Title: Haven’s Creed
Author Name: Parker Williams
Publication Date & Length: December 14, 2015 – 95, 000 Words
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
Loved the premise of this story because to have hero who saves the innocent and gets rid of the monster who would hurt them! Yes some of this story might be hard for some to read I know there were parts that were for me.
Haven was such a strong character after everything he had been through to go and protect the innocent and take out the monsters who were hurting them.
I felt so bad for everything Sammy had been through and who put him through everything was such a horrible person ugh I just can’t even tell you how hard it is to read about someone like that who you are supposed to be able to trust doing something like that.
The way the power switched between these two MC’s was also very interesting and made this story all the much more awesome! You rarely see that in a book and I thought the way this author handled it was very good!
This story was so painful because the fact of everything that had happened to these innocents to get to the point wereHaven would hunt the monsters and also beautiful with the way that Sammy and Haven grew together.
All together I really loved this book!
I would recommend this book!
If I could give this book 10 stars I would. I loved it. It held my attention the entire time and had me craving for more. Haven had a horrible childhood, he had to do things no child should have. Joining the military he quickly moved up the ranks and became a sniper, which led to a job offer of a lifetime. As everyone knows you eventually lose interest in your job, no matter how much you love it. This goes for assassins as well. When a Haven meets Samuel both of their lives are changed forever. Their relationship was beautiful to watch unfold. This books story line was the main focus; there wasn’t sex on every other page to pad the story. The plot was good and kept the reader interested and on the edge of their seats the entire time. I loved Haven, Sammy, Kelly and even Rook. Great book, highly recommend.
I really enjoyed this story. Haven is an ex-military sniper who fights the good fight. He tried to protect the innocent and punish the evil in the world. The secondary characters in his life, Kelly and Rook allow him to have some semblance of a family. I loved how the story developed around Haven and his internal conflict.
Then you have Sammy. He is a victim who Haven desperately wants to protect and avenge. Despite being a victim of abuse, Sammy’s soul and heart are strong. Sammy has the courage, bite and sass to not only keep Havengrounded, but put Kelly and Rook in their places too.
The dynamic in this story is intense, the power exchanges even more so. However, it doesn’t take away from the story in the way that I thought that it would. I did have a more difficult time with Sammy’s character – how open and nonchalant he is about his abuse. But, other than that, I really enjoyed the story.
Triggers: Rape, Murder, Sex Trafficking, Sex Abuse
I didn’t realize until I began reading this book who the author was. When I realized that this author co-wrote some of the Collars & Cuffs series with KC Wells I started to get excited as I love that series. This is definitely a dark read. It has rape, murder, and sex abuse just to name a few.
Even though I don’t agree with murder in any form I could see the point of the (what I’ll call heroes) we’re trying to accomplish. The author clearly has a gift to bring this type of story and make you believe that someone who was held captive and made into a sex slave for years could come out of this type of situation and become as easily as Sammy did. I loved Haven from the beginning and when Sammy came into the story I fell in love with him too. As I began to read this book I quickly realized that this would be a book that would be hard to put down.
I loved how the author shows us that anyone can learn how to love. It was clear that Haven thought he could love have the horror as what he had been through as a teenager. This was a great book and I highly recommend it.
When I was fifteen, I killed my first man. Every time Arnie, the guy my mother was shacking up with at the time, drank, he got it into his head she was cheating on him. He’d start slapping her, and that turned into full-fledged beating within a few months. When he was done, he’d start on my sister.
There were nights she’d crawl into bed with me, sobbing. For the longest of times, she wouldn’t tell me what happened, but when I found blood on her pajamas, I knew. I’d tried to stand up to him, but he beat me badly enough that I couldn’t go to school for two weeks until the bruises faded. But I got off lucky. The things he did to Chrissy gave me nightmares. I’d hear her cry out and knew there was nothing I could do but hide in my bed, my pillow covering my head. He was bigger, meaner, and stronger than me, and he reminded me of that fact constantly.
The old lady never said boo about it. She always forgave him and tried to justify what he did by telling me how much stress he was under. How he was a good man and didn’t mean it. It was just the drinking, she swore. It was more like he was a bastard and she was his meal ticket.
I came home one night and found him whaling on her, my sister’s body crumpled in a heap, her head smashed in. The son of a bitch had a gun in his hand, slick with blood, and he threatened to kill them both, screaming he wouldn’t let her leave. She slapped him. It wasn’t hard, but it shocked him enough that he dropped the gun. I picked it up. He sneered at me and called me a weak-willed fag.
I looked at the gun I held in my hand. The instrument of my revenge. The means to saving my sister.
“Give me the gun, you fuck. It’s not a dick, you wouldn’t know what to do with it.”
The bullet I put in his forehead showed him how wrong he was. He lay on the floor, blood bubbling from the wound, and his eyes locked on mine as he took his last breath. I wanted that fucker to know it was the weak-willed fag who had done this to him.
- Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
Messy. I have my desktop in front of me, my laptop to my left, and my iPad to my right. This brings with it the normal collection of cords and plugs that crisscross my table.
In the winter months I also have a heater on the table, because it gets damn cold in this house.
- Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I want to be like Benny Peters from Pitch. He’s a good guy who is very protective of his friends and family. There isn’t anything Benny wouldn’t do for someone he cares about.
- If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
For 28 years I was a server at a hotel in Milwaukee. I liked my job, and would probably still be doing it.
- Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
For a while, I had a huge problem with show vs tell. Even today, I still have some issues with it.
- Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
So far, no. I’m actually pretty happy with how it turned out.
- How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
New ideas can be found anywhere you look. See that guy glancing over at that man? He’s wishing he had the nerve to ask him out. He sees him every day when he picks up a Reuben sandwich from the street corner vendor. He’s always incredibly friendly to everyone he meets, and the thing that turns the guy on is the smile and laugh that seems to follow the man wherever he goes.
- What’s next for you as a writer?
Wait. Next? What do you mean next? I have to keep going?
Right now K.C. Wells and I are working on the final book for the Collars & Cuffs series. It’s called ‘Endings and Beginnings’, and will bring all the threads of the family at the club together for a story that impacts so many of them.
- Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, land of cheese curds and cow farts. Yes, it does impact my stories as a lot of what I write takes place in and around the city. In fact, when I did Pitch and Wet Paint, the places that Taylor, Jackson, Benny, and Addy go are places I’ve gone or worked. (Babe’s Ice Cream is a real place, with amazing vegan shakes, there is a restaurant called Classic Slice that does a really good vegan pizza and breadsticks, and the Pfister Hotel is where I used to work.)
- What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
I don’t really know that I write in a specific genre. I’ve done stories about young love, and having to grow up after a tragedy (500 Miles), about a hurricane and the devastation it can cause (and I got a lot of people upset with what I did in that book), BDSM with K.C. Wells….well, we WROTE BDSM, we never practiced it together, and now Haven, an assassin who does some really bad things for some very good reasons. I don’t really want to do just one genre, because I think it limits what the characters can teach me. Overall, though, my very favorite genre is shifters. I do love me an Alpha male.
- Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
I play two online games—both Marvel universe—and that’s my big vice. I’m really glad I have an understanding husband, because he lets me do what I want (within reason).