Thursday, November 7, 2019

In Safe Keeping by Victoria Sue

He can’t save everyone…

Firefighter Lucas Attiker is mired in guilt by his inability to save his young son, who perished in a fire three years ago. When he rescues a troubled young man and his baby daughter from a Colorado forest fire, Lucas finally begins to forgive himself. But the wildfire is only the beginning of the dangers facing them.

Hell-bent on saving his daughter from his crime boss ex, Owen Michaels is on the run with the baby in tow—fleeing both the killers who are after him and the US Marshals Service deputies assigned to protect him. When his desperate flight lands them in the midst of an inferno, the man who saves them offers hope for more than just survival.

They might have escaped a blazing forest and a hail of bullets, but both men will need to risk their lives—and their hearts—to give a little girl a loving family… if they can make it out alive.

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Lucas is a firefighter who also helps out when there is a forest fire. He loves his job, but he also hates his job. With family issues that run so far in his psyche under the false sense of guilt, Lucas wants to save others to pay penance for those he wasn't able to save.

Owen is on the run with his daughter. There simply is no sugar coating this. Owen knows that his choices are no longer his own and can't stand by while his partner continues to harm others. But when he finds himself in territory that is unfamiliar and sees that he's in danger, Owen will have to figure out who he can trust and who Damien can pay off.

With nobody to trust but each other, both men will have to decide if what they have has staying power or if the thrill and adrenaline is what brought them together.

This is a fast paced, who done it type of story. I enjoyed the mystery because it kept you guessing as to who was trustworthy and who was not. Also, watching Lucas and Owen figure out their own issues and lean on each other was organic and not forced. Not to mention the major twist at the end... you'll just have to read it!

I will end by saying that I did not read the previous book and didn't feel that I was missing anything.

I will start this review off by saying I did not read the first book in this series, I didn't even realize it was a series until I came to write my review. I don't feel like I was missing any backstory, so this could be read as a standalone book.

Lucas and Owen were so sweet together, they just melted my heart. I love how Owen was with Lucas, even though his life was on the line the entire book. Baby Mia was precious but her saying the dog’s name at 7 months was a little bit of a reach for me, not saying kids can't talk that early but she was a drug addict baby, so chances are she wouldn't be talking that early. The story kept me engaged the entire time and I couldn't wait to see who the leak was even though I had a guess in my head. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast-paced books with a sweet love story.

This is an explosive whirlwind of action and angst. Part firefighter action, part organised crime thriller, part family drama, and part romance, this is a complicated story with many discordant parts. The novel as a whole works surprisingly well but I don’t feel like any of the many plot threads are developed particularly successfully.

I loved the firefighting action at the start of this story and I enjoyed some of the slower, quieter passages where Lucas and Owen work on their relationships and come to terms with their pasts. The organised crime element of the story was overdone and completely implausible. Lucas’ personal history is far too complicated to work as a minor subplot and each new revelation about Owen and the baby kept me in an escalating state of WTF disbelief. And please don’t get me started on Lucas’ sexuality.

This works as an exciting read but the superficial treatment of difficult themes and situations means that the book just doesn’t have the emotional resonance I expected. There was too much going on for me to properly connect with any of the characters or themes. The implausibility of so many of the story threads made it difficult to invest in the characters.

This works as an action adventure if readers don’t think about it too hard but there is probably enough material for three or four novels packed into a single, slightly bewildering book.

VICTORIA SUE… Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby two years ago and he says he has regretted it every day since. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best—especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail. Loves her wolves!

Is an English northern lass but is currently serving twenty to life in Florida—unfortunately, she spends more time chained to her computer than on a beach.

Loves to hear from her readers and can be found most days lurking on Facebook.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of In Safe Keeping (Heroes and Babies #2) by Victoria Sue to read and review.

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