Monday, May 2, 2016

Release Day Review: Safe in His Heart by Renae Kaye #Review #Giveaway

Author: Renae Kaye
Book: Safe in His Heart (Safe book 2)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication Date: May 2, 2016
Length: 270 pages

Reviewed by: Meredith


Andrew and Paul learned about God and Jesus in different churches and realize their views of spirituality are worlds apart.

Andrew was raised Catholic and was told his homosexuality was a sin. For his entire life, he hid the truth. He married and had children to present a fa├žade to the world—that of a straight man. It’s not until he has an affair with Paul, who shows him a different side of Jesus, that Andrew realizes he can be gay and still believe in God. Paul’s Jesus is one of acceptance and love, and in Paul’s church, being gay is not a problem.

For Paul and Andrew, falling in love is the easy part of their journey. They must make it through the fires of cheating, being discovered, Andrew’s wife leaving, the necessities of childcare and family life, the demands of their jobs, and working on their commitment to each other. Only then can they be safe in each other’s heart.

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This was actually a very hard review for me to write. All of Renae Kaye’s books have been 5 stars for me. I’ve read everything she’s ever written. So, I took my time with this review and felt I needed to explain the why behind my review. I didn’t hate this book but I didn’t love it either. It was amazingly written. Renae’s writing is flawless. She has a signature and I’ve grown to adore that.

My dilemma comes with the overall feeling of this book. Safe in His Heart is book 2 in Renae’s Safe Series. Paul, who we met in Safe in His Arms, is an MC and I want to say that he was wonderful. My heart bled for him in this book. I could feel all his emotions and that’s a sign of a great writer to pull that from page to reader.

Andrew… I didn’t like him. I tried to see his point of view. I tried to understand. I spent the entire book teetering over the moral line and I almost fell into oblivion a few times. Andrew is married to a woman. They have an “arrangement” and Andrew wants Paul but he’s so twisted inside it made for a frustrating read. He is as loyal to Paul as a married man can be. He has kids that are the only thread keeping Andrew with his wife. And in the end it felt like when she (Kristy) makes the choices it’s the final say. And even though they are in a loveless marriage the fact that when she says, “Okay it’s fine lets go have our own happily ever after’s alone.” (Not a direct quote) Andrew is like yes master in a sense. Therefore giving Paul the life he deserves. That’s a lot of power and it made Paul and Andrew’s relationship feel almost insincere.

All of Andrew’s reasoning I won’t unveil. You DO have to read this book to draw your own conclusions. There’s a thick religious presence in this book, very preachy at times and as a Christian myself I understood what I was reading but it was a bit much even for me. 

This is a book that HAS to be read. I genuinely encourage you to do so because it’s also a book that will be a love it or hate it story for you. Where one hates it another will love it and one’s judgement shouldn’t dictate reading this. I am a fan of Renae’s work. This one just left me all knotted up and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a book that stayed with me. I would love to see what everyone’s thoughts are on this book. It will pull on your heart and soul that’s for sure.


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