Title: Safe (Conquering #1)
Author: Ryan Michele
Publisher: Self Published
Published Date: December 6, 2013
Genre: Contemperray Romance/Suspense
Page Count: 324
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 nonconsensual 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.
Safe opens with Sadie being told by her mom that she needs to escape to safety. Her mom only wants the best for her and if sending her away is it, then she’ll do it. It’s a heartbreaking scene to read. The mother just wants her daughter safe from her abuser. It is one of the first times I cried at the beginning of the book. We cut to Sadie has moved with her aunt and uncle. She is trying to pick up the pieces of her life. Then in walks the man who will change her life forever, Landon. Landon is a bit of a playboy and you think that they are not good together. These two people change each other. You forgive Landon’s whore-ish past when you read how her changes her for the better.
Life is not always perfect for the couple. You are introduced to one character, whom you think is the one that will end their relationship. Then you realize that Sadie’s past is still out there with a big smug look on his face. As the story builds up to its climax, it takes twist and turns that leave you wondering “What happened?” and “Who can anyone trust?”.
All in all the story is emotional and heartwarming. It leaves you falling in love with the characters and wanting more at the end.
Michele did a fantastic job at writing this story. Sometimes when people write about abuse it has a cheesy Lifetime movie feel, but not with this one. I gobbled this book up in one seating, even through my ugly cry tears. Michele was able to write this in a classy way so that you do not have to have the gruesome details of abuse. It is still told in a way that you can feel the force of the character’s pain. To see another side of the author, that is not MC related, is refreshing. Not that I don’t love her other books, because I do love my MC series. =)
This is a definite recommend. Please not that it is for 18+ due to themes.
5 out of 5 Stars!!!!