Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill MGbookcovers
Have you ever sunk inside yourself to a place of darkness so deep you couldn’t see the light? Had no hope? Felt completely alone in a world filled with so many people?
I have. I’ve lived it, breathed it.
Because life hated me.
It disliked me from the moment of conception, despised me when I was born, loathed me when I bounced from each foster home, and kicked me in the gut when I watched the one thing that meant everything to me leave.
For years, I drifted, unable to find my footing, never knowing what the word stable meant. Then a single moment in time rocked me to my core, changing me and making that solid ground I so desperately craved crumble at my feet, causing me to fall farther than I’d ever imagined.
The darkness of the swirling tornado that is depression captured me, pulling me down to its depths, drowning me, suffocating me, owning me.
A depth so deep, I didn’t think I’d survive and didn’t care if I did. I only wanted peace. I wanted the pain to disappear. I wanted to be … free.
Needing to fall into the cyclone of darkness was the only way I could find the light.
**Warning: This book covers many tough issues—including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and abuse. It is a very highly charged, emotional read. 18+ Only. Please note: depression, PSTD, and other issues covered in this book take different lengths of time to combat—some take a lifetime. In this book, time is skewed and sped up to flow with the story line.**
Have you ever read a book that gave so many feels, you wanted to run through the streets yelling about how good the book is? This is that book. From the beginning the book gets you by telling you about Reign's sad past. Once it gets you at the beginning, it has you till the very end. Through the whole book you go on this intense emotional ride.
Reign's past is full of nothing but heartache. From the day she is born until present day, she has suffered. Her good friend Andi intervenes and forces her to get help. She doesn't want help but has no choice. She never expects to find someone who will pull her out of the darkness. Reign meets Lynx. They butt heads in a way that is more foreplay than arguing. They are kindred spirits, the missing pieces of each other's puzzle. At first I thought that it was just dependency on both sides but you see that they do love each other. Their love story is a beautiful one. You watch Reign slowly blossom as the book progresses.
As a reader I connected with this story. I saw myself in Regin's story. I suffered from PTSD that lucky has gotten better over the years. Like Reign, I hated being touched. So many times stories like this are told were the character becomes promiscuous. I liked that the author gives a different view of the affects of abuse. Not everyone turns to sex. Most of the time they just shut people out. I appreciate the author telling this story and being pretty accurate with it.
The author did an amazing job at telling this story. She doesn't hold back and forces you to see the truth behind PTSD. It's not a pleasant disorder for those who suffer from it. A lot of authors will not delve into the dark side of it but this author did. I also liked that she had two main characters with it. One has it from combat and the other from suffering tragic events. The story is dark and gritty but it is one that has to be told.
5 out of 5 Stars
Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.