Characters were barely described, let alone developed, making it extremely difficult for this reader to visualize them or feel any empathy for or with them. Some of their dialogue had an authentic feel to it, while at other times it felt forced and unnatural. The story itself was told from both Knut and Hazel's point of view, which is fine and should allow a reader a greater sense of familiarity with a character while in their head; unfortunately, this reader did not find that to be happening. Savino told a lot of the story instead of showing it, although there were scenes she did a good job showing and those scenes allowed this reader a chance to visualize what was happening - much like a fly on the wall. Had the characters been better developed and more fully realized, the sex scenes could have been pretty hot, especially if one is interested in a dominant/submissive sex life. However, this reader only found them along the lines of 'eh'. Some of the settings were detailed enough to easily visualize, others were not. There were enough grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors, as well as missing words, found in this story that it did toss this reader out of Savino's world fairly often.
At the end of this first tale, Savino's blurb about planned upcoming books in this series concern ménage à trois of two males and one female as mates; this is not an area this reader is interested in, so she will not be reading any more of Lee Savino's works. This reader found Savino's writing style choppy at times, more fluid at others; however, she definitely has a creative flair, so while this reader will not 'not' recommend her writing, she will not recommend it, either. ** Review originally posted to Amazon reviews on May 13, 2017 and Goodreads on the same date. **