Safe in his Arms by Renae Kaye

Title : Safe in his Arms                 Word Count :70,149

Genre : Contemporary Gay Romance

Blurb : 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.

My Review : Certain lights just can’t be dimmed no matter what unspeakable horrors has been done. Casey is that special someone who carries that kind of light, even though he has been victimized sexually by his own father at the age of fourteen. He is scared , he has nightmares that is cause for sleepless nights and he still suffers through panic attacks.  Irrespective of all of this, he is fun and carefree and trying hard to have agency over his own life and his sexuality. Casey understands that what has been done to him is no fault of his own and is separate and apart from him identifying as a gay man. 

Lon the big and hairy guy -who Casey met in the bathrooms at the trailer park where they both live- has been the only one who makes him feel safe and protected. Casey finds himself sleeping for hours safe and sound in Lon’s bed and he trusts him enough to blurt out his deep dark secret of his childhood abuse after a few days of being with him. Casey has been violated in the worst possible way for months on end, with photographic evidence and videos all over the internet for all to see. He is fragile, a little bit broken but ultimately one of the strongest,  bravest , most loving person that Lon has ever met. Lon is insanely attracted to Casey , but he is not sure how far to push him sexually. Casey and Lon are coasting easily in a sweet, fun, lighthearted relationship that they have not labeled.

When Casey’s grandmother realizes that Lon is the guy that he has been spending all his time with, she gets really upset. She thinks that Lon is way too old being 13 yrs Casey’s senior. She says horrible things to Casey accusing him of not knowing his own mind and accuses Lon of being a pedophile, making the assumption that because he’s a big bear he’s abusing Casey.  Lon is torn up about this, because while he knew that Casey was young , he had no idea that he was only 19 yrs old. He is upset at Casey for lying about his age and he is devastated that he might have lost the best thing that has happened to him in forever.

After talking it over, they realize that they both need each other , because what started out as a bathroom hookup has turned into so much more. Casey has brought back the joy and love into Lon’s life and Lon offers Casey a safe haven within his arms. Lon has to go back to his job at the mines for a few weeks and he asks Casey to stay in his trailer and make himself comfortable. 

Lon comes home on Christmas eve and his heart is warmed when he sees that Casey has gotten him a gift that is propped up beside  a potted fern (read Christmas tree ☺). Lon is overjoyed to be wrapped around Casey again, and Casey is ecstatic having his big bear home. There are lots of hills , valleys  and peaks in their relationship. There are a few therapy sessions for Casey to deal with his past. He also finds out Lon has a past almost as tragic as his.They have some hot man on man action once Lon is assured that he won’t cause flashbacks inadvertently when he penetrates Casey anally. They have toe curling sex. They find out quite a bit about each other, but throughout it all their love grows steadfast and strong. Their love is something that they can believe in, it is almost tangible, but most of all its a safe place for them both. Renae Kaye is definitely one of my favorite authors.  I give this my ratings of 4 – lose the underwear. 

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