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Posted April 19, 2013
Posted April 29, 2013
Serena filled an emptiness inside with any affection should could get. Which mostly, that meant with boys--and she wasn't picky. Trying to move on, she has gone away to college to start over where no one knows her past. Those mistakes are never far from her mind however, and when she meets Alex Blackthorn, she hides it even more. Because if he ever knew...would he ever love someone like her?
There is a plot twist that makes everything come together. Alex is a good guy, but we can sympathize with Serena in feeling she doesn't deserve his love. After all, we all let our pasts define us at some point. This book does an excellent job at helping us come to terms with our pasts and our ability to change who we were into who we want to be.
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Posted January 23, 2014
Posted April 29, 2013
Posted January 25, 2014
Great story dealing with a subject that affects so many innocent children. I loved Alex's strength and patience with Serena, allowing her to tell her story when she was ready. Really good read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 18, 2013
Posted November 6, 2013
I loved the chemistry between Serena and Alex...He accepted her for her...He understood her fears and pain as he has his own fears...I thought this story was so heartfelt...Alex is a good guy...He has a big heart and he knows that Serena is the one he wants to be with forever...He was very patient waiting for her because he understood why she was so hesitant about letting him see the real her...As I was never sexually abused, I can relate to grabbing attention from guys due to loneliness and acceptance...I felt I was missing love in my life until I met my husband...We all have secrets and regrets...But we can not let them control our lives and consume us....Kudos to Ms. Laurens for writing a wonderful story....I've read the other stories in this series however, I am waiting for the continued story of Jax and Kaylee....
Posted November 3, 2013
Posted October 24, 2013
Posted August 16, 2013
Enjoyable, written with a good flow...easy page turner. Enjoyed the characters, easy to feel the emotions behind the story, and looking forward to the feast of the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 6, 2013
Posted June 30, 2013
Posted June 30, 2013
As both an English major and now a book reviewer, I have read some pretty good books over the years (smile), but I have to say that this is one of the best. The characters are engaging, and while the storyline might touch on hurtful subject matter the author writes so we'll that the reader is transported by her story anyway.
I am not a fan of the new serial romances, but I would almost enjoy seeing Alex and Serena again. Could that be the reason why I have read this book two more times since I finhhished it?
Posted June 18, 2013
Posted May 26, 2013
Wow, talk about two people who have a lot of baggage! Alex and Serena could use a whole train to carry around everything that they have going on. They seem to be magnets though and be drawn to each other.
The chemistry between them is unmistakable though and they really seem to click. I love them together. The hotness that comes from them together, its a wonder that they don’t burn the building down!
I really enjoyed this story… it takes a while to build up their trust and commitment to each other, but once they do, watch out.
Kate Laurens creates a great tale about learning to trust again and moving on and building a life after things have fallen apart in your life.
Posted May 13, 2013
Can a person who is completely broken from a traumatic past learn to trust and love again?
Love Me For Me is a powerfully intense story about two broken people who come together and help each other overcome their traumatic pasts, it is an emotional story that will pull at your heartstrings.
In the first book of the Safe Haven series, author Kate Laurens weaves a heart wrenching tale written in the first person narrative that follows twenty-two year old Serena King's journey to rebuild her life after a traumatic abusive experience in her teen years has left her completely broken. Serena escapes her traumatic past at home when she goes away to college in Connecticut. She protects a dark secret that she carries around by keeping to herself, afraid that if she lets anyone get close to her that they would be disgusted by her past. The one person that she needed the most has let her down, leaving her self-conscious and with low self-esteem. Outside of her American Lit class she meets sexy Alex Blackthorn, she doesn't understand why he would be interested in her, but an undeniable attraction to each other simmers below the surface. Alex is also hiding a traumatic secret from his past. Coming together, they learn to make each other stronger, put their pasts behind them, and move forward in their lives.
This is a poignant tale that is so intense, it takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride. You can't help but feel deeply moved by Serena and Alex's story. Their traumatic pasts are haunting and disturbing, but their amazing chemistry and emotional connection makes up for it with their intense and palpable attraction to each other, the sparks literally fly off the page with their sexually charged interactions. Both have so much emotional and traumatic baggage between them, it is simply heart wrenching to read about their pasts, but once they learn to trust each other and build upon their relationship by supporting each other, it was simply beautiful to see how they worked together to overcome their past and build a relationship.
The author does a wonderful job of addressing serious issues like sexual abuse, diabetes and low self-esteem within the story. I loved how she interweaves the traumatic issues with an emotional romance that was so sensual. Serena and Alex's story is so bittersweet yet compelling, the reader can't help but become captivated ... but alas ... the author leaves the reading wanting more with a subtle cliffhanger ending that will be revealed in the next installments of the series.
Love Me For Me is a wonderfully inspiring tale about rebounding from a traumatic past, learning to love yourself, trust and love again, rebuild and move forward in life.
Posted May 8, 2013
Love Me For Me is a dark and gritty read featuring a young college woman dealing with past events that affect her self-esteem yet today. A past of sexual abuse and self-destructive behavior still hangs over Serena and makes it difficult to move forward. Not wanting to be judged by others she keeps herself isolated, with only one person she can call friend. Even that one friend though doesn't know the truth. It's not until she meets a young man with secret pains of his own that she finally starts addressing the past so she can make a future for herself.
Whereas Serena's hidden from the past through self-destructive behaviors early in life and silence now, Alex has embraced what happened to him and turned his outer scars into tattoos. He's moved on from it but senses an immediate bond with Serena and moves slowly in forming a relationship with her. He can relate to her pain but never judges her. He lends his unspoken support to her at every turn and I couldn't help but admire his inner strength and fortitude. Serena thinks she's badly broken and doesn't want to taint him with her dirtiness and darkness so she subtly tries to push him away as he subtly tries to get closer. The longer she's with him the more she starts to heal with baby steps. An unexpected collision with her past forces her to deal with her darkest pain head-on and it's only through Alex's support that she comes out of it alive. The two of these together make a formidable team and once they BOTH wash away the pain can their HEA truly develop.
The adults in this story tend to be seen as the villains. From Serena's disbelieving mother, to a dangerous step-father, to a questionable foster family, it's the adults who pile on the hurt as the collegians work together to heal themselves. The young people of this story are portrayed in a realistic manner, darkness and all. They're the ones having to clean up the mess left by the adults sworn to love and protect them. I found myself drawn to these young people and desperate to help heal them. The issues being dealt with aren't always easy to deal with but are important to bring out in the open. This leads to an unforgettable read with an unlikely hero and heroine. With two more secondary characters hiding from their own darkness, I look forward to more stories being told in this immensely satisfying series.
Posted May 9, 2014
I absolutely loved this book. The chemistry between Alex and Serena is off the charts hot. Alex really seems to help Serena come out of herself just by showing her something she hasn't had or felt in a really long time, love. He is also looking for someone to help bring him back too and it seems as though Serena is the one to do that. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Be prepared to cry because this story will definitely pull on your heart strings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 22, 2013
Posted April 18, 2013