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.
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room. This book earned 4 safe stars from me!
When I first started reading this book, I was thinking that it would be a spin of Safe Haven meets the Sullivan or Ross families, but it really turned out to be so much more. I really enjoyed the story and found myself getting lost in it.
Sadie wakes up in a hospital in bad shape. Her mother refuses to believe that this latest trip to the hospital was an "accident" and convinces Sadie to head to Georgia to get away from the man responsible for her "accidents" - Her cop ex-boyfriend Rob.
While down in Georgia, Sadie meets Landon. He has a hard exterior and bad boy image due to his broken past, which was anti-climactic for me. The build up surrounding that was lacking. Sadie soon begins to trust Landon and they form a friendship and bond that makes her feel safe.
"I'm not letting you go," I whipered in her ear.
"Being snuggled in his arms, I felt safe."
"He made me feel things I never thought I could."
Readers need to beware that the book does include physical and sexual abuse. It is not extremely descriptive, but the caution is still there if you dislike reading books that have any violence.
Sadie and Landon are super sweet together. Sometimes it was close to being too much for me. Sadie was often crying or whining. Even when Landon cried I was not feeling it.
But Landon was swoon worthy and adorable. He did make my heart go pitter patter.
"Sadie, I want to be with you more than you could possible know. But before I do, I want you to know and be confident that you're not just anyone. I want you to know how I feel about you. I want you to feel me."
"This was love. This was caring. This was special."
Their love was tested and challenges occurred. Having a cop as an ex offered Sadie little protection. Betrayal and twists will engage you till the end. Can love conquer fear?
"I'm scared," she whispered.
"Then be scared with me. I want to be your rock when you need strength, your cushion when you fall, your heart when you need love, your safety net. Always."
I would buy this book and be happy I did. As I read the acknowledgements and saw she already had two betas named Megan I found myself thinking... Three sounds so much better! Congrats to Ryan Michelle on this debut novel!