Safe With You by Sophie Lira
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Format: I received a copy to review from the author in exchange for a review.
You can purchase a copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Safe-You-Sophie-Lira-ebook/dp/B01DL04538
Summary from Amazon:
Olivia's starting over in the Big Easy. But just under the surface, she's terrified her abusive ex-boyfriend will find her.
Kyle's dream of playing pro baseball was shattered when surgery left him with rods in his leg, a rebuilt knee, and no idea who he is without the sport he'd built his life around.
Broken and alone, Olivia and Kyle could be exactly what the other needs.
Just as they begin to trust what they're feeling, things take a dangerous turn when Olivia's past catches up to her. Will Olivia run again, or stay and fight for the life she and Kyle deserve?
The first thing that I realized was that this book was published under Swoon Reads, and I have read quite a few other books from that imprint so I knew that it would be a great romance book. It sort of disappointed me.
The first word were captivating. It starts off with the powerful phrase: “Whoever said ‘hitting rock bottom is part of life’ failed to mention how much it would hurt.” It sets up for whatever happens next. I feel like it’s a quote that most people can relate to, and quite powerful on it’s own.
I feel like the opening scene is super relatable to anyone who has ever tried yoga (I’m talking about normal people and not the freaky ones that get everything right and flawlessly on the first try). And then the book started to crash. Olivia was a wuss and couldn’t do anything right. She literally RAN away from the guy that tried to help her and pushed away the closest thing she had to a friend.
Another thing that I really didn’t like was how the book goes back and forth between the perspectives of Kyle and Olivia but they only switch at the start of each chapter and are clearly marked. I think it’s just a personal preference on that though.
*The language in this book is only suited for older, mature readers as it uses the f-word a lot*
Kyle’s first chapter was...um...interesting. All we see is him getting into a fight with several guys although it’s not clear who these guys are and what they’re doing. Kyle’s character also seems really shallow. Like for 2-3 paragraphs, he talks about how cute Olivia is and how he’s gonna try to get her. Like can you find something else you like about the girl and not just how ‘hot’ and ‘cute’ she is? As I read on, I realized that it only got worse. Seriously, how shallow is this guy? It got more and more disturbing.
There is seriously a lot of violence on Kyle’s side and a lot of paranoia on Olivia’s side. I’m not sure what’s her deal with her ex but it seems super creepy. I have the feeling that Olivia’s ex scarred her somehow. But all Kyle talked about was how much he wanted to hook up and make up with her.
Cam’s friend also annoyed me. I feel like he encouraged the tension that you could feel and not in a good way at all. His thoughts also seemed to consist of how many girls he can take out and hook up with.
The only good part of this book was Audrey. I liked her; she was the friend that was manipulative and tried to master crazy plans. She was a fun and light character that was the comic relief. Another character I liked was Helen because she was sort of the mother figure to Olivia.
The idea of the plot was a good one but how it was executed wasn’t the best. I love
I was super close to DNF-ing the book several times but pushed on because I’m not the type of person to quit on a book. I’m glad I didn’t DNF it.
I really really tried to like this book but unfortunately, I just didn’t like it. I found a lot of Kyle’s parts to be offensive. Yes, that was my main problem with the book. I can say for sure that I will not be re-reading the book anymore. Usually, I can stand a lot of strong language but the amount used in this book got to the point of being offensive. I would recommend the book to people who can stand the strong language and the violence and the sexism coming from Kyle.
By the end, I loosened up to the idea of the book a little bit, as it seemed like Kyle was really trying to change his personality.
There were quite a few common themes. One of them was starting over, which too Olivia a while to accept. Eventually, both Kyle and Olivia accepted it and it turned into something better.
Overall, I give the book a 5/10 (3 /5 stars). I didn’t enjoy the book and it really disapointed me. I mean, if you’re into all the violence and harsh language, you will enjoy the book. There were some good parts with the romance but the bad parts outweighed the good parts. I really want to read more books by the author though.
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