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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 18:32

Review: Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Written by Jennifer Porter
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HavenHaven by Rebekah Weatherspoon (contemporary, self published, April 2017)

 

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Series: Beards & Bondage, book 1

 

Summary:
A week-long getaway...

City girl Claudia Cade's carefree life is plunged into chaos when a camping trip with her brother in the national forests of Northern California turns into a deadly dash for her survival.

 

A solitary world turned upside down...

Nature photographer Shepard Olsen has resigned himself to a quiet existence, with only his dog by his side, until a woman in need of his protection shows up on his doorstep and throws his universe into disarray.

 

Two lives linked by tragedy...

Claudia is desperate to heal from her traumatic loss, but can’t stop thinking about her run-in with evil….or the grizzled mountain man whose quick thinking and good aim saved her life. When she shows up on Shep's doorstep again, she finds she isn't the only one who can't move on.

 

… saved by bliss.

The two begin an intense, passionate relationship of Dominance and submission, pleasure and pain, but with dark memories haunting them and decisions about the future rapidly approaching, Claudia can’t help but wonder...how long can they be each other's haven?

 

Review:
I admit that it was the cover that first drew me to Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Haven, but as a fan of the author’s FIT trilogy, I knew I had to read this one. And I was blown away by it. Haven is a romance that broke my heart and then put it back together, making it stronger than it had been before. Undoubtedly, Haven will be one of the best romances that I get to read in 2017. I highly recommend this book for the emotionally satisfying romance, the complex plot and the hot kink.

 

Shep is surprised by screams for help and a knock on the door of his house that is high up in the mountains. He opens the door to find a bruised and bloodied Claudia on his doorstep. Before long, he has to shoot a man who comes out of the woods following her. Shep gets Claudia to the local hospital and then gets embroiled in the investigation. But Shep and Claudia forge a bond despite (or because of) the tragic events (Claudia and her brother were attacked by two men while in the mountings hiking. Claudia’s brother was murdered, and Shep killed one of the attackers).

 

Claudia returns to her life in New York, but she is not okay. She is a wreck and has anger issues. She starts seeing a therapist, but doesn’t seem to work well with the doctor. Eventually, she quits her job and on a whim returns to Shep’s mountain because she feels safe with him. She is also angry at everyone because she thinks they are treating her with kid gloves after her ordeal. Shep is surprised to have Claudia show up, but is happy to see her. The two have a heart to heart where Claudia reveals that she feels safe with Shep and where Shep reveals his kinky leanings. They agree to spend a week together in which Shep will hold Claudia and Claudia will submit to Shep sexually.

 

The sex is hot and plentiful. Claudia isn’t a very submissive person, but she can’t deny that Shep rocks her world and that letting go is good for her. Meanwhile, Claudia’s teasing manner and habit of being sassy are good for Shep who spends a bit too much time by himself - or alone with his dog Titus (who is a sweetie!). These two connect both emotionally and physically, but with have issues with which they need to deal. Claudia has been through a traumatic experience. She needs to process her emotions and needs to take the time to mourn her brother. Shep has to confront his own baggage, especially his kinky proclivities (that everyone in town seems to know about). Has he been dealing with them in the best way? Is Claudia good for him? Etc.

 

Rebekah Weatherspoon touches upon painful physical and personal trauma, as well as kink in Haven. The journey is emotionally challenging as well as super sexy. I laughed and I cried while reading Claudia and Shep’s romance. I felt the characters’ pain and pleasure and, at times, was left reeling. But the HEA was worth every tear.

 

Haven has everything I want in a romance: characters who are nuanced and complex in their own rights, characters who complement each other, hot sexual tension with kinky overtones, kink that is more than “I am Dom. You kneel for me” and emotion that leaps off the page. I could not put Haven down once I started it. It is a nearly perfect read.

 

Rebekah Weatherspoon: http://www.rebekahweatherspoon.com/

 

Book Disclosure: An ebook was provided by the author.

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