Surviving Raine

Surviving Raine

by Shay Savage

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"There’s a moment when it comes to amazing books... where you realize that the book you’re reading completely and irrevocably owns you... [Surviving Raine] has that moment."
- Ash the Book Snob

As the captain of a schooner catering to the elite on the Caribbean Seas, Sebastian Stark does his best to avoid any human encounters. Interacting with people isn’t his thing, and he prefers the company of a bottle of vodka, a shot glass, and maybe a whore. There’s no doubt he’s hiding from a checkered past, but he does well keeping everything to himself…

…until the night his schooner capsizes, and he’s stuck on a life raft with one of the passengers.

Raine’s young, she’s cute, and Bastian would probably be into her if he wasn’t suffering from alcohol withdrawal. As the days pass, DTs, starvation, and dehydration become the norm. Even the most closed person starts to open up when he thinks he’s going to die, but when she realizes their traumatic pasts are connected, it’s no longer the elements that have Bastian concerned.

He has no idea how he’s going to Survive Raine.
Bastian isn’t the most pleasant guy Raine could have ended up with in the middle of the ocean with no chance of rescue, but he has an uncanny knack for survival. As she digs through the walls surrounding the stubborn and challenging man, she finds something surprisingly different buried inside…
…and he can answer the question she’s asked for years.
As she learns more about what has brought him to this fate, Raine is determined to drag this self-destructive man back from the edge of the wave. Isolation is her only chance to tear the man out from inside of the animal, but this one has been abused for a long time.
She also has to live long enough to get through to him.

"I thought I preferred reading books from the heroine’s perspective so that I could pine with her, worry with her and wonder what he is really thinking and feeling. Fall for him… with her. But I connected to this one and fell hard for him anyway. This one dug it’s claws deep in my heart because I got to be in his head and in his heart (and coming from a guy like Bastian, this was sorely needed). Let me tell you… he tore my heart apart."
-Maryse's Book Blog

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045232005
Publisher: Shay Savage
Publication date: 08/20/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 271,759
File size: 392 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, 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 - and anxiously awaits the 2014 World Cup. Savage holds a degree in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.

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Surviving Raine 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ashleykinkade More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure how much I would like a story told only from Sebastian's point of view. I just didn't know if I would connect to Raine, not being in her head so to speak BUT boy did this book deliver! I definitely felt a connection to both of them. Although Sebastian didn't make it easy, I absolutely fell in love with him. He is rude and just downright mean at times but when he is good he is OH SO GOOD. The twist had me absolutely reeling. I can not recommend this book enough.
KKD73 More than 1 year ago
Great excitement!  Different type of love and survival stories that I usually read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i never write reviews. this book blew me away. narrator is male, which is a nice change. the depth and grit of this book is amazing. you truly want to root for them and see them succeed. i was hooked about 10% into the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bastion's low self esteem got verrry old. I found myself wanting to slap him like Cher in Moonstruck and shout, "Get over it!!!" Raine had wayyy more patience than I would have had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was one of a kind for sure. Told through Bastian's pov. I was surprised how inrersting the book was for not having many characters in it. I couldn't put it down from start to finish it was great! Someone reviewed this saying they couldn't believe how fast they fell for each other and seriously I wonder if we read the same book. Because alot happened and was said before that happened. This book was intenese and not ur typical love story at all bit I loved it. Five stars across the board
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT READ! So different from anything else out there, I really loved it! Am now reading the sequel, Bastian's Storm, and discovered there is a connection to the previous series, so I am going to go back and read that next. So glad I found Shay Savage!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
This book had been on my TBR list for a while, but when the second book came out I knew I had to move it up the list. What a different storyline...very refreshing and oh, yeah you will totally love Bastian! “I give you my life, my love, my soul,” I swore to her. “As long as I’m breathing, I’m yours.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best romances i have ever read. I love this author. Need more books.
Stacy_H More than 1 year ago
5 OUTSTANDING STARS! WOW! Fabulous writing, incredibly unique storyline, with intriguingly complex characters--this one had it all! full review on Books Unhinged Book Blog ~StacyHgg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Loved the story. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like that the story was told from the male's point of view. In my opinion, he cried way, way too often. I found it annoying. I didn't feel like a romance developed; He was mean, suddenly there was sexual tension, they're intimate, they're in love. There was never a dull moment, so it was an interesting read. The epilogue set up intriguing possibilities for the next book and I'm curious to see what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not your boiler plate romance novel and to think I almost didn't read it just for that reason! Obviously I've got to start thinking outside the box! This is such a good story. The writing is top notch and the editing is...well, there IS 'bout that? I can say enough about the story, it's edgy, sexy, funny, insightful, and down right compelling to read. I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great read! Keep me glued from the first page without a dull moment. I couldnt put it down! Cant wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Almost didn't purchase this book, but I'm glad I did. It is a beautiful love story completely from the male's perspective. Try something new and purchase this book. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
I devoured this book in a day! I was immediately drawn into Surviving Raine and I enjoyed that this damaged/tortured man story came with some twists. First, it was from the man’s point of view which I have found rare in these types of stories. Second, I absolutely loved the survival element of this book. Third, Bastian and Raine learn that a part of their personal histories are connected and this brings additional characters and a reason to continue the story via a sequel. As referenced in the book synopsis, Bastian’s ship capsizes and sinks, leaving him and Raine in an inflatable lifeboat lost at sea. The risks that come with being without your basic needs added a whole other element to this story. Bastian has had a horrible life themed with abandonment, neglect, betrayal, endless violence, and a dysfunctional relationship with the only parental figure/mentor/role-model he has ever known. He has classic PTSD with the addition of “pit bull syndrome” (I use this term as it relates to Raine’s view of Bastian as a pit bull who has been trained for violence and needs rehabilitation.) Normally, Bastian would use alcohol to relieve his emotional turmoil but without access to alcohol, he has to find other ways to cope while simultaneously suffering emotional and physical side effects of detoxification. He’s moody and abusive, lashing out at Raine for a good portion of this book. Raine is an innocent, patient character who thankfully has the ability to set boundaries when needed. (view spoiler) My only complaint in this book was Bastian’s constant self-depreciation and emotional neediness. As the book continued, it became more repetitive. It didn’t change my enjoyment of the story as a whole but did make those particular sections feel a bit slower than the rest of the story. The author Shay Savage explains her writing style on her goodreads page as such: “I strive for characters that I find interesting. I want to be in their heads and understand what motivates them and why. You probably won’t like what they do, but my intent is for you to at least understand why they do it.” Ms. Savage succeeded in this book and it is now one of my favorites. My favorite quotes (that I can repeat on goodreads lol): “‘Don’t say that word!’ Raine cringed…‘Why not?’ ‘It’s foul.’ ‘So am I,’ I reminded her.” “Your body can survive in amazing situations; you just have to convince your mind to do what you tell it to do.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love this book! i wish the author and bn would partner so nook readers could enjoy her writing. for now i will have to read her work through my kindle app
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but not my favorite!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read love love love it!