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.
Genre - Adult/Contemporary Romance
3 Comme il Faut Stars!
I was really looking forward to this read. I’ve read other books by Teresa Mummert and enjoyed them. But this one left me feeling a bit disappointed and just fell flat. Lets begin...
What I Didn’t Like...
- I have to say this upfront. I hate massive plot holes and this one had a couple. The major being when Colt/Cole meets Lily, he doesn’t recognize her and we accept that as fact but throughout the rest of the story, we get flashbacks of an incredible, beautiful, young love that has scarred him so deeply, he’s changed his entire outlook on life because of those events.... Yet... He. DOESN’T. RECOGNIZE. HER!! This does NOT mesh with the rest of the story. NOT. ONE. BIT!
- The sex scenes were HOT but way too short. It was like in the first part of the sentence they were hot and heavy and by the end of the sentence they were done. It takes the phrase “don't want no one minute man” to a whole new level.
- Though Colt/Cole was the quintessential tough, dark, brooding, sexy alpha male, his moods gave me whiplash. He definitely deserved two different names as I think he had multiple personality disorder. “I love her, I hate her, I loved her again, I hated her more, I want to hurt her, I have to save her, I can’t stand her, I have to have her, I'm a monster, I have to protect her”. And it wasn’t a gradual mood change. This happened every other sentence. It was tough to keep track and left my head spinning.
- Rose/Lily just seemed selfish and one dimensional and it was mostly because we just didn't know that much about her. Her character wasn’t explored at all and there was no substance, just what was literally spelled out on the page. She never explained why she stayed gone other that he deserved better. Then she runs to him when she’s in trouble. And all this after she treated him like a dirty dishrag in their past. Seriously? I think with a few more lines of character development, I could have liked her.
- This story had potential but I just couldn't connect with the characters. They were shallow and had little substance and the story was rushed and completely predictable.
What I liked...
- I loved the “idea” of this story. Its a kidnapping story with the sweet, lovable girl and the intense bad guy who’s really a good guy. Even though it was predictable, this story had a great twist with clues that are given and then taken away. It was a great mix.
- I'm a sucker for the male POV and this book was written completely in Cole’s POV! Loved that!
- I loved getting the background info on our mains through the flashbacks.
- The ending saved this book for me and kept me from giving it lower stars. I'm a sucker for a HEA and this book gave a fantastic epilogue.. with NO cliffy!! Yay!! I don't think there are any plans to continue on with this story and thats just fine because it left off in a perfect place.
The Wrap Up:
Safe Word was good but not great and that was a disappointment considering I really like this authors work. But one fail won't keep me from her books. I'm still a fan!