Safe Haven (Steph’s Review)


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Title: Safe Haven
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 151
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.38 stars out of 5
Blurb:

Being alone was what Blake had always needed before his new team of bodyguards arrived. Now things might be very different.

At seven years old, Blake’s life was destroyed when he and his parents were abducted and he watched them being murdered. Now, twenty years later, he refuses to leave the house and he lives in a constant state of fear. He has a bodyguard around the clock, a housekeeper who has never seen his face and an uncle who checks on him often but isn’t all that close to him. Blake likes his isolation where only his cat really knows him.

His bodyguard of eight years is ready to retire, leaving his life in turmoil again. Blake isn’t good with people in general, and new people are the worst. But he needs someone in his house all the time to make him feel safe. His uncle hires a team of bodyguards to replace his old one—Malcolm, CJ and Rex. They come highly recommended, and they’re good at what they do.

They’re also together and it’s a relationship that Blake is instantly fascinated by. He’s never been interested in another person before, and he hasn’t had a real friend since his parents died, because he has refused to leave the house. But with the three of them trying to be there for him, he begins to want a life he has been convinced up to now would be completely impossible.

So you know that song, “Where have all the cowboys gone?” Yeah, so the lyrics to this book should be “Where did all the hot crazy three-way and four-way sex go?”….especially when one of the main characters is a VIRGIN!!!!! I am sure I am not the only one that will be thinking this…..

Now that I have gotten that out-of-the-way, the story itself was okay. To me, there is nothing in this story that makes it stand out from all the other books in this area.

I felt for Blake and his situation to where he couldn’t live what we as a society consider a normal life. I couldn’t even imagine what it is like to isolate oneself so much; mainly since we are such social creatures. I enjoyed the dynamics of Malcolm, CJ and Rex’s relationship and how all three affected Blake. Very slowly throughout the book we get to see Blake take back his life.

It wasn’t until a tragedy occurs that I felt that the story got a bit weird; specially since Blake is worth a lot of money (though it is unknown to him). The relationship between the four seemed a little too fast, and the money situation IMO did not help with the credibility of the budding relationship/chemistry between the trio and Blake.

In the end, the quad gets their HEA, but honestly I was wanting so much more from this story that I feel like something is missing.


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I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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