Monday, September 19, 2016

Safe House by Charley Descoteaux

Kyle Shimoda is an asshole magnet, has been for as long as he can remember. At forty-seven, he doesn’t see much chance for improving his luck in love. His friends who run Buchanan House, a gay retreat on the central Oregon coast, know he wants to find “someone nice” to settle down with, and they set him up with Officer Brandon Smith. Kyle has a turbulent history with law enforcement, but he can’t deny his attraction to the buff cop.

Brandon has been a police officer in Lincoln City almost since the day he graduated from high school over thirty years ago. He’s cultivated the facade of a serious, disciplined law enforcement officer, but beneath his overdeveloped chest beats the soft heart of a drama queen. A cancer scare shifts Bran’s focus from finding a serious relationship to having as much sex as he can—putting his goals squarely at odds with Kyle’s. If he can’t find the courage to be honest about his feelings for Kyle, the happiness they’ve both been searching for could slip through their fingers.

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Book 4
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/M Romance
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So far, I have enjoyed all of the books in this series well enough. This was a slightly less enjoyable story for me.

You have Kyle, who seems to only attract guys who "love him and leave him" – he is looking for a long term relationship but can't seem to get it right. He's struggling with that fact when he goes to his friend's house for a getaway. He loves his job, but also knows that he could choose a different path. What that path would be, he's trying to figure out.

Then you have Kyle's history with law enforcement and how scary that was for him. His friends know of his history, and despite that, they believe that Brandon is going to be a good fit for their friend. Unfortunately for the friends, they don't know all that is going on with Brandon when they set these two up.

Brandon acts just as Kyle suspected, but hoped against hope that he was different. He loved him and left him. It takes a while for Brandon to see the light – to see how his actions are costing him a future shot with Kyle.

Overall, this was a feel good story, but had a semi-weak storyline compared to the previous books. It was well written, in terms of development though, which is why I rated it as I did.

Charley Descoteaux has always heard voices. She was relieved to learn they were fictional characters, and started writing when they insisted daydreaming just wasn’t good enough. In exchange, they’ve agreed to let her sleep once in a while. Charley grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area during a drought, and found her true home in the soggy Pacific Northwest. She has survived earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods, but couldn’t make it through one day without stories.

Charley also writes YA fiction under the name Charli Green.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Safe House (Buchanan House #4) by Charley Descoteaux to read and review.

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