Author: Lane Hayes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Type: Novel in a Series
Received from Publisher
Blurb: A Better Than Story
Paul Fallon is a fashion advertising guru. He’s a genius at dealing with difficult editors, art directors, and designers alike. He thrives on the chaotic atmosphere and constant challenges. But in his personal life, he’s hoping for peace and stability. Settling down with a nice doctor or lawyer sounds perfect. Anyone but an artist. He’s been there, done that, and he doesn’t want to relive the heartache.
Seth Landau is a model, occasional guitarist, and aspiring painter. He’s quirky, flighty, and wise beyond his years. Life has taught him some tough lessons, then given him opportunities he never dreamed of. He’s learned to appreciate the fragility of life and to express it in his work. Seth’s flare for the absurd combined with a supple mind and a beautiful body are too alluring for Paul to ignore. Against his best intentions, Paul is drawn to the younger man whose particular brand of crazy challenges Paul to accept that things aren’t always as they seem. Sometimes taking a chance is better than being safe.
Review: I’m always so happy to get a Lane Hayes book. She just writes some great characters. Their struggles feel real to me and I always fall in love with the MCs. Better Than Safe gave me everything I expected from this author. There’s hurt as her stories always have but it’s the good kind that get you invested in the story and hope for the happily ever after the guys deserve.
Paul is a 35 year old British ad executive who travels too much to have a real relationship. His friend Aaron plays match maker after he’s caught checking out one of the models in his shoot one day. They meet for coffee and it’s disastrous. Paul is uptight and has a pretty specific idea of what he does want in a partner and also what he does not. The young gorgeous model named Seth is basically nothing he’s looking for and everything he’s avoiding. Seth isn’t giving up that easy. He’s pretty persistent in irritating Paul. Showing up here and there. Tricking him into meet ups that Paul can’t seem to pull himself away from. Paul tries hard to push Seth away but he’s got a thing for crazy impulsive artists. Like his ex who is a total scumbag. His father was also an artist and his art was always the priority. So his head keeps telling him getting into something casual with someone like Seth is an awful idea. There’s too much chemistry to deny between them though and Seth isn’t the type to give up. So they begin something that’s supposed to be casual. The thing that scares Paul the most however is how Seth is also not looking for anything serious. Which is a problem because Paul is falling hard for beautiful enigma of a man that is Seth Landau. He feels like heartbreak is imminent.
Both of the MCs start off as not exactly likable. Paul is kind of snobby and stiff. Seth is unpredictable and frustrating. What happens as the story goes along is they both start opening up to each other. It’s kind of slow and little pieces of themselves are revealed to help the reader and the guys understand each other. There’s always great sexual chemistry between Paul and Seth. I thought the way they fall in love was beautiful. Even when they’re play bickering at each other you can feel how happy being together makes them. There’s also a desperation because neither man willingly admits to falling in love with the other. That fear from not knowing what exactly they’re doing together but being too afraid to say it out loud because they don’t want it to end. It hurts so good!
We get some cameos from the guys from previous books. I was so happy to get a glimpse of what the guys are up to. Jack makes me smile. They’re all friends and their lives intermingle but I don’t think, for this book anyway, you’d have to read the others in the series to follow along. Personally I think you should because they’re great reads. I will say I despised the EX Simon. He was creep. He had very little page time but his impact was made. Grrrr….
So I obvious really liked this book. I loved the guys and their journey together. The author certainly captured an intimacy between the MCs that made every little gesture speak volumes. Paul trying to resist Seth creates some delicious tension and when they finally do come together is so sexy because you know it’s so much more than a fling. I love how the guys seem like they’d be an awful match but they find something in each other that makes them better and happier. It’s just a really good love story. I’m sad when these books end but I’ll ride the high they leave me on until the next one.