Title: Savage Love
Author: Sandrine Gasq-Dion
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 4.75 of 5 Stars
Six years ago, Chaz Savage was on top of the world: Beloved NFL star, filthy rich, great friends — and a man he was close to falling in love with. Lev Chirkoff was smart, funny, sexy and freaking adorable. Then, one night he was gone with no explanation. Chaz is devastated, left wondering what happened to the only man who ever had his heart. Eventually, hurt turns to anger and then to rage. If he EVER sees that man again….
Lev Chirkoff has an impossible job forced on him by the mob boss his father works for. It involves a professional athlete he has worshiped since the first time he saw him, and the very thought of it sickens Lev. He meets Chaz and they seem to be made for each other. Soon, his only plan is falling in love. When a traumatic night forces Lev out of Chaz’s life, he disappears. But Chaz Savage never leaves his heart.
Six years later, Lev returns to Seattle, makes new friends and finds a purpose in life. A Halloween party puts him in Chaz’s orbit again, and unsportsmanlike conduct doesn’t begin to cover the big man’s reaction. With the mob after Chaz, Lev is assigned to protect him as they go into hiding. But Chaz Savage isn’t about to make it easy for the man who devastated him. Once old feelings stir, he finally has a chance to discover the truth of Lev’s betrayal. Lev falls even more deeply for the man who is so much more than just a football star — but surely his secret will only cost him Chaz’s love forever.
They say it takes a village, but in this case it’s a reservation — and as Chaz and Lev come to an uneasy peace, they discover that the people around them are more than willing to give their lives for the safety of their family.
When the mob think Lev Chirkoffs father is skimming from them he ends up dead. Lev is then ordered to befriend NFL star Chaz Savage and prove he is gay in the hope of setting up a blackmail scam. There are a couple of problems with this plan: Lev has idolised Chaz for years and doesn’t want to do anything to hurt him. Lev is definitely not cut out for life in the mob.
Lev relocates and to his surprise after a stunt in an opposing teams jersey ends up being good friends with Chaz. After months of seeing each other every day their relationship becomes more than friendship when Chaz feels he can finally trust Lev with his secret. For a short while things are perfect but the mob haven’t forgotten their orders and are beginning to get impatient. When they finally send out an enforcer things go drastically wrong, Lev is bitten by a werewolf and can’t live with feeling of shame his deceit to Chaz will cause so disappears for the next six years.
Chaz was left distraught and heart broken when Lev disappeared six years ago. He is still not over the man and hasn’t had a proper relationship with anyone else since. When Lev suddenly reappears Chaz is overcome with anger but has to admit that he still wants the other man. Lev’s guilt is heavy for the way he treated Chaz and he is determined to finally tell him the truth even if it will dash any hope he has of winning the man back.
Truths come out, tears are spilled and forgiveness is slowly given. Any chance of a quiet life goes out of the window though when the mob re-emerges looking for a second chance at Chaz and this time it involves rogue wolves. Lev is assigned as a bodyguard to Chaz and would literally give his life to protect him.
Chaz and Lev are good together and it was interesting to finally find out the secrets to their relationship. Chaz has had time to come to terms with the fact that shifters live among society and a few of his very good friends are wolves so has no problem with the fact that the man he loves is a wolf.
Sandrine introduces a new ‘flavour’ of paranormal into this book. It is too easy to become addicted to this series! Each new book is a like a trip to visit the family, both familiar and new. If you haven’t read this series – start at the beginning! You need to build it up with layers, meet the characters and understand the world building, I promise you will not be disappointed!! I love the way these guys are just one big happy family – with fur, teeth and magic
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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