Friday, October 4, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Safe by Ryan Michelle


Moving to Williamsfield, Georgia is not what she wants … it’s what she needs. An escape—from him.

After being brutally abused for years, Sadie seeks sanctuary and safety. But can she ever be safe when evil has his eyes on her from afar.

Landon doesn’t want a relationship. He’s been burned too badly to want anything more from a woman than the physical, but one look at Sadie and he’s rethinking everything.

Can trust be formed when it’s been so beaten down? Can love conquer fears? What happens when evil doesn’t give up? Can Sadie ever really be safe?

**Please note. This book contains the very difficult subject of physical abuse and has a non-consensual sexual scene. It also has a very strong woman who learns to heal from these acts and finds the kind of love we all dream of having.

4.5 star review by Jen Skewes

Sadie's world was completely shattered when her father died.  Her mother was in her own state of depression, so Sadie found comfort in the arms of her boyfriend Rob.  Rob was there when she needed him the most.  He was kind and caring and there to comfort her.  But it wasn't long before she saw his true colors.  Rob was anything but nice and kind.  Her relationship with Rob quickly went from loving and sweet to abusive and painful.  At one point she had decided that she had enough and broke up with him, but that didn't mean he was gone forever.  Rob wanted Sadie and she was his.  He would have her when he wanted and how he wanted whether she liked it or not. If she fought him she knew the consequences.  If she left he would just find her or even worse hurt her family.  Sadie took the abuse, never telling anyone what was going on out of fear.  She knew what he was capable and knew he meant every word when he threatened the ones she loved.  But this last time she landed in the hospital, her mother put her foot down and forced her to escape once and for all.  She tried fighting her mother on the issue but in the end her mother won and she moved to a small town in Georgia to live with her aunt and uncle.  It's also where she met Landon Ellison, the man who would capture her heart.

Landon was in love once, had plans to marry the woman he loved and live happily ever after.  Until she betrayed him in the worst way possible.  Ever since then he has sworn off love and relationships.  He will never give another woman that power over him.  So now he basically just has no strings attached sex.  No feeling involved at all, just sex.  He has become somewhat of a player in the small town he lives in.  When he meets Sadie for the first time he is immediately attracted to her.  But he knows that Sadie is not like the other woman that he is usually with, she is not your one night stand type of girl.  And because of this he knows he needs to stay away.  Easier said than done!

Sadie is definitely attracted to Landon, honestly what woman wouldn't be.  But with all that she has been through in the last few years, being with a man is the last thing she is looking for.  She is still carrying that fear with her that one day Rob will find her and she also has major trust issues as a result of all the abuse she has suffered.  She knows Landon is sweet and not like Rob, but there was a time when Rob was a loving and caring man as well.  Landon and Sadie have chemistry that neither one of them will deny, it's just something that they both need to resist.  They start out as friends but feelings start to come into play which scares the both of them.  The pain and fear from Saide's past is still haunting her and gets in the way of what they have.  Will they be able to really break free from Rob, their pasts and the pain that it brings to find their happily ever after?

"You came into my life and made me want to feel again.  You made me want to love again.  You made me whole."

Safe was such a beautiful, yet emotional and heartbreaking story about healing, trust, and finding love again.  I loved Landon. He was definitely sexy but also so sweet and caring.  He didn't know much of her past but he knew there was something that she was hiding and he wanted to protect her from it.  I admired Sadie and her strength.  The pain that she endured to protect the ones she loved in my eyes showed a lot of strength.  Landon and Sadie had such amazing chemistry and were completely drawn to each other.  You felt the connection between the two of them and for me that moment leading up to their first time together was done so beautifully that you felt it with them.  It's that moment when you know how much they love each other, how much pain they have been through before getting to this point and then just letting free and giving themselves to each other.  I think I had goosebumps as I was reading it.  :)

"Holding you has become one of my favorite things in the world to do."

Ryan Michelle did a fantastic job with this story.  It deals with very deep issues and I will warn you that there are some moments that may be tough to take but I think the author did a fantastic job with the way it was written.  It rips every emotion out of you and you feel like you are going through it with these two wonderful characters. Safe will make you cry, both happy and heartbreaking tears.  There are moments of frustration, anger, and suspense.    There are twists and turns along the way that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a roller coaster ride of emotions but one that is worth taking.  Because in the end you will be left smiling. Amazing job by Ryan Michelle. 

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