Thursday, October 19, 2017

Safe and Sound by Caitlin Ricci

Twenty-one-year-old Mason has to get out of his mother’s house, where her boyfriend subjects him to unwanted advances—and won’t take no for an answer. Since she didn’t believe Mason when he told her about his uncle’s sexual abuse, Mason knows he’s on his own, and it’s up to him to raise the money he needs. He thinks he’s in luck when he takes a modeling job.

Oliver is a photographer, and getting guys and sex has always been easy for him. His current open relationship is no exception: more friendship and fun than anything. But when Oliver meets Mason, he can see the younger man is fragile and desperately in need of help. Before anything can develop between them, Mason needs to free himself of his terrible living situation and start on the road to healing. Oliver wants to stand beside him as he does. What surprises him is the discovery that he might need Mason as much as Mason needs him.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆
M/M Romance
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Oliver and Mason are a strange couple. I normally really enjoy Ricci’s stories, but this one just didn't do it for me. I thought that it was very truncated and stitched together. It was a disjointed flow for me.

On the one hand, you have a successful poly-type photographer, who enjoys his friends and then finds Mason attractive. However, he kind of jumps right into wanting a relationship due to his attraction, but doesn't really know how to get out of his current situation. When his current boyfriend does decide for them that it's time to end their relationship, he just assumes that Mason will be ready for him.

Mason has had a difficult childhood and a parent who seems totally checked out. However, when things come to head, she totally believes him, when before she didn't. It was too much of a 180 for me.

I just didn't or couldn't get into this story.

Caitlin began writing when she was in middle school but it wasn't until 2012 that she first got up the guts to submit something to a publisher. That first short story was accepted and later that same year she quit her job and became a full time author. She is forever grateful to her readers for giving her first short story a chance and for their continued support as well.

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 fiancé and their two dogs. Her belief that there is no one true path to happily ever after runs deeply through all of her stories.

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


  1. Books have always been my safe place.

  2. I've been lucky all my life I've always had a home which is my safe place.

  3. My mom. She is the kindest person I've ever met.

  4. My parents. They are supportive without being judgemental.

  5. My husband and my home make me feel safe & sound.

  6. My family and things that give me comfort.

  7. I feel safe with the family I've chosen.

  8. My family makes me feel safe and sound.


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