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(Conquering #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,248 ratings  ·  112 reviews
Moving to Williamsfield, Georgia is not what she wants … it’s what she needs. An escape—from him.

After being brutally abused for years, Sadie seeks sanctuary and safety. But can she ever be safe when evil has his eyes on her from afar.

Landon doesn’t want a relationship. He’s been burned too badly to want anything more from a woman than the physical, but one look at Sadie a
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 292 pages
Published August 25th 2013
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Blacky *Romance Addict*

Landon <3

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This was worth reading just for him <3 Totally sweet and swoony hero :)

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Sadie runs away from her abusive boyfriend and tries to get on with her life, even though she's always in fear of her ex trying to hurt her family as he threatened to do for ages.
In Georgia, she meets Landon, a good guy, but one who doesn't do relationships because of a heartbreak in his past.
And so, even though both of them are NOT looking for any kind of commitment, they can't stay away from each oth
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: FANS OF Marie Force, Lauren Dane and Julie Prestsater
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
4 STARS out of 5
Genre:Contemporary Romance

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“Yeah Momma?”
“He doesn’t know where you are; you’re safe there.”
“I don’t feel very safe, Momma.”
“I know you don’t, but you haven’t really felt safe for a while now … yeah?”

Small town girl
With her mother refusing to take no for an answer Sadie finds herself in a small Georgia town after her ex-boyfriend Rob, beats her then leaves her injured, AGAIN. Sadie and her mom devise a p
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really liked this one! Beautiful girl running from a sadistic violent man straight into the arms of a sexy country boy..

Sadie is running....leaving her home in Indianapolis and moving down south to live with family in Georgia. She's escaping and ex that doesn't want to be an ex. She's been living the past few years being abused over and over again. When she finally realizes if she doesn't leave, she's going to end up dead. She's sad and she's scared... she takes off to live with her cousin
Kirsten P
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have just found myself a new book boyfriend.

Sadie has spent the last four years of her life in an abusive relationship. She has run out of stairs to fall down and accidents to be in. After being beaten so badly, Sadie wakes up in the hospital once again. Her mother Sarah can no longer stand the danger her daughter is in at the hands of her police officer ex-boyfriend. She begs her to move to a small town in Georgia with her aunt and get out of this abusive relationship. Sadie is torn because R
KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕
After being brutally abused for years, Sadie seeks sanctuary and safety. But can one ever be safe when evil has his eyes on you from afar..Cops were safe and protected you...Or so I thought!! Then about a year into the relationship, I found out that being a cop was just a cover for his real business..Who do you trust when the one person you trusted is a cop!!
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"Make another fucking sound, and I will fuck you, kill you, and then go after your loved ones!!" I'd been protecting my family for the pas
JoJo - JJJ (Jo Anna) Janesko
An excellent read I am still swooning over Landon. Thank goodness it got me out of my book funk,
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it!! A big thank you to Ryan Michele for sending us a copy! Full review to come.

Saw a couple of my respected GR friends reading and enjoying this book..then saw a post on FB to get a copy of the same book..fate? I say YES. A story that takes me on a roller coaster of emotions from butterflies, swoon*tastic angst, hot shirtless recovering manwhore love, to complete fury for abusive jack holes..that is what this story was for me!

First you meet Sadie, an overly abused, very young woman who is
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-for-review
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review for Amber's Reading Room. This book earned 4 safe stars from me!



When I first started reading this book, I was thinking that it would be a spin of Safe Haven meets the Sullivan or Ross families, but it really turned out to be so much more. I really enjoyed the story and found myself getting lost in it.

Sadie wakes up in a hospital in bad shape. Her mother refuses to believe that this latest trip to the hospital was an "accident" an
Christina Rodriguez
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r, arc, kindle-book, own
"Then be scared with me. I want to be your rock when you need strength, you cushion when you fall, your heart when you need love, your safety net. Always."

Sadie lives in her own personal hell. Once the adoring man, Rob, captured Sadie's love and attention. But for the past three years he has done nothing but tear her life apart. When Sadie ends up in the hospital, again, her mother does not turn a blinds eye this time. Afraid for the people she loves so much, but also for herself, Sadie moves
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
4.5 Stars... ARC provided by author for an honest review

The story of Sadie is emotional, touching and will make you feel. Sadie is a victim of abuse by her cop boyfriend, Rob and with that there are some violent scenes in the book. I felt Sadie's pain right at the start and sympathized with her situation. Her feelings of loneliness, sadness and not feeling safe.

She needs an escape from this life and leaves her hometown of Michigan and moves to Georgia to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin L
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Secrets go hand in hand with the lies…..especially when both are necessary to keep those around you safe.

Sadie wants nothing more than to escape the abuse from the hands of her ex-boyfriend Rob. Over and over the tragedy continues. One ‘accident’ after another. Each time Sadie finds the courage to leave Rob - he threatens to harm her mother, family and friends. So - Sadie takes the abuse. She feels desperate and hopeless. After all, Rob is a cop and who would believe he did these things to her?
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beta
4.5 STARS!!

Sadie has spent the last several years afraid. Even though she broke things off with her abuser, Rob, it doesn't stop him from coming around with threats to the lives of the people she loves if he can't do what he wants with her. She knows reporting him will do her no good since he is a cop and all of his friends think that she likes it rough, and needs to be hit to get off. When yet another visit ends with her in the hospital her mother puts her foot down and insists that Sadie leave
Jodie Squelch
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Breathtakingly Good
This is Ryan Michele’s debut novel and it covers the delicate issue of abuse which is a subject close to many peoples heart, therefore very difficult to write about. For me an abuse story needs to be well written to simply give those who have and are at the hands of suffering the respect, understanding and sympathy they deserve. This story is amazingly written which I felt covered the subject wonderfully.
You will be taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions along with Sadie,
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

Safe is the heartbreaking story of Sadie. She is a woman who fell in love with the wrong man (Rob) and has been abused by him for the past 3 years. He has tore her apart and landed her in the hospital too many times even after she broke up with him. He is a cop and from a very influential family and has threatened her family over and over if she ever told anyone.

"Make another fucking sound, and I will fuck you, kill you, and then go after your loved ones!!"

Danielle from Short and Sassy
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Where do I even start. This book blew me away. It was a very emotional story about Sadie McKenny. Sadie right from page one is in a mess of a situation. Her ex boyfriend Rob is a abusive state police officer who often beats her. This has been going on for years. Sadie's mom is trying to get her out of her of the vicious cycle. Even though Sadie has never admitted to anyone that Rob has hurt her, her mom knows something is wrong. Sadie's mom has come up with a plan for Saide to move to G
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just finished this and there really isn't much to say. I mean, I thought Sadie was dumb. For her not wanting to be around men, she sure didn't put up a fight. She was so nice and polite when meeting the Ellison brothers, even to the point of flirting. It was just weird after everything she went through. It almost made me not believe it. She's supposedly terrified and yet she's going out on dates with Landon? Yeah, weird.

I did like Landon. He was sweet. I didn't even mind the tears from him.

Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well oh my goodness where do you start with this debut novel from Ryan Michele, not only does she bring us a tug at your heartstrings until they snap kind of story, but also a sneak right up on you and face slap you real good from behind kind of story.

When Sadie goes to stay with relatives in the small town of Williamsfield, Georgia she moves in with her cousin Lauryn, where she would like to keep herself to herself.

Now is there anyone else who would like to move here because from what I can te
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of New Adult Contemporary Romance
Could someone kindly point me to the nearest Hot Guys r'Us? Because I'm looking for a Landon Ellison. No seriously he is the most perfect book boyfriend ever, I completely fell in love with him!!
I fell in love with the story too... Honest.
I really loved Safe it was the perfect mix of emotional, suspense and romance. I could feel all the emotions radiating from the protagonists. I wasn't a fan of Sadie's decisions but I could understand the reasons behind some of them. Though there were some tha
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow just wow.... I experienced every emotion possible throughout the whole book!!! I felt angry that Sadie wouldn't leave, I was happy that she agreed to go then she met Landon... Landon oh my days what a perfect guy.. I loved the whole relationship between them. I was Will they/ won't they and low an behold it was amazing when they did! I was totally engrossed by the whole story. I cried when Sadie relived what Rob had done to her. That must of been hard to write.. Then Landon her saviour, her ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow, for your first book, you knocked out of the park. Loved it. I just cannot believe what this girl went through. But the sad part is, I am sure there is someone out there going through the very same thing. Good story. The love connection was not rushed, perfect. They fell in love in a timely manner, not a mere two seconds. I had a feeling about Macy and Steve. Turned out I was right. I am wondering whose story is next. I am curious about Lauryn's issue, something happened. Not sure what. Hope ...more
Jul 12, 2013 marked it as to-read

An abusive story line....

YES! I love those. :)
Jenni Fields-Hatfield
Loved it! Review coming soon!
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Hmm.Funny how this ended.
Feisty Girls
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
~~~Melissa’s Review~~~
For the past three years Sadie has been hiding what was really going on in her life with her on and off again boyfriend Rob. She didnt know how to get out from under him without putting her family in danger. Little did she know her family was going to try and protect her.

After the last incident that landed her in the hospital, Sadie’s mom decided enough was enough and she was going to make Sadie move away from all the hurt and pain that Rob was causing her. Sadie fought her
Betsy (Bookcrastinators in Wonderland)
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Just a reminder that this book contains physical and sexual abuse.

What a beautiful story about learning to love and trust someone again. It was an incredibly touching story filled with emotion.

Sadie leaves home and heads to Georgia to get away from him. She moves in with family and is warmly welcomed to town. I'm from a big city so I love the whole small town thing. Everyone in town (except for one bitch) is so sweet to Sadie. Even so
Robin B
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books, jenny
4 stars

A few warnings:
This book contains some graphic scenes of physical abuse. Rape is involved as well, though it is not described as graphically as the physical abuse.

Sadie is a girl on the run. We find out why in the first chapters what's going on with that. Sadie ends up with family in Georgia where she meets the entirely swoon worthy Landon.

Sadie and Landon's tale is a bit typical, but with a few bumps here and there. Though these are not entirely unpredictable. These two are cute and swe
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5.0 stars this book is not for the faint of heart. if you can't handle physical abuse and non-consensual sex again a woman than this book isn't for you. Sadie has spent years of her life in a abusive relationship, afraid to leave, afraid to tell anyone due to her boyfriend being a cop she has no one to turn too until it got so bad that she mother was starting to pick on the signs. her mother sent her too live with her aunt and uncle cutting all ties to the world she has known for so long. in Geo ...more
Sarah Queen
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ok where do I start... ...I loved this for such a hard storyline I think the author did a brilliant job it takes a lot of courage to walk away from domestic violence no matter how scared you are. Landon was adorable and sweet and so protective of Sadie that I loved him even more.....i definitely think there's more stories to be written with Lauren and lainey dealing with the aftermath and Macy wot a bitch. I'm glad Sadie and landon got their hea this is a book that will def stay with me.
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Melissa Yoder
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was a difficult book to read. If you can't handle reading about abuse and rape then you may want to steer clear of this one, but if you can stomach the bad parts the good parts are waiting right around the corner. And the good is sooo good. This is apparently book 1 in the Conquering series, but there is no cliff hanger (whew!)
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this series even though it was somewhat predictable. At times I just wanted to smack some sense into Sadie and absolutely fell in love with Landon from the first time Sadie had her breakdown/accident. I'm looking forward to reading the next books in this series.
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Ryan Michele found her passion in bringing fictional characters to life. She loves being in an imaginative world where anything is possible, and she has a knack for special twists readers don’t see coming.

She writes MC, Contemporary, Erotic, Paranormal, New Adult, Inspirational, and other romance-based genres. Whether it’s bikers, wolf-shifters, mafia, etc., Ryan spends her time making sure her h