Sweet Haven by K.C. Lynn

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Sweet Haven by K.C. Lynn

RECIPE:

Two cups of an arrogant, dirty talkin’ firefighter who has an obsession with peaches and the forbidden girl who smells like them.

One tablespoon of a sweet schoolteacher trying to find her place in the world while attempting to resist her brother’s sworn enemy.

A slice of fate that has their hearts questioning the past and the consuming need they have for one another.

A dash of desire.

A pinch of rivalry.

A sprinkle of déjà vu.

Mix together in a large bowl to create a combustible passion and a future that neither of them could have ever predicted.

Bake at 350° for a rich serving of destiny and a love that could burn for eternity.

A timeless recipe that is sure to fill your heart with a generous helping of Sweet Haven.

This a longer length novella and is the second book in the Sweet series. It is told in dual POV, has an HEA, and no cliffhanger. Since Samantha and Jase are recurring characters from Sweet Temptation and Sweet Love, I recommend reading both books prior to this but it isn’t a must.

Warning: Due to mature subject matter, such as explicit sexual situations and coarse language, this story is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Since this cover was released, I have been anxiously awaiting this book. The cover is beautiful and for whatever reason, I am completely enchanted by it.

This story is Samantha and Jase’s love story and I really can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. I have a lot of respect for the author with this story. She could have taken this story down several different avenues, but she didn’t and I appreciated that. I say this because I felt the story was more authentic, not to mention realistic, being told as it is. I think adding too many other variables could have changed the entire dynamic of the story and it would have made it harder to really believe in Sam and Jase’s love.

Samantha is ranking pretty high on the favorite heroines of all time list right now. She was absolutely fantastic. I loved that her character was strong, yet could still be vulnerable. By Chapter One, I knew I liked Samantha (does anyone have some Tabasco?), and by Chapter Seven, I absolutely loved her. She was an absolute pistol!

Jase was also pretty fantastic. My favorite facet of his character was that he could man up to things. If he said the wrong thing, he immediately knew he had to make it right. When things got tough, he stepped up to the plate. I also loved that he knew to do the right thing. Jase Crawford is not the kind of man who asks for advice and doesn’t take it. He is easily one of the best male characters I’ve read.

I think one reason that Samantha and Jase’s love story really touched me deeply was that both of them were very self-aware. I don’t want to give any spoilers but I will say that Sam and Jase know to embrace what they have. It’s not a constant battle of wills. Some books, the couple fights so hard to not be together that by the end, you’re wondering how they even came together at all. But not Sam and Jase. I found that incredibly refreshing.

I would absolutely recommend this book. I know I just finished the book a few days ago but I have already found myself wanting to go back and re-read their story all over again. Sam and Jase have a love that sticks with you and I intend to enjoy it over and over.

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An Act of Obsession by KC Lynn


She’s beautiful yet scarred beyond repair.

He’s powerful and lethal, in and out of the ring.  

One act of kindness brought Sophie Parish far more danger than she could have ever imagined. Now she’s on the run, leaving behind her family and the only dream she’s ever had.  

Retired EFC fighter Kolan Slade’s life has been one endless battle after another. He has a dark past with an even darker desire—the only one he’s ever known.  

Until he meets Sophie.  

Intrigued by her raw beauty and the secrets she’s trying to hide, Kolan craves to know who she is and what she’s running from.  

Protecting her becomes his obsession and he’ll sacrifice it all to save her. But in the end her love will have him questioning himself and everything he thought he knew. 

I know this sounds cheesy, but I really respect and admire how KC Lynn attacked Sophie and Kolan’s story. I know, I know. If you like any story, you have to admire how the author presented it. But hear me out.

I am reading the whole KC Lynn set of books all backwards. Not by choice, mind you. I have other books from her, even a box set, but like with all book lovers, I might hoard a bit. So I’ve just not gotten around to meeting all of the other characters. But then I was given an opportunity to get an ARC of Sophie and Kolan’s story. So here we are…a bit out of order.

This isn’t a spoiler, but a key piece of this story is realizing that Sophie has a stalker, Daniel. He’s been stalking Sophie since she was in high school. This is why when she and Kolan meet, he knows her as Lia. The reason I say I admire how KC Lynn tackled this was because she could have made Sophie just hide behind Kolan, or just hide within herself. If you’ve read any other books from KC Lynn, you know her males are quite possibly the definition of alpha male.

Kolan vows to protect Sophie, and this is even before he knows what is actually happening. But I feel he approaches her from a place of respect and he does help her learn self-defense, and respects her not being ready to share everything with him just yet.

He also seems to understand that she has to feel safe within herself. Then, once he realizes she has a stalker, then we see more of the truer alpha come out. But again, I think he shows the alpha male but it’s appropriate. It’s not so over the top that he becomes just a jerk. Maybe this is just my opinion, but I feel like alpha males sort of ride a very fine line. If they aren’t alpha enough, then they aren’t alphas really at all. But if they are too alpha, then their characters sort of become jerks. And that usually turns me off to them. So with that said, I found Kolan to be well written and he really was a perfect alpha male.

I found Sophie’s character really easy to loved. Kolan was great, and he has some hurtles to overcome. But I think that you’d expect Sophie to be really nervous and judgmental. But she wasn’t. Now, some parts of herself she wanted to wait to share, but in terms of accepting Kolan and some of his needs and desires, I felt Sophie really shined here. There are things she doesn’t always understand, but she is able to show him the respect that he shows her. When she realizes that Kolan is nervous about being touched, she doesn’t just do it and hope for the best. She respects him, and walks with him through that process.

If you read anything by KC Lynn, you know you get to see past characters in her books. However, this was truly the first book I’ve read from her. So with that said, everything in this book made sense. I didn’t have a hard time understanding anything or other characters being mentioned. I point that out because if this is your first KC Lynn book, you would be able to jump in and enjoy the story.

I am actually more excited to dig into my other KC Lynn books now because I really did enjoy this story. I felt the author tackled a mystery with a sensitive subject and a love story and seamlessly tied them together.

I definitely think you should take the time to meet Sophie and Kolan, and allow yourself to fall in love with their love story.

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