Mary Reviews: Haven’s Creed by Parker Williams

Blurb:
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

Review:
I have long held the opinion that I love Parker Williams voice. It is a cathartic breath of cool air on a humid summer night. Now whilst this is a departure from his other works in that both men have a dark and ugly, recent and far past, his love of his characters shines through.

Haven’s Creed is in some respects, a deviation from most of the work that Parker has shown us so far. It deals with abuse and violence against some of our most vulnerable, and focuses on two men who, together, are less broken than when they are apart. It stems from a deep seated desire for justice and a way to balance the scales in a world that sometimes is not fair or balanced, and justice is in short supply. It will not be for everyone, because even with the dark overtones there is always a vein of hope and innocence, a very thick silver lining.

Haven has a dark past and a lot of guilt, which seems to carry him forward in his life and his work. It has held him together, kept him sane, and has motivated him for a long time. But cracks are starting to show. He then meets Sammy who is another man who is almost broken, but in other ways and its like looking at either an accident waiting to happen or a perfect fit.

Well, it is a romance, so there are no guesses which one it ends up being, but having said that, Parker does not cheat us, the reader, or these two men out of a fleshed out storyline, multi dimensional main characters and secondary ones, protagonists that are believable and understandable (and definitely not likeable) and a storyline that does not take shortcuts.

It flows beautifully, the jobs Haven was sent to, the building of his relationship with Sammy, the realization that what he needs is not what he thought, the fears and the reactions. Whilst these men seem to fall into a relationship fairly easily, the development of the relationship is not effortless, and even if the circumstances are immensely different from what we are used to, Parker is able to get us to relate and make them seem real and tangible, all whilst keeping an air of positivity. It is his greatest gift, narratively speaking, to uplift the reader and take us on a journey, showcasing his version of happily ever after, which is beautiful and unashamedly sweet.
Stars:
Five

Excerpt:
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.

About Parker:
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.

Author Contact:
Twitter:
@ParkerWAuthor
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/parker.williams.7564
Website: www.ParkerWilliamsAuthor.com

Where To Buy:
Amazon eBook: http://www.amazon.com/Havens-Creed-Parker-Williams-ebook/dp/B0190XCAX2/ref=sr_1_1
ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-haven039screed-1940506-153.html
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/598547?ref=MollyLollyReader
Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/5921323

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