Safe Haven (A.O. Chika’s Review)

Title: Safe Haven
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 151
Reviewed by: A.O. Chika
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

I loved this book, I expected a lot of sex as most books I’ve reviewed from PP have been erotica, so yea I kept waiting for the sex-fest… which never happened. I liked how the importance of communication was stressed because a four-way relationship is complicated enough without one of them dealing with mental health issues.

Of the trio I loved Rex the most, CJ was soft, protective and kinda sweet, Malcolm was all muscle and levelheadedness (Is that a word?) Rex couldn’t be subtle to save his life. I disagree with pinning down a person dealing with a crapton of anxiety, though, bad Rex, but I understood his point of view. The others kind of babied Blake which was nice as he needed it sometimes, but as a person with a very limited reserve of patience I resonated more with Rex. Besides what’s not to love about his cheekiness.

After getting an insight to why Blake’ video game Underworlds had fifty-seven levels I’m officially boycotting all games… except The Sims because I’ve invested way too much money to quit.

I loved Caitlin Ricci’s writing style, I loved the pacing, I loved how sometimes it was fluffy, sometimes sexy, and sometimes kinda dark. Like when Uncle Phil hired that jerkface of a bodyguard.

Speaking of Uncle Phil, when I read the blurb I was prepared to dislike him, but he was genuinely doing the best he could for Blake even though he sometimes treated Blake like a kid. My empathy died when he hired jerkface though.

PS: there’s a grumpy siamese cat called Bandit.

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