Review: Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci

November 8, 2016 Review 0

Review: 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.

Title: Safe Haven
Author: Caitlin Ricci
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Loving Her Curves, Shakespearerotica: Queering the Bard , The Little Crow, Joshua
Published by Pride
Source: Publisher
Published: November 8, 2016
Genres: Male Male Romance, Menage
Pages: 171
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Stars: one-star
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suspension of disbelief. phrase. a willingness to suspend one’s critical faculties and believe the unbelievable; sacrifice of realism and logic for the sake of enjoyment. Word Origin. coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

 

Be prepared to believe the unbelievable with Safe Haven. Nothing that goes on is remotely plausible. Blake is twenty-seven years old (this needs to be stated constantly because he is portrayed as a prepubescent child) and has not left the safety of his home in over twenty years. His uncle takes care of everything for him including hiring him a new set of bodyguards. This is where things began going downhill for me. Malcolm, Rex, and CJ are highly recommended professionals. They are professionals that never asked a single question about who they were guarding nor why he needed guarding.

Surprise! First day on the job the trio want to know when they’ll get to meet Blake. Blake is doing the meet and greet from the safety of his rooms. He’s watching it all from video feeds and listening in with the intercom system. He doesn’t ever have any type of contact with real life people. All his socialization is done through the computer. Let’s go back to Blake’s character portrayal. He sneaks around his own home in an oversized hoodie, completely stealth mode. If he happens upon someone he asks them to close their eyes and look the other way. Had Ricci not told us readers that Blake is twenty-seven I would never have figured it out on my own.

Going into Safe Haven I was expecting a delightfully dirty read. I knew from the beginning that we had an existing polyamorous relationship. Of course Blake is a virgin. I never got the sexy side of this romance. That’s right, no sex. The no sex is a good thing in a way. Rex, CJ, and Malcolm are lusty for Blake. That creeped me out a little. Blake is so childlike. Three grown men with plenty of sexual experience being attracted to a character that I read as a child was skeezy.

Nothing about this book worked for me.

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