Safe (A Fate, Texas Book) – CrabbyPatty’s Review

Title: Safe (Fate, Texas #1.5)
Author: Jess Bryant
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 26, 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Sports Romance
Page Count: 68 pages
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5


Trevor Thorne has always played it safe.

He’s a ballplayer. The game has had his heart and soul since he was just a kid. He learned early on that living in the testosterone-fueled world of baseball meant living a lie. He couldn’t afford to be openly gay, not when he had his whole career ahead of him. But his days behind the plate are numbered and he’s tired, so damn tired of hiding who he is, and it’s becoming more and more difficult to deny himself what, and who, he wants.

Rodrigo Cruz is the opposite of safe.

He’s young, ballsy, and bold. Out and proud, Cruz has never shied away from going after what he wants. He wants a career as a big-league ballplayer, and he wants it on his own terms. No hiding his sexuality or his past but also no throwing himself at his beautiful, blue-eyed bunkmate. Not even if he suspects Trevor isn’t quite as straight as he claims.

Crossing that line, testing that theory, it could put his entire career at risk. If he swings for the fences and strikes out, he’ll always be that guy in the locker room who can’t keep it in his pants. But what if he’s right and they’re more than just teammates?

What if they’re soulmates?

I haven’t read “Stay A Little Longer,” the first book in this series (check out all the great reviews on GBR!) but “Safe” works well as a stand-alone.

Trent’s life is baseball and as a boy he kept his sexual identify buried deep inside so he could play major league ball. But now, near the end of his career, he is confronted with his sizzling attraction to Rodrigo Cruz, his out-and-proud bisexual teammate and roommate, and coming to realize:

Everything else melted away in those moments, and all of his doubts, and fears, all of his reasons for playing it safe and living a lie, they all paled in comparison to the life he could have if he simply gave in to what he wanted and what he needed.

This novella is only 68 pages but packed with sizzling sex and a very satisfying happy ending. “Safe” is a fun sexy read – 4.5 stars!

Buy Link Amazon Global Jess Bryant Link GoodReads Jess Bryant Reviews

Advanced Review Copy

Galley copy of Safe provided by NineStar Press in exchange of an honest review.


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend. My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh ... not in my wheelhouse, but I'm a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre. Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more. A few "badges" from NetGalley: 100 Book Reviews Reviews Published Professional Reader