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.
This book blew me away! While I tend to stick to romances, my tastes within the romance genres are rather wide and I tend to jump around from genre to genre and romantic suspense novels are one of my favorites. Within the romantic suspense genre, I especially enjoy the spy/mercenary theme. Now this is probably going to come out all wrong, but I generally stick to the M/F romances of this type because too often the spy/mercenary/wounded hero in the M/M romantic suspense novels tends to be less alpha than I’m looking for. I know that sounds funny, but it’s almost as if some authors feel the wounded hero has to be more sensitive because he’s gay just so that he can be open enough to find his other half – he goes from being an alpha male to an overly sensitive sap. I’m not saying the alpha male can’t or shouldn’t have tender moments, but I find it’s usually overdone in the M/M romantic suspense novels I’ve read.
Ugh! I don’t know if I’m explaining it right or not, but whatever it is I’m trying to say, my point is that in Haven’s Creed I found Haven to be the right level of ruthlessness to believe him to be the cold-blooded killer and mercenary he was, but with the moral compass necessary to find his other half. Haven is one of those guys that does bad things for the right reasons. He’s the guy that gets sent in to punish those people who use their ill-gotten gains to avoid the justice system so that they can continue to profit off of others’ misfortune, misery, and death. He is the wetworks guy sent in to administer justice when there is no other way to hold the criminals accountable for their crimes – and his specialty area is crimes against children. Because of this, I had no problem whatsoever with what Haven did and how he dispensed justice. Any niggling doubts that I may have had were obliterated when he saved Sammy because with all that we discover that Sammy endured, for him to trust Haven so completely spoke volumes.
Watching their relationship develop was fascinating because of how well they complemented one another’s personalities and how their needs fed into one another, even helping the other to identify needs they’d never acknowledged before. I will say that there was a time or two that Haven was borderline too sensitive, but considering all that was occurring at the time and the emotional upheavals that he experienced over the course of the book it’s not entirely unexpected. One of the things that I enjoyed is that while there is definitely a romance brewing between Sammy and Haven, the author keeps the focus of the book on the suspense angle. Williams keeps the storyline true to Haven’s mission by interrupting their “bonding” time in order to send Haven back out into the field, more than once. This meant that even though the men were falling in love and discovering just how compatible they were, the author didn’t keep them in a bubble, choosing instead to have duty intrude as it would in real life. There’s not much more I can say about specifics without risking spoiler reveals, so I’ll sum it up by saying that Haven’s Creed was an action-packed thrill-ride of a romance that kept me glued to my Kindle. I look forward to checking out more of Williams’s work.