REVIEWED BY CINDY
TITLE: Safe and Sound
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 99 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 18th, 2017
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.
Mason is a guy who needs to escape his life. Oliver is a man who figures out that what he wants out of life might be changing.
Mason is also a guy who needs to grow up. My biggest issue with this story is the lack of backbone on Mason’s part. He isn’t some 16 year old kid, he’s 21 years old. The way he lets people treat him is kind of appalling and I’m not sure why he doesn’t stand up for himself. The only time he does stand up for himself, its with someone who’s kind enough to take what he says seriously, but even he still kind of pushes to get his own way. Everyone in this story pushes Mason around.
Oliver is just wishy-washy. He is set in his ways one sentence and then changing his mind the next. I’m a big believer in the power of love but in this instance, it’s just way too much too soon.
I find all the characters in this book to be very one-dimensional. There’s no one who really keeps me interested, although I kept hoping for something a little more in depth to pop up but it never did. The story is completely basic and it went exactly where and how you would it expect it to go.
There’s not really any angst, although the author does try hard to reach for some. Feelings are just half-assed and Mason is just so up and down it’s kind of like a rollercoaster. I’m not a fan of rollercoasters.
I’m usually a big fan of this author so I’m gonna chalk this up to a difference of of preferences and look forward to their next release.