Book Reviews

Haven's War (Safe Haven 2) by Parker Williams at Pride Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Agents/Spies / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 29-August-2017

Book Blurb

With Haven on an extended honeymoon with Sammy, bad guys around the world are breathing a lot easier. No one is better at permanently removing these lowlifes who target children—and the brutal murder of two teenage girls makes clear it’s past time to return to work. Haven’s first assignment back results in a new family member and a renewed sense of urgency to protect and avenge the innocent.

There is nothing ‘usual’ about the business of hunting predators, but when several of Haven’s fellow agents are killed, a pattern emerges. The hunters have become the prey, tools in a bitter vendetta for a perceived wrong.

Despite years of working alone, when the target shifts to someone unexpected, Haven calls in reinforcements—a friend to stand between the family he loves and a ruthless killer. Teamwork may be the only way to win this fight—unless it’s already too little, too late.

Haven tries to approach this as he would any other assignment. Find your enemy and make sure they suffer before you eliminate them. But when a member of his team goes off-book and ends up dead, everything changes. It’s no longer a battle.

Now it’s war.

Book Review

To be back with Haven, Sammy, Kelly, and even Rook, is a joy. I realize that sounds strange considering the ‘Safe Haven’ series are books that deal with a fairly dark side of life. Haven is an assassin, Sammy spent the majority of his life being abused in child slavery/prostitution, and Kelly is a retired assassin. Of course, the kind of people Haven goes after - the ones who harm children, whether it's drugs, sex, or slavery - are the people I'm very happy to have Haven kill. A bit ruthless of me, but I'm human and they don't deserve to live when they've ruined such young, vulnerable lives. As usual, the blurb drew me in, but the writing is what kept me turning the pages. On a side note, it's my opinion that these books should be read in order, as there is background and an entire relationship to experience in the first installment.

“Though I swore I never needed anyone, these two men showed me that I did. They both gave me something…important. Love that came in two different forms hadn’t made me weak as I always suspected it would. Instead, it gave me purpose, drove me to try to make the world a better place.”

It has been two years since Haven and Sammy took down Valerie and her organization. Their love has only grown stronger and they've made a family with Kelly and the puppy Haven can't resist bringing back from a job. I don't blame him. When the organizations cleaners go in after Haven has done his job, they torch everything left, and I agreed that the dog was far too cute to die. Plus, Sammy and Kelly go a little nuts about having a dog. Talk about a spoiled, pampered pooch! Their happiness doesn't last long, however, when Rook contacts Haven about former agents being kidnapped and killed. Rook has practically zero information on the unsub, which isn't usual, and when the man comes to Haven’s home and hurts one of his family, Haven is determined to find him and remove him from existence. He's even more hell-bent on catching this man when Haven discovers the unsub is after Rook.

Oh, Parker, you didn't? Why am I not surprised? I had a very strong feeling about this and I hate it that I was right. Darn it! Now I've got the feels, along with some tears, and it's all your fault! But oh, the excitement that came after. The author isn't joking in the blurb - it's a war and Haven brings his all to it. I loved how Haven brought Oscar on to help protect his family, and then it turned into those two, along with Sammy, Kelly, and Lilah, all working to get the unsub.

What a brilliant story and I loved the ending! The author has a real gift at writing the gritty, realistic, hardcore, blood and guts story. I'm really hoping he's going to write a book about Oscar and Max. If nothing else, I'm pretty sure Oscar still has a lot to say!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 392 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-June-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
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