Title: Safe and Sound
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Genre(s): Gay romance
Page Count: 99 pages
Reviewed by: Tosh
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.
Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.
Trigger Warnings: References to sexual abuse. Now with that out of the way, this was really a great book. My only wish is it would have been a little longer than it was.
This book follows Somewhere to Belong a Thornwood novel. And yes Eli and Greyson makes some appearances in this book also, so that makes this book that much better. This book is based on Mason’s story. He wants a normal life so badly he can taste it but it is hard for him to get over the present and past abuse. Because of this abuse he is having a hard time letting anyone get close to him.
Well that was the case until he met a photographer named Oliver. Mason met Oliver when he answered an ad on the internet about taking personal photos for pay. With Mason needing he money to get out of his mom’s house Mason jumps at the chance to make some extra money to help with that.
Oliver knows immediately that there is something different about Mason. He is innocent but at the same time you can see the hurt and pain in his eyes. This makes Oliver want to get to know him better. There is an issue though, how will Mason take the news that Oliver is not single? Not only that but he is also in an open relationship.
Can two men, one whom has been hurt and one who does not do relationships or at least not ones that are not open to others, figure out how they are going to make things work between them? Or is there just too much on each man’s part to persue something together?
This was a great read. I hope to see more of these two in a future book because their story was just not long enough in my opinion. This has been a great series or spin off series, whatever you want to call it. I have enjoyed it tremendously. Looking forward to more by Caitlin in the future.
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