Better Than Safe (Lili’s Review)

Title: Better Than Safe (Better Than #4)
Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 25th 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 244 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5

A Better Than Story

Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.

Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.


Better Than Safe is the story of two very different men who fall in love. Paul is 35 and set in his ways. Seth is the 24-year-old artist Paul is drawn to despite all his fears of pursuing a relationship with him. Past hurts in Paul’s life make him believe they will never work.

What I loved:

    *Paul. There was something about him that I found very endearing. At first glance you might think him a bit stodgy but he was anything but. I know he described Seth as a quandary, but he was a bit of a quandary himself.
    *Seth. Gosh, I loved him! He was so quirky and loveable and I loved his view on life- how could I not fall in love?
    *The push and pull. Normally I loathe this but it worked here. Didn’t matter how hard Paul tried to fight a relationship- it was like a moth to the flame. Resistance was futile!
    *Story had a nice, easy flow.
    *The dirty talk 😀
    *The secondary characters. I just LOVED revisiting the gang and seeing where they’re at.

What I wished for:

    *An alternating POV. It drove me batty not being in Seth’s head. It’s not the first time I’ve felt this way while reading a Lane Hayes book. I think that it would strengthen the story if we got both sides. I felt like I’m missing a bit of story and left me wanting more. I am BEGGING Lane Hayes to please write a book from a dual POV.
    *Sex. I wanted more. lol

As far as this being the fourth book in the series… do you need to read the other 3 first? Technically, no but I recommend those books as well- especially the first book. It’s one of my all time favorite comfort re-reads.

Overall, this was great! If you love opposites attract and May/December romances- then look no further! This book was fun, sexy, feel good, with a sprinkle of angst on top. Highly recommend! 4.5 I-Hope-Rand-Is-Next-Stars!


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I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant