Author: Renae Kaye
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 270 Pages
At a Glance: Listen to your heart—Safe in His Heart is so worth it!
Reviewed By: Kathie
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 to the world—that of a straight man. It’s not until he has an affair with Paul, who shows him a different side of Jesus, that Andrew realizes he can be gay and still believe in God. Paul’s Jesus is one of acceptance and love, and in Paul’s church, being gay is not a problem.
For Paul and Andrew, falling in love is the easy part of their journey. They must make it through the fires of cheating, being discovered, Andrew’s wife leaving, the necessities of childcare and family life, the demands of their jobs, and working on their commitment to each other. Only then can they be safe in each other’s heart.
Review: 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 true way to live your life is with a wife and children. One of the recurring themes in this story is Andrew’s thoughts about “the vault.” Andrew describes the vault in many ways, but the one I took notice of was, “that was where his true self was allowed to come and play,” and “without that outlet you could explode into a billion pieces.” Those two quotes really summed up Andrew and his struggles for me. To stay in a traditional marriage, he needed to rely on his vault. And once in a while he needed to allow himself an outlet, or explode. Maybe that would have worked for Andrew, keeping his two lives separate with the use of his vault, but life does have a way of getting in the way of the best laid plans.
Kristy leaving and falling in love with Paul are two major hurdles that Andrew has to come to terms with, and hurdles they are. And that’s what Renae Kaye does best, in my opinion. Every one of her stories has a way of giving us characters with flaws and problems to overcome, and along the way to self-discovery, she sprinkles in great sex, some conflict and a very satisfying ending.
This book, as with every one of Renae Kaye’s books, is a buy-as-quickly-as-you-can kind of book. Listen to your heart—Safe in His Heart is so worth it!
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