TITLE: Safe and Sound
AUTHOR: Caitlin Ricci
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
COVER ARTIST: Brooke Albrecht
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 84 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 18, 2017
PRICE: $5.94 -e-book
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.
So I didn’t know at the time that I asked to review Safe and Sound that this book ties into the Thornwood series and takes place after Somewhere to Belong. I greatly enjoyed reading Somewhere to Belong and getting to know Eli and Grayson and the shy innocent Mason that worked at Green Acres Equine Sanctuary. It took me just a couple of minutes to figure out that the Mason that I was reading about in Safe and Sound was the Mason that I had fallen in love with in Somewhere to Belong. And I was so excited to get to read his story.
Mason has been through a lot, and there are somethings that he has kept secret from even his best friend, Eli. Like how he was sexually abused as a child by his uncle that was living with them at the time and how he told his mom but she didn’t believe him. Or that at twenty-one her current live-in boyfriend gives him the creeps and tries to touch him inappropriately. And he hasn’t bothered to say anything because she didn’t believe him before so why would she believe him now. So he’s been working for Green Acres and doing other odd jobs to save up for a place to rent so he can get out of his mother’s house. He also hasn’t come out at home, and that is also putting a lot of stress on him. When he sees an ad for a modeling job, he decides to give it a chance. When he meets Oliver for the first time, he’s nervous, but he doesn’t get any creepy vibes from him. And Oliver is instantly smitten with Mason and tries to put him at ease.
Oliver is a photographer and is always on the lookout for new faces. He’s in an open relationship with Chester who is also in an open relationship with Phillip who is also Oliver’s friend. But Oliver and Phillip are just friends. But Oliver and Chester are both just in their relationships for fun not that they are in love. But Oliver can see himself falling for Mason. It’s too bad that Mason isn’t into the whole open relationship. So Oliver will have to decide what he wants more. The possibility of a monogamous relationship with the potential for love or to continue with his safe open relationship.
The book ends with an HFN ending, and I really hope that this is going to be a series because I want more of Oliver and Mason, especially since there was no explicit content in this book. Not that the book wasn’t sexy or didn’t have any sexual content. Some kissing, light making out, and some slightly naughty pictures. But Mason is still an innocent virgin at the end of the book, and I hope that Oliver will eventually relieve him of it.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book***