Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Specimen by Shay Savage Review + Giveaway

I awaken in a laboratory.
I don’t know who I am.
I’m inexplicably drawn to the doctor who cares for me.  She tells me I’ve been altered, that I’m stronger and faster, that I’ll be a key component in a war between corporations.  She says I volunteered for this.  She says I volunteered to be transformed, but I have no way of knowing if what she says is true.
Something isn’t right.  My memories have been taken, wiped clean, but dreams begin to slip into my conscious mind.  I can’t let anyone know when that happens, or they’ll remove my memories again.  Somewhere inside of me, I know I need to remember something important.
I’m fighting a war I don’t understand, and the one woman I rely on can’t be trusted. 




“That’s why I can’t stop thinking about fucking you.”

Her eyes widen, and she quickly looks away from me.  She stands and starts to pull her hand away, but I push myself off the bed and grasp her arm before she can go anywhere.  Our bodies touch, and I reach one arm around her back and pull her tightly against me.

 I cup her face with my hand and run my thumb across her lips.  Her scent is all over me now, and I want to experience her with my tongue.  Would her taste resemble her scent or complement it?  I have to know.

Pulling her closer, I press my open mouth to hers.  Her body stills, and she grips my shoulder with one hand as the other presses against my chest.  Her mouth is warm.  I can feel her breath as my tongue slides inside.  Her taste is indefinable, smooth like sweet liquor I can’t recall ever tasting.

There is a shift inside of her.  It can’t be seen or heard, but I can smell it and taste it.  The smell of her skin becomes darker, thicker.  I feel her flex her fingers on my shoulder as she tilts her head to allow me to deepen the kiss.

How would her scent change if I were inside of her?  What sounds would she make when she comes?  Would she muffle her cries or be loud enough for all those watching us to hear?  How would it feel to come inside of her?  What sounds would I make?

I don’t even know if I’m a virgin.

Reaching behind her, I shove whatever is on the side table to the floor, lift Riley up, and set her down on the edge.  I grip her hips and pull her against my stomach.  The table is too high.  I can’t fuck her from this angle.  I break the kiss, lift her effortlessly, turn, and drop her ass to the edge of the bed.

“Sten, stop!”

I freeze my actions.  My entire body tightens, and my dick throbs in my shorts.

It’s too much.  I need this.  I need her.

I don’t move.

“You have to let go of me.”

I squeeze my eyes shut and withdraw my hands only enough to release her.  I keep them close enough to still feel the heat from her body and detect the shift of air when she moves.  She uses her hands to push herself backward on the bed, away from me.

The muscles in my legs shake.  I’m so wound up, and I can’t let it go.  The tension becomes painful and the need for release so prevalent, I can no longer think.  I grip the edge of the bed until my knuckles turn white.  As soon as she pulls her legs back and pushes herself off the edge of the bed, on the side opposite me, I grab the bed and throw it, smashing it into the mirror.

I glare at my reflection, and the strange dark eyes glare back at me.  The unfamiliar lips are curled up in a snarl, and the unkempt beard creates a frightening image.  Everything about the man looking back at me is alien.

Didn’t I just shave last night?
 There is nothing quite like a Shay Savage book.  She is one of those authors that leaves a stamp on her unique story lines. Shay Savage is a pure genius with the way she writes. I feel like every Shay Savage book, the plot is different than anything you will ever read with a special twist plus the characters are wonderful and yet flawed. I feel like I say this every time she releases a new book, but Specimen is my new favorite Shay Savage book, of course next to Surviving Raine.

The story starts with a Specimen waking up in laboratory; not having a memory of who he is, what his name is but realizes he is just a number. The first person he meets is his Doctor, Riley Grace.  She named him Sten because of his special number. Sten finds out that he has volunteered to have his DNA altered making him a super human to fight in a war that is between two big corporations. Sten undergoes testing and training and still has a strong desire for Riley.  When Sten's memories slowly start to make an appearance he finds out that nothing is as it appears and it will take Sten and Riley to find out the truth behind all of the experiments and what is really there.

As in true Shay Savage fashion, the story is told only in Sten's POV. With Sten not knowing anything about himself he knows he has a strong appetite for sex and he only wants it with Riley.  With his injections his sex drive is on override making him always "excited" and the only person to feed his appetite is Riley.  Sten is total alpha male, demanding, and protective.  I could not get enough Sten and Riley that I didn't want this story to end!

Shay Savage wrote a blazing hot romance mixing sci-fi elements into the story.  I was twisting in my seat the whole time! It was thrilling and exhilarating, but this story was so much more than just sex.  Specimen was an action packed romance that will leave you begging for more! 

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her family and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, masquerading as a zombie, is a HUGE Star Wars fan, and member of the 501st Legion of Stormtroopers. When the geek fun runs out, she also loves soccer in any and all forms - especially the Columbus Crew, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.  Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.


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