Book Reviews

In Safe Keeping (Heroes and Babies 2) by Victoria Sue at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Bisexual / Contemporary / Firefighters / Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 03-September-2019

Book Blurb

He can’t save everyone…


Firefighter Lucas Attiker is mired in guilt by his inability to save his young son, who perished in a fire three years ago. When he rescues a troubled young man and his baby daughter from a Colorado forest fire, Lucas finally begins to forgive himself. But the wildfire is only the beginning of the dangers facing them.


Hell-bent on saving his daughter from his crime boss ex, Owen Michaels is on the run with the baby in tow—fleeing both the killers who are after him and the US Marshals Service deputies assigned to protect him. When his desperate flight lands them in the midst of an inferno, the man who saves them offers hope for more than just survival.


They might have escaped a blazing forest and a hail of bullets, but both men will need to risk their lives—and their hearts—to give a little girl a loving family… if they can make it out alive.


Book Review

There truly is nothing that tugs at my heartstrings quite as much as seeing a macho, burly man – usually in a first responder type job – holding a baby, whether it’s human or animal, especially if they’ve just rescued said baby. There is just something about the vulnerability of a baby encased in strong arms where you know it’ll be safe from harm. *sigh* Naturally I jumped at the chance to read Victoria Sue’s second installment in her ‘Heroes and Babies’ series as I so greatly enjoyed the first one. ‘In Safe Keeping’ pairs a strong firefighter who has a lot of emotional pain with a young man who is trying to do the right thing by his baby daughter. Both of these men are stronger than they ever dared to believe they are and when the chips are down their strength shines through.

Based on the blurb this would seem a very straightforward plot and story. Luckily for me, the author created very complex and interesting characters with a lot of depth. There are so many things in Lucas’s background, not including the death of his wife and son, that have put him in the position he’s currently in and that also weigh on him and have strongly affected the type of man Lucas has grown to be. It’s definitely true that we are made up of our life experiences and both of these men are clearly proof of that. Owen made a lot of dumb choices as a young man but he stayed true to his own moral compass and when push came to shove, he knew he had to make the right choice. He knew he and Mia would never be safe if he couldn’t escape the prison of his own making.

I enjoyed this book very much and even though a lot of the plot was predictable, the characters and their nuances certainly were not, which made my reading even more fun than I had anticipated. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series because I do love a hero and an adorable baby isn’t a hardship to read about.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 199 pages/70648 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 03-September-2019
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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