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Love Me for Me (Safe Haven #1)

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A fresh start...

It’s been three years since Serena King learned to say no—no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal. The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want... mak
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Published March 26th 2013
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4 moved-me-to-tears-stars!

Welcome to How this book schooled Anna 101

*Major major spoilers ahead but I will try not to! this is an open-book lesson so proceed if you will: graded as pass/fail gauged on how bad I wailed like a new born baby

1) Read the blurb very carefully ! Two broken souls helping each other heal.... Not one mention that Alex was a foster-care kid. I'm a sucker for this. Anna's grade : AUTO-FAIL.

2) The MAJOR Mystery of Serena and why her soul was broken. Although this story was
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~

Meh. I though I would love this one. It hits all my buttons - abused heroine, troubled hero, saved by loved etc. but I just wasn't feeling it.

Somehow Alex had this psychic thing going on where he just knew the right way to deal with Serena before he even new what her issues were. I actually kept expecting it to come out that he knew somehow, because he was just too perfectly careful with her, pretty much from the moment they met.

We don't really get to know anything about Alex, except as it dea
wow, I was not expecting that! Love Me For Me blew me away! (can I just say love the title! I totally get the meaning behind it now!) It was everything I love in a novel thought provoking, emotional and gut wrenching

I definetely shead a tear or two at the end! (good tears though!)Straight from the first few pages I loved Serena and Alex as a couple!

"I just can't get enough of you." His words were puzzled, his eyes full of wonder. I don't know what it is, but every bit that you give me, I just
Serena has gone off to college to try to start a new life for herself and try to forget her hurtful past. She is doing a good job of keeping her head down and keeping to herself until she meets Alex. Tattooed, mysterious Alex is hiding his own skeletons.

I really liked this book. Serena and Alex have amazing chemistry but both are afraid of being hurt. Their interactions were intense and incredibly sexually charged. Both characters were crafted out well with their actions being true to their pas
Jacqueline's Reads
May 01, 2013 Jacqueline's Reads marked it as considering
I'm a sucker for tats... le sigh.

A fresh start...

It’s been three years since Serena King learned to say no—no to the boys that were a desperate cry for help, no to the extra weight she put on in self defense, and most of all no to the abuse that has haunted her since she was fifteen. Now a sophomore in college, all she wants is to be normal. The last thing she expects is a guy who can make her want... make her want everything.

A new guy...

Alex Blackthorn is a bundle of contradictions, a sexy dark
Jenna Howard
I really wish Goodreads did 1/2 stars. Someone needs to get on this.

Because this was a 3.5 for me but I upped it (rare for me to do) because I loved all the characters so much.

Love Me tackles so really complicated issues and I love me dark & twisty characters. Serena has traveled across the country to get away from her past and is determined to not repeat her past self-punishments, which includes boys for the wrong reasons. But Alex is right. Oh so right. I know the blurb describes him as a
Samantha Martin
Love Me for Me is a steamy, irresistible, demanding story that arouses the body and the mind. From the first page you are drawn into Serena's life and her troubles. When Serena meets Alex you can hear the sizzle, feel the zap, and taste the desire. The emotional battle that Serena is engaged in inspires empathy from the reader, and challenges Alex to do whatever he can to make Serena's his.

Kate Laurens is a talented writer that creates characters that are battered, torn, and bruised, but can ris
Shirlyn Chin
The romance genre has a few recipes that are tried and true. They are mass-produced with different covers, characters, names and writing styles. Many people do not mind as those stories move them to tears every time. However, I’m one of those people whose tear ducts adapt and build up resistance over time. That and my more critical personality are all God’s gifts so gentle readers, don’t get riled up and please understand that I’m but a common reviewer while continue reading this.

Geez, that soun
Love Me For Me by Kate Lauren's

This novel Love Me For Me is what we consider a new adult romance novel, Kate Lauren's writing is good, story flows well. I would say that it's a story you don't want to stop reading because you want to know what is going to happen and what secrets they are holding on too. I really liked Kate's writing style and got hooked into this story very easily.

We meet Serena and Alex who are both attending college, Alex appears to be drop dead gorgeous and when he talks to

Source: I received a copy for review purposes

No matter how many New Adult books I read I can't get enough of them. They all have something special in them that makes them different from one another. If in Beautiful Disaster it was the drama, in Fallen Too Far it was the connection between the characters, then in Love Me For Me it's definitely the emotions, it's a very heartfelt and emotion-packed love story.

This book is an emotional roller-coaster, either taking you as high as love and happiness
Can a person who is completely broken from a traumatic past learn to trust and love again?

Love Me For Me is a powerfully intense story about two broken people who come together and help each other overcome their traumatic pasts, it is an emotional story that will pull at your heartstrings.

In the first book of the Safe Haven series, author Kate Laurens weaves a heart wrenching tale written in the first person narrative that follows twenty-two year old Serena King's journey to rebuild her life aft


Okay, dejando mi ataque de amor, sigamos con la historia. La historia en sí es un poco cliché, ya sabes, ella guarda un secreto, él también, ambos están rotos por el pasado y blah, blah, pero ya saben las historias clichés también tienen su encanto y su propia historia de amor, y esta fue hermosisima, me tope con un personaje masculino tierno, cálido, amable, malditamente sexy pero Di
Very realistic story! Amazing actually as it could have been describing any number of people I know or knew at some point in my life. Selena has a few secrets about her past and the one person she should have been able to trust, (her mom), fails her by not believing in her which caused a drastic measure to take place in Selena that takes years to unwind and she wont trust or let anybody get that close to her to confide in again for fear of being treated same as her mother treated her only she so ...more
Misty Baker
**A 2.5 Review**

I get called names on a fairly regular basis. I don’t know if you have noticed or not, but I spend an exorbitant amount of time criticizing people’s livelihoods. Because of this (the criticizing) I usually shake of the name calling and contribute it to a “knee-jerk reaction.” But a few years ago (I’m going to say like 4 – I’ve slept since then) I was corned by a coworker (shortly after Tweeting “made another one cry today…2 points for me!”) and was smacked with the mother of all
I really enjoyed this story by Kate Laurens. Serena's inability to share the painful events of her past (even with her best friend) and her fear of being treated differently/rejected/not believed should those events come to light was written so skillfully that you felt as if her anguish and fear was yours. And Alex, what can I say? Alex was wonderful and so perfect for Serena. He had a maturity beyond his years in the way he dealt with his own demons. The manner in which he cared for Serena made ...more
¡Qué bonito! Sólo decir que me ha encantado de principio a fin. Y que es mantecoso, como a mí me gusta ;)
I really liked Alex. I mean, the cover of the book helped - I love this couple. I know I've seen them on about 100 other covers, but this one is unique and they never fail to make me smile and hope for a HEA for them. *sigh* Such a lovely cover.

I really liked Alex. His story was different from the typical NA format. He had a unique personality and I really appreciated how much patience he had but also that he didn't lose himself in Serena and her problems.

it's a great beginning. I'm curious to
Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Principessa*
Ok so I really enjoyed this book. Once again it was two broken souls coming together and helping each other overcome their pasts. It was a tad bit too short, seeing as the subject matter was pretty serious, I wish it had been a bit longer although the character development was pretty good. I totally felt Serena and Alex's pain and frustrations. Again I wish it had been longer, this was the first in a trilogy so I will definitely be reading the rest.
Been there done that.
Damaged H meets damaged h, they fall in love, yada, yada, yada. This isn't a "bad" book. It's just the same ole story as so many other books I've read. It's also pretty short for what I paid for it. :(
Tracy Buttles
LOVE ME FOR ME by New York Times and USAT Bestselling Author Lauren Hawkeye
Wow! This story just pulled me in and held me enthralled until the end. Such a touching love story of two damaged people who find each other and through their love begin to heal and grow. The characters were so wonderfully written! Alex is strong and loving in spite of his own personal challenges and demons. Although Serena is terribly damaged she doesn't come across as broken and weak. I love that the author used this st
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
Eh. This book was sort of one of those 'dime in a dozen', where if you sort of like all the rest, then you have to sort of like this one too.

Quick summary: both have horrible past lives, they meet, instant attraction, past revealed, "I Love You.", some more trouble (usually by the heroine), and resolved-happily ever after into the sunset.

So, I thought this book was sort of okay. I mean, a lot of books nowadays are about this type of thing, so if you like all of those, then you'll like this one (
Really good book : )
Wvqueen1 Cockerham
Overall, I like this book. It’s a story about starting over, moving on, healing the wounds of the past and learning how to love someone (when you never thought it was possible). Enter Serena and Alex: two people with a lot of baggage (and I do mean both of them). Maybe it’s because Alex has had a couple of people who could be there for him and Serena had no one, but Alex is definitely the one who’s more in control and comfortable with his emotions, his past, etc. So, it just follows that he’s pe ...more
Keren Hughes
I'm not entirely sure how to proceed with this review. When I was first sent the email by RABT about participating in the tour, I read the synopsis and agreed as it seemed like the sort of thing I would enjoy. In a way I was right. Yet I later learned that it opened up old wounds. It didn't make me dislike the book, it actually made me empathise with Serena on a level I didn't think possible before I started reading.

Serena is at college. It's been a fresh start for her since getting the scholar
This was a cute story - I enjoyed the passion developing between Serena and Alex. The two of them had abusive pasts. Although the abuse was different, it still scared them inside the same.

Serena went to college to get away, start over, to bring her a new life. She tried hard to shut out her past. She didn't tell anyone. After all, if her own mother didn't believe her, why would anyone else?

Alex - wish they had his POV in this book - i'd love to hear his story - but what happened to him was tra
Another great read! The New Adult genre is really turning out some stellar books. I loved this book too.

Serena is starting over. No longer is she overweight and letting guys use her body to escape. Now she teaches yoga and is following her dreams, not letting the past control her anymore.

Alex is the perfect, lovable guy. He takes his time with Serena and together they make sparks fly. But when Serena goes home to see her mother who was in a car crash, her past comes back in a whirlwind.

This is a
Jennifer LaFon - Book Bitches Blog
Love Me For Me is a disturbing but still heartwarming story. I know that sounds silly but it is a very sweet romance story that discusses some disturbing family situations. Alex Blackthorn meets Serena King outside of their American Lit class and feels an instant attraction to her. But, Serena is so freakin’ BROKEN and is just trying to get by. She wants nothing to do with a relationship and is very confused by her attraction to Alex. At first I was thinking, no way a guy is going to be as sweet ...more
First I have to say the author did such a great job explaining how the main characters were feeling that when their heart was pounding so was mine. I was addicted the minute I started reading. I was intrigued by the main character and wanted to immediately know more about her and what had happened to her. Everyone has skeletons in their past, some darker than others and most are too afraid to trust anyone with their secrets. That's one of the biggest points in this book; you have to learn to tru ...more
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
I have an unhealthy obsession for books exactly like this one. Alex and Serena both have damaged pasts and are carrying a lot of baggage. Both had come from abusive situations and were struggling to overcome them. It's a plotline we've all seen before and yet Kate Laurens' novel stood out among the crowd.

I'm not really sure why this one stood out. I think it was the whole package. I really liked Serena and Alex's characters and thought that Kate did a great job crafting them. I also really enjoy
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Kate Laurens is a proud Canadian who loves beer, coffee, kickboxing and books. She loves to hear from her readers. She writes New Adult romance and falls a little bit in love with each hero that she meets in her stories.

I am no longer writing books under the name Kate Laurens.

Why? Well, simply because it took way too much time to promote three pen names. Instead, I have rebranded the Safe Haven se
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