This was such a heartbreaking book for me.Growing up in a domestic violence home, you learn to be quiet, so s not to wake the monster Fearing every second, don t say the wrong thing, dont play too loud.It s easy to say I wont ever get into a relationship like that I would leave him her Sometimes we blame ourselves, but when you fall in love you re handing your heart over to another for them to treasure it, never expecting them to shatter it into a thousand pieces.And sometimes you want to This was such a heartbreaking book for me.Growing up in a domestic violence home, you learn to be quiet, so s not to wake the monster Fearing every second, don t say the wrong thing, dont play too loud.It s easy to say I wont ever get into a relationship like that I would leave him her Sometimes we blame ourselves, but when you fall in love you re handing your heart over to another for them to treasure it, never expecting them to shatter it into a thousand pieces.And sometimes you want to forgive them, maybe they were drunk they weren t thinking when they hit you, attacked you I mean they look sorry the next day, so obviously they never ment to hurt you, cause i mean if they apologize they couldn t have ment it right Well this book for me tapped into all this and.Kami is a young, beautiful, broken women, dealing with the loss of her mother at 15 Being put into the Foster system and meeting Rhett, a guy who showed her what love is or so she thought.A relationship that was built on control, vulnerability and manipulation Everything changed and not for the better Rhett became someone Kami didn t like or know I m sorry,Kami His words sounded pained I was drunk I felt his nose in my hair as he inhaled You know I love you, baby I just lost control He rubbed his hand over my arm It ll never happen again The violence both mentally and physically took there toll on Kami and finally one day she decided enough was enough It takes alot of courage to do what kami did and leave the only life she s ever known, especially when the guy has broken your spirit and self worth.After help from her best friend Ember, kami hears about job vacancies at The Donnelly s Wild Land Tours.She looks up on Facebook what the job entails and phones the company to apply and after speaking with Grace, she secures herself a job interview for the next morning This is the fresh start Kami is looking for, somewhere she can reinvent herself Kami needs a fresh start, and i believe she gets that, andNot only does the Donnelly Ranch offer her the peace and sanctuary she requires, it offers her friendships and a family she s never had.I love that there s an instant connection between Kami, and Kyle the quietest of the Donnelly brothers He knows there s something not quite right in Kami s life and makes it his mission to help be what she needs, a friend, a lover, a protector.This Donnelly brother is so swoon worthy, he will have you melting in your seat.I dont want to spoil it for you, so I m going to stop in a minute, i could seriously go on and on and on about this book.This book will melt your heart Yes it s heartbreaking and a taboo subject for some people, but seriously don t let the subject of this book put you off.Yes it may be about domestic violence but it s also about opening your heart to new experiences, having the ability to be strong and realizing your self worth, and learning to trust again It s about friendships, family and Love.This is the second book in the series and i can honestly recommend both, im so looking forward to the next one, i wish it was ready now.It s not only the storyline you ll fall in love with, it s the Donnelly brothers too Damn they re hot and my list of BBF S is ever growing Alannah has seriously knocked it out of the park with this one.I wish i could rate itthan 5.I m honoured again that i got to Arc read the next installment of the series DonnellyBrothersAreHot GracieAndHerCupidBow LoveInTheWilderness ASafeSurrender MountainClimberBySummerCowboyByWinter Sometimes all it takes is love to heal the scars on the soul Kamilla s life has been filled with pain, heartache, and loneliness for as long as she can remember After losing her mother to a cruel twist of fate, she was placed into the cold clutches of the foster system only to be saved by a whole new kind of nightmare Ever since she was fifteen, Kamilla had known only Rhett She knew his quirks, his anger, his impatience, and even the agony of his quick fist There was no anguish the world had neglected to lay upon her innocent soul no pain she wasn t strong enough to shoulder, until Rhett crossed a line that cannot be uncrossed Desperate to find peace, safety, and security, Kami runs away Driving deep into the Alberta Rocky Mountains, she finds sanctuary in not only the Donnelley Ranch but in Kyle Donnelley As a beautiful friendship blooms between Kami and Kyle, Kami finds herself surrendering to all that he is The strength in his kindness heals her The truth in his declaration gives her something pure to believe in The patience he employs proves to her she can trust in goodness once again As Kyle teaches Kami every day that the world holds not only shadows and pain, but light and caresses, she finds herself surrendering her heart to him in a surrender the like she s never before known A safe surrender I don t know the kind of men you know, Kami, but I m not the kind of man who makes a promise I can t keep I told you it ll work out and it will Kyle Donnelley in A Safe Surrender by Alannah CarbonneauThis is the second novel in the Donnelley Brothers Series and it surely didn t disappoint After reading Counting Stars, I eagerly awaited its sequel A Safe Surrender With trembling fingers I turned the first page and what I read took my head for a spin and then some This novel gripped me fro I don t know the kind of men you know, Kami, but I m not the kind of man who makes a promise I can t keep I told you it ll work out and it will Kyle Donnelley in A Safe Surrender by Alannah CarbonneauThis is the second novel in the Donnelley Brothers Series and it surely didn t disappoint After reading Counting Stars, I eagerly awaited its sequel A Safe Surrender With trembling fingers I turned the first page and what I read took my head for a spin and then some This novel gripped me from the moment I laid my eyes on its powerful, riveting prologue Never in my wildest dreams I thought the direction the author would go where it went Forgive my vagueness but I m afraid if I say anything further, I would give the plot away.In Counting Stars we met the eldest of the Donnelley Brothers, Logan and I thought his love story would be hard to top Wrong Wrong WRONG Kyle Donnelley just took my breath away and then some Like Logan, Kyle keeps to himself and isn t much of a talker or a people person That is until he meets Kamilla Kamilla endured a series of heartbreaking moments in her life prior to meeting Kyle Running away from a horrid past, she finds herself taking a job at the Donnelley Family Ranch With a car packed full of her belongings, she finds herself in a different place surrounded by people with the biggest hearts The way Kami and Kyle meet is the quirkiest and random of ways and the way the author put them together made me smile the biggest grin There is humor and uncertainty laced together a formula so well put together, that I as an author dream to achieve Well done, Ms Carbonneau I trust you immeasurably Kyle DonnelleyKami brings in a side in Kyle that shocks him yet he does not fight it He is a patient man, understanding, caring and dare I say the best friend a girl could ever have Kami on the other hand feels her attraction towards him and fights it tooth and nail given her past But like all things in life, they can be ignored for a while but it is ultimately up to fate to change things in its due time I love that each character knew what they wanted and took their time getting to that place where they could find mutual understanding and ultimately, love.I loved the pace of the story and the author evoked so many feelings within me I understood Kami s pain and felt Kyle s frustration as he patiently waited for the love of his life to come to terms with her feelings in regards to him The seduction was beautiful andthan once I found myself squirming in my seat Oh Kyle faints I got goosebumps reading and their love isthan swoon worthy I never want you to feel, for even a moment, however fleeting, that you are not loved by me Kamilla, you are my world Kyle DonnelleyA Safe Surrender is a five star read in my book You definitely need to read this series, but please, start with Counting Stars Yes, you can read A Safe Surrender but there might be elements you would be missing if you didn t read Counting Stars first Bravo, Ms Carbonneau I eagerly await book three of this series Is it December 16th yet Brava Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever This novel can be read as a standalone however, the characters from book one do make appearances throughout.Kami suffered a tragedy at a young age and ended up in foster care When she was fifteen, she met Rhett He was all she ever knew, all she ever had, but his impatience and quick temper was constantly dumped on her Not only was she on the receiving end of his ire, but on numerous occasions had to live under stress The last st Reviewed by Dawn Vickers on behalf of Kindle Friends Forever This novel can be read as a standalone however, the characters from book one do make appearances throughout.Kami suffered a tragedy at a young age and ended up in foster care When she was fifteen, she met Rhett He was all she ever knew, all she ever had, but his impatience and quick temper was constantly dumped on her Not only was she on the receiving end of his ire, but on numerous occasions had to live under stress The last straw broke when he did something she couldn t live with or accept, so she planned her escape With the help of her friend Ember, she gets a job at the Donnelley Ranch On arriving, she meets Gracie, her son Logan and his wife Reece Ignoring their advice on bad weather setting in, she drives to town for supplies only to crash on the way back to the ranch A man comes to her rescue who turns out to be Kyle Donnelley Kami feels at ease and safe with Kyle There s an instant attraction on his part, and he feels a strong desire to protect Kami.This drop dead gorgeous man s character is of a quiet nature In fact, he s bearing a burden, too And as neither of them are forthcoming with their past experiences, their friendship which is growing into somethingamorous, could be destroyed Kyle is everything that Rhett wasn t Caring and watching over her, the flame of his desire and attraction is described beautifully in this book Kyle wants it all with her Kami is scared and feels she s damaged goods and only bring him pain Can Kyle convince her they were meant to be together Or will Kami forever be running from her past afraid to face her future What happens when she discovers what he s been keeping from her There are certainly a lot of questions to be answered in this unputdownable read.Alannah has done it again The first book in this series was brilliantly written, but she s surpassed herself with this one Impeccably written with such emotion and depth of feeling will have you shedding tears Some of them happy ones though She has a way with words that make you want to be part of these characters lives Alannah has tackled a hard subject with the utmost sensitivity and you feel so much for Kami as she tries to make herself a new life and overcomes her fears and mistrusts from the past I am really looking forward to the next Donnelley Brother story 5 Stars I am in LOVE with the Donnelley Brothers After reading this and Counting Stars, I feel like I need to spend some time at the Donnelley Ranch Kami, at twenty two years old, has been through a lot in her young life At a young age, she lost her mother and ended up in the foster care system During this time, she meets Rhett She sees him as her savior from foster care He turns out be far from that though and after seven years with him, Kami decides she needs to leave Only she has no 5 Stars I am in LOVE with the Donnelley Brothers After reading this and Counting Stars, I feel like I need to spend some time at the Donnelley Ranch Kami, at twenty two years old, has been through a lot in her young life At a young age, she lost her mother and ended up in the foster care system During this time, she meets Rhett She sees him as her savior from foster care He turns out be far from that though and after seven years with him, Kami decides she needs to leave Only she has no idea how to safely go about it One day, while talking with her friend, Ember, Ember suggests to Kami to apply for a position she came across in an ad The position happens to be at a ranch that Ember spends some time at every summer Kami decides this is her chance to get away and make a frest start so she makes the call She then finds herself on her way the the Donnelley Ranch where she meets and gets to know Kyle Donnelley Kyle and Kami have an immediate connection It s almost like he knows she s been through something and he becomes overwhelmed with this need to be her friend To be there for her To protect her Simply put, Kyle is an amazing man, but is he enough to help Kami move on from her past and accept a future with someone With him maybe Kami is not really ready to jump into another relationship, but she enjoys the way Kyle makes her feel She s never had that before and at times it seems like it s almost too much for her Kyle lets her know on a daily basis how he really feels about her, but she s holding back Will she let Kyle in and give their relationship a chance You definitely need to read this Alannah has definitely solidified herself as one of my autobuy authors This is the fifth book of hers that I have read and I can never put them down once I start This book was at times heartbreaking, but I was also uplifting One thing I love about Alannah s books is that she makes it easy to relate to the characters To put yourself in there shoes and really experience every emotion they are right along with them After reading, this book and Counting Stars Book 1 , I find myself wishing I was a part of the Donnelley family The mom, Gracie, is just awesome and you can try your hardest not to fall for Logan or Kyle, but it won t work I m really looking forward to reading about Collin and Luke This series is a really refreshing and I m highly recommend this and book 1, Counting Stars I was offered an ARC in return for an honest review ,,, after already reading book one in this series and thoroughly enjoying it the decision to read this book was simple ,,,After reading book 1 Counting Stars you ll know that there are four Donnelley Brothers ,,, you ll also know of Gracie ,,, the brothers full time mother ,,, part time Cupid stand in ,,, this book is about brother number two Kyle ,,, and KamiThe story begins with Kami ,,, she has had a tough upbringing ,,, she had a child I was offered an ARC in return for an honest review ,,, after already reading book one in this series and thoroughly enjoying it the decision to read this book was simple ,,,After reading book 1 Counting Stars you ll know that there are four Donnelley Brothers ,,, you ll also know of Gracie ,,, the brothers full time mother ,,, part time Cupid stand in ,,, this book is about brother number two Kyle ,,, and KamiThe story begins with Kami ,,, she has had a tough upbringing ,,, she had a childhood with a loving parent ,, but her mother was taking from her at a young age ,,, with no one else to are for her she ll understand herself in foster care ,,, it was at the age of 15 that she,et a guy called Rhett ,,, at the time he gave her everything she wanted and felt she needed ,,, he had controlling tendencies but at the time she couldn t see them for what they were she only felt as though he was be protective ,,, unfortunately as their relationship progressed so did his protectiveness, control and aggression ,,, Kami has never had the chance to learn who she is ,,, but when Rhett takes his actions too far Kami knows she needs out ,,, and now ,,, with help from a friend she finds her way out,,, Kami now hash new job on a ranch ,,, but she wants her independence and not handouts ,,, this leaves her out in a storm and stuck ,,, somebody finds her and helps ,,, although she is fearful there is just something about this man that feels safe ,,, meet Kyle ,,, Kyle and Kami have a bond that grows ,,, they want similar things in life but at different times ,,, Kyle wants it all now ,,, Kami needs to wait ,,, Kami has had to deal with so much that she has trouble with self esteem and trust ,,, will she fight her desires or overcome her fears Gracie ,,,, ahh Gracie ,,, gotta love her ,,, she s a mother and friend we d all be happy to have ,,, all I have to say though is watch out Collin and Luke ,,,,, your turn is coming ,,, and I cannot wait Really enjoyed this book ,,, there is some sadness through it and you ll really feel for Kami throughout ,,,but you ll also be smiling because of her strength and courage that she finds with the help of some great peopleHighly recommend I could not wait to read this this book, I was given an ARC for an honest review, and honest is all I can be Are you ready to go on one roller coaster of a ride, with my emotions being pulled once again by this amazing writer Oh and yes you will need your tissues ready Kami is a girl struggling with her life, her story at the opening of the book captured me I won t give anything away, but Alannah handled this particular storyline extremely well This story line is what seen Kami get in I could not wait to read this this book, I was given an ARC for an honest review, and honest is all I can be Are you ready to go on one roller coaster of a ride, with my emotions being pulled once again by this amazing writer Oh and yes you will need your tissues ready Kami is a girl struggling with her life, her story at the opening of the book captured me I won t give anything away, but Alannah handled this particular storyline extremely well This story line is what seen Kami get in her car and drive to a new Life in the Alberta Mountains Fate strikes and Kami finds herself being rescued from an accident by a stranger Kyle Donnelly.Kyle and Kami begin a very honest friendship, feelings between them both begin to simmer, and the snow on those Mountains begins to melt.Can Kami let herself feel again, can Kyle show Kami there is another life he can give her, will Kami let him.Kyle is a man who hasn t giving himself fully before, but Kami brings the best of him out He has feelings he never knew he could feel, and he is an honest man, a man who knows what he wants, and thats Kami He is a man with integrity, honor, he has an old way about him, and won t give himself over fully until he gets an answer from KamiKami see s the sun, she see s Light with Kyle, but can she allow herself to have feelings for Kyle Can she let him in completely Can she let herself have the life she deserves, and give Kyle the best of herself to him.One click this book and get ready to be enthralled and captivated by A Safe Surrender.Alannah Carbonneau Review for Rising Indies United.I am hooked on this series now I love the Donnelley brothers, and their mom Gracie, the match maker I can t wait to see Collin get matched up by his mom With that said Just like in the first book, I love the characters in this one as well Kamilla Kami , has been through so much Her mom murdered when she was 11, then put in the foster system Toxic love, where she was beat and raped, before she finally knew she had to leave him before he killed her She neede Review for Rising Indies United.I am hooked on this series now I love the Donnelley brothers, and their mom Gracie, the match maker I can t wait to see Collin get matched up by his mom With that said Just like in the first book, I love the characters in this one as well Kamilla Kami , has been through so much Her mom murdered when she was 11, then put in the foster system Toxic love, where she was beat and raped, before she finally knew she had to leave him before he killed her She needed that push, she had no where to go That s where her bestfriend, Ember, comes in She s gone out to the ranch every summer and saw that they were hiring new staff, no experience needed The perfect break for her to get away And that she did Little did she know, she would actually find her soul mate there Gracie knew right away though Man, I love that woman Kyle is a lot like Logan He is quiet, almost shy But when he first sees Kami, he s a goner He s such a caring, loving, good man He doesn t push Kami for her story He knows that she was hurt badly, by her ex though Love, in its true form, is so muchthan most know or believe it to be Love is patient and kind Love is gentle and soothing Love builds you higher and never fails to offer strength when needed It takes Kami awhile before she realizes this She doesn t think she deserves someone like Kyle He does everything he can to show her that she does though I did find it funny, how he held out on her until they were married Most men, wouldn t have been able to say no like he did lol After a tragic accident happens to her mother, Kami is placed in the foster care system at the age of 11 When she meets Rhett, she thought he was her savior and a shot at a new life She was sure he loved her, until he changed and became violent and abusive Desperate to escape from him and his abusive ways when she sees an advert to work on the Donnelly ranch, she does not hesitate to apply and is surprised to find out that she is hired.Kami was not looking for a relationship so soon after lea After a tragic accident happens to her mother, Kami is placed in the foster care system at the age of 11 When she meets Rhett, she thought he was her savior and a shot at a new life She was sure he loved her, until he changed and became violent and abusive Desperate to escape from him and his abusive ways when she sees an advert to work on the Donnelly ranch, she does not hesitate to apply and is surprised to find out that she is hired.Kami was not looking for a relationship so soon after leaving Rhett so she cannot understand why she has an attraction to Kyle, the owner s son Feeling like she is not deserving of Kyle, she keeps him at arm s length despite the lengths he will go to to prove his love Will Kyle ever manage to convince her that not all men are the same Will she stop letting her past dictate her future This was yet another amazing book by this very talented author I really felt sorry for Kami right from the start of the book as not only has she had a rough start by being in foster care and her mum dying but then having to put up with Rhett appalling behavior towards her And then just when I thought she was leaving it all behind she then decides that she can t have a relationship with Kyle as she doesn t think she deserves him she thinks she is toxic I loved Kyle you could tell as soon as we were introduced to Kyle that he was a good man and clearly adored Kami I loved the way that even though she kept him at arm s length, he was still able to prove to her that not all men were the same and that he did love her I loved this book and would highly recommend it to others This is the second book in The Donnelly Brothers