Nobody's Perfect by Kallypso Masters
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
While I have read the previous books in the Rescue Me Saga multiple times, this is only the second time I have read Nobody’s Perfect. Why? Because in it, Ms. Masters deals with so many difficult issues that it’s a very emotional read for me. Even though this book focuses primarily on Damian and Savannah’s relationship, this is a series that builds upon itself so you need to have read the previous books first to be able to grasp the enormity of the situation when Savi shows up at Damian’s front door asking for protection.
We first met Savannah in Masters at Arms, the series prequel, when Damian rescued her from a couple of sadists who were abusing her in the hotel where he worked. They spent a “magical” day together but because of circumstances beyond both of their control, they were separated for almost a decade. Fate being a fickle witch, their paths crossed again when Damian was in California on a family matter in Nobody’s Hero. As a result of that incident, Savannah finds herself being hunted by her former abuser and goes to the only man who has ever made her feel safe – Damian. Being a former Marine and having Adam in his corner, Damian is able to provide Savannah with a safe haven and a means to begin to heal from the abuse she suffered at her father’s hands. As Damian sets out to show Savi that nobody’s perfect but that she is perfect for him, he learns to accept the same truth about himself as she embraces the discovery of his amputation without issue. While the sex is indeed hot – and sometimes funny when Damian and Savannah begin talking about Chico and Chiquita as separate entities – I loved the focus on healing, acceptance, and intimacy. Because of Savi’s abuse-related triggers and Damian’s PTSD triggers, there is a lot of time spent on overcoming the triggers (particularly Savannah’s) and accommodating those that can’t be overcome easily (for both of them).
As awful as it sounds, I liked that Ms. Masters brought Savannah’s monsters back into her life. It forced Savannah to face some terrible truths from her past that she had repressed, while giving her an opportunity to learn her own strength. And because Damian, Adam and the others rescued her, it gave Damian the opportunity to “slay her dragons” metaphorically and give her tormentors a little taste of their own medicine. I also liked that rather than wrapping the book up after Savi’s abusers have been dealt with, the author chose to continue to move their story forward and we got to see further development of Damian and Savannah’s relationship in this installment. I enjoyed the therapeutic nature of their “date scene” and how she continued to make progress through the remainder of Nobody’s Perfect. I really liked that even though the subject matter and most of the book was quite heavy, the author was able to make me laugh quite a bit at the end of the book with their pillow talk. As distressing as their journey was, I love Damian and Savannah’s story and look forward to re-reading Somebody’s Angel soon.
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