Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Safe in His Arms
Author: Renae Kaye
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 208 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.
Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.
But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
Review: Wasn’t sure what to expect since I’d never read this author before, but since I read the book straight through until the end, I guess that means I liked it. There were many aspects that appealed to me, many that made me squeamish, and some that were just so sweet that I’m sure I said “awe” out loud more than once.
Lon is a big bear of a guy, he looks as if he could snap a person in half, but he is really the sweetest man. Casey is a typical twink: young, small, and very immature in many ways, but he is also a very old soul on the inside. His horrific past gave him no choice but to grow up faster than he should have.
I’m not sure if I would consider a 13 year age difference to be scandalous, but many people do, and it puts a huge damper on the budding relationship between Casey and Lon. Casey needs Lon for more than sex, he needs him because he makes Casey feel safe and secure,something that hasn’t happened since his abusive past. Nowhere does he feel safer than when he is in the arms of the man that he is slowly learning to love. To Casey, love was something that caused pain, so he doesn’t relate Lon with love right away.
Lon is probably the most incredibly forgiving man I’ve read about in a while. His love for his family, and the brother who caused him so much pain, was bone deep. He is not a man who loves lightly, but one who is totally vested with his whole being. Casey needed a man he could trust and rely on, and Lon was that man. Hook, line, and sinker…these two were meant to be together, and together they worked…and worked well.
This story has aspects of sexual abuse and incest, but it’s off page and in the past. Many of the details are told during a therapy session or when Lon and Casey were learning to be honest and truthful with each other and offering their deepest darkest secrets in hopes that they had put their faith in the right man. Lon was perfect throughout, until his sister returned, but it was just a minor bleep in the grand scheme of things. I was mad at him for about two pages but that was it. He was the perfect man, the perfect brother, the perfect lover, and Casey won the hot man lottery when he stumbled upon Lon that night in the communal showers.
Yeah, I would take option A, too, Casey. Good Choice.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*