Better Than Safe by Lane Hayes ~ Book Review by Caroline

25512977Title: Better Than Safe

Author: Lane Hayes

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/25/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: M/M Romance


Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.

Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.

My View:

We met Paul once before when he could have been the love of Curt’s life but with his constant travelling and the fact that Jack came along and stole Curt’s heart – it was never meant to be.

On an uncommon break from his pretty nomadic lifestyle and through Aaron who seems to have set himself up as Mr Matchmaker for all his friends he meets model, sometimes musician and passionate artist Seth Landau. Two more different people you couldn’t meet and after their first ‘date’ Paul is absolutely sure he never wants to see Seth again.

This is the first book in the series where I haven’t immediately thought that the two MC’s were going to make it to the end and find their happy. Seth seems to have multiple personalities in places and whenever he feels unsure or threatened his snarky side emerges leaving you feeling as though he doesn’t care. He was quite a difficult character to like initially.

Seth is never on time for anything whereas Paul is prompt and hates anyone being late. Seth is disorganised but Paul likes everything in its place. Seth is passionate but Paul is timid with his affections. Seth loves to play video games leaving Paul painfully aware of their age gap. There are doubts, there are anxieties and there is something both men struggle with from their pasts which makes everything that bit more difficult.

By the end of the book I was surprised by Seth and the strength and maturity he showed -Lane Hayes made me love him. A great fourth book in the series!


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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