Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Safe Haven
AUTHOR: Caitin Ricci
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 171 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2016
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’m going to admit upfront that a big part of why I enjoyed this book so much was the fact that it’s m/m/m/m. I would say – the more ems the merrier – but I’ll also admit that that idea can often go wrong. If the author can pull it off though, well then I’m going to be in a fabulous mood when it comes to writing the review. Which is what has happened here.
Now, you’re probably expecting just like I did that a book with that many penises involved is going to include a whole lot of sex. But it didn’t. There were a few fairly non-descriptive blowjobs but no hedonistic fourway orgies. And apparently I didn’t mind at all. Instead of being sexy this book was crazy sweet and I was lapping up all that sugar like…I don’t know. I’m crap at metaphors and similes, but you get the idea. It was totally cute and I loved it.
The blurb sums up the plot nicely as Blake’s yearning to recover enough that he could perhaps have what the other men have is what progresses this story along. There are of course a few bumps along the way, in the form of Blake’s past trauma and the interference of his uncle but there was very little external conflict to the story. Most of the trouble was what was going on in Blake’s head.
I read another reviewer’s opinion on this story and saw that they had a problem with the believability of the plot. I do understand what they’re saying. You do have to suspend your disbelief while reading this story, but I think if you enjoy what you’re reading then who the heck cares. This is pretty light hearted, for all the hurt comfort going on. There’s a sense of healing and hope about the whole thing. In fact, I think that’s why I liked it so damn much. It simply made me happy reading it.
Usually I’d have an issue with the plot jumping a year ahead to the epilogue to find that Blake has done much of his healing in that time, but I think the author judged it correctly here. The story was set up so you knew how the four men were going to approach dealing with Blake’s issues and if the author had actually documented the whole process then I think she could have easily tripled the number of pages in the book. And it would have been some very slow-paced reading. I was satisfied that I knew the plan and got to read about the results.
If you’re looking for a sweet read with a damaged MC and his troupe of loveable boyfriends, then this book might just be for you.