Friday, August 18, 2017

[Jen's Review]: "Haven"

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Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon 
Publisher: Rebekah Weatherspoon (April 25, 2017)
Series: Beards and Bondage, 1
Genre: Contemporary Erotica

Dual 1st POVs

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 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.***

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Jen's Review:

Remember that movie Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock? After basically escaping death 539 times, the two characters in the movie share a supersexy kiss while also warning each other that “relationships based on intense experiences never work.” I swear, Rebekah Weatherspoon must be cackling, because she totally demolishes that idea with her latest novel, Haven: Beards and Bondage. This book has, I am not kidding, the most propulsively action-packed and intense opening scene I have ever read in a romance. Shep Olsen is turning in for the night in his quiet, mountain home in northern California when he hears a woman shouting for help outside. She and her brother have been attacked by a pair of killers and she’s trying to get away to safety. Although the violence happens off page, it still felt like someone had put an AED to my chest while my heart was already beating.

After taking a few deep breaths after that opening, we get the introduction to the two characters. Shep is a small-town guy with kinky needs that he fulfills on a yearly trip to LA. Claudia is a buyer for a department store who lives in Manhattan. The connection they have is so intense after what they experienced, but they are separated by geography and trauma. I appreciated that Rebekah Weatherspoon gave both Claudia and Shep months to work on overcoming the events of that night. Eventually, they come back together and agree to a week of sex in order to explore the chemistry between them.

Here’s the thing, before they have sex, Shep and Claudia have a frank and explicit discussion about what they want, what they are willing to do, and where their boundaries are. And even though I’ve seen that before, there was something so sexy about all the conversations between these two. It didn’t feel mechanical or one-sided, it was something they were building together. Rebekah Weatherspoon shows that they are equal partners in the relationship even if one is dominant and one is submissive. It’s delicious.

If I were going to classify Haven, I’d definitely call it erotica rather than romance. Not only because the sex is amazingly, explicitly dirty, but also because the sex itself is a big part of the healing process for both characters. There’s part of me that wished for a little more about the emotional journey for each character when they were apart, but taking the book on its own merits, Haven is a terrific read for any erotica fan...and the sequel, starring Claudia’s friend Liz, comes out August 29th!


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Jen bought this book.

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Thanks for the review, Jen! I liked this one, too. :)

Remember, since this is a Royal Pick, come back on August 31st for a chance to WIN an ecopy of your own!


Until Next Time,

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