Series: Beards & Bondage #1
Published by Self-Published on 25-04-2017
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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?
*** WARNING: This book contains a sexual relationship between a fashionista and a cranky mountain man who are dealing with physical and emotional trauma. And a very big, cuddly dog.***
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Rebekah Weatherspoon is a new to me author but I’ve been hearing about her books for a few months now. Needless to say, the hype was completely worth it. With Haven I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I knew I loved the cover but never read the synopsis. I just knew there was a burly mountain man and that was okay with me.
Once I started reading Haven I had the hardest time putting it down. Shep and Claudia drew me into their world in a way that hasn’t happened to me in such a long time. I wanted to know everything about them. How Shep got the way he is, wanted to know more about Claudia’s childhood on Grenada. I wanted everything.
While Haven is a dual perspective novel Shep had most of the story, which I was pleasantly surprised to find read. I felt like I was able to get into his head more than a lot of other novels. Shep lives a rather solitary life up in the mountains of Northern California. He only leaves town once a year for a week of no strings sex at a sex club in Los Angeles. He’s pretty content with this arrangement because it gives him all the time he needs for his photography work and being with his dog. It’s obvious he needs more, but he’s not quite sure what that more is until Claudia comes banging on his door, literally running for her life.
Claudia experiences something that no one should have to endure. She and her brother go on vacation in the mountains and end up fighting for their lives when two serial killers make a game of hunting them. After running miles through the forest she ends up on Shep’s doorstep begging for his help. After it’s all said and done she is able to get back to a “normal” life but it’s without her brother, and she knows she’ll never be the same. Both Shep and Claudia know they will never be the same but what they didn’t know was how much they needed each other to fulfill a part of them they didn’t know was missing or needed healing.
Not shying away from suspense from the first word, Haven is a novel about finding oneself again after unthinkable trauma. Add in the sexiness and you have yourself a story that will grip you from the first word.