BDSM, Contemporary, Erotic, Reviews, Romance

/ ARC Book Review / Safe Haven / Red Phoenix /



Release Date-12th June 2018
Genre-BDSM Romance
Kindle Edition-250 Pages


Love has no limits…

At eighteen, I suffered a heartbreaking loss and began exploring my submissive side to escape the pain with kinky pleasure.

A chance meeting sets me on an exciting new path as a student of the Submissive Training Center. There I find Captain, a distinguished Dom I’ve totally fallen for—my safe haven.

But I have a problem. 
Captain won’t collar me.


People know me as Captain. 

I’ve accepted my title as a war hero, but I’m still overwhelmed by guilt…until I meet her. Candy is like no other submissive I’ve ever met. In her eyes, I see the man I used to be.

She is everything I want, but I can never be what her young heart needs. 

Therefore, I must protect her—at all costs.

*A sexy tale about the saving power of love from USA Today Bestselling Author Red



Safe Haven

Safe Haven by Red Phoenix
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Safe Haven Teaser Candy Captain 1
Release Date-12/6/18

So this was a new author for me and while I’m not ruling out reading more of this particular writers work in the future to see if I can find one overall that’s a better fit for me; This story “Safe Haven” I had a really hard time making an actual connection with.
I just couldn’t seem to feel much for the characters involved here at all; which was such a shame as this wasn’t badly written, just missing something vital for me overall and I’m still not sure what that was exactly.
I think it was maybe a collection of items that contributed ultimately towards my disconnect here.
First, the way this story was told; using two separate narratives to arrive at a final destination where Candy and Captains destinies eventually converge; this didn’t actually work for me.
I found it extremely long-winded and unnecessary; sorry I just wanted the main course and was getting really sick of the bloody appetiser; it was actually 75% before these two eventually crossed paths; And from the actual blurb itself, this was not what I was led to believe was the case here, at one point I even checked to make sure I was actually reading the correct book; I was obviously.
I do understand what the author was trying to achieve here, and it was very brave of her to think outside the box like this; unfortunately for myself, this style of storytelling was a bust.
Not allowing me to become emotionally invested in them as a couple rather than just individuals lost the majority of my attention if I’m honest.
Now if you’ve have read previous in this series, You will be already acquainted with Captain and Candy and this will probably work out much better for you being somewhat invested in there future and not just going in blind like I did.
I also didn’t feel any real chemistry between these two beyond there obvious shared kink.
There seemed to be a lack of bonding and deeper conversations overall and it made me wonder how can they profess to love what they don’t actually know; these two seemed still such strangers to each other, even by the end.
The age gap itself didn’t bother me here either; Captain needed to really let that one go; what he should have been focusing on was their lack of any conventional interaction rather than mere numerals after all age is just a number.
I also hated the name Candy; wasn’t totally convinced that some people would be so rude to a complete stranger over there outward appearance; think it, yes, but not actual voice it aloud.
I asked my partner about this and he disagrees completely saying, that YES!! people are dicks and they so would behave in such a despicable obnoxious fashion; I’m too nice and like to see the best in everyone and also that I’m too British whatever that actually means.
I did enjoy spectating in Charlies/Captain’s metamorphosis from boy to man; I think this was actually my favourite part of “Safe Haven” overall.
So there is a second book after this; one I’m sorry to say I won’t be partaking of.
I’m just not emotionally invested enough here to want to continue on this journey to the finish.
I will try again with a different book from this author; just to see if I can find one that’s maybe a better fit.
Don’t let me put you off though, this is just my own personal take on “Safe Haven” and as you can see from the reviews, I am definitely in the minority here, we are all individuals so what doesn’t ultimately work for me might well be totally different for you.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with a review copy of “Safe Haven” of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.



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