Title: In Safe Keeping
Series: Heroes and Babies: Book Two
Author: Victoria Sue
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Category: Romantic Suspense
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.
Lucas Attiker never thought saving a man and his infant daughter from an out of control fire would completely turn his life upside down. Lucas is no stranger to danger, he spends his life running into fires to rescue people after all. However, rescuing Owen and his seven-month-old daughter Mia, means Lucas will have to do more than provide a safe place for them to hide.
Owen doesn’t know who to trust. There’s a leak in the Marshals’ Office, dirty cops are everywhere and the man hunting him has endless resources. Lucas seems to be the one person Owen feels safe with and can trust to take care of him and Mia. The last thing he wants, though, is to put Lucas in danger.
This is definitely more of a slow burn character-driven story. There is a lot of focus on the plot, Lucas is trying to help Owen and Mia stay safe. There are people who are trying to kill them and there are a lot of betrayals and some great action. But a lot of the story is spent on Lucas and Owen being drawn to one another. There is this natural feeling of safety and connection for both of them. Sometimes it’s sad because Lucas has a lot of things he needs to work through in his past and both he and Owen have lost a lot. However, at the same time, watching them grow closer is sweet and endearing.
They naturally start to develop a little family and it really did seem to make sense. Lucas doesn’t start the story as a gay man or even a bi man but it’s not really important for this particular story. I wouldn’t call this GFY (it’s brought up he may be demisexual) but if you love GFY this might be a good choice. Together, Owen and Lucas just fit and they have a sweet relationship. It doesn’t move fast even though the story takes place of just a week or two, the pacing felt realistic.
I love Victoria Sue, her books are always just what I need at the moment I read them and In Safe Keeping came at a perfect time. If you’re in the mood for action, suspense, romance and a healthy dose of sweet, then this is a great read. Between the lovable characters and a pretty entertaining story, I had trouble putting it down. I definitely recommend In Safe Keeping.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
While I liked the first book, I think this one has to be my favorite so far. I loved the mystery of this one and I was a lot more invested in the characters. I disliked the bad guy more as well.
Owen and what he was willing to do for his daughter had me by the heart as soon as they appeared. His past was bad but I loved that he didn’t just give in and that he fought back in any small way he could.
Lucas was a man lost in his grief for the son he couldn’t save, but once he met Owen and his daughter and learned their story, he was determined to save these two any way he could. I loved his “hero complex” and his willingness to drop everything and help them.
This is actually only my second ‘read’ book by Victoria and I have to say I am glad it was this series I went with. I have others, but the men in these sucked me in and the mystery kept me intrigued enough to keep going.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***