Surviving Raine by Shay Savage

Goodreads Summary

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.

Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Review

Sebastian Stark is a DICK.  A big dick.  Bastian is the captain of a schooner in the Caribbean, who loves alcohol and women.  He is out on a voyage, when all of a sudden, his boat capsizes and he is out at sea on a life raft.  Then he sees Raine floating in the water, and jumps in and saves her.  Thus begins their journey….

Bastian has had a rough life and does not trust people.  Raine is on the cruise at her best friend’s insistence, due to morning the death of her father.  She has a to rely on Bastian to help her survive.  Bastian’s survival skills are pretty impressive.  I’m not sure how much research the author had to do, but she sure made everything seem believable.  Days turn into weeks, and Bastian’s detox was tough, on both him and Raine.  Eventually, he begins to open up to her.

Bastian’s transformation during the course of this book was really incredible.  Raine was a great character, wise beyond her 20 years and tough as nails.  I loved that she didn’t put up with Bastian’s shit, and there was a lot of it!  I loved the way their relationship developed.  Some of Bastian’s insecurities were a little annoying at times, but it was understandable given his upbringing.  I loved that this story was told from Bastian’s POV and I loved the way each chapter ended!  I also loved that there is clearly going to be a second book.  This is the first 5 star book I’ve read in a long time, and I would highly recommend it!

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