Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Haven’s War
Author: Parker Williams
Series: Safe Haven #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 411 Pages
Publisher: Pride Press
Release Date: June 11, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: With Haven on an extended honeymoon with Sammy, bad guys around the world are breathing a lot easier. No one is better at permanently removing these lowlifes who target children—and the brutal murder of two teenage girls makes clear it’s past time to return to work. Haven’s first assignment back results in a new family member and a renewed sense of urgency to protect and avenge the innocent.
There is nothing ‘usual’ about the business of hunting predators, but when several of Haven’s fellow agents are killed, a pattern emerges. The hunters have become the prey, tools in a bitter vendetta for a perceived wrong.
Despite years of working alone, when the target shifts to someone unexpected, Haven calls in reinforcements—a friend to stand between the family he loves and a ruthless killer. Teamwork may be the only way to win this fight—unless it’s already too little, too late.
Haven tries to approach this as he would any other assignment. Find your enemy and make sure they suffer before you eliminate them. But when a member of his team goes off-book and ends up dead, everything changes. It’s no longer a battle.
Now it’s war.
Review: Haven and Sammy are back and better than ever, though they have to tackle some pretty tough stuff this time around. This is a unique story in a number of ways, which is just one of the reasons I fell in love with it.
Haven is an assassin/mercenary, but he doesn’t just kill people for money. He kills bad guys who hurt women and children in various ways, but what is especially unique is the ways in which he kills, always finding a way to make the mark pay for what he has done.
Then there is his relationship with Sammy, who has quite a backstory which I recommend you read in the first book, Haven’s Creed. He has overcome and survived many horrors, is no longer a victim and pretty much takes charge of everything in his life, including Haven. And Haven is happy for him to do so. He has worked his way into Haven’s heart and the feeling is quite mutual. The guys are now married and contemplating Haven’s continued profession. Rounding out their family is Kelly, who has become a father figure to Sammy and continues to take care of both men.
When operatives begin to turn up murdered, Rook tasks Haven with solving the mystery and taking care of it. As things hit closer to home, the clock ticks down as Haven struggles to find the identity of the murderer, their intentions, and keeping his men safe.
This is a fast-paced story that kept me on the edge of my seat as everything unfolded. With the resolution of it all, things were turned a bit upside down for this group, and the will no doubt be making some major adjustments as they evolve into their new positions with the company. Through it all, Sammy and Haven’s relationship was strengthened and their love solidified. I love reading about these guys, and cannot wait to see what happens next. I sure hope Mr. Williams is already working on the next installment. If you love a good mercenary/assassin story that’s a little on the darker side, I highly recommend you give this a try.
Overall Impression: I loved it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*