Happy May 6th My Peeps! Is this weather as confusing for you as it is for me? I do not recall snow in May, EVER. However, I don't claim to be the sharpest pencil in the box either, but we turned cold and snowy the first of May in Iowa and I am now totally disillusioned!! There ought to be a law as I've been sick of winter for many moons now!
I will say, it is awfully nice to curl up with a good read and make the most of the inexplicable happenings outside my window. One such interesting book was Kate Laurens book, Love Me For Me.
Here is the synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Recommended for mature readers aged 17+ due to language and sexual content.
And here's the rest of the story from my perspective:
Both Serena and Alex are very well developed characters that carry a lot of baggage with them. Both have secrets they would rather not share. But if they are going to make their relationship work, that baggage has to be dealt with and the secrets revealed. As in any good relationship, TRUST is a key issue.
I enjoyed the storyline for the most part. I liked that Ms Laurens incorporated sexual abuse and the resulting self esteem issues and behaviors that follow such abuse. I also found it encouraging that she addressed diabetes as an issue as well. Either situation could be a challenge in a blooming romance. And both issues can be overcome. And the romance was definitely Hot!
This is the first in Ms Laurens Safe Haven series and as much as I enjoyed this first book, I am definitely looking forward to the following two books:
Love Me If You Dare, (will be available summer 2013)
and Say You Love Me, (will be available Fall 2013). She says she falls in love with each hero she writes about and I'll bet you will too....(oh yes, I did!)