An Alisa Review: Safe Haven by Caitlin Ricci

Rating:  4 stars out of 5


safe-haven-by-caitlin-ricciBeing 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.


I really enjoyed this book and I thought the ménage/multiple partner theme was well done.  Is it a very realistic situation?  No, but I don’t think that is a necessity to make a good or interesting book.  Blake hasn’t had anyone show any affection or really care for him since his parents were murdered.  He makes a point to keep everyone at arm’s length, but no one really tries to get any closer either.  All that changes when his new bodyguards come to live in his house.


Malcolm, CJ and Rex can’t help but be protective of their new charge and even though they don’t know him very well want to take care of him and at least be his friends.  Their stubbornness starts to break through Blake’s walls just in time for his world to fall apart again.  Blake learns that support from those you love can be the best kind.


This story is told from Blake’s point of view.  He has pretty much been left alone and raised himself from the around the age of ten.  For someone who hasn’t had much human interaction he has grown up remarkably well, though if something is outside his comfort zone it can throw him for a big loop.  It is easy to feel how confused and scared Blake is at everything that goes on around him.  Once he starts to open himself up and the more he asks questions, the more he can start to accept changes.  Even though we don’t see Malcolm, CJ or Rex’s thoughts directly, you can see how much they care by their actions towards each other and Blake.  I love that their love and support ultimately help Blake begin to break down his barriers and get outside.


The cover art is great and catches your eye, it also gives you a visual of the characters.


Sales Links: Pride Publishing | Amazon


Book Details:

ebook, 151 pages

Published: November 8, 2016 by Pride Publishing

ISBN: 9781786514790

Edition Language: English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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