Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I loved the storyline of this book. The book was good, but could have been so much better. There were so many opportunities for us to see chemistry and affection between the characters, but we never got to “see” any of that. It was either implied or told to us in the epilogue. I wanted to see how the dynamics worked between the four characters after Blake started to adjust to things. This easily could have been a 4 or 5-star book for me if there was just more to it and a little sex would have helped too.

Characters: Well written
Sex: No
Religious: No
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: No
Genre: M/M
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M/M/M Relationship
Triggers: Click HERE to see Avid Reader’s review on Goodreads for trigger warnings.

This was a sweet, but sad story. I really liked all of the characters, with the exception of Phil. I thought Phil turned out to be a bully of mega proportions. Despite his best intentions, he seemed to have forgotten what Blake needed and instead, tried to pry him out of his comfort zone.

Sophia was the highlight for me. She was patient, kind, understanding and the mother figure that Blake needed.

CJ, Rex, and Malcolm were somewhat of a strange trio. You didn't really get to know about their relationship – mainly, you watched from the sidelines because Blake was narrating. It would have been nice to see their relationship go a little deeper. However, all three showed love, compassion, understanding, protectiveness, and patience when it came to Blake.

Blake's life has been difficult, but overall, he's ready for more. When the three bodyguards show him what life could be like, Blake slowly begins to come out of his shell. Watching him grow and change was great – I thought that the story was very well developed, as far as that aspect went, especially given that it wasn't very long.

Overall, this was a very nice read.

Caitlin was fortunate growing up to be surrounded by family and teachers that encouraged her love of reading. She has always been a voracious reader and that love of the written word easily morphed into a passion for writing. If she isn’t writing, she can usually be found studying as she works toward her counseling degree. She comes from a military family and the men and women of the armed forces are close to her heart.

She also enjoys gardening and horseback riding in the Colorado Rockies where she calls home with her wonderful fiance, their dog and Blue Tongue Skink. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.

Caitlin Ricci loves to hear from readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci to read and review.

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