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In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He’s not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn’t turn him down.
Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon’s not sure he’s ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.
But perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. And Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.
I’ve read a couple Renae Kaye books to date and I do have to say that I quite enjoy her writing. She crafts a good story and the Australian backdrop that she tends to use is always a favorite of mine. I could probably say she’s a new go-to author for me.
Safe in His Arms, however, was not my favorite of her books. It wasn’t bad. Decently interesting characters, some intriguing plot twists, a base of a story that could be very engaging. I think the problem was that it didn’t feel completed sussed out…it felt disjointed and not entirely explored and ultimately, though it wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great either.
Lon is a mine-worker who spends life working weeks away from home and then weeks on a caravan park living in his trailer. He’s a HUGE man with tons of family baggage, yet manages to be kind and friendly and likable. I’m drawn to the type of character that wants to take care of everyone…makes people feel safe…like home. That’s Lon.
Lon meets Casey in the caravan park showers. They eye each other and realize there’s a spark of attraction. Eventually their one night tryst turns into many nights. And despite their large age difference, they fit. They fit namely because, as mentioned, Lon takes care of people and Casey, having faced unspeakable abuse as a young teen, needed taking care of.
The relationship itself was interesting and though I wasn’t entirely comfortable at how quickly it progressed, I liked them together.
As the story progressed, Casey did begin to wear on me a bit. He’s young and immature at times, needy and whiny, and I sometimes felt Lon could do better. But I like that Lon has someone to take care of and feed that part of his nature.
I guess the real failure of this book, for me, was there was SO MUCH to deal with…family members in prison, adoptions, sexual abuse, suspicious friendships, closeted married men, a missing sister, a brutal storm, a May-December romance…and on and on and on…but none of it really got settled. Now, if the author’s intention is to make this into a series, I might be convinced to keep reading.
All in all, it’s a decent contemporary but not one I’d jump up and down to recommend immediately.