Friday, October 28, 2016

Safe in His Arms by Renae Kaye Audiobook Review

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.

Length: 7 hrs, 6 mins
Narrator: Randy Fuller

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Book 1
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I adored Safe in His Arms. Although it’s not the first of Kaye’s books I’ve enjoyed, I didn’t realize that she was the same author who wrote The Blinding Light, at least not until I started writing my review. But now that I know, I can’t say that I’m surprised that I enjoyed Safe in His Arms. I found the author’s writing to be fluid, moving the story along with just the right amount of information provided, while withholding key pieces of info so that they could be dropped like little bombs in the relationship in a realistic manner – by that I mean that neither Casey nor Taylor are very secure in what they are to one another, so they’re both hesitant to unload all their baggage for the other to see because they’re afraid of sending the other man running.

While the book starts off with a bang (or should I say a blow?), Casey’s need to feel safe and protected quickly propels what could have been a one-night-stand into just a bit more. Casey is needy without being clingy, or maybe I should say smothering. Despite the abuse Casey suffered as a teen at the hands of his father, he is drawn to large men, men big enough to protect him, bears – and while this physical type could also do him harm, he trusts his instincts when it comes to Lon, feeling quite literally, safe in his arms. As for Lon, he tends to avoid twinks because they often want him to be their “daddy” while spanking and dominating them, none of which appeals to Lon. Contrary to his intimidating appearance, Lon is a nurturer and something in Casey calls to him, making him overlook Casey’s twink appearance and their age difference to give him a chance – a decision that benefits both men more than either would have ever anticipated. Casey’s need to feel safe and protected complements Lon’s natural caregiver and protector instincts wonderfully and their sexual chemistry is intense, especially once Lon accompanies Casey to one of his therapy sessions and Casey’s therapist is able to give Lon the reassurance and guidance he needed. In addition to the ghosts from both Lon and Casey’s pasts that they must deal with, Mother Nature decides to make an appearance, adding a realistic element that had me worried (even as I knew I really didn’t need to worry). I don’t want to say that the ending was rushed because it wasn’t, I think it was more that I wasn’t ready for Lon and Casey’s story to be over, which left me feeling as though the events in the final couple of chapters progressed too quickly.

Safe in His Arms is the first audiobook I’ve listened to that was narrated by Randy Fuller and I found his narrative performance to be very enjoyable. Fuller did a nice job of creating different voices for the various characters and conveying their emotions to the listener. I’ve found that for me, when a narrator can make me forget I’m listening to a book and leaves me feeling as though I’m listening to a movie, play, or similar performance, I’m both impressed and entertained. Granted, the book being narrated has to lend itself to the format and I’ve already had experiences when I enjoyed the audiobook more than I would have enjoyed reading the ebook. That doesn’t apply here because Safe in His Arms is a strong, well-written story, and Fuller’s performance enhanced the experience immensely, leaving me anxious to begin Safe in His Heart.

RENAE KAYE is a lover and hoarder of books who thinks libraries are devilish places because they make you give the books back. She consumed her first adult romance book at the tender age of thirteen and hasn’t stopped since. After years—and thousands of stories!—of not having book characters do what she wants, she decided she would write her own novel and found the characters still didn’t do what she wanted. It hasn’t stopped her, though. She believes that maybe one day the world will create a perfect couple—and it will be the most boring story ever. So until then, she is stuck with quirky, snarky, and imperfect characters who just want their story told.

Renae lives in Perth, Western Australia, and writes in five-minute snatches between the demands of two kids, a forbearing husband, too many pets, too much housework, and her beloved veggie garden. She is a survivor of being the youngest in a large family and believes that laughter (and a good book) can cure anything.

Her first novel, Loving Jay, was voted the Best Book Debut 2014 by the member’s choice awards in the Goodreads M/M Romance Group.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Safe in His Arms (Safe #1) by Renae Kaye, narrated by Randy Fuller to listen to and review.

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