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Savage Forest (Savage Romance Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Leigh
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Such a gifted author, held me through the entire book." ~ Patti Gudmundson
"I was transported in my mind to the places in this novel." ~Diane Griffith
"Loved, loved this book!! It really spoke to my Native American heritage." ~W. Slover

In Jessica Leigh's deubut Native American romance, young and beautiful Swede, Jenna Ulfsson, is faced with one consuming quest: survival. When the young but indomnitable immigrant to the East Coast of the New World is abducted by the Lenni Lenape Indians after a grave misunderstanding turns to bloodshed, Jenna prepares to endure a terrible revenge for her father’s mortal mistake.

Running Wolf is a striking yet arrogant Minsi warrior held in high esteem by his own clan members for both bravery and prowess. He discovers the golden-haired female hunting as a man deep within the forest, and is enthralled with the slender, green-eyed creature, so different from any white woman he has ever before encountered. Yet when his brother is needlessly murdered by the girl’s father, the course of his life is changed forever.

Running Wolf rashly takes the young woman captive, bearing her deep within the savagely beautiful mountain regions of the New World’s interior, his homeland known as the Dark Forest. Jenna is immersed into a culture steeped with mysticism and lore little known or understood by the whites settlers of the time period. Jenna slowly adapts to the native way of life, discovering her own talent as a natural healer among the Native American people.

Running Wolf, however, is a constant torment. Sexual tensions and clashes of will escalate as Jenna is thrown into the care and lodge of the by decree of the chief. Although he holds her accountable for his brother's death, in close quarters, their mutual attraction can no longer be denied. Temper and passion entwine the couple until Running Wolf is stretched to the breaking point. The blossoming sexual desire between them causes friction and jealousies to explode among other members of the tribe.

When a past love interest announces some life-altering news, Jenna is sworn to another man - a man she fears and detests. Jenna makes a desperate bid for her freedom, and sets off a rapid chain of events that may ultimately cost the life of the brave she has come to love as desire as her true mate.

Bio: Jessica Leigh is a freelance writer by profession, and an emerging new romance author. She lives in Kempton, Pennsylvania, and has recently released her second novel Waiting for Eden, a contemporary romantic suspense novel. She is currently at work on the sequel to Savage Forest.

A graduate of Penn State University, Jessica is a trained biologist, researcher, and an outdoor enthusiast. Her historical and contemporary romance fiction is a rich, vivid, and historically accurate account of times and cultures long forgotten. She firmly believes that love always finds a way. As steamy as possible, please!

Connect with Jessica today to receive updates and enter book giveaways!
Twitter: @writerjessicaleigh

Editorial Reviews


~  "Love surviving never gets old.  High recommend."  Bobbi Donnelly Haas

~ "Wow very seldom does a story give so much vivid detail. There's romance, passion, adventure... just about anything a person could want in a book!"  M. Nickolas

~  "I would buy another book by the same author without hesitation. 5 stars."  ~ SHA.

~    "The reader is cleverly drawn into this time period, while kept on edge regarding Jenna's efforts to navigate the Lenni Lenape culture and the mutually insatiable physical attraction between her and Running Wolf.    The story takes many exciting and entertaining twists and turns as the two lovers are frequently forced by tribal traditions and the treachery of unwanted admirers to suppress their love and sexual desires for each other.   How this narrative unfolds to reach an emotional, surprising, and violent conclusion keeps the reader engaged throughout.   The writer, Jessica Leigh, shows enormous potential as the author of a first novel.   Her prose is often almost poetic, and her knowledge of the geography and ambience of the Delaware River Valley and of early Native American culture is daunting.   Savage Forest is an exciting, romantic, and informative novel by an author who has hidden her exceptional literary talents for much too long."  -   Review by Alexander Adams, author of "Gonna Back Up Baby"

From the Author

I put a ton of research into this novel, so if you like learning something new while you are enraptured by a rich tale, you will love Savage Forest.  The Lenni Lenape culture of Eastern Pennsylvania is incredibly interesting .... as well as the town of New Amstel along the Delaware River in the 1600's.  The Swedes, Dutch, and Finn immigrants of the time were a fascinating people, and although disturbances with the native peoples were rare - they happened.

Such was the fate of Jenna and Running Wolf.  Although constantly at odds through circumstance (and stubborn natures), the pair must find a way to overcome their differences and admit the undeniable attraction that bonded them from the very first moment of contact in the forest.  Jenna learns that the strength within can carry a woman through anything and everything, just for the sake of love.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3145 KB
  • Print Length: 359 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDG7CO6
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Customer Reviews

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes August 27, 2013
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I loved this book. Jessica Leigh really came up with a winner here, and I believe it has won awards. It definitely deserved it. A very good read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Novel! May 2, 2013
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This was a really good first novel! Especially if you love learning about native American life - really vivid imagery and details too. Great romance between two very different people kept it really interesting. Glad I took a chance!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars unique romantic suspense novel June 19, 2013
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This story was very difficult to get through as it was written. It was tough due to the length of the story. If the storyline about Jenna and Running Wolf had been broken into two books with the first book being about her being taken captive and her life in his world and then the second book about her going back to her previous "white" world and being taken captive by another Indian group and her struggle to return to Running Wolf, I could have easily read them and appreciated them for how they were split up.

I don't have problems with the heroine of the story jumping into the world that she has been forced to live in but in this case Jenna adapted a little too easily to her captive world which I was surprised by considering the era and her life in the "white" world. I liked Jenna and Running Wolf but the entire storyline got bogged down with too many other characters being introduced and leaving the scene and then returning. The antagonists of this couple were introduced in the beginning and then slightly forgotten about. Then thrust back into the readers world and, from my point of view, they lingered too long in the storyline.

I am not saying that descriptive storyline is a bad thing, but this book seemed to languish and stutter. There was heat and immediate attraction between Jenna and Running Wolf but it seemed to disappear within the monotony of the storyline.

-Reviewed by Khriste
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Spell check??? January 20, 2014
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Not my usual reading style but I thought I'd give it a try...I skipped most of book out of boredom. I was surprised at number of spelling errors. Wasn't an awful book but didn't keep my interest enough to finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SAVAGE FOREST January 14, 2014
By Teresa
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The story line was very good. I found the description of the forest and plants interesting. I love historical detail,however a few things the author writes about I found hard to believe for this time period. I also feel that some of the sexual detail and crude wording was not needed. This could have been written in a way that was not so crude.A great story does not need it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit too racy for this old girl. February 25, 2014
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Interesting premise but not very historicaly justified . Women of that era were not taught about sex. The author thinks a captured white woman who just saw her father killed by Indians would quickly be interested in one of the braves. I love hitstorical fiction so this was not what I expected...the cover should have given me a clue. I prefer to imagine seductive scenes, not read them. I guess I'm too old-fashioned . The grammar, of course, was distracting to anyone with an eight grade education.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but ... January 23, 2014
By Maricat
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This book would have been a five star for me except for the large number of grammatical errors, misuse of words and forgotten punctuation. Examples: dully instead of duly, through instead of throat, died instead of dyed and others too numerous to mention. There were a few times where people were misnamed (Yellow Plume instead of Yellow Woman) and an overuse of the word 'tenuous' including places where that word didn't make sense. While you can get through the story anyway, it does detract from the overall enjoyment of the book and that's a shame because the backbone of the book is solid.

The characters, the setting and the historical background were well done and, for the most part, were woven together very well. There were some passages where I felt as though I was in history lesson, but mostly it was just a wonderful story and I hope the author does write a sequel letting us know what happened to all the characters, especially the secondary characters. I also hope that author finds an editor or 'beta reader' to help catch the mistakes that detract from an otherwise interesting story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story telling though not as steamy as I'd like.. October 27, 2013
By konyha
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I confess I am not that interested in American historical romance (or Native American/Indian)and this is the first of the genre I have ever read. This book held my interest through two grueling hours on the stairmaster. I was definitely won over when Running Wolf went after Jenna; it was just so sweet and incredibly romantic. I agree with what has been said about editing and grammar but the talent for storytelling is quite apparent.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Felt like I was in the forest...
The author's description's in this book made me feel like I was right in the middle of this story. The sounds, smells, sweat just wonderful writing, first time reading this... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story
This book was captivating. I could barely put it down. I loved the story of Jenna and Running Wolf. Very entertaining.
Published 3 months ago by Cher Hoku
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing!
I was so thrilled with this story! I read it within 24 hours and hated for it to end. I can hardly wait to read the sequel to it. Very well written, I loved it! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ruby Slippers
4.0 out of 5 stars Original Historical Indian Romance
I received this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

This book reminded me of the old-fashioned Indian romances of the 80's and early 90's. Read more
Published 11 months ago by NJP
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage Forest
This book is about the survival of a well rounded woman that is kidnapped by Indians after her father was killed. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jacqueline
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
1st time reading this author and was pleasantly surprised. Good story. A light romance that was just long enough to last a few days. Read more
Published 12 months ago by BSquared
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful grammar
I thought the story was interesting but the multitude of grammar mistakes was so great that it was to the point of being distracting. I've never read a book so poorly written.
Published 12 months ago by christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is one of the best books that I have read in along time. I couldnt put the book down. This should be on a best seller list. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Glory Sue Land
5.0 out of 5 stars Savage Forest
Loved, loved this book!! It really spoke to my Native American heritage; I know....lots of people say this, but I have written and photographic proof, thanks to my cousin who is... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Jessica Leigh is an author, a professional freelance writer, and an environmental scientist with a degree from Penn State University (1993). Born and raised in Pennsylvania, she is an outdoorswoman, a nature enthusiast, and is an avid researcher into Native American cultural history in her state.

Jessica currently resides in Kempton, PA, with her four children and cat Rose Marie along a beautiful mountain stream near Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. She loves running, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, and reading as much as possible.

Jessica is recently released her third book, a sequel to her debut Native American romance novel, Savage Forest.

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