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Safe HarborSafe Harbor (Drake Sisters, Book 5) by Christine Feehan

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Synopsis: One of seven daughters in a line of extraordinary women, Hannah Drake has been the elusive object of affection for Jonas Harrington for as long as the rugged sheriff can remember. If only the stunning supermodel was driven by a passion other than her career. But Jonas isn t the only one with desires for Hannah.
From the shadows has emerged a vengeful figure who stalks the beauty with one terrifying purpose: to strip her of all she is and destroy her. Only one man was destined as her protector. Now, out of a storm of danger, Jonas must guide the woman he loves from a sinister darkness that threatens not only Hannah, but the entire Drake family.

Review: Hannah and Jonas’ story was absolutely perfect. It lived up to what I expected and hoped. From page one it picked up quickly and never had a dull moment. Because their story pretty much takes place from book one, this novel really moved along and didn’t make me wait for their relationship to truly begin.  They came out with their feelings really early on and it didn’t come across as moving too fast, like some other romance novels tend to do.  The plot was a rollercoaster of drama and passion. What happens to Hannah in NYC (and I will not spoil it for anyone) is tragic, and the fact that Jonas can’t do anything but watch from California, it turns up the intensity and emotion to the choking and wanting to get all teary-eyed.  I didn’t cry, but I totally felt Jonas’ pain.  The conflict was dramatic and never dull and was a surprise.  You know who the possible players are, but with the real bad guys, Feehan did an excellent job of not dropping hints until the moment the characters find out. Loved this story!

Favorite Quotes 1:  Conversation between Hannah and Jonas on the beach entitled “kisses in the sand”.

“Kissing doesn’t mean we’re going to have sex, Hannah.”

“I know, but you’ve given me…” She broke off.  Hope.  The word shimmered in her mind and she sent it to his.  Laughter.  She bent to brush a kiss on his chin.  My Life back.  She kissed the corner of his mouth, rubbed her lips over his.  I felt broken, Jonas, and you make me whole.

She settled her lips over his, sliding her tongue shyly along the seam of his mouth, uncaring that he was seeing her face in the early dawn.  She needed to kiss him, to find a way to show him she loved him.  Because she did.  Bone deep.  Her entire heart.  Even her soul.  She poured her love into her kiss, opening her mind a little, wanting him to feel what he meant to her.  Wanting him to know what he did for her.  She could face her future.  And she could be strong even when she felt as if she wanted to crawl into a hole.

“You gave me that,” she murmured against his mouth.  “Thank you.”

He reached up to cradle her head, holding her to him.  “I love you, Hannah. Whatever you need, I’ll be it for you.”

She smiled into his eyes. “So the whole bossy thing was just an act?”

“Of course, to impress you. And it worked.”

Favorite quotes 2: Poignant scene with all of the sisters and Jonas showing their support for Hannah.  I have to say, out of everything in all of the books, this scene goes above and beyond perfect. It is entitled “Reasons Why Hannah Should marry Jonas”

She blinked rapidly to clear the tears, focused on the masculine scrawl on the next page, and in spite of the lump in her throat, burst out laughing. “‘Reasons Why Hannah Should Marry Jonas,'” she read the title out loud.

“I’ve listed them all.”  He pointed to the long columns.  “Joley made me put reasons why you shouldn’t, and as you can see, there’re very few and they’re lame.”

“Lame?” Joley echoed. She jabbed her finger at the first one. “That’s reason enough. I’m next in line for the big fall and it’s your duty to protect me by staying unmarried forever.  And…” She glared at Jonas. “I put stars by the next one and three exclamation points.”

Jonas peered over Hannah’s shoulder.  “She did that after I was finished, the little sneak.  I am not arrogant and bossy.  I am charming.”

Hannah choked and her sisters whooped with laughter.  Joley and Elle fell over holding their stomaches. Libby tried to maintain her composure, but even she succumbed, laughing with her sisters.

“You’ve all lost your minds,” he said with great dignity.  “Not that I was ever certain you had minds in the first place.”  He grabbed another handful of cookies for comfort, and when Hannah doubled over laughing, he leaned down, swept her hair out of the way and attacked her neck in retaliation, leaving a very large red mark.  Satisfied, he went into the kitchen looking for something more substantial to eat…

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