Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Safe Harbor by Christine Feehan

From the back cover:

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 at the young man can remember. If only the stunning super-model 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 protection. 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.

Safe Harbor is the long awaited story of Hannah and Jonas. In the four previous books, I really loved to hate Jonas. He was such an ass to Hannah. We never knew why, though. Feehan clears that up in this book.

Jonas Harrington has struggled for years with his feelings for Hannah Drake. By the time he was 10 years old, he knew she was special. He just didn't understand why. For years now Jonas has stayed far away from Hannah. Not wanting to bring her into the darker part of his life, Jonas has done what he thought was best for Hannah. After a job goes bad, he knows that he can't wait to claim Hannah as his own. Almost dying makes him change his priorities a tad bit. Returning to Sea Haven, Jonas arrives at the Drake House to find Hannah packing for another modeling job. Of course this doesn't make him happy b/c Jonas hates that she shows her body off to millions of people. He also doesn't like it b/c he knows Hannah herself doesn't like it.

Hannah has loved Jonas for-evah. Though she is a world famous model and completely gorgeous, the girl has MAJOR self-esteem issues. She doesn't think that she'll be woman enough for Jonas. She also has no idea that he has feelings for her. What she does know is that she can't take his constant criticism. When she tells him that she needs him to stay away for awhile, he hits the roof. His feelings finally come out and they totally get it on. It was actually sweet b/c they both couldn't believe that the other one felt what they did. Of course Jonas being Jonas (and a man, too), he believes that Hannah will now quit her job and stay home to be a good little wife. Which is exactly what Hannah wants. However, she won't break her existing contracts. So she leaves for New York and Jonas is pissed.

While Hannah is doing her big fashion show, Jonas and Sarah are watching it back at the Drake House. It was actually very amusing. Jonas is pacing around and asks Sarah, "Why hasn't she called?" to which Sarah replied, "She did call. You yelled at her to get her ass home and she hasn't called back since.". Heee. Okay, so maybe you have to read the book b/c it was a lot more funny when I was reading it.

Then Hannah gets attacked. Savagely. Viciously. On live t.v. Jonas and Sarah are helpless to stop the attack and they can't even help Hannah. Lucky for them, Ilya Praneskii was at the fashion show. You remember the Russian hitman that's a bodyguard for the Russian mob guy? Well he was there b/c his pscyho boss is obsessed with Hannah and her sister, Joley. Ilya has his own special powers and he is able to keep her alive until the Drake sisters arrive.

So Hannah is really messed up now. She can't leave her house b/c the paparazzi are everywhere. She can't sleep b/c she has nightmares. She can't look at herself in the mirror b/c the scars remind her of the attack. She can't be intimate w/ Jonas. She can't, can't, can't. Not saying that I blame the poor woman. What Jonas and the Drakes can't figure out is why Hannah was attacked. Though she has your normal obsessive fan base, there was no specific person that would stand out. Again and again people come to try to kill her. The first time after she came home, the house ate the people. Okay, not ate them exactly, but it was pretty creepy to read. The tree's came alive. The floor swallowed men whole. Oh and then they rolled over the bluff down into the ocean. You know Jonas is totally freaked out about it. Which was funny.

Eventually Jonas figures out that HE is the reason that Hannah was attacked. This doesn't sit well with him, as you can imagine. After so long of trying to keep Hannah out of the dark part of his life, he literally brought it to her front door where it almost killed her. The sisters kicked ass and protected Hannah, which always makes me smile. There was a really sweet part where all Hannah's sisters apologized for pushing her into doing something she didn't want to do (modeling). They each wrote her a letter. Jonas did, too. It was just "awwww" inducing.

Very much looking forward to Joley and Elle's book. Considering the backstory on Jonas and Hannah, I thought Feehan pulled it off really well.

4.5 out of 5 stars.


Holly said...

I'm on the fence about this one. I think Jonas crossed the line from Alpha male to whiny little boy. I hated that whenever he got angry he punched walls and destroyed rooms. That screams "UNSTABLE" to me. LOL

But I did like it. After all the build up, I think Feehan did a good job with them.

Casee said...

Yeah, he destroyed the room AFTER he found out why Hannah was attacked. That's acceptable to me.

It's your fault that I was getting annoyed w/ little things. After your beef w/ Libby's book, I was much more critical. LOL

Holly said...


No, that wasn't the only time he destroyed a room. He did it after Hannah was attacked and one other time, too. Like 3 different times in the book he "acted out". Puhleez.

Sorry I made you more critical. My favorite part was when Jonas told the sisters to call the "Sheriff" just before the house ate those people. Cuz last time I checked, Jonas WAS the sheriff.

Casee said...

Do you hear that sound? It's me banging my head on my desk. LOL

You're only supposed to apologize for things you mean. Hello. And you're not sorry you've made me more critical. Admit it. ;-)

I'm going to go check to make sure he didn't say "Call the Sheriff's OFFICE."

Holly said...

He didn't. He said, "Call the Sheriff" and even if he did say "office" (which he didn't) wouldn't he just say, "My office" or "Jackson" or something?

Ok, you're right. I'm not really sorry. But I do love you. *g*

Rosie said...

You guys are funny. While I liked the book the rampages were a bit startling. Isn't a guy in his line of work supposed to have more control? Still I liked it and will continue to read the next ones.

Holly said...

Isn't a guy in his line of work supposed to have more control?

YES! Or at least I think so. *sigh*

But like you, I enjoyed it and will read the next one. I just had a hard time reconciling the Jonas from this book with the one we loved from previous books. Ahh well. Such is life.

Crystal said...

I am looking forward to reading this book. I'm not sure when I'll get to it. To many books. Not enough time!