on board with romances like this because that's not romance, it's codependency.
Also, Lord Blackledge appears a couple times to be a sinister rapist, but any conflict he brings is swiftly undermined, so he looks more like a bumbling boob than an actual villain to be feared.
I am so disappointed by this book. LORD SAVAGE deserved every single star of the five that I gave it, but this one barely deserved two. I'll probably read the sequel because I do want to find out how this book ends (even though I have my suspicions), but I am, sadly, no longer as enthused. :(
2 out of 5 stars.