REVIEW – SPECIMEN by Shay Savage



I awaken in a laboratory.
I don’t know who I am.
I’m inexplicably drawn to the doctor who cares for me. She tells me I’ve been altered, that I’m stronger and faster, that I’ll be a key component in a war between corporations. She says I volunteered for this. She says I volunteered to be transformed, but I have no way of knowing if what she says is true.
Something isn’t right. My memories have been taken, wiped clean, but dreams begin to slip into my conscious mind. I can’t let anyone know when that happens, or they’ll remove my memories again. Somewhere inside of me, I know I need to remember something important.
I’m fighting a war I don’t understand, and the one woman I rely on can’t be trusted.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

As long as she’s near me, I question nothing. She’s my doctor, my guide, and the subject of nearly every thought in my head. Everything I do–everything I am–centers on her.

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Where do I begin with this book? I’ve been trying to figure out a way to write a review that will do it justice, but without spoiling anything for those of you who haven’t picked it up yet. I’ve read a few of Shay’s books and I’m definitely a fan of her writing style. She tends to write in the male’s POV and does a damn good job of it. Her stories are usually action packed and could be made into blockbuster movies on the big screen, although they may actually be labeled XXX, or NC17 if she were to cut down on the sexy time. You just know when you pick up a Shay Savage book that you better have a supply of clean panties because the ones you wear will be getting soaked!!!

The story begins with the Hero waking up in a deserted lab. He doesn’t know how he got there and what’s worse is he doesn’t remember his own name. He has no memories at all. You can feel his anxiety and completely empathize with him when he freaks out and wrecks the lab. Gas is leaked into the lab which renders him unconscious. The next time he wakes up he notices an attractive woman in a lab coat working on a laptop. The moment he lays eyes on her, he is automatically turned on. He has been assigned to Dr. Riley Grace for a highly classified medical experiment. He asks how he ended up there and he is told that he volunteered to have his memory completely wiped out in order to be transformed into a cyber-enhanced soldier. He will have superhuman strength and intellect to get him out of dangerous situations whenever he is sent out on a top secret mission. He will also be able to function without food and water as currently they are a rare commodity. Dr. Riley names him STEN, which is short for specimen seventy-two of eighty-nine. There was a total of eighty-nine men who were transformed into these special cyber soldiers.

So Sten has some microchips implanted in his brain and he receives daily injections of testosterone and other drugs that help to make him the perfect soldier but also a lovely side-effect is that he is completely under Riley’s control. He will do anything she says and only wants to please her. Sten also wants nothing more than to have sex with Riley, 24/7. This guy is perfect and I was thinking how awesome it would be if we all could have our own Sten.

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Sten starts having dreams and they turn out to be flashbacks of his previous life. He was told he volunteered to be a specimen but his dreams have him questioning if possibly he’s been lied to. As time moves on Riley and Sten give into their passion for each other and WOW, just holy wow, these two can go at it for hours on end. I wondered how Riley could walk straight the next day.

There’s a crazy amount of action and I was dying to find out how these two were going to be able to get through it all and ultimately have their HEA. I have left a lot of the details out because I really don’t want to spoil this one for you all but I have to say I am freaking PISSED with the ending!! It’s like the author said, “HA the joke’s on you!!”

This is definitely an entertaining read and one that will have your mind blown by the time you get to the last page.

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