by Parker Williams
Length: 95,000 words
Genres: Contemporary, Gay (M/M), Adult, Drama, Thriller
(Contains dark and violent imagery & romantic elements)
An act of violence destroys his family and ends the life he knows. To escape his haunted past, he joins the military, where, as a sniper, he is trained to kill with precision and detachment. When a covert organization offers him a new purpose, he becomes Haven, an operative devoted to protecting the innocent when he can and avenging them when he cannot.
After ten years of battling the evil in the world, the life no longer holds the attraction or meaning it once had, and he’s ready to walk away. Then he meets Samuel, a young man forced from the age of twelve to work as a sex slave. If ever a man had a need for Haven, it is this one.
Yet nothing about this growing relationship is one-sided. Sammy gives Haven a stability he’s never known, and Haven becomes the rock upon which Sammy knows he can depend.
When Sammy reveals something about the enemy Haven has been hunting for months, Sammy fears it will destroy what they’ve built and he’ll lose his home in Haven’s heart.
Warning: This book contains violent and dark scenes.
As an abuse survivor I generally approach books that have warnings about dark themes cautiously. I have to be in the right mood and right frame of mind or my PTSD will kick in. When I got Haven's Creed from Parker/Will I couldn't wait for that perfect moment to arrive so I dug in with the expectation that I'd get so far and then need to put it down and take a break until I was ready to finish it. NOPE. Not this time. I read it cover to cover in one day. Then I emailed Will to gush over what I loved and nail him with what I didn't. (There wasn't much of the latter.)
In his quest to atone for his inability to protect his sister Haven is ruthless. His targets are the worst of the worst. They've been weighed and measured; their sins are abundant and Haven is the long overdue dose of karma they deserve. I like ruthless, check that. I love ruthless. But for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Haven's job is costing him his soul. Piece by piece, his memories are chipping away at the person he once dreamed of being. But it's a job that someone has to do, and not many are suited to carry his burden, so it's a cost he continues to pay.
Then Haven meets Samuel and the game changes. Samuel works his way under Haven's skin like no one before. What started as another job becomes personal. Haven is out of his element, and as the situation with Samuel becomes more complex, Haven's long suppressed soft side starts to re-emerge.
Haven's character is complex, deeply emotional, and bent but not broken... at least, not yet. Samuel is Haven's second chance; his dark past draws them together, but has the potential to be the one thing that pushes them apart. Haven's Creed isn't meant to be a traditional romance, but to me, few things are more romantic than a lover who's willing to kick ass on your behalf. Parker's talent is undeniable. Life is not black and white. Haven's Creed is firmly set in the shadows, those grey areas that torment the soul. It's a stark journey of hurt, comfort, strength, weakness, vengeance, death and rebirth that's worth every single tear you will shed and hold a place of honor on my list of the best of the best.
Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.
Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.
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