Safe Harbor book 1
Hockey player Jason Monroe lives a double life—star defenseman and soon-to-be Olympian on the ice and closeted gay man outside the rink. A serious relationship is out of the question, and Jason makes do with anonymous sex in barroom bathrooms, not willing to take the chance on coming out as gay in a decidedly macho sport.
Advisor to the US Olympic hockey team Patrick Parker knows a thing or two about being a professional hockey player who’s not out. He’s fifteen years older than Jason, and when he senses the sexy younger man is interested, he knows he shouldn’t give in to the attraction. The two men can’t keep their hands off each other, though, and with each heated encounter it gets harder to hide their relationship. Then their world blows up around them, forcing them into the limelight. Will their love survive or be put on ice?
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Heat Level: 5
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 36-45
Tropes: Age Difference, Alpha Character, Coming Out / Closeted, Find Love and Come Out, Forbidden Love, May/December
Word Count: 41706
Setting: USA and Switzerland
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Angela on Crystal's Many Reviewers wrote:
Carr expertly builds the sexual tension between these two. The push and pull between these alpha males is exquisite. Not only does Carr write great scenes for the men, she also writes their internal dialogue perfectly to give the reader the details on what they're feeling and not saying. See the Light is a page turner well before the finale because of how invested you get in the characters.
Clover on Long and Short Reviews wrote:
Patrick and Jason are virile, testosterone-filed men and their hormones finally get the better of them and it was HOT! The visual of these two hard-bodied men together is almost enough to short circuit my brain and fortunately, Ms. Carr attempted to put my brain into overload several times. The fact that the non-sexual aspect of Jason and Patrick's relationship continued to develop and deepen over the course of the book made reading it that much more enjoyable.
See the Light is a well written sports romance that also delivers some hot man on man action. Ms. Carr's Safe Harbor series is off to a great start and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
Rebecca on Guilty Indulgences wrote:
This isn’t the first book I have read by Cassandra Carr and as ever her voice is an easy to read style that pulls you into the story. I like hockey books and I like hockey players so it’s always a win win for me, and if gay romance is also your thing (it is mine) then this should hit the spot for you.
I liked both characters, their banter and dialogue particularly. They were both unique, both having fun and also not afraid once they’d solidified their feelings to express them.
See the Light is a great get-your-teeth-into m/m novel that ticks all the boxes and will leave you feeling like you really know the two main characters and have had a good romp in the bedroom with them. I recommend it for not just m/m romance fans but also sports romance fans. Great job.
ELF on Night Owl Reviews wrote:
See the Light is a good read that I’d recommend to all romance readers, especially those who enjoy m/m but I would even go so far as to say this might be a good first m/m romance. It certainly wasn’t my first but it did conjure up some emotions about the stigma attached to homosexuality in the sports world.
Here are my 13 KEY POINTS about this book:
1. I’ve read this author before but never m/m so I was skeptical but then pleased. Carr proves she can write romance and love regardless of gender.
2. The Kiss. (When you read it, you’ll understand.) This deserves a bullet point unto itself. The kiss that starts it all is intense. It was an emotional moment... sigh.
3. I could smell the ice. That’s how descriptive Carr’s scenes were. In my humble opinion, there is no smell sexier than that smell of ice on a hockey player and in this book, that was just the tip of the iceberg.
4. The author faced off with an all too prevailing issue in sports… don’t ask/ don’t tell. The men live in fear that the discovery of their relationship could end their careers. It shouldn’t be that way and we need to continue talking about it until the stigma changes. This book takes a step in the right direction.
5. The evolution of their relationship was gradual and follows a realistic ebb and flow. While I wish I knew more –I wish the book was longer- the author provides a satisfying glimpse at their developing relationship.
6. The lengths the men go to just to be with one another speaks volumes for how they feel. It also made me angry that they had to go through such lengths. Readers will feel the men’s’ fear and worry over the simple act of just being themselves.
7. The sex scenes will melt an ice rink. The testosterone is tense and hot and its release is this incredible converging of energy. Good Lord, it made me consider the possibility of voyeurism!
8. Patrick is older and more experienced than Jason. Readers will learn this early on but then we are reminded over and over and over again. Here’s one of the book’s weaknesses (there aren’t many to choose from) but this did get on my nerves some. We got it – he’s older – now move on.
9. The men’s loneliness hurt to read about. Carr gives such fleshed-out characterization of the men that readers see their inner struggles. As a mother, I wanted to hug their hurt away. The shadow hanging over them meant their love story couldn’t be one of simple happiness.
10. I missed seeing how Jason’s family would react… that would be a great outtake for the author to write on her blog (Hint! Hint! Cassandra, please!) as a free read. While his family is mentioned, an actual visit during the holidays could’ve added depth to the story.
11. A tragic incident pushes Jason to admit his feelings for Patrick, regardless of consequences. It was a surprise just how they “came out” – I won’t give it away but I also don’t think you’ll guess without reading it.
12. Shoot and score! The ending was fabulous, albeit a bit abrupt, and conveyed a message more people need to hear. The acceptance of the teammates might still be far-reaching in reality but is a place I’d like to see our world come to.
13. I put this last only because I didn’t want to appear a cover whore but OMH! The cover is beautiful.
A sensual m/m romantic tale that combines the excitement of the world of hockey with the challenges that face anyone who doesn’t conform to the conventional norm. The author does a wonderful job of presenting the dilemma that each man faces as well as the frequently harsh censure that they may have to overcome from family, friends and colleagues, let alone strangers. The sizzling attraction between the two men and the lengths that they go to, first to avoid one another and then to find a way to deal with their lust for each other is deftly portrayed and the deepening of the relationship is delightful to watch. It is wonderful to see that there are some mature people in this couple’s world who are supportive and accepting even as one knows that, unfortunately, this is a work of fiction and real life doesn’t always have such a positive atmosphere. Another enjoyable tale from a talented author.