Taming Savage, Tales Reimagined, Book 1 By: RS McKenzie Narrated by: S.R. Thomas

The series opener for Tales Reimagined, Taming Savage is a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

From the blurb:

Abel: After the death of our parents, I was taken in by my brother, who has been taking care of me more out of obligation than love. When he doesn’t come home from a job—if burglary can be considered a job—I discover he’s been taken by a beast of a man with soulless eyes. Even with his scars he’s hot as hell, but his cold eyes chill me to the bone. My brother is the only family I have, so I do the only thing I can to make sure my brother is free: I offer myself to the beast for a year instead. When I find out who he is, I fear I may be in over my head.

Savage: The first word that comes to mind when I see Abel? Beautiful. The second? Untouchable. He’s much too beautiful for the likes of me, with my shifting moods and damaged body. What if I spend this year trying to win him over–mind, body, heart, and soul? It would be possible if my enemies weren’t a constant threat. If I were a regular guy, I could have someone like Abel. I have these scars because of who I am. These scars that scare everyone away. Could a beauty like Abel ever see beyond the beast to the man underneath?

Taming Savage is Beauty and the Beast reimagined as a dark and steamy gay romance with heart-pounding action, forced proximity, age gap, found family, a naughty virgin, first times, kink exploration, a mild D/s dynamic, and features a cold, damaged crime boss and the snarky beauty who will finally tame his beast.

Trigger warning: Discussion of past parental and animal death that happens off-screen, torture and violence, murder, and the sale of drugs, weapons, and dubcon. Explicit sexual content not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. If those are triggers for you, please do not listen to this audiobook.

Lesetiger's Review:

Both the author and the narrator were new to me. Taming Savage is a Beauty and the Beast themed story set in a setting with a criminal background. Since I like both, I was already very excited. Savage is the head of the family business and he is disfigured by a car accident. When Abel's brother breaks into his home, things take their course.

Abel is traumatized by the death of his parents and when his brother Chris doesn't show up, he offers Savage a deal.

The story was nice entertainment for in between. I liked both Abel and Savage as characters, although I think they could have used a little more depth. Abel is just sweet in his dealings with Savage and he loves his brother even though he doesn't deserve it. Savage quickly shows a much softer side when he is with Abel. There are some surprising twists that keep the tension high towards the end.

The narrator did a good job, I could listen to him easily and I could also distinguish the protagonists well. What bothered me, however, were the sometimes really long pauses between chapters, I looked a few times to see if I had accidentally stopped the audio book. 

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Taming Savage is available to buy from Audible and is Whispersynced.