Series: Safe Haven #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Published by Self Published on June 25th, 2013
Also in this series: Love Me For Me
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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.
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.