Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Format: eARC, 254 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Olivia Simon is starting over in the Big Easy. Her new job as a yoga instructor means she gets to pursue her passion, while giving her the motivation she needs to get back on track. But she’s scared. Really scared. Scared her abusive ex-boyfriend will find her. Scared of all things that go bump in the night… and day. She knows her ex will have a claim on her future happiness unless she can find her own peace. Which starts with Kyle.
Kyle Avery, a former college baseball player on the brink of going pro, is also starting over. His dream since Little League was shattered when a jealous rival went too far in a pre-season game. After a few surgeries, all Kyle is left with are a few rods in his leg, a rebuilt knee, and no idea who he is without baseball. But when he trades center field for a yoga mat, he finds solace in a way he never imagined. Kyle knows there’s something about Olivia. Something he needs to move forward.
But Olivia loves to run, and it’s too soon for her to be playing house. Olivia and Kyle want to invest in each other, but the secrets they’ve kept take a dangerous turn when Olivia’s past returns with a vengeance. Devastated and helpless, Olivia wonders who she can really trust, and Kyle questions if he was ever able to keep her safe.
I’ve been looking forward to this book for nearly a year. No, really. I met the author in a signing line at BEA and she told me a little about it and it sounded like something I would definitely enjoy. She took my card and promised she would be in touch when it came time to find reviewers and I’m so glad she reached out to me. I love discovering new authors and her debut, Safe With You, was a really good read!
I really liked the characters in Safe With You. Kyle was super swoony and a really sweet guy. It wasn’t easy for him to deal with all the changes in his life after his career-ending “accident” on the baseball diamond, but he didn’t drown his sorrows in booze or women, which would’ve been the predictable and easy thing to do. His character had more depth and I really enjoyed him because of that. Olivia had her own messy past, but hers was because of a truly terrible ex boyfriend. She was on the run from him and leery of men in general after her ex. She wanted to build a life in New Orleans but she also had her walls up high and tight and she had a tough time trusting anyone but her friend Natasha. Kyle was determined to break through those walls though. While it was obvious there was something between them after their first meeting, I liked the slow pace at which things grew. It felt real and realistic for someone who had the issues Olivia had.
I enjoyed the secondary characters in this novel, too. I’m not sure if there are plans for this to be a series, but I would happily read more about Natasha, Cam, Aubrey and Helena. There were some great friendships in this book and I loved the dynamic between them all. They each had their own quirks, and none of them were perfect, but they all fit together really well.
Safe With You was an enjoyable book. I liked Sophie’s writing. You know I connected with the characters. The story was good and the romance was super sweet and a little sexy. I enjoyed the humor – these characters gave great banter. I liked watching both Kyle and Olivia grow over the course of this book. All in all I say great debut! I’ll be looking for more from Sophie in the future!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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