Title: Safe in His Heart (Safe #2)
Author: Renae Kaye and Randy Fuller (Narrator)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 15, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.3 stars out of 5
Andrew and Paul learned about God and Jesus in different churches and realize their views of spirituality are worlds apart.
Andrew was raised Catholic and was told his homosexuality was a sin. For his entire life, he hid the truth. He married and had children to present a façade to the world—that of a straight man. It’s not until he has an affair with Paul, who shows him a different side of Jesus, that Andrew realizes he can be gay and still believe in God. Paul’s Jesus is one of acceptance and love, and in Paul’s church, being gay is not a problem.
For Paul and Andrew, falling in love is the easy part of their journey. They must make it through the fires of cheating, being discovered, Andrew’s wife leaving, the necessities of childcare and family life, the demands of their jobs, and working on their commitment to each other. Only then can they be safe in each other’s heart.
Warning: If you don’t like cheating, then go no further. In its defense, technically there isn’t cheating when the marriage is thought of contractual by both parties and both parties agree that the other can find pleasure outside the marriage as long as they are discrete. Yes, they are not honoring their vows, but again both adults think of this a contract, nothing more. In addition, even though religion is involved in this story, it does not weigh the story down.
With that out of the way……Holy crap does this book start out with a bang… literally. Let me just say that you are in for a treat. Who does not like a hot and steamy shower sex scene in a gym. In fact this is where Paul and Andrew meet, even though Andrew has seen him around the gym once or twice before.
Andrew is a successful businessman with a beautiful wife and two young children. However, appearances are not always what they seem. In fact, their marriage is a marriage of convenience. It was forged between the two of them at desperate times in their lives. Both Kristy and Andrew have their own reasons for their agreement which I will leave for the reader to explore.
IMO Andrew and Kristy’s reasons for getting married are selfish. However, with Paul’s help Andrew is able to grow and become not just a better person (and not a pushover) but a better parent. Unfortunately, Kristy still stays a selfish bitch. I am hoping with time (a from the bit of redemption at the end) she will eventually become a better person all around.
Even though Paul isn’t perfect by any means, together they fit. The attraction between the two is undeniable. Not only is their growing feelings toward one another sweet, it kept me on the edge with all the conflict they came up against. There is a lot that the two have to navigate through: Andrew being in the closet due to his religious upbringing, the wife, the kids, both his parents and his wife’s parents, the separation, their hectic schedules and etc. Even through all that, both eventually get their well deserved HEA. I have to say it is ultra complicated, but I wouldn’t expect anything else given everything they have gone through up until this point.
First off let me say that I have not read and/or listened to the first book in the series, but the author does such a great job that this book can be read and/or listened to by itself. She did such a wonderful job telling a story about a man who is lost and conflicted not just with himself and others but with God as well. It just took one man to help him not only see things from a different view on religion, but to find balance in his life. This book is full of ups and downs, so be ready. This is an audiobook worth listening too and well worth the credit 🙂
Randy Fuller is a new narrator for me, and I have to say I like the job he did. He has a nice voice and did a good job with the different characters in the story.
There is a bit of an editing issue with the audio a bit under the two-hour mark. It was if they went back to re-record a certain part and then edited the area. Unfortunately, you can hear the sound variation.