Update: Looks like I have my tech issues mostly worked out, so here's the real post. Thanks Katherine!
This was the darkest story I have read from Natasha Knight, and I was pleasantly surprised – I loved it! When I heard about the premise – an alien world, where women are second class citizens; only ten percent of them able to procreate; they are treated very poorly…. I’ll admit, I was a little hesitant to read it.
But… I have always enjoyed Natasha’s books, so I gave it a go. And I am so glad I did. It was such a fantastic story! Feel free to answer any or all of the questions below. J
1. Have you ever taken a chance on reading a story that sounded out of your comfort zone? What happened? (Good or bad)
2. This book is categorized as science fiction, which is a genre that may not be as appealing to many readers, but sci-fi truly encompasses much more than alien worlds and tentacles! Were you hesitant to read it based on that if sci-fi is not a genre you normally read? If an author you enjoy writes a book that is in a genre that is not one that appeals to you, do you still buy their book because of the author?
2. Based on reviews, Given to the Savage was a love or hate sort of book. The word uncomfortable was used in more than one review of the work and one reviewer (two stars) went so far as to say the book stayed with her for a ‘LONG time’ after reading. There were quite a few uncomfortable moments in the book for me but I still continued to read. How do non-consensual scenes make you feel? Do you think these scenes were necessary to tell Rowan and Silas’ story?
3. Silas is considered a ‘savage’ and there are many moments where he’s not a very nice man, but as the story progresses, his reasons are slowly revealed and he is doing the right thing, or trying to, in very difficult circumstances. How did you feel about his character? Did you find his punishments harsh and were any of the sex scenes too far in the non-con realm for you? Again, do you think they were necessary to tell their story?
4. If you were in Rowan’s position, would you have gone as far as she did to prevent pregnancy in her desperation not to have her children torn from her? Would you have decided it were better not to have children at all then?
5. Does this darker sort of work appeal to you in general within the realm of spanking romance or do you prefer a lighter read?
In the aftermath of a plague which brought civilization to its knees and left most of the world's female population sterile, breeders - the few women who remain fertile -have become a precious commodity. Breeders live in relative comfort, but upon reaching adulthood they are tasked with bearing one child after another to carry on the species. Frequent medical assessments keep the breeders healthy and harsh punishments keep them in line.
As a breeder who has just come of age, Rowan knows she will soon be little more than a slave, but when she dares to resist her fate the penalty is severe. After a shameful, public chastisement and a thorough, humiliating examination to determine her suitability for child-bearing, Rowan is given to a savage from outside the community - a huge brute of a man named Silas - to be bred.
Against all expectations, Rowan finds herself drawn to her new captor. Brave, ruggedly handsome, and even kind at times, Silas is everything the men who enslaved her were not. When the time comes for him to breed her, despite the circumstances something deep inside her begs for him to take her long and hard. But while she soon finds herself longing to be his forever, Rowan knows that eventually those who gave her to him will try to take her back. When that day comes will Silas fight to keep her at his side even if it means risking everything he loves?
Publisher's Note: Given to the Savage is an erotic novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, extensive medical play, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.