Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Safe in His Heart
Author: Renae Kaye
Series: Safe #2
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 270 Pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Andrew and Paul learned about God and Jesus in different churches and realize their views of spirituality are worlds apart.
Andrew was raised Catholic and was told his homosexuality was a sin. For his entire life, he hid the truth. He married and had children to present a façade to the world—that of a straight man. It’s not until he has an affair with Paul, who shows him a different side of Jesus, that Andrew realizes he can be gay and still believe in God. Paul’s Jesus is one of acceptance and love, and in Paul’s church, being gay is not a problem.
For Paul and Andrew, falling in love is the easy part of their journey. They must make it through the fires of cheating, being discovered, Andrew’s wife leaving, the necessities of childcare and family life, the demands of their jobs, and working on their commitment to each other. Only then can they be safe in each other’s heart.
Review: This was a hard book for me to review, so I sat on it and waited awhile, hoping for some insight. It didn’t have anything taboo that pushed any of my buttons, and the perceived cheating was just that…perceived. I think what made this difficult for me was that I wasn’t really sure about Andrew and Paul as a couple, at first. They grew on me, obviously, because I really liked this story in the long run and it is a solid four stars, but something was off a little bit, and I still have no idea why. I think it might be how strong Andrew is in the workplace (he is a wealthy CEO), but how he allowed his family to dictate his life.
Andrew is from a die hard, conservative Catholic family who meddled so much into his life that he marries a woman, Kristy, who is in nearly the same situation, just to get them off his back and out of his life. Mentioning that he is gay is not an option. Paul and Andrew meet in the gym, where married Andrew is known as the closet case who will sleep with any man before going home to be the family man. You immediate perception of him is not kind, but once you learn his story you realize why we shouldn’t judge others.
Paul is just too good to be true. After Kristy leaves Andrew (for another man), and leaves their two small children behind, Paul steps into the caregiver and surrogate parent role. Andrew is the boss at work, and the boss at home, and kind of forgets that Paul is his lover and not his nanny. This causes much grief between the two and also lots of tension for Andrew who is learning to be a single dad and a gay man at the same time. What I loved is that Andrew learns fast, accepts his new role, and starts treating Paul the way he deserves. And the sex between the two is off the charts.
Kristy will not win any mother of the year awards, and I hate reading about women who choose men over their own kids, but this happens in real life so it makes sense that it would happen in our books, too. When I say I didn’t like it, I meant I didn’t like her. I was glad she supported Andrew when it finally counted with his family, though. I think some of my favorite parts were when Andrew’s family actually stepped up and defended him against Kristy’s family. For some reason, it was nice to see a little homophobia take a backseat to blood.
What we have here is another great story from the Safe series, and we also get a lot of face time with Lon and Casey from book one. So, if you liked the first one, I am pretty confident you will like this one, too.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*