No One But You by Brenda Novak Release Date: 5/30/17 Publisher: Harper Collins Book #2 of the Silver Springs series Number of pages: 448 Kindle Edition Source: MCL Contemporary Romance M/F Rating: R Read 9/21/17 to 9/23/17
It surprised me that I enjoyed this book so much more than the first book in the series, Finding Our Forever. Not that I didn’t like that story, but this one really had me engaged from the start. I was mistaken when I finished book one, I thought this story wouldn’t have anything to do with the New Horizons Boys Ranch. We don’t actually go to the ranch, but there is a connection and many of the characters from the first book make an appearance in this one.
This story had my stomach in knots! Not just because it was well written, also because I could see this scenario playing out in real life. I know it has in the past and it still does to this day. There are many, many, many good cops in this world. Unfortunately, there are also some bad cops. Those that use their authority for their own gain and to intimidate. Brenda Novak wrote Sly’s crazy very well and convincingly. Like I said…knots in my stomach.
Dawson is such a wonderful person. From the moment Sadie meets him on his front porch I just want to be his friend. The way he’s so careful to keep distance between them and understands her discomfort without judging her about her reactions, that takes quite a man. His will-power and morality as the story progresses just kept sinking him under my skin deeper and deeper. And then there’s his sister, the way he treats Jayden, and his determination to do what is right no matter what. **swoon**
I loved watching Sadie gain confidence as the story progressed. She was obviously very determined from the beginning, but I didn’t feel as though she actually believed she’d ever get out of her dire situation. As Sadie and Dawson learned to trust each other and that it was okay to lean on each other, Sadie became stronger and stronger. It was lovely to watch her bloom.
Before I wrap this up, please note there are a lot of triggers in this story. If you are sensitive to sexual, verbal, or physical abuse you will have a hard time with this one. Which brings me to one more point. The author did a lovely job of getting the point across that there was rape in the Sadie/Sly relationship. Sadie felt as so many women feel, that it can’t be called that if it’s your significant other or you don’t struggle and fight. Do not be fooled, non-consensual sex is rape no matter how it happens.
Please know there is help out there if you or someone you love has been raped. https://www.rainn.org/ or 800-656-HOPE
If you are in an abusive relationship or suspect someone you know is in an abusive relationship, please reach out for help. http://www.thehotline.org/ or 800-787-3224.