Series: Saved by Love #1
Author: Sarah Stevens
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
school. One night free from the constant bickering with her mom and stepdad.
One night to cut loose and live a little.
judgments her way. Everyone… except James. With his easy smile and kind
demeanor the young cafè owner swoops in just when it feels Katarina’s
world is crumbling around her.
Katarina needs, but dark secrets from his past have resurfaced and refuse to be
ignored. With more to lose than ever, he realizes it’s time to stop running and
face the darkness that haunts him. Fighting through his own turmoil, James
finds the strength to be her salvation when it feels the rest of the world has
turned on her.
saved… by love.
Britt’s 🎩🎩.5 hat review:
The bones of this story are fantastic. I can truly see how with work this book could be an incredible read. But as it stands right now it’s just not for me. Obviously this author has talent and the potential is there for greatness, but there were some things I just could not move past in this.
First was the age. I’m generally cool with NA that starts in high school and I realize the age gap between Katarina and James isn’t that large. But a 17 year old still in school being lusted after by a grown man who is adult enough to own a business just really squigged me out. Being 100% clear, nothing inappropriate physically happens until she is 18 but still. Maybe it’s being a mom of daughters, but I just wasn’t a fan of that.
Second the maturity. I get Katarina is young. This is what squigged me out. But putting her in such adult situations and trying to make me believe she’s mature enough to handle them makes me feel like she should act mature beyond her age. Everyone down to the parents makes some very questionable choices throughout this book that really made me stop and go “seriously?”
And last, contractions in speech are natural. Especially for teenagers and young adults. Having so few contractions makes most of the conversations they have sound formal, stiff and unnatural which in turn really pulled me out of the story.
Beyond all that though as I said in the start there’s a lot of potential in this book. Emotion, drama, suspense and swoon all exist in it and could be made into quite an addictive read with a little TLC.
while being a stay-at-home mom. Then one day, it started to flow, and she was
writing “The End” in a matter of two months.
When she isn’t writing, she is enjoying the southern life with her husband,
three kids, a Saint Bernard—who is still adjusting to the southern summers and
Bruno a rescue dog. She can’t go a day without her coffee in the morning—and a few more cups during the day and
her late nights writing.
She enjoys reading Contemporary or New Adult Romance and going to the pool or
beach as much as she can. She loves all things Disney and collects Disney mugs
to drink her beloved coffee in.