Savage Nights by Mia Gabriel

Savage Nights (Savage Trilogy #2)

  • By Mia Gabriel
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: February 2nd 2016 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks
  • Genre: Adult Historical Romance
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Flutter: Hot but not as exciting as #1
  • rating-system3

    Amid the glittering backdrop of London, a pleasure-loving lord and a sensually awakened American heiress give into the passion that burns them…and ignites their souls…
    Evelyn Hart found the freedom to experience the most seductive pleasures in the arms of the Earl of Savage. But what began as a wickedly suggestive game amongst London’s wealthiest elite is about to become a much deeper connection between the two—where more than desire is at risk…
    Savage opens Evelyn’s eyes to an intoxicating world—and her heart to the most powerful kind of love. But with a profoundly intense bond comes even greater danger. When jealousy smolders—and passion ignites—it is too late to stop. And with the fire between them burning fierce and hot, Savage and Evelyn are bound together to resist all that threatens to tear them apart…

    ~ Goodreads

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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: The story continues in London, where some of society frowns upon the freedoms Evelyn and Savage take and try to push them back into line. I enjoyed this element of the story.
    Characters: I felt Evelyn and Savage evolved as characters in this novel, but perhaps not as much as I would have liked them to. It felt a bit like Savage Nights suffered a bit from the second book in the series syndrome, where there are interactions and characters show some development but it feels like a liaison to the third, more important book in the trilogy. I can’t say there was too much development, aside more sex. Which is good, lol, but without the layers of tension present in the first book, while hot in itself, it fell a bit flat for me in terms of catching my interest.
    What could have given an extra layer of interest to the cast of characters (and story) was the antagonist, Blackledge, but I felt his presence was too discreet to actually make an impact. More scheming could have made things more fun, for me 😀 I am a shamelessly evil reader.
    Plot: Another point that didn’t keep me riveted was the story; but then again I tend to lose interest in romance trilogies when it comes to #2. It always feels to me like the important events take place in #1 and #3. While the sexual action was plentiful, I wasn’t gripped by tensions or conflicts much, and just when it was starting to get more interesting, the novel ended, lol.
    Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Evelyn’s POV. I liked the writing, as I did in the first novel, it was one of the novel’s strong points.
    Curb Appeal: Nice cover, hooking blurb – but I was already invested in the series due to Lord Savage.

    All in all, I wasn’t as taken with Savage Nights as I expected I would be. Lord Savage set the standard very high though. I’ve sort of fallen out of love with stories that focus on romance and have no other strong plot going aside that. But I think lovers of historical romance with power-play themes would love Savage Nights, so I do recommend it for them. I think Mia Gabriel is a good writer and perhaps the novel would benefit from reading right after the first, when the passion of Evelyn and Savage’s union still holds the charm and tension Lord Savage built.


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