“Don’t romanticize this. Don’t romanticize me. I’m not some hero you dreamed about fucking you slowly.”
Do you love an “alpha-hole?” You know the guy. The one who is decidedly emotionally unavailable due to some type of trauma in his past. This, unfortunately, has created a divide in him: he wants to help others but his inability to connect emotionally with anyone keeps him alone, distant. One minute, he shows compassion and concern, and the next minute, he humiliates the heroine in a way that could be soul-crushing. If you like this type of guy, then you definitely want to read Fiona Cole’s Savior.
If you’re like me and you like to read this type of male character, then you know the attraction to watching his evolution. Erik, the main H in this book, embodies this alpha-hole well. If you could see my notes on this book, you would read all the times that I wanted to reach through my book and strangle him, as he intimidated and, quite frankly, sexually harassed Alexandra, the h of this book. He places her on his emotional rollercoaster, straps her in, and forces her to endure his dips and highs. From the minute they meet, he protects her, albeit he shames her in her choices. And he continues to protect and care for her, all while pushing her away because he is emotionally broken. When you encounter an Erik in a book, you know that the h, in this case Alexandra, will bring him to his knees. However, she must summon the depths of her strength to do so. In this book, Alexandra impressed me the most.
The character of Alexandra should be broken. Her mother died of a drug overdose when she was young, her sister is a drug addict with no interest in helping Alexandra survive, and she is impoverished in a way that I have not read in a romance novel. Most in her situation would give up. Not Alexandra. She devises a plan to earn money. This ultimately puts her in Erik’s path and in his life. Once there, while she is no longer living a life of poverty, she must endure Erik’s emotional poverty and his outbursts towards her. I’ll be honest. If it was me, I would have given the jerk the finger early in the book. However, Alexandra, in her strength, stands firm and accepts his unkindness. In fact, she pushes back against him, and she ultimately saves him from himself. She tells him “…[y]ou saved me. You’re my savior.” The reality of this book is that Alexandra saves Erik; she is the true savior of this story.
Fiona Cole has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her books are emotion and message and hot $ex combined together in a delicious stew of romance. When I read one of her books, like Savior, I know I will feel: angst, lust, and joy combined together. Savior is much the same. It’s a reminder that, in enduring trauma, love will ultimately save us from ourselves, if we allow it.
“I’ve wanted this for so long. You make me feel safe. You take the women you rescue to Haven, but you’re my haven.”
In love and romance,