Terrific!! First book is a must-read, but the second one was just okay. A take-it-or-leave-it kind of book. If you are interested with an insanely hot, tough, moody guy then you will probably like the first book: Surviving Raine. Both are from Bastian’s point of view, so a guy’s story, which truly makes the series.
Here is my overly long explanation of book 1:
Bastian smokes and drinks his way out of reality to escape his unusual past. After being an orphan his whole life with an angry streak and a don’t-mess-with-me attitude, he finds himself fighting on the streets to get his anger out. Landon, his only father figure, finds him and gets him off of the streets and into millions of dollars… Through illegal fighting. Used to fighting for his life in “the games” he doesn’t know how to live once he escapes and buys a ship with his only friend. Drugs, alcohol and sex become his life. When his ship sinks for unknown reasons he finds himself trying to not only survive from dehydration and hunger on a tiny life raft with the girl he saved, Raine, but also alcohol withdrawal. Can they survive the heat, or more importantly, each other?
It’s steamy, it’s suspenseful, it’s tense, and if anything, I learnt some survival facts that may come in handy some day (assuming they were correct). Some parts were a bit repetitive and their personalities a bit unrealistic (like how could you accept someone killing others for money basically instantly, troubled past or not). Although it is sad story upon sad story, with an abundance of self pity, I still enjoyed it. I loved how their relationship progressed and how possessive Bastian was. Possessive guys are always a plus in these types of books. I liked both of them and it made me fall in love with island living even with all of the horrible situations they had to go through.
“I loved mornings on the island. Fucking loved them. Emphasize on fucking.”
“You want to know,” I corrected. “The problem with that is you can’t ever un-know something. If I tell you, and you don’t like what I have to say, I can’t take it back”
” I don’t recall telling you I was anything other than a lunatic.”
Now, the reason I reread the first book was for me to read the second book, which I have put off for a year or two for no reason whatsoever. Book two, Bastian’s Storm, was simply not as good. It did not have the same atmosphere as the first one did with the island, seclusion, and intimacy. *Spoiler Alert (for the first book)* I often questioned why the author actually wrote the ending like she did in the first novel- why not leave them stranded? Now I know it is not my book and I am definitely not an author as awesome as Shay Savage, but the second book just was not up to par. Why not leave them and dodge all the unnessissary drama in the second book? He truly finds himself and (oops another spoiler!) his kid in the second book. Awesome, great, good for him… Except he was truly happy on the island with just him! The second book felt rushed and out of place. It was not as interesting but still a worthy read in my opinion.
Book One: 4 super tanned Stars
Book Two: 3 “mkay” Stars