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Surviving Raine

Surviving Raine Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Sean Crisden
Series: Surviving Raine Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
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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.  

Contains mature themes.

©2013 Shay Savage (P)2019 Tantor

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Wow! I got completely lost in that book.

Enjoyed this book - loads. I listened to the author’s book, Transcendence, recently and enjoyed that too, but more like a slightly guilty pleasure though it was really good within its genre. This book, however, is just great all around with no guilt. I think the fact that the characters could actually communicate led to a lot more depth.

There were certainly uncomfortable times and the hero is certainly a messed up man that you come to love despite the biggest pile of history in the world. In fact, for the first third of the book I wondered if I even liked the hero enough to listen to the rest, but I’m so glad I persevered. That uncomfortable time adds to how happy you are with their story by the end because they come so far. You have to be OK hearing about violence and the dark underbelly of the world and be ok with violence to enjoy this book. However, this book is more about the couple and their relationship evolving whilst lost at sea, and looking back on how those violent times shaped the hero rather than living within that violence (mostly).

This author has a really unique way of developing stories that has now officially put them to the top of my list which I regularly check on Audible to see if there are any new releases. The stories are about two people growing together into a relationship in an unusual situation. Also like the fact that the point of view is from the less likely character. Having the male POV and him being someone we, as the reader, wouldn’t meet in our everyday lives means having a window to his internal thoughts is really powerful, and the female character is pretty normal so it’s easy for us to imagine her thoughts despite the book not being from her point of view.

I’ve heard Sean Crisden narrate before and he’s always been fine, but I’ve never given him much thought before. He was really good in this book and I imagine he was able to truly buy into the characters and the story because it was well written which made his performance even more convincing.

Fantastic job by everyone involved in making this book happen!

End note... I bet there’s a load of people who will dispute the survival tactics or dealing with addiction - but if there are any problems in that arena (I wouldn’t know and it sounded well researched to me) then I suggest just suspending reality and enjoying the story anyway.

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  • Laura Cooke
  • 19-01-19

Outstanding Experience

I loved everything about this book and especially Sean Crisdens' narration, no one else could have done it better. Now waiting impatiently for part 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-19

Bastian and Raine Mesmerize

I couldn't get over this book - Bastian comes from a life of never being wanted to survival, before he ever meets Raine - he is in the midst of a self-made witness protection program when an earthquake/wave destroys the small cruise ship he is operating. Shay, you are no ordinary fiction writer - I am never bored by "his gorgeous chest" or 1,000 other repetitive details - your people seem like they could be real. Thank you for this wonderful, mesmerizing story - what a damaged couple separately so alone - to be brought together by these harsh circumstances and to survive by Bastian's past training - ends up saving Bastian's life - and perhaps in turn Raine's. Again, dialogue is realistic and plot as well. Shay - Transcendence is pretty hard to beat - but you have done a fabulous job with your other stories - I could not put this down. I am on to Bastian's Storm - to enjoy what happens and hopefully get a satisfying ending and epilogue! PLEASE! Sean Crisden is Perfect as the narrator - have always liked him - and his translation of your characters is wonderful.

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  • Patricia
  • 24-09-19

Love this story!

I've loved this story for a while now but I have just one word for this performance... OUTSTANDING! Sean Crisden has just joined my list of favorite narrators.

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  • Lee
  • 23-02-19

Cute

This is a cute story, a bit predictable and there is a sugar overload but it's so entertaining. Sabastian is a great character. Raine is interesting but very, (too) innocent until they are "home" and the tables turn. A good book overall and I will probably read the next in the series.

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  • Dakota Martin
  • 11-09-19

Very repetative and boring

The devil may care attitude gets old really quick, especially when his internal dialogue knows he is being snippy. Knowing that they will eventually end up together makes the earlier parts that much more cringe worthy. The book was very frustrating, repetative and the plot had to many speed bumps.

A lot of the book doesn't make sense and it makes the two characters look like idiots. The earliest example is not knowing how to do CPR correctly or how to do CPR in open water.

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