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Safe in His Heart

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  75 reviews
9 hrs 38 mins

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 façade to the world—that of a straight man. It’s not until he has an affair with Paul, who
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Published September 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press (first published May 2nd 2016)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
~2.5~

I am a huge fan of Ranae Kaye’s work; she’s one of my auto-read, go-to authors. Safe in His Arms, the first book in the Safe series, was a five-star read for me. Safe in His Heart overlaps with the first book (I loved seeing Lon and Casey again!) and follows Paul as he falls for the married, closeted Andrew.

Let me start with the good stuff: Safe in His Heart is well-written and features some sweet moments, a hard-earned HEA, and a few seriously steamy scenes (including a voyeuristic shower
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Jewel
I really loved Safe in His Arms, so when I saw Safe in His Heart on the ARC list, I jumped at it. I remember Paul and Andrew from the first book, and so I knew that Andrew was married. I'm not a fan of cheating or the perception of it, but I do like to give the characters a chance to explain it (open relationship, stupid mistake, etc) before I really judge.

Well, this book did not work at all for me, but it had little to do with Andrew being married (for the whole book, I might add). I was actual
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BWT (Belen)
So this was a tough one for me. I liked Paul in Safe in His Arms, but didn't like that he was with a married man. I hate cheating. Period. All the excuses and reasons in the world don't matter...I hate it. However, I loved Safe in His Arms, and I really, really, wanted to read Paul's story. (Though I will admit I was hoping Paul wouldn't end up with the cheater.)

howdareyou

But the world isn't black and white, there are grey areas and Paul and Andrew's story fits in the grey area. So I put on my big girl pa
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Those of you who are familiar with Renae Kaye’s work probably know her as this bright little Aussie ray of sunshine. Her books are always clever, always honest, always heartfelt, but they rarely follow any usual romance tropes and angst is a word that’s simply missing from her vocabulary. I honestly love everything about Renae and her books have become comfort rereads I pick up when I want to smile, laugh outright and generally feel good about myself and about the world.

Because of this, Safe in
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Aerin
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, part-of-a-series
2.5 stars

As much as I love Renae Kaye and as nicely written as this book is, it was a bust. There are so many archaic ways of thinking, so many stereotypes that no matter how great the story flowed, no matter that the kids were adorable, no matter how much I liked Paul, I simply ended the book in a rage. I usually review a book as soon as I can after reading it so that my feelings and thoughts are fresh in my head, but this time I had to wait until the next day, otherwise my review would've been
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Once again, Daniela's review accurately sums up how I feel about this book. I too love Renae Kaye's writing, and the first book in this series is one of my absolute favorite romance reads. This one, however, was a tad disappointing, and that disappointment has a name; Andrew.
Vallie
May 02, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
** 1.5 stars**

Although I loved the first book in the series, Safe in his arms, the second instalment wasn’t quite as much of a hit with me.

The main characters were Andrew and Paul. Andrew was a closeted, 30-year old married man with two kids, as well as a successful CEO of a mining company. Andrew had made a deal with his wife: they would present the image of the perfect family to the world, they would have kids, but there would be no relationship between them. Andrew, whose family was deeply r
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Lelyana
Before you read the book, this is a fair warning from me. Don't judge Andrew before you finish the whole book. Since the first book, I knew who's Paul involved with and I hated Andrew and never thought that Paul will ended with Andrew. Andrew of all people ! How stupid Paul is? Well, love is stupid, and blind, and unreasonable.



Paul knew from the first time at the gym that Andrew is a married man and he can't stop wanting him. If there's anyone to blame, who's to blame? I'd say, no one. Because,
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⚣Michaelle⚣
3.4 Stars

Okay, so first off that book summary on the main page is completely misleading. That said, there is a lot about religion here to get mad at - but the bits on learning about the new teachings and Jesus were only in the last 20% or so.

No, what we get here is a detailed description of daily life, struggling with jobs & child-rearing with a few really hot sex scenes. And when I mean detailed, I mean detailed. From bathing, feeding, cleaning, dressing, playing with, driving, schooling to
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Listen to your heart, is the best way to describe this journey/story. Paul is told by many well-meaning friends to stay away from a married man—it will only lead to heartbreak. In Paul’s head, he agrees with them. But in his heart, he doesn’t. He loves Andrew. A great quote, in Paul’s words: “You all can be pissy on my happiness parade. But I know that somehow it’s going to work out.”

Andrew has spent way too long listening to other well-meaning friends and family. Being gay is a sin and the only
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Arzu
May 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars
CrabbyPatty
2.5 stars. Andrew and Kristy hardly have a fairy tale marriage. Kristy was traumatized by a breakup with a boyfriend who refused to leave his wife. Andrew was trying hard to ignore his “sinful urges” and marry a woman like the Bible told him. The day he stood in front of the altar of Kristy’s church and promised to love and honor her, he lied. He looked Kristy in the eye and lied, and she looked him in the eye and lied right back.

Andrew and Kristy have a marriage contract, not a marriage – sex o
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Jaime
4 Stars -
Safe in His Heart is book two in the Safe series by Author Renae Kaye. This story runs paralleled to book one and has some overlap; however, you can enjoy this book without reading book one of the series. The MC in this story are Paul and Andrew. Andrew is a closeted married successful businessman who has been trying to live up to someone else's standards his entire life. He is unfulfilled in life. His marriage is a sham and one of total convenience for both him and his wife. The onl
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Joyfully Jay
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.5 stars


I am a big fan of Renae Kaye’s writing and loved Safe in His Arms, the first book in this series where we meet Paul as a side character. So I was really excited to see Paul getting his own story, especially one with such an interesting set up. I liked the conflict here, with two men who have religious backgrounds, but ones that are vastly different. Paul comes to the relationship from a place of acceptance, while Andrew hasn’t been able to let go of the feeling th
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Claire Potterton
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with some trepidation. The author is a favourite of mine and the religious aspect of the story interested me, whilst the cheating made me a little nervous. (My nerves were unfounded.)
As always with Renae Kaye's work, this book is beautifully written, the story flows seamlessly, the characters so well described and developed that you feel you know them.
As a somewhat disillusioned Christian, the religious part of this story was really rather uplifting. A reminder that not all C
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Kim
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what a beautiful story. I’ve read this author before and her usual style is light and humorous. This book covers some heavy topics and it’s done wonderfully. This is a mm contemporary story set in Perth, Western Australia. This is a must read. 500 stars!
Morgan  Skye
Paul is Lon’s BFF whom we met in Safe in His Arms. We knew something hinky was going on with Paul by the way he was reluctant to share who his new love interest was and then we found out he’s a married man. Oh. Man.

So that gives us an instant set of judgments about both men – right? Cheating makes a lot of us squirm and makes us feel uncomfortable. Casey – Lon’s beau, is up front about it. He tells Paul it’ll all end in misery so he should end it now. In fact, most of the people in Paul’s life
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Feliz
Mar 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, m-m, prism
I loved the first book in the series, Safe in his Arms, and so I jumped at the chance to read this one. Even more so since I really liked Paul’s attitude in the first book, that mixture of snark and levelheadedness. I’d call Safe in his Heart more of a spin-off of the first book, they overlap for a big part, and some of the first book’s cast make appearances here (YAY for more Lon and Casey!).

However, Paul’s story with Andrew left me somewhat disappointed. I’m usually a big fan of this author’s,
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Melissa Mendoza
Title:Safe in His Heart
Author:Renae Heart
Series:Safe, Book #2
Publisher:Dreamspinner
Reviewer:Melissa
Release Date:May 2, 2016
Genre(s):M/M Romance
Page Count:270
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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 façade t
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Sadonna
I liked Paul from Safe in His Arms and was happy to read his story. I likefd Andrew and his love for his children in this book. I wasn't so convinced about Kristy and her quick turnaround, but I was impressed that she put the needs of her children first and maybe she was at least someone realistic about what she really wanted.

I also loved Paul's family. It was good to see Lon and Casey and Ash and Devon again as well. This story sort of overlaps the same time frame as the previous book and whil
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Shannon
I'm not sure that I would give this a full 4 stars but maybe a bit more than 3.5. There were a lot of things that really bothered me but it wasn't the writing style, which I love, more of the story line. A total cheater book even though Andrew had permission, he was still married. Andrew was probably the part of the book that bugged me the most. What a fucking hypocrite! Being gay is so sinful that he feels he must hide who he is but has no problem bending over in the gym showing and having peop ...more
Chris
May 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book more but sadly the religious issue just seemed to take over more of the romance, joy & chemistry. I really loved Paul and I give him a medal for persistence and being Andrews champion. Andrew annoyed me to no end with his excuses and attitude- especially his workaholic tendency. I wanted to like him more but he frustrated me.
Annika
2,5 stars
Mollien Fote Osterman
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Safe in His Heart Audible – Unabridged
Author: Renae Kaye
Narrator: Randy Fuller
Series: Safe Book 2
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press LLC
Reviewer: Mollien
Release Date: Audible.com Release Date: September 15, 2016
Genre(s): Male/Male Romance
Page Count: 270 pages
Audio Length: 9 hours and 38 minutes
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:


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


Andre
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Tj
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, read-2018
So this story is really very slow. It starts with a bang but slows down after that. I really have a hard time with the relationships in the story. The story itself is well written and the characters are well crafted. I think the author does a good job with that.

I normally have a hard time with cheating but this wasn't really how I think of cheating. Each of the partners knew there was sex for him outside of the marriage. He was still deceitful about it to a degree though I do think if she is ok
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L. Layale
This was a good sequel to the first one. We see Lon and his boyfriend again in this which is nice. Andrew and Paul. Andrew is the Good Guy in this story. He is secretly gay, but married a woman (who is in love with another married man) and has two kids - a boy and a girl. It takes one meeting with Paul to get Andrew to develop an ongoing affair with him. I'm not a fan of how they go about keeping the affair going. I wish Paul would have said no and not just been like ' oh, but I love him. I love ...more
Saskia
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-contemporary
I loved it. I don't really understand why it's getting so many negative reviews.
Now I don't ever really like religion to play a big part in my books, but I didn't think it was too over-bearing.
While reading Safe in His Arms I honestly didn't like Andrew very much (not that his character was actually introduced) and I doubted that I would find him to be a likeable character, but I actually found myself very sympathetic to his situation and I didn't feel like his love for Paul wasn't genuine.
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Lala Albert
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this a lot more than Safe in His Arms. I didn't think I would given all the religion and the married man aspect, but it was very enjoyable. To be honest, I skimmed/skipped as much of the religion and wife scenes as I could. It did not impact my enjoyment of the story or make me feel I was losing the plot or anything.

I really liked the connection between Paul and Andrew. I thought the progression of their relationship was well detailed and compelling. The smexy
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Berrì
I skipped the sex scenes because I wasn't too much into them. I didn't feel that much heat between the characters of this book, but I was engaged by the rest of the book. I love m/m romances with kids, I just find them lovely, you know? Especially when they are very little. So yeah. I liked this book from that perspective. The romance was okay, Andrew and Paul matched romantically, I just didn't like them much sexually. But that's me.
Marejda
May 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cheating is cheating is cheating. No matter what stipulation or silent agreement they have had. And suddenly the wife is gone and everything is solved? I don't think so. They said each other "love you" but I didn't feel any connection (except sex) between them in this book and I don't understand, how this could work in a longer term.
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