Love Me For Me (Safe Haven 1)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A fresh start...

It’s been three years since Serena King learned to say no—no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal. The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want... make her want everything.

A new guy...

Alex Blackthorn is a bundle of contradictions, a sexy dark haired badness who goes slow... deliciously slow. And despite the iron will that has gotten her through the last few years, Serena finds herself unable to ignore the heat that sizzles between them whenever they’re together.

A dark past...

Serena never thought she could be involved in a relationship, but Alex makes her long for things she thought were out of her reach forever. When he finds out her secret... when he finds out what she did to keep herself sane... will he still want her, or he will treat her just like everyone else?

And Alex has a secret of his own. - Goodreads


This book was a first for me. First in the sense that this is the first book I've read that lasted for five days. Yes! almost a week. Normally, I would go through books like they were candies - one after another. But this one had me constantly on debate with myself if I gotta finish it or not. Half of the time, I was tempted to just let it go and go on to the next item on my to-be-read list but being the bookworm that I am, I sucked it up and finished it even if it takes longer than what I normally do.

What made me feel this way about this book? Its just not what I hoped it would be. I had great hopes for this book because some people told me that it is within the lines of Find You in the Dark series and the Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan - both books have a special place in my heart. It got a perfect mix of abuse, dark past, troubled hero and a loved that will wipe the hurt of the pasts away but I just wasn't feeling it. Yes, the storyline is too cliche and yet the author didn't do anything to make this book standout from the rest other than making it boring. She was too focused on the build up of one character (in this case, Serena) that she forgot to include other characters that were as much as  part of this story with the lead.  Take for instance, the male lead Alex. Yes, he too had a troubled past that was "just" mentioned along the pages. It would've been better if she created some sort of a little background story about him for us to know him more. Another thing that makes this too bland for my taste is that the secrets were already too obvious for me. I think I wasn't halfway through the book that I had guessed what happened to Serena in the past so when I got to that part, it was already anti-climactic. I was just hoping for a little more drama.

Nevertheless, this is still a good read. I would definitely recommend it but if you're looking for something more or something that will leave you days of book hangovers, this is not for you.

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