Monday, June 3, 2013

Safe Word Review




A chance meeting with a stranger can turn your entire world upside down.

When Colton ‘Colt’ Bishop enters a bar in New York City, he has a plan. His job is to find an easy target and take her back to his place for a few days. He is working his way up the crime ladder doing a job he never wanted.

Lily Hilton has it all, but is hiding from a troublesome past. When she enters a bar downtown, and runs into her old high school crush, her entire world is turned upside down. She is determined to make him notice her, but that plan may work better than she expects.

Colton does not hesitate to take Lily home and use her as his new pawn, but their past begins to catch up with them as their secrets unravel and he must decide what is more important to him, protecting Lily or himself.


This novel started out so damn strong, and it just fizzled for me.


When I first picked this up, I did so because I heard so many people rave about it.  I had to know what the big hubbub was, so like a lot of other avid readers of kidnap stories, I picked it up with all the hope in the world.  And for the first half of the book, I LOVED it.

Let me start by saying Cole/Colt/Cameron is/was a really great character.  I liked that there was almost zero remorse for the job he had to do.  He felt like certain women put themselves in a position to be taken, and therefore deserved whatever was coming to them.  Apparently he had turned to this life after losing his childhood sweetheart to god knows where and failing as a cop.  Quite a life this guy has had.

Lily/Rose/Ruby was a little more flushed out.  She was the product of an sexually abusive stepfather and a blissfully ignorant mother.  And of course her high school sweetheart being Colt, pretty much tells you where this happy little tale of woe is going.

Between the name changes (yes, there really are three between the first page and the last) and all the flashbacks I swear I became dizzy and confused.  The meat of the story, where Cole kidnaps and holds women for ransom is so minor that it makes me wonder why the author even bothered making him a kidnapper.  There were a lot of inconsistencies in this story for me.  How can someone who kidnaps women try and save one like Cole did with Amber, like he is trying to do with Lily?

Cole also goes from hating Lily to being in love with her in like 3 days.  I am so damn confused I can hardly see straight.  Add that to the fact that Lily was engaged but running away from him too (there seems to be a pattern here) and Cole having a friend cop who essentially turns on him after helping him for years, and you have a recipe for a train wreck.

Some things I like....hmmm the cover art?

I would not recommend this book.  And that breaks my heart, because I really wanted to love it.

I give it 2.5 lipsticks

If you still feel the need to read it, and just let me say now you have been warned, then you can get it at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Safe-Word-ebook/dp/B00CS7XRV2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370297087&sr=8-1&keywords=safe+word+teresa+mummert

~B~ 

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