Author: Kate Laurens

Review: Love Me If You Dare by Kate Laurens

Posted November 12, 2013 by Ginny in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Love Me If You Dare by Kate Laurens
Love Me If You Dare by Kate Laurens
Series: Safe Haven #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published by Self Published on June 25th, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 349
Source: Publisher

Also in this series: Love Me For Me
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
Some things change...

It’s been three years since Kaylee Sawyer has been home—home to the alcoholic mother she can’t handle, home to the painful memories of her sister Ella... and home to the guilt she’s carried for years. About to enter her final year of college, she is determined to come to terms with the mess of her past—and to ignore the guy whose single kiss has been tattooed into her mind forever.

Some things stay the same...

Dylan McKay is still golden haired and dangerous, the flame Kaylee was always afraid to touch for fear of getting burnt. But despite the damage that’s been done, she finds that she still can’t stay away from the one person who accepted her the way she was.

Some things are meant to be.

Kaylee is no longer the innocent girl she once was. Though tragedy ripped them apart before, one look from Dylan brings all of the old feelings rushing back. Torn between her past and her future, she’s not sure if a person can ever truly go home again.

But Dylan doesn’t plan to let her go without a fight.


Ginny’s Review:
When I read (and reviewed) the first book of this series, Love Me For Me, I fell in love with the characters, the stories and I really connected with them.  So when the second book was up for review, I jumped at the chance to read it.  Sadly, I have to say I was a bit disappointed by it.  Not because it is a bad book, but because I just didn’t connect as deeply with these characters as the ones before.

I’ve started this review a few times, and I find myself more summarizing the book than talking about what I liked and didn’t like about it.  I dislike reviewers who simply summarize the book, because it seems pointless.

So let me try this one more time:

I think the reason that I didn’t connect as well with the characters in this book is that Kaylee is a party girl — or has become one. She used to be a bookworm and wallflower, but then again, she also used to have a sister. I think I would have understood Kaylee better before she turned into the party girl.  I have two brothers. I’m not really a risk taker, and Dylan is.  He brings Kaylee into that world as well to try to connect with her.  After she left for college, both of them changed in drastic ways.

I love that Dylan has changed for the better. I love the inclusion of a phoenix tattoo — the symbolism.

I did like this book, but not as much as I did her first in the series.  I did purchase the small intro novella, Love Me Twice, which I was frustrated to find out that the full book, Love Me Again, isn’t out yet and I can’t find a set date for it. I will continue to look for new books by Kate Laurens as she is a very good writer, but with this book it’s one of those “it’s-not-you-it’s-me” situations where I just couldn’t connect. Hopefully others will.

… Now I’m going to go back and re-read Love Me For Me.

Review: Love Me For Me by Kate Laurens

Posted May 8, 2013 by Ginny in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Love Me For Me by Kate Laurens
Love Me For Me by Kate Laurens
Series: Safe Haven #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published by Self Published on March 26, 2013
Format: Ebook
Pages: 228
Source: Author

Also in this series: Love Me If You Dare
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
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.


Ginny’s Review:
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.