Gliterary Girl

SAFE WORD by Teresa Mummert

OVERALL THOUGHTS: I have one word to sum up this book – torture. I am not just talking about the mental and physical torture that the characters go through in this book. I am talking about the mental torture I went through while reading this book. This is a dark story, but it was the choppiness of the story that was brutal. I applaud the author’s publicity skills, because all of the teasers that were featured online hooked me. I am now convinced that all of the 5 stars reviews on her Amazon page are completely fabricated. Possibly the 4 and 3 star reviews as well. Honestly, I can’t recommend reading this book. You will make your own decisions, but you can’t say that I was the one who tortured you.

SYNOPSIS: A chance meeting with a stranger can turn your entire world upside down.

When Colton ‘Colt’ Bishop enters a bar in New York City, he has a plan. His job is to find an easy target and take her back to his place for a few days. He is working his way up the crime ladder doing a job he never wanted.

Lily Hilton has it all, but is hiding from a troublesome past. When she enters a bar downtown, and runs into her old high school crush, her entire world is turned upside down. She is determined to make him notice her, but that plan may work better than she expects. Colton does not hesitate to take Lily home and use her as his new pawn, but their past begins to catch up with them as their secrets unravel and he must decide what is more important to him, protecting Lily or himself.

THE LOWDOWN: Synopsis makes the book sound intriguing, right? The most intriguing part of the book was the sex scenes and maybe the first chapter. The rest of the book is just one big confusing mess. Let’s start out with the male protagonist, Colt…or is his name Cole…. how about his new name of Cameron? He has three different names by the ending. You find out in the first couple of pages that Colt is at a bar to pick up a “target” which happens to be a woman and it isn’t the female protagonist. He kidnaps woman for ransom money. Why would he do that? Great question – one you will NEVER find out because it is never explained why Colt went from being a good cop, to a dirty cop, to a kidnapper and possibly a drug smuggler too. Does he work for the mob? It seems that way, but you have to come up with your own conclusions because it isn’t explained to you at all what Colt/Cole/Cameron does for a living. His storyline could have had so much potential and I feel that the author didn’t do anything for his character development.

Sadly, the female protagonist’s storyline was worse. Lily, or her past name of Rose, to her ending name of Ruby, was a complete mess. Here is another beautiful female lead that comes from a dark past. How do these authors write about these women who go through so much abuse? It is so depressing! Majority of the book she is crying, shaking, worrying or having sex. Lily/Rose/Ruby drove me crazy because not only was she not relatable, but also you don’t even get to know what type of person she is in the present day. The synopsis of the book says she has it all. Really, because you sure never learn about her present life as Lily. You don’t know if she is rich, has a successful job or lots of friends. The author reveals only one tidbit and it isn’t even relevant to the main storyline. You learn about Rose from her past and that doesn’t explain who present day Lily is. Are you confused yet with these names? I feel like I need to do a brief cliff notes on the names: Colt is present day, Cole is past and Cameron is future. Lily is present day, Rose is past and Ruby is future.

Typing this just annoyed me all over again.

Sorry, I digress.

I understand that the book is written from Colt’s POV, but the author could have easily described present day Lily through Colt.

Like I said before, this story could have had a lot more potential if the author didn’t seem like she was in such a hurry to end the book. It is mainly written in the present day, but then Colt has flashbacks of his and Lily’s childhood, which showcases how they met and the abuse that they went through, the flashbacks become confusing and the only way to know you were in a flashback is her use of italics. I feel that the author could have gone into more detail about their pasts.

FINAL THOUGHTS: If you enjoy a book that has no plot or character development, then this one is for you. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about why you agree or disagree with my reviews.