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Safe in His Arms Audiobook

Safe in His Arms

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In the late-night quiet of the caravan park shower room, Lon Taylor washes away the filth of the Western Australian mines. He's not looking for anyone, but when Casey offers, Lon doesn't turn him down.

Welcoming the young man in his big, hairy arms, Lon provides a safety to Casey that he has never known, and Casey wants to stay forever. Still reeling from the breakup of his family years ago, Lon's not sure he's ready for the responsibility of the comfort and security Casey craves.

Perhaps Lon can risk opening his heart again and hoping for a brighter future. Casey has some pretty big skeletons in his past to deal with. Lon wonders what Casey will do when he finds out how badly Lon failed at protecting the ones he loved eight years ago.

©2014 Renae Kaye (P)2015 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Jovan J.
    19/08/16
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    "Nice Story. Dodgy Narration."

    While the narrator, Randy Fuller does voices well, I had to give this performance 2.5 stars because of his random and poor attempts at an Australian accent. While it wasn't often enough to make listening a chore, it was a bit distracting.

    The story itself is straightforward and sweet. Although the MCs have horrible pasts that could have introduced A LOT of reasonable angst into their personalities, both men are pretty upbeat and trying to live simple, happy lives without their demons dictating their future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jasmine Robinson
    18/01/16
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    "Not my favorite from this author"
    What did you like best about Safe in His Arms? What did you like least?

    I loved the main side characters Devon, Ash, and Paul. I didn't particularly like the huge age difference (its just not my preference).


    If you’ve listened to books by Renae Kaye before, how does this one compare?

    Renae Kaye is one of my favorite authors of this genre. The Blinding Light by her is one of my all time favorite romance novels. Both Shawn's Law and Loving Jay are amazing as well. I would recommend those three before this one.


    Did Randy Fuller do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really, they all sounded about the same to me, or at least they all blurred together. I wasn't a fan of the narrator's voice in general, but I do think his voice was a good fit for the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belen
    United States
    20/09/15
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    "ENTERTAINING!"
    What about Randy Fuller’s performance did you like?

    The audio book is wonderfully narrated by Randy Fuller and, while he does an excellent job, please note that he's very American sounding accent-wise.


    Any additional comments?

    *sighs* I just don't understand why they can't get a good Aussie narrator.

    I'll admit the cover totally pulled me in. Because, I mean, look at it! That cover model is absolutely mouth watering. So I probably would have bought it regardless of author or storyline, but then it turned out to be the same author of The Shearing Gun, which I LOVED, so this was a no brainer for me.

    Bottom line: Renae Kaye writes another entertaining, quick, low angst (especially considering some of the storyline) page turner.

    This is the love story of Lon and Casey, who both have absolutely horrific pasts (and make no mistake, there's a lot of damage for both Lon and Casey), but have managed to overcome what's happened to them and are now determined to be happy together. It's quite uplifting at times.

    I liked both of the characters, was definitely rooting for them the whole time, and I really loved the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    29/06/15
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    "So-so writing, dreadful narration"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narration was appalling, Why have American narrators for non-American books? The writing had potential, but was in serious need of an editor to wrestle a good book from it. The bones of the story were good, and I only listened to the end to see how it ended. I would have been just as happy with a story outline to be honest.

    The author persisted in shouting the inner emotions and motivations of the characters at us instead of showing them to us. It makes for a cringing experience. The characters' dialogue was often used to impart this information, instead of what should be inferred by the readers. This means that the book, which is full of male characters, is unconvincing because men, particularly the sort of men that are in this book, do not voice their every thought and emotion. It also makes the book so much more predictable. A good editor could have fixed that.

    Another particularly jarring thing is the way that one of the MCs, a supposedly rough miner who can't confess his love, constantly calls his boyfriend 'love'. I have you never heard an Australian man use this as a pet name for his male lover, much less a guarded, butch, taciturn miner. This character also vocalises a lot of things that an Aussie man, no matter how effeminate, would never say regarding his care for the boyfriend during sex. He would do it, not say it. This is all the more bizarre because one of the main themes in the book is his unexplained refusal to f#$% him. He goes into detail explaining and vocalising every other thought, but for some reason not the main issue.

    There are other strange oddities in the text. Casey is supposed to be from Sydney having recently arrived in Perth. Yet he seems to have a thorough knowledge of the geography of Western Australian, including obscure outback towns. I also suspect that, although the author clearly knows Perth well, is British. Some of the idiom is incorrect and sounds more English than Aussie. For example, young Australians don't use the word "shan't". These small details are a bit jarring and take you out of the story. The fact that I noticed all of these things is an indication that the writing was not sufficiently gripping.


    Would you recommend Safe in His Arms to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Because it reads like an early draft of is an unfinished story waiting for the editor to take a pencil to it, and the narration is completely inappropriate.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Randy Fuller?

    Possibly the worst narration I have heard. It's hard to think of a less appropriate narrator. First of all, the thick American accent is off-putting for a very Australian story. The mispronunciation of place names, including major cities, is terrible, but the awkwardness of common Australian words and phrases like mate are really distracting. It takes you out of the story completely.

    Secondly, he sounds far too old for the characters. There is little distinction between the voices of different characters - there were only two voice really. A universal camp twink and a universal butch daddy. Neither seemed to match the description of most characters.

    Who would I cast? Any Australian with a younger sounding voice would be a vast improvement, regardless of acting ability. Even a woman's voice would have been less distracting.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Cringing mostly. Frustration at the writing and the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible should put a ban on any non-American books being narrated by Americans. This seems to be a constant problem in the MM genre. The British Sue Brown books being butchered by Max Lehnen is a good example. I don't understand why you would go the expense of producing an audio book and ignore this most basic element of the narration.

    It's a shame that the publishing industry is so stripped bare that genre novels are published without any editing. This book had potential, but was served half-cooked.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • K
    25/06/15
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    "Great story, meh narration."

    Couldn't get into this narrator's style, every character sounded like an old man to me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rachael
    Phoenix, AZ USA
    7/12/15
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    "Sweet romance"

    4.5 Stars

    There is a lot of emotions in this book. It starts off quite hot, but then we get to learn more about each characters and really get to see what makes them tick. I will say my favorite thing about this book was how the characters supported each other through the various situations that they go through as a couple, and past issues.

    There was some humor and really witty parts that made me laugh and connect with the characters.

    I didn't care for the abrupt introduction of one of the characters and how big of a part she played in certain things, but other than that I liked the messy, stressful, complicated relationship that was built between the men even with the large age gap between them.

    Since this was my first book by this author, I'll have to say that I am totally on board with reading more from her.

    I will note that the audiobook was quite airy sounding at times and I felt like that really took away from the story at times as it was distracting, but the narrator himself, did an excellent job.

    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Inked Rainbow Reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Pig
    Texas
    1/10/15
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    "Cheezy! wait...woa!...ok...ugh..really?"
    Any additional comments?

    wait...hhhmmm...woa! ugh..cheezy...I'm getting my money back..oh goodness..wow!

    I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I'm glad I got it...as much as at times it was cheezy as the day is long and I thought about returning it, it would suddently reach depths and expose the story of these characters that took me by surprise with the story unfolding and catching me when I least expected it. Get it? You can always return it...thank you Audible!...I didn't...return it that is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BrotherBob
    16/09/15
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    "Aussie love."

    I was able to identify with all the characters. It ended too neatly, and so seemed a little juvenile, but that was OK, because I was still entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jaime_Alpha Book Club
    Florida
    22/07/15
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    "Love this story"

    So, I tried to read this book when it came out..but couldn't get into it. Now with the audiobook, I really loved this story!

    Total 5 star story, great narration, and performance by narrator!

    Please do take note this story talks about a lot of trigger subjects for people who have suffered abuse or non-con situations. It is done in a respectful manner that shows how people can recover and reclaim their identity.

    It truly is a great story about two men who need each other and complete each other..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan A Skye
    9/07/15
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    "Amazing story, disappointing narration"

    Lon comes home from working in the mines, hot, sweaty, exhausted. After a nice shower and shave he catches the eye of a hot, young, twink staring at him in the public showers. He asks him to either suck his cock or quit staring. Figuring that will make the little guy scamper away, he turns back to his shaving. But what does he hear instead of the pattering of feet? “I’ll take option A.”

    Renae Kaye’s book starts off with a bang right from page one and never lets up.

    The story is both simple and complex. It’s simple in that Lon and Casey meet and immediately want each other. It’s complex in that both men have a past that is heavily influencing their todays.

    Casey has been abused in his past. Badly. Really, really badly. But he’s strong and resilient, and despite receiving some amazingly bad therapy (not abuse, just wrong advice) he’s on the road to recovery. But he still has moments of weakness, of panic and it’s those moments that drive him into Lon’s giant arms.

    Lon is a big guy, always has been. In addition to being physically immense, his heart is of equal size. He’s always been the caretaker. That back-fired once and now he’s gun-shy. Casey fits him perfectly, but Lon’s afraid he might let him down, and afraid he might not want him when he knows more about Lon’s past.

    Despite their issues, (Lon’s past, Casey’s past, their age difference, family opinion, Lon’s work schedule ) they begin their affair and it burns brightly. Little by little they get to know each other and to cross the hurdles. Fortunately they have great friends with great advice and Casey has a wonderful therapist who helps them to see things clearly.

    In just a few months it becomes clear that the couple are more to each other than a casual fling and things really heat up. But the past resurfaces in a couple of different ways, forcing the lovers to face things they hadn’t wanted to bring to light. It seems like things might not ever be smooth sailing, but when pushed, the truth, as always, sets them free.

    **
    Again, I was delighted with Kaye’s writing. Though her books are both funny and touching, Safe in his Arms is also deeply emotional. It is clear she did some research because the subject matter here is not an easy one. I applaud how thoroughly she addresses the issues of intimacy between partners when one has been abused. There was no quick solution or “magic wand waving” to fix the problem. The couple had to address the very real concerns each had, and face them directly. I also thought it was hilarious how the hurdle manifested for Casey, such a simplistic problem for a nineteen year old but when viewed through the eyes of the therapist it was really a very complex issue.

    I also really appreciated the fact that Kaye’s secondary characters were real people, too. They had flaws and talents, none being all good nor all bad. I loved that Casey’s grandma suddenly took a different tack in the middle of the book when faced with Lon as a boyfriend for her grandson. It made her very real. I also loved the intriguing side story about Lon’s brother and sisters. Every bit of the story was important and fascinating and kept me turning pages to see what would happen.

    I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it.

    Audio

    I was so, so, so disappointed that they didn’t choose someone with an Australian accent to do this narration. Normally Randy Fuller is hit or miss for me. I have enjoyed some of his narrations immensely, others less so.

    In this case he did an okay job. He tried to give some voice differentiation to the characters, didn’t attempt any accent at all, and did a fair job with the intense emotions.

    Overall, I wasn’t impressed and was still disappointed with this choice in narrator. If it hadn’t been set in Australia and if I hadn’t heard wonderful narrators (Like the narrator for Blinding Light) I wouldn’t have been put off by Randy Fuller’s narration, it just didn’t “wow” me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Avid Reader
    Sandnes, Norway
    26/06/15
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    "A lovely story, but not the right narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a good story, set in Australia, and if you can overlook / ignore the fact that the narrator isn't Australian and doesn't sound Australian at all, then yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure there are good Australian voice actors/narrators out there, so why use an American? Randy Fuller is generally a good narrator, but it annoys me when dialogues between two (or more) characters from Australia don't sound remotely Australian. (An American saying "arse", "mate",etc. just sounds weird, imo)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/06/15
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    "A lovely story, but not the right narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a good story, set in Australia, and if you can overlook / ignore the fact that the narrator isn't Australian and doesn't sound Australian at all, then yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm pretty sure there are good Australian voice actors/narrators out there, so why use an American? Randy Fuller is generally a good narrator, but it annoys me when dialogues between two (or more) characters from Australia don't sound remotely Australian. (An American saying "arse", "mate",etc. just sounds weird, imo)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn Duffy
    Ireland
    30/11/16
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    "Such a pity the narrator isn't Australian. "

    He's perfectly fine in himself, but it makes the Aussie dialogue very clunky to hear someone being called 'mate'or 'love'in a US accent. Otherwise a sweet story but with some very dark character backstories, there could be triggers for survivors of sexual assault.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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