Book Review: Transendence by Shay Savage

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Title: Transcendence
Author: @Savage7289
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance
Length: 313 pages
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.

Grace Review

If you are looking for something unique, then this is your book.  I don’t even think this book has a genre it can be put into (no to contemporary, no to NA, no to paranormal, etc), other than romance.

This book is not faced paced.  This book doesn’t have angst.  This book won’t have your heart pounding out of your chest.  But you can’t help but appreciate the chances this author took writing this story.  She took all the elements of a romance story and stripped down everything to the most basic level.

Two people.
Depending on one another for survival.
No distractions.

This story is solely from Ehd’s POV, which makes things interesting since before his “mate” arrived, he didn’t speak at all.  There is no overnight evolution, so to speak, with Ehd, and I appreciate that the author stayed true to that character.  Everything for him changes with the arrival of Beh (Beth), he is forced to adjust, and does his best to woo her, as he now has a new purpose. . . . to put his seed in his mate.

I wasn’t sure what to think of Beh.  It is clear from the get-go that she is from another time/place, but its never fully explained until the epilogue.  Since we don’t get her POV, we only get Ehd’s impressions/reactions to her.  I thought it was hilarious how he hated her constant speaking and how it gave him a headache.  Typical male.

Based on Beh’s initial reactions to Ehd and the lack of her POV, I wasn’t sure how she felt about him.  She seems to fear him at times and cries a lot.  But given the circumstances she is thrown into, I could completely understand that.  The way we learn of her feelings are through the new words she teaches him, khizz (kiss) and luffs (love) which Ehd unsuccessfully tries to learn.

“Edh luffs Beh.”

While I applaud the author for taking risks in this story, with the book so stripped down, the story-line felt a bit slow at times.  That said, I think this is how the story should be.  Needless drama and angst would have been out of place.  With time, Ehd and Beh move from tolerance, to friendship, to partners, to soulmates.  It’s not overnight and felt right for the story.

This is a true romance set in the most unusual of places.  It is unlike anything you’ve read before.  And if you are bored with this same storylines, this book should be a good fit for you.

– Grace

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