The Savage by Sophie Lark ~ New Release Review






The Savage is the fifth book in Sophie Lark’s The Kingmakers series, but can be read and enjoyed as a standalone read. It is a dark mafia romance, lovers to enemies to lovers again. And readers should be prepared for this one because the steam is off the charts, including FF and FFM scenes.




I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book from the author, publisher, or publicist. The receipt of this ARC did not influence my choice to review the book on this site. It also did not influence how I felt about the book or its characters, storyline, and overall feel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. As such, they only deal with what is written on the pages of the book and how what is written and otherwise presented made me feel during and after my reading of the book.

The Savage by Sophie Lark ~ New Release ReviewThe Savage by Sophie Lark
Series: The KIngmakers #5
Published by Self-Published on March 16, 2022
Genres: Dark Romance, Mafia Romance, New Adult
Pages: 400
Format: E-Arc
Source: Publicist/PR
Buy: Amazon | Goodreads
RATING: five-stars

How Do You Tame A Savage?

Sabrina Gallo is an animal.

From the moment I laid eyes on her, I had to have her.

But Sabrina won’t be taken by anyone. She’s wild and reckless – downright dangerous.

Lucky for me, I’ve always loved a challenge… I want to hunt.

Even if I capture her, caging a tiger doesn’t mean it’s tamed.

The harder she fights, the more ruthless I become.

She needs to learn how savage I can be.

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This is my first read by Sophie Lark, so I have not read any previous books in the Kingmakers series. However, I was still able to read and enjoy this one without knowing what happened during prior books and events.

Written in first person dual point of view, The Savage is fast-paced, action-packed, and steamy, with complex characters, intriguing plotlines, and wonderfully immersive writing. Sabrina Gallo is very much a no holds woman. She’s daring, smart, and unapologetically wild, to the point where she also is impulsive and reckless. Adrik Petrov is her match in every way. He’s loyal, intelligent, shrewd, dangerous, and hot as all get out.


No matter how disciplined Adrik pretends to be, he can’t fool me. Like calls to like. He has a demon inside, just as wicked as mine.


While I didn’t know what to expect going into this book, given the darker nature of most dark mafia romances, I was pleasantly surprised to find I enjoyed the read. The writing is addictive and the characters complex and unpredictable. I never knew what Sabrina or Adrik would do next, and I loved that. It’s what made this such a fun and exciting read.

If you’re looking for a high-octane dark mafia romance with intricate characters who never do what you expect them to do and storylines that never go where you expect them to go, Sophie Lark’s The Savage is a book to look into reading. But like the author explains in the book notes, this read is not meant for sensitive readers.


CW: explicit sex, drugs, violence






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About Sophie Lark

Sophie Lark

Sophie lives with her husband, two boys, and baby girl in the Rocky Mountain West. She writes intense, intelligent romance, with heroines who are strong and capable, and men who will do anything to capture their hearts.

She has a slight obsession with hiking, bodybuilding, and live comedy shows. Her perfect day would be taking the kids to Harry Potter World, going dancing with Mr. Lark, then relaxing with a good book and a monster bag of salt and vinegar chips.

Deanna | OkieDreams

Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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