Author: Ryan Michele
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2016
Cover Designer: Melissa Gill MGbookcovers
Have you ever sunk inside yourself to a place of darkness so deep you couldn’t see the light? Had no hope? Felt completely alone in a world filled with so many people?
I have. I’ve lived it, breathed it.
Because life hated me.
It disliked me from the moment of conception, despised me when I was born, loathed me when I bounced from each foster home, and kicked me in the gut when I watched the one thing that meant everything to me leave.
For years, I drifted, unable to find my footing, never knowing what the word stable meant. Then a single moment in time rocked me to my core, changing me and making that solid ground I so desperately craved crumble at my feet, causing me to fall farther than I’d ever imagined.
The darkness of the swirling tornado that is depression captured me, pulling me down to its depths, drowning me, suffocating me, owning me.
A depth so deep, I didn’t think I’d survive and didn’t care if I did. I only wanted peace. I wanted the pain to disappear. I wanted to be … free.
Needing to fall into the cyclone of darkness was the only way I could find the light.
**Warning: This book covers many tough issues—including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and abuse. It is a very highly charged, emotional read. 18+ Only. Please note: depression, PSTD, and other issues covered in this book take different lengths of time to combat—some take a lifetime. In this book, time is skewed and sped up to flow with the story line.**
Meaningful, insightful and emotional. I so wish I could give this more than 5* as this was a book that deals with a subject millions of us struggle with on a daily basis. A subject with still a huge amount of stigma attached to it and I applaud Ryan Michele for giving us a voice and bringing understanding.
Reign's life has been as bad as it can be and lives her life in the dark and her life is slipping further into the depths of despair where she sees no hope. Her best friend makes a choice for her and gets her the help she needs. Whilst receiving treatment, she is paired up with Lynx who is suffering from PTSD after experiencing the horrors of war. Both have so much to overcome but give each other the hope they need and the strength to confront their demons.
This was not an easy read as it is dark and immerses you in the feelings of depression and the struggles to live a life in the light. While the focus is on Reign and Lynx is her strength, it doesn't ignore his struggles and shows that daily life will always be a challenge.
If you are struggling yourself, please go seek help - you don't have to struggle on your own.
I felt totally connected to this book and the writing. For me, this is an absolute must read.
Ryan Michele has a huge obsession with reading, which only came to life after her best friend said she had to read Twilight. After reading that series, her entire world changed in the blink of an eye. Not only was she sucked into new worlds and all of the wonderful words authors put down on paper, she felt the urge to begin to write down the characters that played inside of her head. In doing so, Safe was born. When she’s not reading or writing, she spends time taking care of her two children and her husband, enjoying the outdoors and laying in the sun.