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Hiding in Plain Sight

(Safe Harbor #2)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  309 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Vladimir Gusev exists in a living hell. A year ago in the Olympics he was forced to use a homophobic slur during a game, and guilt is eating him from the inside out. Not only is Vladimir not a homophobe, but in the aftermath of the Olympics, he was finally able to admit his true nature to himself. Yet he's been taught homosexuality is a sin, so he tries to push away his fe ...more
Published 2014
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Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is written much like a MF romance. I didn't feel the dialog or behavior would genuinely occur between two men. At times it was downright cheesy. I also never felt any real chemistry between the two... things were flat and predictable. Also to go from "the Russian Mob made me do it, I feared for my family" to "My family abandoned me, I can't let them affect my decisions" was contradictory and too convenient to be believable. ...more
♥️Victoria ♥️ ♥️love books♥️
Overall book rating 3.5 Stars
Audio book - Narrator - Jason P. Hilton 4 Stars Loved the Audio
Book Cover - 4 Stars
Sep 22, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, series, m-m
Practically half the book was sex scenes. Virgin said hello to gay world here: Hello!!! plus the ex Delta Force who just got out from military life barely a year before. Thus, the merry shagging acrobatics. I was actually expecting more from this Russian/American couple; considering the Russian mob mentioned in earlier pages, and the nameless faceless family in Russia. Alas, no further story there except... for when Vlad told the story. Not so much of hockey scene too, this book being part o ...more
* A Reader Obsessed *
2.5 Stars

Gawd this had so much potential.

First you have Vladimir, a native Russian playing professional hockey in the U.S. who has just allowed himself to wholly admit he's gay. A chance encounter arises and he meets Joe, who takes a little pity on his emotional turmoil and offers him friendship. So picture this - hot hockey player who's a gay virgin meets experienced hot ex-Marine who's reluctant but willing to show him all that he's been missing. The anticipated fireworks should be amazing ri
Ula'ndi Hart
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Much better than the firt one. I had fun with this. Both books are a should I put this?
Not finished? Short of facts? .....really just not finished. But I enjoyed the idea around it and the boys were fun.
Feb 01, 2014 marked it as dnr-dnf-not-4-me  ·  review of another edition
DNR because all/most of my trusted GR friends did not enjoy it.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
83% price drop to $0.99! 10/5/14
Well, there wasn't anything WRONG with this book. Well, I guess that's not true. I didn't get the feel or connection of the MCs. I didn't connect to them and I suppose that's because they didn't seem authentic to me. The storyline was loose and the sex was lukewarm. So, I suppose there was quite a bit wrong with it. Sorry.  ...more
Crystal Marie
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn’t completely sure how I was going to feel about this book when I first started it. If you have read the first book in the series See the Light, I’m sure you will understand why that is. So I was very surprised and happy when I started the book and I completely loved it!!!
I’ll go ahead and get my one complaint out of the way and then I’ll start with why I loved the book so much. My one complaint is how quickly the book moved along; it was like once Joe and Vladimir met and realized they h
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Mostly this book was just ok. Not memorable.

There were a couple things I had issues with:
first there was a bit where Joe is describing a C-130 plane to Vlad & he tells him "It's a large transport plane. It can carry tanks. Or people. Or both." This is incorrect. I've flown on C-130s. They are not large enough to carry tanks. From the website: the C-130 can accommodate a wide variety of oversized cargo, including everything from utility helicopters and six-wheeled armored vehicles to s
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, love-bytes
When we first, briefly, met Vladimir Gusev in See The Light I never suspected that one day he’d get his own story. I don’t know if Cassandra Carr always intended to write this book or if the chance to turn her Russian Olympian gay was just too topical an opportunity to pass up. Either way the premise of this story kept me entertained as throughout the book I continued to vacillate between thinking “take that Russian anti gay laws” and feeling so sorry for any gay Russian athletes who for certain ...more
Riet De Bruin-Strijker
Book 2 of Safe Harbor was even more spicier than the first one. I loved it, there’s a reason why I reread it! As in See the Light, the characters are so lifelike and so well written that they have stepped out of the page for me. Did I mention that I loved it? Here’s what happens in the story:
Vladimir Gusev exists in a living hell. A year ago in the Olympics he was forced to use a homophobic slur during a game, and guilt is eating him from the inside out. Not only is Vladimir not a homophobe, but
Jenn (not Lily)
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story a bit more than the previous one. Not only do I now have an appreciation for what Vlad did during the Olympics, but I get his HEA along with an update on Jason and Patrick. Win all over!
Jes Jester
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here we get the continuation of the 1st installment. The character who was painted the 'phobe villain in the 1st book, is actually, like, super hard done by. And you know what? It was awesome. ...more
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hiding in Plain Sight is the second book in the series Safe Harbor. Here we have Vladimir, a gay hockey player who just recently admitted to himself, that he was in fact gay. He is afraid to say anything to any of his teammates, as everyone knows how homophobic a locker room can be. Vladimir is also Russian, which does not help him in making him feel more comfortable with his situation. As a matter of fact, it scares the hockey pucks out of him, if his home country were to find out.

Joe is a bada
Morgan  Skye
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is book two in the Safe Harbor Series and it is so good it even surpasses book one!
First, we see the homophobe from Book one is actually gay and hiding it because of the Russian Mob and threats to his family. Second, we see someone experience being gay for the first time in his life. Everything. Third, Joe is amazing. He is kind, sweet, sensitive and really grounded. But… he’s ex-Delta force so he can kick ass, too! He’s the absolute perf
T.M. Smith
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vladimir Gusev is a closeted, gay, Russian hockey player that is forced to present himself as homophobic. But his fellow hockey players always had their doubts about the comment he made, it never quite fit his persona to make that kind of statement and call out another player as a fag. His life has pretty much been a living hell, until he meets Joey.

Joe Bufford is ex military, Delta Force and Iraq war veteran to be exact. No longer living a lie under the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ restrictions of t
Angela Goodrich
WOW! I did NOT see that story coming. When I read the blurb for the book, I hadn’t read book one yet so I didn’t know who Vlad was and by the time I got to read both books I had forgotten that Hiding in Plain Sight was about Vlad, so needless to say I was flabbergasted. I must say that I’m glad that I started the book with no expectations as to what it was about because they may have impacted my enjoyment of the book otherwise.

I love that Ms. Carr’s Safe Harbor series is (so far) about an in-th
Veronica of V's Reads
Vladimir is a professional hockey player and a closeted gay Russian national. A year before he had been forced to make a gay slur in the Olympics and was later kicked off the team. He deeply regrets his choice, even knowing he did so only to protect his family in Russia from the mob. Questioning his sanity, he attempts to enter a gay sports bar, to verify his attraction--he's never been with a man, but sex with women is wholly unsatisfying.

Retired Delta Force operative, Joe, sees Vlad fleeing h
2.5 stars

I read and reviewed See the Light (Safe Harbor #1) about a year ago and enjoyed it very much, enough to try Hiding in Plain Sight, the second book in this series. As with the first book, one of the main characters is in the closet and terrified to come out. Vlad is a Russian hockey player in the NHL and desperate that his teammates and the world not find out he’s gay. When he meets and is attracted to Joe Bufford, former Army Delta Force member, that theory is put to the test.

First, the
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-themed
Hiding in Plain Sight is Cassandra Carr's second book in her Safe Harbor series. Each book can be read as a stand alone book. The characters from See the Light have a cameo or two in this book so it was enjoyable to catch up with the characters from the first book.

In Hiding in Plain Sight, hockey player Vladimir explores his hidden desires with Joe Bufford. I enjoyed the plot and the character development. I thought the relationship seemed very realistic. Cassandra Carr is great with detail, so
Jessica  `~Blahyze~`
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I didn’t like this as much as some of Cassandra Carr's other works but this was definitely still a great read and one for those who enjoy reading M/M romance. Though I hadn’t read the first in the Safe Harbor series, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of this second instalment at all so it could definitely be read as a stand alone and it has left me very intrigued to read the first in the series.

I think out of the main characters, Vlad and Joey, Joey was probably my favourite character. He was such a
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been waiting for book 2 in the Safe Harbor series by Cassandra Carr ever since reading See the Light. So happy I finally got to read Hiding In Plain Sight and I loved every minute of it. Joey and Vlad had great chemistry right from the beginning and it only got stronger as they spent time together and bonded. It was nice to see the "real" Vlad and to find out the truth behind his horrible behavior at the Olympic event. The author did a good job depicting Vlad's struggle as he comes to ter ...more
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very simplistic story about a former army guy and a closeted sports figure. It is almost entirely composed of sex. I like more plot to my reads. Some of the sex is too kinky for my taste: spanking, toys, and mentions of bondage. The few times they take a break from sex there are misunderstandings which are almost immediately resolved.
There are almost no supporting characters. One old sex buddy of the army guy is used as a catalyst for one misunderstanding, then later a package is recei
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book 2 in Ms. Carr's Safe Harbor series, it is Vlad and Joey's story. Vlad was forced to use a homophobic slur in the Olympics and his life has been a living hell ever since because what everyone doesn't know is that Vlad is gay himself, he hasn't even admitted it to himself either. Then he meets Joe (only Vlad can call him Joey) when he visits a gay bar and he opens Vlad's eyes and heart to who he truly is. This is a heartwarming story about love and acceptance. I hope to read more in t ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Title: Hiding in Plain Sight (Safe Harbor, #2)
Author: Cassandra Carr
Cover Artist: Mina Carter
Publisher: Loose ID
Reviewer: Jay
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨♨♨♨
Book Rating: ★★★½

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Mar 12, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: are, hockey-romance, m-m
3.5 stars - I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first one. I was also annoyed that the character's name was changed between the first book and this one. It was a minor change, but since I read them back to back it was noticeable. I hate consistency errors. I think I just liked the characters more in the first book. I found their characterizations more believable than Vlad and Joey. There was a hint at depth for both characters, but it was never really fleshed out, so they fell a little ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm
After reading book one in the safe harbor series I was not expecting much. I can say I was happily wrong I felt more of a connection and felt this book had more of a storyline besides great scenes. I enjoyed the hookup of a hot delta veteran and a hot hockey jock. I wish the ending weren't so blunt and short and would prefer more after Vlad came out of the "closet" yet as in book one it just ended :-( however there is much improvement compared to book one. I'm willing to give this author a go an ...more
Paige Turner
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good read!

I enjoyed reading about Joey and Vlad in Hiding in Plain sight.
The author did a good job drawing the reader into the book and keeping them interested. the story line was belief which helped.
I liked both characters too. Joey was our hard, edgy military hero who knew what and who he wanted. And lucky for Vlad it was him. The two were pretty explosive together. I'm glad they were compatible.
This is my first reading by the author but won't be my last.
Dani Elle Maas
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
liked it a lot , better than the first even
Still I think it is a shame that the author keeps grabbing back on lots and than i mean LOTS of sex nearing the end it is not needed as the story stands perfectly well on its own feet!
again I love sex that is plainly Obvious but it shouldn't be at all costs and the main focus

Hope there is more in this series though , Lots of characters their that can have their own story!
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Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra's books have won numerous "Best Book Of" awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT's Reviewers' Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is penning stories about love and sex while most others str

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