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on 19 July 2013
SAVOR YOU is the first storyline (and spin off) in Emily Snow's New Adult SAVOR US series that focuses on the lives and loves of the members of the rock band `Your Toxic Sequel' first introduced in DEVOURED.
Savor You is a storyline that runs parallel to the events in DEVOURED and follows Kylie Wolfe on her week long journey to forgive and forget Wyatt McCrae-the guitarist for her brother's band `Your Toxic Sequel'. Kylie is Lucas Wolfe's baby sister; his personal assistant and the woman who has stolen Wyatt's heart. The novel focuses on Kylie's need to work both the man and the memories from her life, but all of this is impossible with eight years of history between them and a lifetime of pain and sorrow.
We were first introduced to Kylie and Wyatt in DEVOURED. As Lucas McCrae's assistant, Kylie is in contact with the band and the members 24/7 and because of the history between Kylie and Wyatt it makes for some uncomfortable moments. When circumstances present themselves for a week of R & R, Kylie shouldn't be surprised that Wyatt has tracked her down and wants the week to convince Kylie that they belong together. But a theft of her possessions will find Kylie dependent on Wyatt for more than she bargained-the man holds the key to her heart and her soul. But Kylie's strong, take charge attitude in Devoured is not the same Kylie we see in Savor You. I do not know if that was the intent but in this particular storyline Kylie is not the same person we were first introduced to in her brother's storyline.
Emily Snow blends the events of DEVOURED with the events of SAVOR YOU and allows the reader an insight into the happenings and events following Kylie's leave from her position. Because the storyline events run parallel to Devoured, there is some expected overlap and story history. But unlike Devoured, this is not a storyline similar to FSOG et al-this is a story of second chances and forgiveness: a story of two people with an eight year history of an on again/off again relationship that would eat away at their very souls. Although they say love conquers all, it does not conquer lies, betrayal and heartbreaking pain.
The flow and pacing is similar to Devoured, in that it felt jumpy and disjointed. The elephant in the room was never addressed and although Kylie claimed she wanted no physical contact with Wyatt, it was everything she craved. I think it would have been helpful to the storyline if Emily had spent more time on the back story between Kylie and Wyatt as it would have made for some more angst and tension for the reader and given us more with which to compare. It felt like we were missing some important piece of information especially as it pertained to the present situation.
There is also the building of a secondary storyline between Wyatt's band mate Cal and Kylie's BFF Heidi. Heidi's current job is the fuel that fires the couple's love/hate relationship and you know that their story is in the works. Again, this particular couple, have a history and one that I hope Emily works into the storyline. If you like a story of friends to lovers and forgiveness, Savor You is the perfect read.
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