on October 18, 2015
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Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense
Source: ARC via author
A woman hunted by human traffickers.A hot and dangerous bodyguard.Complete destruction.The end of civilization.The beginning of a new form of currency.Women are now the highest COMMODITY.
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I get tired of reading the same old, same old. In the contemporary romance genre the storylines can sometimes feel similar, start to run together, and just become stale. That is why I am so happy Shay Savage decided to shake things up a bit with Commodity. It is so different from what I normally read, especially the setting.
It’s the end of the world basically. Everyone has either disappeared or died, and only a very few humans remain. The storyline is one of the most intense I have read in a long time. I literally bit a sore on the inside of my lip because I was so on edge. My fists were clenched and my heart was racing with anticipation for what awaited the characters around every corner.
Although this book has a unique setting and plot, the main focus is the characters. I liked how the extreme circumstances brought Falk and Hannah together and forced them to become close faster than under normal circumstances. The plot drives them to trust and rely on each other under the harsh new world in which they now live. Their connection felt believable because they had natural chemistry they were drawn to. The author did a good job of letting readers really get to know the them. Hannah broke my heart. She had been through so much, however, she was resilient and kept on fighting. Falk was a badass alpha who would do anything for Hannah and to keep his promises.
The ending totally blew me away. There was a plot twist that I was not expecting at all, which made Commodity all the more fun to read. If you are looking for action, a unique setting, and connectable characters then this is definitely a book to pick up.
*Hello, Shay. Welcome to #ShaySavageDay on Lit Slave. Thank you for joining us. Commodity is your newest novel. Can you tell us what it is about?
SHAY: Commodity is about a woman who has gotten herself involved with some pretty nasty individuals, and is on her way to testify against them. While being escorted by her security team, the planet is invaded, and only she and her bodyguard survive the attack. They eventually realize most of the men are dead, and all the women and children have disappeared. With men seriously outnumbering women, Hannah has become very…uh…desirable.
Commodity is about the human condition—how people behave in extreme circumstances. It’s about mob mentality and people doing whatever they can to survive—even the unthinkable. It’s about a woman having to change the way she thinks in order to survive, and it’s about a man who discovers a purpose in life.
*What inspired you to write this story? How did you come up with the concept?
SHAY: This is actually in the author’s note of the book, but the whole thing started when I was in Atlanta a couple of months ago. I was walking with a friend late at night, and he suddenly grabbed me and pulled me over to the other side of him as we walked between a group of guys. Afterward, he said he’d done it because he’d determined that there was a certain level of threat from the group and needed me on that side of him so he could take out the most threatening person first.
Nothing actually happened, but his quick thinking and understanding of a potentially dangerous situation intrigued me, and I couldn’t get it out of my head. We talked more about his experience as a bodyguard, and Commodity is the result. It just sparked a scene in my head that ended up turning into this story. That’s usually how a book starts – one simple little thing that catches my attention.
*Are any of the characters based on anyone you know?
SHAY: Several, actually. Falk is a conglomerate of several people, both real and fictional. I like using the images, voices, and personality traits of friends (with their permission). I think it helps bring those characters to life. It’s usually the little things that make them more interesting. Sometimes the namesakes enjoy what I do with their characters and sometimes they don’t. It’s always fun when a friend realizes I made him the bad guy. Ha!
*Falk Eckhart is the badass hero in Commodity. His name is quite unusual, how did you come up with it? Also, do you have a muse for Falk?
SHAY: I like finding unusual but pronounceable names. There are several websites that talk about names from different regions and what the names mean. Falk just fit.
*We noticed you didn’t use one of your guys as a cover model this time. Why did you decide to use an abstract image? Can you tell us what the dandelion represents?
SHAY: I think the concept of this story is a little abstract, so I wanted to go with something symbolic rather than sexy. I find dandelions fascinating and underrated. To quote Hannah in Commodity, “They’re survivors. Just when you think they’re dead, they plant little seeds everywhere.”
*You are known for writing from the male’s POV. Did you write Commodity from Falk’s POV?
SHAY: Though I’m not a huge fan of multiple points of view, the first half of this book is seen through Hannah’s eyes, the second half through Falk’s. It fit with the story line better than keeping the whole thing from one point of view or the other.
*What do you want readers to take away from this story?
SHAY: I’d love for readers to think about what they would do in similar circumstances. Would they give up? Would they become greedy and self-serving, or would they try to band people together and create a new existence? There’s what we would like to believe we would do and then there’s reality. Truly frightened people behave very differently than they do when they’re not scared.
*Again, thank you so much for answering our questions. How can readers download Commodity?
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“If I don’t know someone’s motives, I’m going to err on the side of caution,” Falk says, “especially when it comes to your safety. Brett attacked you.”
“He only touched me.”
“He grabbed your leg. You obviously didn’t like it, and he obviously didn’t care. He was trying to intimidate you, Hannah. That was clear.”
“I’m sure he won’t try that again.” I grumble the words as I look away from Falk.
“No, he won’t. That was rather the point.”
“Your point was overstated.” I roll back to my side, facing away from him.
“You didn’t tell me what he said to you.” Falk leans over, peering down at me.
“Nothing important,” I mumble.
“He was coming on to you.”
“Yeah, I guess so. He was drinking, so—”
“So, you’re going to make excuses for him?” Falk reaches over and places his hand on the side of my face, turning my head to look at him. “Do I need to come out and state the obvious?”
I glance away, but he keeps his hand on my face.
“Guys are assholes, Hannah,” he says. “You know this better than most. When we want a girl, we tend to go after her. We don’t usually think about how you might feel about our actions unless it’s made abundantly clear. I just made that clear to him.”
“You claimed me.”
“Yeah, I did.” Falk huffs out a breath and releases my face before rolling to his back. “Guys are like any animal out there. We fight for food, territory, and mates. Put us in a situation like this, and the fight comes out a lot more often and a lot more bloody.”
“So, you’re all cavemen?”
“And you’re going to squabble over who gets to put a baby in me?”
He looks at me darkly.
“Do you know how ridiculous you sound?”
“Do you realize how right I am?” He sits up in the bed and turns to face me. “I’m not kidding, here. Our minds might not actually form those words, but that’s exactly what we’re after. Every guy in this camp, with the possible exception of Chuck, since he already has a mate, wants to fuck you. At some point, they’re going to try to act on that desire, that need. You can refuse, and some of them will respect that for a while. As time goes by, fewer and fewer are going to listen to your wishes.”
Excerpt #2 (sexy)
I feel his hard cock up against my thigh as his mouth covers mine. I taste myself on him, and it only makes me want more. Despite the release, my pussy is still throbbing. It’s not enough just to come—I want to feel him inside me. I want to watch him lose himself in my body.
Falk wraps an arm around my shoulders and rolls, pulling me over on top of him. I have to adjust my balance as I straddle him and lean back, staring at him. He wants me on top; I can see it in his eyes. He’s still hesitant and unsure, waiting for me to change my mind.
“I want this,” I tell him again. “I want you.”
“You have me,” he says simply. “Do whatever you want.”
“I want you inside me.” I feel his cock flex as the base presses at my apex in answer to my desire, and I reach down to wrap my fingers around it.
It’s glorious, thick, and throbbing in my hand. I run my finger along the vein at the base, and Falk shudders. I glance at him, and his eyes are closed. He runs his tongue quickly over his lips, and his chest rises and falls rapidly.
Wrapping my fingers around his shaft, I angle his cock upright and raise myself up on my knees. The head slides easily through my folds, still wet from my orgasm and his tongue. I guide his cock into position, and slowly lower myself over him.
I gasp as our bodies connect. For a moment, I can’t move—I just pause and feel him inside of me. I clench around him, getting used to the pressure, and Falk runs his hands over my hips, then up to my breasts. I start to move on top of him, slowing raising myself up and then dropping back down again.
He feels so perfectly right inside of me—warm and sensual. He alternates between watching my face and looking down to where we’re connected. Every time he looks down, I can feel him tense beneath me.