Title: Safe Word
Author: Teresa Mummert
Genre: Erotica/contemporary romance
Release Date: May 25, 2013
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.
I’m going to start by saying this book is not for everyone. From the beginning I could tell it wasn’t my cup of tea. However, when I say that I don’t mean the book wasn’t good. Does that make sense? What I am trying to say is that I could separate the writing from my emotions and tell you I just didn’t jive with the characters, at no fault of the author. Let me tell you a little bit about the book and then you can decide if this book is for you.
Colt is a kidnap for ransom henchman for the mob. He takes unsuspecting, rich woman and holds them hostage until a payment is made to secure their release. As he is casing out some potential hostages, he meets a girl. A beautiful girl, Lily. Apparently, she just so happens to know him. How? She’s cryptic with her clues, leaving him curious and slightly confused. It doesn’t take long for the curiosity to kill the cat so to speak. He calls her.
Receiving a call from Colt, Lily agrees to meet him to talk about the bind that links them. He needs to know how she knows him. Turns out they have a past and things are not always what they seem. Colt (Cole) and his bad boy ways catch up to them as they leave the bar. Wrong place, wrong time. It doesn’t seem to be the only other time. Lily (Rose) becomes his hostage. The weather stormy.
“You’re whoever the f*ck I want you to be. For the next two weeks I fucking own you and if you’re lucky, you may still be alive when all of this is over.”
They are trapped together in this fiasco and things tend to get a little heated. More secrets are revealed about the two and about Colt. Along with the tension also comes the passion. This is where I felt disconnected. I couldn’t feel what she felt. I didn’t understand or couldn’t understand the lust she had for the man who kidnapped her. Who could jump right into being with someone intimately while the held you hostage? I mean yes, there is Stockholm syndrome but that takes a while to develop. I just didn’t get it until the very end of the story. That’s what kept me just on the outside of the story. Maybe that’s what the author was going for? I don’t know but I didn’t feel remorse or empathy until further towards the end. It was just a matter of me not liking the character. Street thugs, kidnapping …I just did not start this one on the right foot, I suppose. Lord, knows I’ve read book with characters whose behavior out ways this ones. In the end the story made more sense and I did feel some sympathy towards what was happening. I did like how the author wrote the story, but something was missing for ME. Hence, the reason I give it 3.5 stars. I didn’t love it or hate. It won .5 of those stars in the end when it started to pull me deeper. SO, I have two words for you… personal preference. You may absolutely love it and I encourage you all to read it.
About the author:
I was a Russian spy at the ripe age of thirteen, given my uncanny ability to tell if someone was lying ( I also read fortunes on the weekends). By sixteen I had become too much of a handful for the Lethal Intelligence Ensemble (L.I.E.). I was quickly exiled to the south of France where I worked with wayward elephants in the Circus of Roaming Animals and People (C.R.A.P.). I was able to make ends meet by selling my organs on the black market for pocket change and beer money. At the age of twenty three I decided to expand my horizons and become a blackjack dealer in Ireland. I loved the family atmosphere at Barney's Underground Liquor Lounge (B.U.L.L.). People couldn't resist the allure of Liquor up front and poker in the rear. Eventually I became tired of the rear and headed off to the United States to try my hand at tall tales. That is what brings us here today. If you have a moment I'd like to tell you a story.
(This bio is not to be taken seriously under any circumstance.)
Teresa Mummert is an army wife and mother whose passion in life is writing. She is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels White Trash Beautiful and Suicide Note. Born in Pennsylvania, she lived a small town life before following her husband's military career to Louisiana and Georgia.
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