If you ever wondered if all men truly are Neanderthals…
- Title: Transcendence
- Author: Shay Savage
- Series: Stand Alone
- Format: eBook
- Genre/s: Sci-fi/Romance
- Source: Author/Publisher
- Rating: -A
Transcendence was an intriguing and unique read, for me that is saying something. Over the past three decades I have read innumerable tales, mostly about love, amongst time travelers, vampires, werewolves, shifters, aliens, what have you, even prehistoric love but not once between a time traveler and prehistoric man. When I read the description of this story I was immediately intrigued but also wary, I needn’t have worried.
Ehd is alone in the world, he is the only survivor of a fire that killed his family and the rest of his tribe. Lonely and depressed he knows that if he doesn’t prepare for the coming winter he will not survive for much longer. He is counting on a kill from the pit trap he dug the day before to guarantee his survival. When he checks his trap he finds reason to continue living but not in the manner he expected. Naturally when one finds a young fertile appearing woman, one takes her home to be his mate, despite her annoying habit of shrieking and making other incomprehensible noises.
I am starting to get a headache again as she gets a little louder. She taps her chest again.
The sound is shorter but still very odd.
“Beth,” she repeats.
I’ve had enough. I reach out and touch her shoulder.
I tap her a little harder and growl.
“Beh,” I repeat. I tap her again. “BEH!”
I was beguiled by this story, told primarily from Ehd’s point of view, he is in turn captivated and baffled by the strange behavior of his “mate”. Like all men he is primarily concerned with only two things, food and sex. Beh’s refusal to let him have his way with her is vastly entertaining. Despite the similarity in thought to modern man, in Ehd’s world food and sex mark the difference between survival and extinction. Notwithstanding the fact that Ehd was a prehistoric man I was struck by the plausibility of his character and the development of his relationship with Beh.
Looking at her over my shoulder, I see her stern look and go back to washing. I don’t understand why I’m doing this in the cold, but apparently I will do anything to make my mate happy, even follow her into cold water.
I wish she weren’t so noisy, but I’m willing to endure the noise to have her with me.
Shay Savage’s Transcendence was a wonderful surprise, a comedic romantic romp with poignantly emotional undertones with an unexpectedly appealing protagonist. This was the first of Ms. Savage’s books that I have read but it will not be the last, it’s just a matter of which one to read next.
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 cave-home. 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.
Thankfully, my mate does not wake up as I crawl back into the furs beside her. I know she needs to rest. I take a moment to look at her in the flickering firelight. Her eyes are closed, but the blotchy remnants of her sorrow are still evident on her cheeks.
I want to touch her skin, but I don’t want to wake her. Unable to control the urge completely, I touch the skin of her face carefully. I reach down to her strange clothing again, and my fingers brush from her shoulder, over her breast, and down to her waist as I enjoy the feel of the cloth compared to the rough skin of my hand.
She stirs slightly, so I still my movements, deciding to be satisfied with leaving one arm wrapped around her. I stretch out next to her and pull the furs up to make sure she is warm
enough. Her mouth opens slightly, and she makes more strange noises in her sleep. The sounds are very soft and deep in tone. Her face scrunches up a bit, and her breathing becomes more rapid. I hold her closer to me until she relaxes back into deeper sleep.
I know I must be right, and she has recently lost her people. I wonder what happened to them and if I will ever know for sure. It doesn’t matter now, anyway—I will be her mate, and I will take care of her from now on. I just need to figure out a way to stop her from being frightened of me. There are so many things I will need from her as well: she will need to gather food for the winter, cook the meat I bring back for her, and accept me into her body so I can give her children.
The thought of that brings another smile to my face and a tingling feeling between my legs.
However, she seems so frightened of me now, I don’t think she would readily position herself on her hands and knees so I can fill her. Still, I am much stronger, and if I want inside of her, I can just hold her while I enter her body. Joining with her in such a way would still feel very good, I imagine, but I don’t like it when she yells and cries, and I think she would probably do that if I have to hold her down to mate with her.
These thoughts are making my penis lengthen and become stiff. I consider stroking myself, but I am afraid it will wake her. I sigh as I look down on her sleeping face and wonder how long it will be before I can properly mate with her. I touch her cheek softly again, and I know when I decide to lie with her, I want her to enjoy it. So how do I get that to happen?
Finally, after thinking about it a long time, I decide I need to make her like me.
Prize: 2 Paperback Copies of Transcendence, 5 Ebook Copies of Transcendence, and 2 Ebook Sets of Shay Savage’s Books (Surviving Raine, Otherwise Alone, Otherwise Occupied, Uncockblockable, Otherwise Unharmed, Transcendence.)
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
Disclaimer: ARC was kindly provided by the author for an honest review.