Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci ~ Book Review by Caroline

32290799Title: Safe Haven

Author: Caitlin Ricci

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: Posh Gosh

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/08/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Menage/Poly

Blurb:

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.

My View:

The pretty cover and the blurb caught my attention on this one. One damaged MC saved by not one, not two but three men who are already in a relationship together.

Blake hasn’t left the house or had any real social interaction for two decades after his parents were murdered and he was held captive. His over protective uncle, who at one point I thought was a bit of a jerk, keeps an eye on him and runs his home. He employs the bodyguards who have very little to do other than make Blake feel safe by their very presence. He talks to the staff from behind a door, he sneaks down to the kitchen to prepare his food when no one else is about – he lives a very lonely and very insular life. As damaged and vulnerable MC’s go Blake ticks all the boxes and more.

When his current bodyguard retires Blake’s uncle employs three new men to guard him and these three men are all in a relationship. Malcolm, Rex and CJ are all very different but you can immediately see how they all fit together so well. In a moment when Blake’s life is in danger these men manage to do what no one else has in twenty years – get close, touch and make Blake think for just a minute about what it would be like to get better. That being said there is a panic attack of massive proportions to get over afterwards.

I loved the slow burn, the tentative steps that Blake takes and the three very different reactions he has to deal with. Rex was a firm favourite with me just because of his attitude and sense of humour. The one thing this book fell short on was sex – and not from the “I wanted to see how the four of them got off” perspective but because for me it was pivotal to the story. Blake had such a strong aversion to touch that I wanted to see how as a group they helped him recover – it was such an important part of them being able to move on and none of it happened on page.

Links

Safe Haven on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

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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