Series: Safe Haven #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published by Self Published on March 26, 2013
Also in this series: Love Me If You Dare
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A fresh start...
It's been three years since Serena King learned to say no--no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal. The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want, well, everything.
A new guy...
Alex Blackthorn is a bundle of contradictions, a sexy dark haired badass who goes slow... deliciously slow. And despite the iron will that has gotten her through the last few years, Serena finds herself unable to ignore the heat that sizzles between them whenever they're together.
A dark past...
Serena never thought she could be involved in a relationship, but Alex makes her long for things she thought were out of her reach forever. When he finds out her secret... when he finds out what she did to keep herself sane... will he still want her, or he will treat her just like everyone else?
And Alex has secrets of his own.
Recommended for mature readers aged 17+ due to language and sexual content.
Warning: If you have any trauma in your past that you have yet to heal through, this may not be the book for you. It will be a trigger for some people.
This was a difficult book to read for me. Not because it is bad but because of things in my own past. However, I really loved this book. It is about healing. It’s about working your way to being better. About learning to love again, learning to trust and learning that it’s ok to let go.
Serena has a troubled past. Something happened to her as a teenager, she was told that no one would ever believe her… and when she finally did tell the one person who should have believed her… she didn’t. So Serena never told anyone else. Instead, she found different ways to cope. She slept around, she ate, and she never trusted anyone.
This book takes place while she’s in college… after she got rid of that lifestyle… and moved out of her house.
Alex is almost the perfect man… actually, in many ways he is the perfect man. He is perfect due to his own imperfections. He has scars and tattoos and triggers of his own… and he seems to know exactly how to handle Serena. And while “handling” may seem like a patronizing term, I don’t mean it to be. He knows what to say, he knows how to deal with her, and how to push Serena just far enough to get her to come out of her shell and learn to trust and live again.
This book is amazing and I loved every moment of it.. even the moments that hurt. Because good triumphs. And it may take a while for it to happen, but it always will. Good will always outweigh the evil. This book shows that. The world shows that.
And I cannot wait for the next book in the series that tells the story of Serena’s roommate.
4.5 out of 5 — simply because this book will not be for everyone.