Savage Rising

Savage Rising

by Katie Reus

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ISBN-13: 9781635560251
Publisher: KR Press LLC
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Series: Redemption Harbor , #2
Pages: 270
Sales rank: 242,707
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Katie Reus is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Red Stone Security series, the Darkness series and the Deadly Ops series. She fell in love with romance at a young age thanks to books she pilfered from her mom's stash. Years later she loves reading romance almost as much as she loves writing it. However, she didn't always know she wanted to be a writer. After changing majors many times, she finally graduated with a degree in psychology. Not long after that she discovered a new love. Writing. She now spends her days writing dark paranormal romance and sexy romantic suspense.

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Savage Rising (romantic suspense) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## STELLAR. That's how I would describe this book. I loved Olivia, I loved Zac, and adored little Valencia. This book had it all. The plot was good and the writing superb. Olivia and Zac had tremendous chemistry and I love that. Kudos to Katie for such a complete ending. It's such a nice reward for us readers. I hope Brooks' story is next. His story seems very intriguing. Highly recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, love all Katie Reus books. Highly recommend this author and this series. Mjw
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished the story, and had to go buy the rest of the series. Loved the characters and plot. Got 4 stars only because the blurb said the series could be read out of order, but reading this second book first I feel I missed out. Definitely recommend though for anyone looking for action and love. Beth in NC
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short, sweet and sexy. Highly recommended...!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, likable characters. Nice love story.
DebsIN More than 1 year ago
If you love romantic suspense, "Savage Rising" is one you won't want to pass up. I like the author's writing style as she brings the characters to life for the reader. You are given a great fast paced story with intrigue, suspense, a growing love between the characters, and all things that make up a really good book. The blurb tells you everything you need to know about Zac Savage, Olivia Carter, as well as her daughter Valencia, to get a feel for the 2nd book in the 'Redemption Harbor' series. That being said, I can tell you this is a stand alone with a HEA for Zac, Olivia, and Valencia, as I have not read book one "Resurrection" as yet. I do plan to change that as this is a series I can sink my teeth into. A great addition to your book library. I would like to thank NetGalley and KR Press, LLC for gifting me "Savage Rising". My opinion is my own. This is mine. 4.75 Stars!
FaeScot More than 1 year ago
I love the Redemption Harbor series and Katie writes fabulous romantic suspense. I'm so pleased I've been granted ARC review status so I get my hands on these stories as soon as possible. Olivia is the college roommate of Skye from the first book in this series. She is probably one of the only friends Skye had over the years before Colt and his friends. Olivia knows the only safe place to go is to Skye when her post college, pre-daughter's life comes back to threaten them. Olivia has a daughter by her ex, Heath Price. When it became apparent that their daughter, Valencia, was deaf he walked away from both of them. Olivia turned her life around for Valencia and never looked back. Unfortunately Heath's ex boss, Kyle Neely needs her safe cracking skills and makes a violent demand for her to do his next heist. Skye jumps into the mess with both feet and set up a way for their Redemption Harbor team to work with her to rescue Olivia's unofficial foster mother, Martina. Martina has been kidnapped to guarantee Olivia will participate in the upcoming heist. Skye volunteers her teammate Zac Savage to be Olivia's "obsessively possessive lover" who sticks to her like a second skin. Pretend chemistry becomes very real, very fast. I adore stories with guardian protector heroes and Savage has this in spades. Katie is a master at weaving twists and turns making the story a page turner with surprises around every corner. I loved everything about this story and can't wait to get my hands on the next one. Thank you Katie for this ARC opportunity and I'm sorry it's a bit late.
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
Olivia is proud and determined Mama who has made some bad choices in the past, these choices are now catching up with her. Zac works with Skye and Colt friends of Olivia's and where Olivia runs to when trouble shows up at her front door. The moment Zac see's Olivia he is pulled in to her, but it is enough for both of them? My favourite kind of book. A sizzling hot Alpha ex-military lead & a sassy strong woman who just needs some back up with some intrigue and peril thrown in for good measure, not forgetting the hot sex I will definitely be reading more of the Redemption Harbor Series and anything else Katie Reus writes.
hkmd7 More than 1 year ago
Savage Rising – Redemption Harbor – Book Two by Katie Reus. This was a great second book in the Redemption Harbor Series. I feel that this could be read as a stand-alone book but the characters from the first book are also in this one – so you will get a better understanding of the dynamics if you read Resurrection first. The suspense in this book is spot on. The premise is well thought out and the plot flows nicely. The characters are well-developed and have great interactions. There is a little bit of flirting with things that are against the law and some evidence tampering – but generally in a helpful way – so if justice is black and white to you with no shades of gray or doing something, that some might consider illegal, for the greater good – you might not like those scenes in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading romantic suspense. I would for sure give this a four and half star rating. I look forward to the next book in this series and to more suspense books by Ms. Reus.
MelissaPorter32 More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Katie Reus for awhile now. She has always been able to keep me reading. Late into the nights most times. Her books will pull you in and keep you reading. This was another book that I really enjoyed. :) Olivia needs to find a safe haven. The threat against her has made her turn to her best friend for help. So she runs to Redemption Harbor. She needs a plan to help keep her little girl safe. Savage is a former marine. He goes into alpha protective mode to help keep her safe. And hopefully in his life. Together they must learn to trust each other to beat the past that is trying to catch up with Olivia.
angelblue-240 More than 1 year ago
I've said it before, I usually prefer to read PNR or a good UF heavy on the romance. UNLESS it's a Katie Reus CR. Whenever I see her name pop up on Amazon, I know without a doubt I will have a deliciously steamy, action packed, nail biting suspenseful read in store for me. Savage Rising delivered all that (pssh... like I ever doubted it would) and then some. The plot was smoothly written and the character's were relateable and engaging. And as usual with Katie's books, I was so totally engrossed in Savage Rising that I ended up reading the entire book in one setting! Do yourself a favor and add this book (and series) to your TBR -NOW shelf.
animation More than 1 year ago
I so loved this book and these characters. Savage Rising is the 2nd book in the Redemption Harbor series and it is a great book! I could go on and on about how intense Zac is or how brave Olivia is and how adorable Valencia is, but I won't. The ensemble cast of characters in this series is special. They are the glue that holds these books together. Each person adds a layer to the friendship and family that keeps this group of misfits together. The sarcastic wit throughout is also greatly appreciated. All these characters are bad ass and I love it! ARC received in exchange for an hones review.
gillek2 More than 1 year ago
Six years ago, when Olivia had her daughter Valentia she left her past behind her and never looked back, at least until her daughter is being threatened, unless she does one final job. Knowing that she can’t handle the threat on her own she goes to Skye who is part of Redemption Harbor Consulting which handles security and undercover investigations. Savage is part of Redemption Harbor Consulting who has a background in the marines. He will be going undercover as Olivia’s boyfriend however getting personally involved with Olivia and Valentia could have affect his ability to protect them. As they work together they are unable to deny their attraction to each other but what happens when the mission ends? Their adventure comes complete with drama, suspense, twists and romance. The characters are well developed as they both must deal with their pasts to be together and the secondary characters definitely add to the story. This is the second book in the series but they are standalones. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.
tsinclr More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Zac and Olivia are great together. I also love how "the family" welcomed Olivia and Valencia. The suspense and action will keep you on the edge of your seat. There's even a couple of unexpected twist that you won't see coming. I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t wait to read this story. Savage and Olivia are wonder people who had to learn to trust each other. I like that all the people that are family even though not by blood. They help Savage , Olivia and Valencia find there way. This series is a must read.
JoRead More than 1 year ago
Second installment in the Redemption Harbor series but can be read as a standalone. Zac and Olivia team up to bring down the man that is threatening the people Olivia loves the most. As an ex-marine an CIA contractor, Zac Savage is trained to go into the most difficult and demanding under-cover operations so it really was no problem pretending to be boyfriend to the most gorgeous woman he’s ever seen in her life. The real problem is how to pretend when there is real attraction between the two? The moment Zac sets eyes on Olivia he knows there’s definitely something that sets her apart from all the other women he’s ever met. He may have been hurt in the past yet there is something about Olivia that pulls him to her. Olivia is a smart and strong woman. Life has taught her a few hard lessons and one of them is to not go down without a fight. She may not have had the best first impression of Zac but she cannot deny there is something there every time she’s with him. They both have a dark past and plenty of baggage so to start a relationship would be pretty complicated. Olivia used to be a thief in the past but left all that when her child was born and is now content attending PTA meetings. She doesn’t want to drag her daughter into anything complicated let alone dangerous and at the moment she just wants to go back to the life she had achieved for her. We really don’t know why Zac is the way he is as we don’t get to know much about it nor we get to explore much his character. All we know is that he doesn’t trust anyone except for those in Redemption Harbor. I actually felt a little cheated out of his background as I would have liked to know more but since it’s a series perhaps we’ll get to know more about in the next book. One thing I’ll say about this series is that I’m loving the dynamics among the friends. They have such an easy banter and the way they embraced Skye (whom we met in the first book) gives me all the feels. There was a particular scene in this book when they are going through some video feeds and the men talked and joked around and with her without any compunction and I thought that was so refreshing! Another thing that I loved about this story was Olivia’s child. The fact that everyone in Redemption Harbor decided to step up and learn how to better communicate with her as she had a hearing disability was a great example of how friends make the best family. Generally speaking, there was plenty of action, suspense, drama, and emotional moments however romance on a deep emotional level was only scraped on the surface as it was more like insta-attraction. Don’t take me wrong, I love me a fast-paced, action-packed suspense story, I only wish their romance would have grown deeper on a more poignant level and on a more feasible timeline. The villains had lots of interesting plots and even though some twists were not all that unpredictable they still made for an interesting story and enjoyable read. I give this story 3.5 starts rounded to 4. I received this book from the author at no cost to me and I volunteered to read it; this is my honest opinion and given without any influence by the author or publisher.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars--SAVAGE RISING is the second intalment in Katie Reus’ contemporary, adult REDEMPTION HARBOR romantic, suspense series focusing on a tight knit group of friends who grew up together but now work security and Black Ops investigations for Redemption Harbor Consulting. This is former Marine Zac Savage, and single mother/thief/ security specialist Olivia Carter’s story line. SAVAGE RISING can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous instalment is revealed where necessary. Told from several third person perspectives including Zac and Olivia SAVAGE RISING focuses on Olivia as she comes face to face with a past she thought she put behind her. A former thief who specialized in big paydays Olivia walked away from the lifestyle following the birth of her daughter. When a former ‘colleague’ threatens the people that she loves, our heroine is forced to do one last job. On the run, Olivia seeks helps from Skye Arevalo, who works and lives in Redemption Harbor. Enter Zac Savage, former Marine and Redemption Harbor Consulting team member, and the man with whom Olivia will fall in love. What ensues is the building relationship between Zac and Olivia, as they go undercover as a couple in the hopes of uncovering the truth behind the threats against Olivia and the people she loves. Olivia Carter is a single mother whose six-year old daughter Valencia is hearing impaired. When someone from her past threatens not only Valencia but her daughter’s nanny as well, Olivia knows it is time to run. Zac Savage doesn’t do relationships but his attraction to Olivia is immediate and intense. A past mired in too many kills, Zac struggles with his path in life. Pretending to be a couple comes with the perks of the ‘job’ but Zac will soon lose his heart to Olivia knowing their time is limited once the threats against Valencia have been quelled. The relationship between Olivia and Zac is one of immediate attraction but Zac knows protecting Olivia and gathering information is first and foremost in his mind. Zac will play the over protective lover of our story line heroine- an act that comes too easily for the former Marine. The $ex scenes are seductive and intense; the sexual attraction is palpable. There is a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters including the men and women who work for Redemption Harbor Consulting: Mary Grace and Mercer, Colt Stuart and Skye Arevalo (Resurrection #1), Leighton Cannon, Gage Yates, Brooks Alexander and his father Douglas; as well as Valencia’s nanny Martina Cruz, and DEA Agent Darius Moore. The requisite evil has many faces including Olivia’s former partner in crime Kyle Neely, and Valencia’s father Heath Price. The entire Redemption Harbor team of ex-military personnel will set up and take down the people threatening our story line heroine. There is something brewing between Douglas and Martina; I hope the author has plans for Agent Darius Moore. SAVAGE RISING is a story of action and suspense; a fake relationship trope that grows into something more. The premise is dramatic, intense and entertaining; the characters are colorful, edgy and charismatic; the romance is captivating and passionate. SAVAGE RISING is a spirited and thrilling story about retribution and revenge with a remarkable cast of friends and family-by choice.
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
He's a former Marine, her new fake boyfriend, and the only way to escape her dangerous past. Having a child changed everything for Olivia—she vowed to keep her little girl safe from the mistakes of her past. But when the most dangerous person she ever met blackmails her into doing one last heist, the world she’s so carefully built goes into a tailspin. Frantic, she heads to Redemption Harbor in search of help. Sparks fly when she meets Savage, a man who will do anything to keep Olivia and her daughter safe. He’ll help her get her life back, but can he handle seeing who she once was? Can they pull it off? Savage poses as her obsessive ex during a daring undercover operation—and soon the line between reality and their cover story becomes blurred. He’ll use every trick he knows to keep the sensual woman alive and out of jail—and in his life. But the clock is ticking and if they can’t find a way to trust each other, no one will make it out alive. Review: Another exhilarating book in this series! The action and suspense started from page one. This is Savage and Olivia's story. Savage is one of the friends and co-workers who lives in Redemption Harbor. We met him in the first book in the series. Olivia is a close friend of Skye's, who goes to her for help when she and her daughter are threatened. At times this book was very touching and heartwarming and at other times full of action and drama. Both Olivia and Savage are kick butt characters, both have done questionable things, but have tried to be better and are better together. Besides they are just darn sexy together. We did get to see all the side characters from the first book besides meeting some new ones. The Author left me guessing which couple will be featured next The sexy times were hot and made sense for the characters and the story. Lots of action and suspense if you like that in a story. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a sexy, action-packed romance. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the Author.*
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
Just look at that cover, folks. Doesn’t it just seem to scream, “Hold it right there, and read this book!” OK, maybe not. Likely more like, “Stick ‘em up. Hands where I can see ‘em!” Well, you might want to consider having those hands holding a copy of this new release by Katie Reus. Though not nearly as heart pounding as book 1, Resurrection, because really how you can you ever top coming back from the dead, as usual Ms. Reus does gives us a likeable main couple you will want to see get their HEA. Olivia was a former Mission Impossible type criminal who has turned her life around thanks to motherhood six years ago. Unfortunately, she was so good at what she did the bad guys don’t want her to retire. Her nemesis comes charging back into her life bringing memories and baggage she had hoped to forget, including her deceitful, waste of perfectly good air ex-husband. She’s forced to step back into a role she now detests in order to save someone she loves. Zac Savage is brought in to help her get out of this complicated mess. What he didn’t count on was this master thief and her little girl stealing his heart in the process. With their posse of friends, who have sets of skills and technology to back them up, this main couple play the player and not surprisingly outwit the evil villians. It is done in such a strategical, precise, well executed manner even Liam Neeson would surely pat them all on the back and say, “Well done, my friends, well done indeed.” Since action and drama take center stage, there isn’t a whole lot of alone time for steamy moments, but a few very graphic ones are definitely worked in that will get your blood pressure rising. But nothing compared to Zac Savage rising to the occasion to put a stop to any and all threats that threaten Olivia and her young deaf daughter. Everything does taper off, and, though romantic in nature, the actual ending felt a little drawn out and somewhat sappy. I just expected a more original proposal coming from this guy. Maybe that's just me, folks. I'm more into a dramatic conclusion finale and not so much long epilogues. Title: Savage Rising, Series: Redemption Harbor (Book 2), Author: Katie Reus, Pages: 250, stand-alone but part of a series, no cheating, no OW/OM drama, no love triangle, romance safe, former one night stand only hero who comes to his senses, some violence, a few very graphic steamy scenes, ex-husband cameos, scene where heroine is beaten. RATING: 3.5 stars Book 1 - Resurrection (Skye & Colt), Pages: 250, 7/11/17 Book 2 - Savage Rising (Olivia & Savage), Pages: 250, 9/26/17 Book 3 - To be announced (I received a free advanced reader copy provided via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. No type of compensation was given to this reviewer. There is no relationship/affiliation between the reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a mother on a mission. She is determined to protect her daughter from a deadly former associate who wants her to help him pull off one more job. Seeing how Olivia reacted. I knew that this criminal had made a mistake. She is a fiery, determined woman who learned from her mistakes. I liked her. She's an interesting combination of strength and vulnerability. She goes to her friend, Skye, who runs Redemption Harbor Consulting. Here she finds the protection that she needs. Savage, a former Marine, will go with her to meet the blackmailer. Savage is protective of Olivia and wants to save her from those who will hurt her and her daughter. He's a deadly adversary who doesn't think he's worthy of love. I liked this man. He's a hero. He faces danger with bravery. With the help of his friends, he'll make sure Olivia can go back to her life. This story is a roller coaster ride filled with non-stop action and a passionate romance. Katie Reus has written characters that I cared about as well as snappy dialogue that makes them come alive. I like Redemption Harbor and can't wait to see what happens next.
djones1 More than 1 year ago
Savage Rising by Katie Reus Savage Rising is the 2nd installation in the new Redemption Harbor Series. I love this series! This can be read as a stand alone, but I think it always is great to know the characters and some back story. This story brings us Zac Savage and Olivia Carter. She has had a sketchy past but now as a mom is determined to lead a good life for her young daughter Valencia. Her past has returned to blackmail her and threaten her daughter. Zac is former military badass who works for Redemption Harbor and is brought in to be her undercover partner. The sparks fly, the attraction is real and the story is great. I can't recommend this enough. I could not put it down! I received ARC for my honest review.
KindleKat64 More than 1 year ago
I really like this second book in the Redemption Harbor series by Katie Reus. I have not read the first one and that didn't really cause a problem as far as the story but I definitely will since this book was so good and I really liked all of the characters involved. The storyline was awesome as Katie's usually are. It drew me in and kept me interested from the beginning to see how things would turn out. I love reading about fake/undercover relationships turning real. It shows the vulnerability of the characters and how difficult it is to keep real feelings from growing especially when they have so much chemistry. I love Zac Savage! He's clearly an alpha but with a super soft and sweet side too! And Olivia is simply awesome! She is a single mom to a deaf little girl Valencia, who is wise beyond her 6 years and who is clearly her world and she is such a strong badass woman with some pretty crazy skills. Put these two together and they are combustible! They are so hot together they sizzle when they touch! Another winner for Katie Reus!
Rainn2978 More than 1 year ago
Katie Reus is one of the queen's of romantic suspense and this book just shows us why yet again! This is the second book in her new series Redemption Harbor. The first book was great and this one is just as good! This one is about Olivia Carter and Zac Savage. Olivia is friends with Skye from book 1. They have been friends since college, although Skye has never known about some things that Olivia did after college. She made mistakes but left that life behind to make a better one for her daughter. Or so she thought. Now she needs help, and the only person she can think of that may be able to help her is Skye. Skye comes up with a plan that she hopes will handle the problem once and for all. Enter Zac. Zac is one of Colt's (Skye's husband) friends. He has done some things himself that he isn't proud of but he knew needed to be done. Now he is being asked to fake a relationship with Olivia to help her get out of a mess not of her making. And from the beginning there is an attraction there that neither is sure they should cross. But they need to be able to work together to make sure Olivia and her daughter can go back to their lives, and not be stuck in a past that was supposed to be long forgotten. I absolutely loved these characters, Olivia has just enough snark to handle Zac and his attitude. She will (and does) do anything for the people she loves, including something she thought she would never have to do again. Zac has his own issues from his childhood and has let it color his life as an adult. But after spending time with Olivia and truly getting to know her, he realizes that not everyone is like his own parents. They compliment each other in every respect and it was perfect. There is action and adventure along with some twists that I sure didn't see coming! Another great book by a great author to add to your collection!